I love the NYC theatre community. “There’s no people like show people, they smile when they are low. Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold Still you wouldn’t change it for a sack of gold, let’s go on with the show.”
There is something that only live theatre can do that film and television can’t. Theatre is largely an actor’s medium, and as a director, I think it is a privilege to help actors shape their performances.
I am a member of Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab, a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world.
I am an associate member of the Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society, and an alumni of the Commercial Theatre Institute’s Theatre Producing Intensive, as well as a frequent attendant of numerous Off-Broadway Alliance seminars. Understanding how commercial theater is produced serves to make me a better director.
I was hired to direct a one-woman cinema-theater-dance hybrid show which ran a limited engagement on Theatre Row in NYC – a block from Times Square – after only being back in NYC for six months!
It served as my introduction to the NYC scene and I worked with a number of welcoming and talented people in the community. It was an important and challenging experience for me; it taught me to be careful what projects to get involved with, no matter how eager to direct I was/am. I learned a tremendous amount about the essential separation of power between a playwright, financing producer and star, as well as the inherent differences between film and it’s legit cousin.
And this… mostly this… it’s really only about the audience and nothing else.