When I was 19 or 20, I remember telling someone that what I really wanted was my own theatre company. I loved acting and had a bit of talent for it. I was so-so at directing and might have gotten better if I’d pushed myself that way. But what I really wanted to do was produce.
I’ve had 2 theatre companies since then, but was not conscious enough to realize it. They were both ‘for profit’ efforts — not that they made any profit. But they were distinct entities. “Painted Apes” and “No Holds Bard”. Cute names.
Optimist Theatre. The name isn’t as cute, but our intent is clearer, as is our existence. It’s not ‘mine’ because a) an individual can’t technically own a non-profit organization and b) it wouldn’t exist if it weren’t from a huge collective of efforts.
Third times the charm?
Susan Scot Fry
If the quality of the actors who came to auditions over the last 2 days is an indication of the charm of the Shakespeare in the Park project, then I’d call it a success. We saw people that I regularly marvel at. Actors in their peak and actors who are pushing their current limits. It was exciting to see.
Beyond the wracking fear that any audition brings, I hope that it was a good experience for these actors. It’s an important element in our company mission. We try to attract the best talent we can and then create an experience that not only allows them to do their best work, but enables them take risks.
Here’s to making good decisions with this new company and the new cast members we’re about to invite on board.