Magazine article Stage Directions

No Such Thing as an Insurmountable Challenge

Magazine article Stage Directions

No Such Thing as an Insurmountable Challenge

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Welcome to the December issue of Stage Directions magazine. As we look back it's been a pretty good year in theater. New theater spaces opened; older spaces were rehabbed; and some theater spaces were created from adaptive reuse. In a time when the government wants to again cut support to the arts, theater is surviving-often thriving-and as vital as ever. From Broadway to all the regional theaters and academic theaters across the country we have enjoyed covering the rich work that you all have done and we want to thankyou for sharing all your ingenious production solutions.

Production challenges and the wealth of unique solutions that answer those challenges are center stage in this issue. Many of us-okay, probably all of us-went into theater work because we had a passion for it. (We certainly didn't get into it to get rich!) What drives most theater artisans-at all levels-is passion (and caffeine!) and caring about the work. One of the things theater folk are passionate about is facing down a creative challenge. Looking it in the eye, especially if it happens to be a skull, and shaping that challenge into a cue, a prop, a costume, or an ideal mic selection. In this month's Perspectives we talk with Designer and Teacher, Susan Hilferty and she talks about what they look for in students applying to the design program at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts-passion is one of the leading things. "Somebody who is ready, willing, and able to expose themselves to many, many challenges," she says. …

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