Magazine article Stage Directions

We Are Connected

Magazine article Stage Directions

We Are Connected

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This month it is all about connections. Connections to each other as theater artists, between each other as citizens, between today and history, between ourselves and our experiences. We all are aware that to work well with others in theater, we need to develop and hone our collaboration skills. Freedom to express opinions and critique ideas is essential to that communication; to be able to have conversations openly and without reservations. Work in theater happens at a rapid pace, we don't have the time to not get right to the point. There is an exchange of ideas; 'will this work? If not, then what's the next step or what's a better solution to this challenge?' There can be no fear in expressing yourself; trying to get your ideas across in a clear and precise way, we trust our collaborators, as they do us, to know that disagreement is intended to be constructive, not personal. This is how ideas in theater are honed into creative, innovative production elements. This is how new works are developed, new techniques are refined and how we all grow as artists.

So communication, sharing ideas freely, is a through line in many of this month's stories. We look at the ways that veterans of the U.S. military are using theater to generously share their experiences with a non-military audience, while also finding ways to understand those experiences themselves. This theatrical connection is also affording us all a deeper understanding of how art can speak to what it means to serve one's country. …

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