Archive for the Creativity Category

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

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.)

You ARE Responsible

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 27, 2018 by RobALott

You know that idea that’s been rolling around in your head? The idea you’ve yet to do anything with?

Complete this sentence: If I didn’t move forward with my idea, the world would be worse off because __________.

(Now, you don’t want to be responsible for that, do you?)

Beware The Optional Demand

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on August 13, 2018 by RobALott

Leaders, Bosses, Directors, Anyone at the Top of the Org Chart:

Far too often, possibly unknowingly, your ideas are heard by your team as absolute directives. That flippant thought you threw out in a meeting becomes the new three-year strategy of the company.

(Hopefully not that extreme, but quite possibly!)

More realistically:

“Why is that in the show?”

“You wanted it.”

“I did?”

“Yes. At the creative meeting last month you said there should be flamingos.”

Figure out how to communicate when you are brainstorming, spitballing, ideating along with everyone else—that your ideas are in the pot with everyone else’s and are not meant to override anyone else’s.

Live!

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 30, 2018 by RobALott

The more slides, the more video, the more pre-recorded announcements—the more quickly your audience will become disengaged.

Yes, pre-recorded elements help maintain control of the final product. But don’t buy into the myth that pre-recorded equals prepared. Real preparedness—effective preparedness—is a willingness and readiness to go live.

The audience signed up and showed up for “live”. Whenever possible, however possible, go live.