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“Artistic Home:” A phrase coined in the last 20 years or so. Where can you find it?
Like any good home, an artistic home should feel like a safe space that can shelter and nourish you and support your best artistic self. When Jody and I were running Riverside Theatre, we always tried to create that sense of “home” with every company of every show we produced.
Unfortunately, even the finest artistic homes are temporary for most professional theatre workers. The economic realities of regional theatres preclude almost any hope of keeping a company together for more that one project at a time. A few amazing exceptions dot the country but not many.
The best most of us can hope for is to develop a network of companies and institutions that will take us in to do good work from time to time. And this past 12 months I have been fortunate to have had work that I have loved and that has paid the bills.
Creede Rep – I loved spending summer ’16 with you and I hope to do it again some day when the right role and the timing come together. St. Ambrose University – your amazing students delivered a breathtaking RICHARD III. I was honored to direct it, and I’ll never forget the experience. San Luis Obispo Rep – I can’t tell you how excited I am to return there to direct RABBIT HOLE next month. Last season’s WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING presented an extraordinary challenge, but the work was well worth it. Kevin Harris, you touched us deeply when you said you hoped SLO could be our new “artistic home.”
All three of the places I worked this last year filled me with joy throughout the process. And now, we hit the road again in a couple weeks. I’m directing, Jody is acting and we look forward to being “home” at SLO Rep.