Archive for June, 2015

In Continual Pursuit of the Fresh and New

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on June 29, 2015 by RobALott

Go back and read the original text. Look for something you didn’t see before. 

Go back and read your notes from the first rehearsal. 

Step on stage with a new mission. 

Write a new back story. 

If the role is not original to you, do some research and see what others’ interpretations have been. 

Take a new route to the theater. 

Look for the person in the audience that needs your performance today. 

Play what-if. 



Read a book that challenges your art. 

Watch a movie that gives you new insight. 

Watch another performer or see another show that ignites and inspires you. 

Add to this list. 

Ask your fellow actors what their goals of your shared scenes are and work on new ways to achieve those goals. 


The little secret to longevity in theatre is not just good material, but rather the continued freshness with which it is presented.


The Only True Reliable Source

Posted in A Note to Directors, Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on June 26, 2015 by RobALott

“With the demise of the myth of job security, the accelerating pace of change, and the increasing ambiguity and complexity of our world, people who depend on external structures to provide continuity and stability run the very real risk of having their moorings ripped away. The only true reliable source of stability is a strong inner core and the willingness to change and adapt everything except that core.” -Jim Collins

She Asked Two Things

Posted in Creativity on June 20, 2015 by RobALott

She asked two things of her audience:
1) Shout out a favorite Disney tune. 
2) Now, name for me a classical composer. 
After receiving her answers she played Do You Want to Build a Snowman as if written by Beethoven.  

Dwell On These Things

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on June 19, 2015 by RobALott

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 

Philippians 4:8

On the Exclusion of Our Audience

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 15, 2015 by RobALott

“The audience didn’t care much, but we sure had a good time.”

“That one was just for us.”

These kinds of ideas don’t do much to get other artists excited about stepping on stage with you. It builds camaraderie in the short term, but it’s not why any of us got into this business. 

As for me,

I will always value the audience’s enjoyment of a show over the comfort of the cast. And likewise, I will never argue that it is good show for the cast to perform for each other at the exclusion of their audience. 

Show Up

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on June 12, 2015 by RobALott

Decisions really are made by those who show up. 

You don’t like how things are going? You want to make some changes? 

Start showing up.

There’s a Reason It’s Called the Lead

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on June 8, 2015 by RobALott

…and it’s not because they have the most lines. 


When you’re in the final throws of casting, it’s down to two or three choices, look for leadership to break the tie. 

Leadership takes on many forms in the audition room: 

Strong bold choices that others are drawn to follow. Remember, leadership is nothing more than influence. 

Intelligent questions that challenge everyone in the room to think harder. 

Their experience. Leaders tend to be doers, which results in a resume of action. 

As the director, you will take your cast through rehearsal. But it’s the leads that will take your cast through the show.