Today is International Women’s Day and I would like to spotlight some of the amazing women that I have had the chance to work with behind the curtain. Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.
Have you ever been watching a tv show and suddenly there is this random musical number (or even a whole musical episode) that doesn’t quite fit? I’ve noticed it a more than a few times and it is just the strangest thing. The reason for musical numbers may not be initially obvious, but it’s there if we look for it.
“Dear Mr. President and Madam Vice President,” is a nationwide letter writing campaign, organized by BeAnArtsHero and The Dramatists Guild of America, imploring the incoming administration to prioritize commitment to the Arts.
For as long as I can remember my family has had the tradition on Christmas Eve to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. Every year we would turn on the movie to the theatrical version, about halfway through we would stop the movie and switch to the full screen version for a couple minutes, and then go right back to the theatrical version. What? Who switches the version of the movie halfway through just to switch back? Well, we did because the version that we wanted to watch is missing a very important couple of minutes.
In the current world climate there has been a lot of, what has come to be known as, “Cancel Culture.” “Cancel Culture,” is the idea that if one part of something good is bad, then the whole thing is bad. I don’t agree or disagree with the idea of “Cancel Culture” yet, I am still trying to make up my mind and figure out where I stand. What I think is interesting is how people are now also flipping it and saying if one part of something is good, then the whole thing is good.
Anyone who has gone to a public high school knows that you have core classes that everyone is required to take and then you also can choose from a myriad of elective courses to round out your class schedule. Some students choose auto shop, JROTC, or robotics. Others do mass communications, wood shop, or fine arts. Then there are those who perform in choir, orchestra, band, or theatre.
There are a million community, professional, and regional theaters out there, but everyone knows that if they want “the best,” it must be Broadway or the West End (if they’re English). When someone works on Broadway, they’re considered a successful theater artisan. However, most people don’t care about that.
I have mentions all over my website about being a dramaturg, but it occurred to me, how many of my visitors/readers really know what a dramaturg is/does?
I don’t know what the future holds for theater. We will bounce back from this eventually, but I don’t know how long it will take or how many theaters and dreams will be lost on the way. Perhaps we can use our theatrical past to inspire our future.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing, the 2020 Tony Awards have been indefinitely postponed and theatremakers and theatregoers everywhere are feeling its absence. Please enjoy the “Best of the Last 5 Tony Awards (as decided by Samantha Baird).” Featuring, a special honoree as this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award (as decided by Samantha Baird).