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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

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.

As If in the Presence Of a Master

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 22, 2018 by RobALott

“Play always as if in the presence of a master.” -Robert Schumann

Many of you reading this have the opportunity to perform for thousands of people every day.

What if we performed with the assumption that every audience has at least one person who’s an expert in every aspect of our show, including expertise in our performance?

Because here’s the thing: If our house seats a thousand people, the assumption that one of those audience members would be an expert in any and every area of our show is not a far off one.

(By the way… If we get their thing right, they’ll assume we got the other things right too.)

Do Something About It

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on October 15, 2018 by RobALott

When a reader spots a typo in a book, they tend to shift their focus, even if only for a few pages, to looking for more of them.

When an error in continuity occurs in a film, the viewer who caught it can’t help but become distracted and begin looking for more.

While some mistakes can’t be kept from an audience’s view, the live stage has the most remaining potential to cover up the gaffs and eliminate the distraction.

While sometimes it’s fun to be in the audience when something goes awry, our audiences don’t care to spend the rest of the performance looking for our next mistake.

Fix it.

Cover it.

Address it.

Include it.

But our job can never be to ignore it.

Because the truth is, our audience is desperate for us to do something about it.

It’s Ok to Question

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 1, 2018 by RobALott

Be respectful.

Be thoughtful.

Mind your timing and choose an appropriate location.

But do know, it is ok and sometimes necessary to question our leaders.