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Danger, Will Robinson

As a child, I heard the Robot on “Lost in Space” warning “Danger, Will Robinson, danger, danger!” As an adult, I sometimes find myself in the precarious position of the Robot seeing danger signs before me, but being a human, … Continue reading

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Strategically Planning for Gut Feelings

We’re taught that the strategic planning process is linear and rational. The organization spends time developing its mission, vision, and values, it analyzes given conditions both internal and external, develops goals, objectives, and action plans. But, organizations and strategic planning … Continue reading

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Of Missions and Diversity

But at the end of the day, and let me be very clear about this: at the end of the day, the job that I am entrusted to do is to find plays that I believe as artistic director will … Continue reading

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1100 Seats

If you are a stakeholder in the American nonprofit theatre community, you probably heard about or took part in the heated discussion last week about the announcement by the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis of its 50th anniversary season, a season … Continue reading

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What’s My Discipline?

I have just returned from the USITT annual conference with the often repeated question “So are you still doing lighting?” ringing in my ears.  In retrospect, I should have replied “Yes,” and left it at that because what does it mean … Continue reading

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How Much Is Too Much?

The New York Time published an article by Patrick Healy last week about nonprofit theatres mounting commercial productions on Broadway, partnering with commercial producers, or extending runs or remounting hits in order to increase revenue.  Nonprofit theatres have to make … Continue reading

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Other People’s Mission

This post originally appeared on the 2am theatre blog (#2amt). “Other people’s money” is not just the name of a play by Jerry Sterner.  It is the temptation put before an “agent” when working on behalf of a “principal” that … Continue reading

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Reflections on YES and NO

Arena Stage’s Polly Carl wrote a really beautiful piece on the HowlRound blog about “The Theatre of Yes.”  This was followed up in HowlRound’s weekly tweet chat (#newplay) with the question: “How do we start to say yes?” I believe the … Continue reading

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It’s Not Rocket Science

I’m teaching a unit on fiscal literacy next week in my arts entrepreneurship class, leading up to the unit on budget and finance. This content spurred me to revisit something I posted on the entrepreneurthearts blog last year.  Because it … Continue reading

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Urban Density

I considered myself lucky when I flew into New York La Guardia last week from the south.  I like that approach because it takes you right over the whole of NY Harbor with a view of the Statue of Liberty … Continue reading

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