How the New is Created

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on January 14, 2019 by RobALott
Paid rehearsals. 
Finished scripts. 
Finalized schedules. 
This is how the existing is maintained. 
This is not how the new is created. 
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We Hold The Remote

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on January 7, 2019 by RobALott

When sitting at home, an audience member holds the control to what they watch and how they watch it, right in their hand.

Missed a line? They can go back ten seconds.

Bored with this part? They can fast forward.

They can adjust the volume. They can pause. They can rewind. They can stop and they can play.

However, when an audience member comes to the theatre, they give up their control of the performance.

Therefore, we must control it for them. They are counting on us to do so.

We can go back just a bit for the missed line. We can get through the boring parts. We can pause. We can be louder and quieter. We can stop. And we can most definitely play.

The audience is counting on us to take control for them.

Rob’s Recommended Reading List of 2018

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Rob Recommends on January 2, 2019 by RobALott

Books I Read, Learned From, and Enjoyed In 2018

Tips – Jon Jory

One Little Spark! -Marty Sklar

The Power Of Moments – Chip & Dan Heath

The War Of Art – Steven Pressfield

Impro – Keith Johnstone

From This Day Forward – Craig & Amy

Groeschel

Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Bossypants – Tina Fey

The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

Unified – Tim Scott & Trey Gowdy

You And Your Network – Fred Smith

When – Daniel H. Pink

Play The Man – Mark Batterson

Making Elephants Fly – Terry Weaver

Real Artists Don’t Starve- Jeff Goins

Everybody Always – Bob Goff

Together Is Better – Simon Sinek

Be Where Your Feet Are

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on December 24, 2018 by RobALott

I heard a phrase today I have never heard before:

Be where your feet are.

Be present.

Be aware.

Look up.

Look the person across from you in the eye.

Listen.

Be where your feet are.

Pacing

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on December 17, 2018 by RobALott

It’s the audience, actually, who decides and dictates the pacing of the show.

Listen to them.

They’ll always be honest about where they’d like us to speed up and slow down.

Life Hack: Wardrobe Changes

Posted in Nuts & Bolts Stuff on December 10, 2018 by RobALott

Multiple jobs in one day requiring multiple wardrobe changes.

If there’s time, I prefer to run home to reset and change clothes for the next gig. But sometimes, most times, there’s not enough time and I need to run from one gig to the next without stopping. Thus, it becomes a necessity to pack a bag in the AM with all the possible clothing options for the day. A necessity that gives me anxiety all day. Did I pack all that I’ll need? Right shoes? Right belt? Did I remember socks?

Rather than thinking through it and packing as best as I can, here’s what I’ve started doing:

I put on the entirety of what I plan to wear later in the day, and then take it off and pack it directly into my bag.

Sure, it takes a little longer at the start of the day, but the peace of mind that I have all that I’ll need for the rest of the day is well worth the extra time.

The Stage To Green Room Ratio

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on October 29, 2018 by RobALott

I call it The Stage to Green Room Ratio

If a great attitude and performance backstage is worth 50 points, and a great attitude and performance onstage is worth 50 points, then what’s our stage to green room ratio?

(100 points: We might touch the surface of this standard every now and then, but it’s impossible to maintain. Strive for, yes, but don’t expect this all the time from yourself or your fellow cast and crew. Much less than 90 points, however, we’ve got some work to do.)