Jul 11, 2011
joined My Stranger Face
Jul 11, 2011
commented on Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves
I'm a successful actor/director/producer in Minneapolis. Re point 1 -- Shakespeare often is among the best-selling (if not THE best selling) show in a theatre's season! Toss that, and toss half your audience base. Point 2 following on its heels also can be death to a theatre company -- ALL premiers?? C'mon! Unfortunately, new works don't pull audience in as well as recognizable titles (even in a "new works" area like Mpls/St. Paul. Companies need to have a mix, unless new works is your niche. And then, you'd better have some good backing or a damn cheap space in which to produce. Point 7: the biggest barrier is insurance costs!! When you serve alcohol, even for one night, the insurance premium is HUGE! And ignore the laws? Bad advice. I think not. Point 9: "Nobody deserves a living wage for having talent and a mountain of grad-school debt." Doctors? Lawyers? Engineers? Astro-physicists? College and university professors? They don't deserve a living wage? Really? Then who does? Or does Kiley really think that only artists aren't worth their due. SCREW YOU! Point 10: Graduate school is about networking, plain and simple. I can't tell you how many places I work where half to company knows each other from grad school. And these are folks who have been in the business for years (some for decades). Sure, you can gain the networking by working professionally, but that's AFTER you get your foot in the door and primarily on a local scale. For work nationally, many people get their first work at a company through relationships gained through schooling. It gives you a HUGE leg up! Points 4, 5 and 6 are very well taken and worth heeding. I especially love the childcare idea, if a theatre has the space to do it. And point 6 is a very astute observation and one that can really make a difference, not only for the artistic community, but for the city as a whole.