Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I'm reading Viola Spolin's Theatre Games for the Classroom for the first time, though like most of us theatre folk & teaching artists, I'm familiar with some of her ideas and many of her games. It's delightful to read her conviction that the audience completes the theatre, and the passion with which she invites children to engage with the audience in their performances. Inspiring and grounding, and a lovely reminder that kids have the capacity for a great many things... more so when we expect much of them and haven't yet squashed their creativity or frightened them away from the stage.
In a related vein, Anne Bogart's December blog entry at siti.org is a reminder that expectations have an effect on others and on our own experience; she states expectations "create" experience. She concludes that we are each responsible for the impactful expectations that we have, and dedicates herself to challenging her own expectations... good advice for artists, directors or collaborators, and teachers.
Great food for thought as I embark on a spring filled with teaching.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I'm excited to follow this blog, and pleased to have been asked to contribute from time to time. More on that when it happens. For now, enjoy the spotlight on "theatrical work written, directed, designed, performed and produced by women in the San Francisco Bay Area."