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2022 New Works Festival Awards

2022 New Works Festival Awards

It is quite a feat to produce an Off-Broadway play or musical; it is quite another to produce an entire festival of Off-Broadway showcases - during covid. Yet that is exactly what we did with the first 2022 CreateTheater New Works Festival, in association with Prism...

Why Are You in Theater?

Why Are You in Theater?

​​I know it’s not for the money. So… what’s your why? Part of the privilege of teaching theater on a college level is the constant re-evaluation of the art form as it shape-shifts through human history. For the Greeks it was an integral part of the social experiment...

Push It Along in 2022

Push It Along in 2022

What’s the Story Only You Can Write? "But what matters to us, what wounds us, what makes us feel we are the characters of an immense adventure, is what happens behind the curtain. And behind the curtain there is the naked stage." (Helene Cixous, 1986) We live in some...

When is a Script “Ready”?

When is a Script “Ready”?

When is a Script "Ready?" Every playwright is familiar with the dreaded "developmental hell" cycle of reading after reading after reading, but then never getting a production. Each time you work hard, diligently addressing each note given, continually refining your...

Story vs. Plot

Story vs. Plot

Where in the Story Does Your Plot Start? A discussion about the difference between plot vs. story is anything but an academic question. Instead, like most talks about structure, how a plot is designed from the ground up defines how the audience experiences the story...

Life is Improv

Life is Improv

Life is Improv   Okay, truth time. Who was it that put *GLOBAL PANDEMIC* on their vision board for 2020??? <sound of crickets> Lesson: Sh*t happens. Keep moving forward.   When You Can’t Change the Situation, Change Your Mindset   I can’t change...