“TAKING FIVE WITH…” is an interview series where I chat with someone in the performing arts, or an arts supporter, for FIVE minutes to find out how they've been doing, what they're working on, and what's coming up for them down the road.
In this quick and quirky first episode, I chat with a very talented actor and producer about their road to Broadway, what they’re working on now, and we wrap it all up with five spontaneous words of cheer that will leave you smiling!
Hope you can take five out of YOUR day to check out “TAKING FIVE WITH…”!
And please feel free to let me know in the comments what you think and who YOU would like to see as a special guest on the show!
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I'm a HUGE fan of LinkedIn. I've been a member for close to 10 years now, and I'm pretty active on the platform. It's way more than just a place to hunt for jobs and it's definitely my favorite of all the social media platforms out there by far. It's a place to network, learn, meet people from all over the world, and yes, job hunt, but it's also where I get the most promotional bang for my (free!) buck.
In fact, here's an article I just published there.
I otherwise post on LinkedIn in my regular feed pretty often. Let me know you found my website and send me a connection request!
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So many industries are taking a hit as a result of Covid-19, but I would argue that no other industry is experiencing the level of devastation that Broadway, other live entertainment and cultural organizations and arts professionals are experiencing. The arts and entertainment industry and its jobs were the first to go...and they will be the last to come back.
The hit to the theatre industry in New York City, from Broadway on down, also affects the many restaurants and bars, hotels, parking lots and retail shops that rely on the theatre to keep their businesses afloat. New York City will not fully recover until Broadway is back. Tourists come to New York largely for Broadway.
Yet, while we all wait to see how Broadway can come back amidst Covid-19, there is currently no financial support in sight for arts and culture from the federal government. Hoping this changes, as I fear that many lives that are directly connected to Broadway -- mine included -- could become very challenging, very soon, especially if Congress does not vote to extend the $600.00 unemployment supplement.
I am confident Broadway and theatre in other parts of New York City and beyond will eventually come back, but it will take a while -- and, sadly, not all the organizations will be able to hold on long enough to return.
In the meantime, I hold on to my many happy memories as a playwright, musical theatre writer and theatre industry professional to keep my spirits up. To that end, I recently shared one of these memories as part of a challenge that has been circulating on social media. If you've EVER worked in the theatre in any way, be sure to share your own favorite memory on your social platforms!
To all professionals in the film, television, theatre, entertainment, and arts world, join the challenge to post a photo of you in your job. Just a picture, no description. The goal is to flood social media with our profession. #SaveTheArts 🎭💔
My latest article for the Clyde Fitch Report is now up! You can read it here!
It's an inside look at the One-Minute Play Festival, a wonderful artistic and community-building theater event of which I have had the privilege to be a part several times. I interview Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dominic D'Andrea, who has turned the festival from a small concept into a national phenomenon. A proven leader in the arts community, Dominic's passion and humanity are a true inspiration.
So, if you gotta minute, or two, and want to feel galvanized, please check it out!
Thrilled to announce that I have been hired as an editor and contributor for the Clyde Fitch Report! I will be writing about leaders at all levels in the arts and politics who are making a difference as arts advocates, supporters and innovators.
Check out my inaugural post on the 2017 Spring Road Conference where I interview two top leaders in the Touring Broadway biz! And if you'd like more insights and info on the world of Broadway theater touring, please check out my blog, The Road 101 that I managed from 2009-2014.
And be sure to look for my next post on the CFR at the end of June! It's gonna be awesome!
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