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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Steve Smith

Who are you? Steve Smith

What do you do? I am the co-founder and administrative czar of CBACT, the Consortium of Boston-Area Children’s Theatres

Where are you from originally? Philadelphia

How long have you been working in Boston? 21 years

Why do you stay? Exciting city, great culture, the Sox…oh, and close to both ocean and mountains

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Falling asleep while watching the original Broadway production of Camelot….

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Seeing Shakespeare at the ART.

What was your first job in theatre? Techie-stage crew

What kind of theater excites you? Anything original and thought-provoking.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think it’s great. I’m looking forward to hearing from all of the many voices in the Boston theatre community.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Meri Jenkins

Who are you? Meri Jenkins

What do you do? Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council

Where are you from originally? London, UK

How long have you been working in Boston? 20 years

Why do you stay? Cultural life, of course! (and family…)

What’s your earliest theatre memory? A theatre in education troupe that came to my school when I was about eight years old, and I can still see, smell and feel that performance.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? I worked on the original production of Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill in London, and when I moved here, there happened to be a production of the play – I wanted my partner to see it. It was a much smaller production!

What was your first job in theatre? Having left drama school, I joined a group of people rehabbing a warehouse space on the River Thames for live/work space for artists on the upper floors, and performance space on the first floor. We presented and produced, and did everything involved between us.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Curry.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Nuts.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? After the performance – always. No one wants you to upchuck when you step into the footlights.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Locally? Have the guts to do the work you want to do at a scale you can do it…

What kind of theater excites you? Physical, unconventional, well written, performed with care, directed with attention to detail, and with lots of heart.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Just do it. Don’t wait. Find like minded people. Work hard. Don’t complain. And the work will get better.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? It is lively if you ignore the local spin, it is lush in that there is a lot of it in the region to choose from, and it is blessedly local, which translates into being accessible.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Beth Peters

Who are you? Beth Peters

What do you do? Theatre Educator, Director, and New-Media Consulatant

Where are you from originally? Chicago

How long have you been working in Boston? 7 years

Why do you stay? There is a greater amount of drama education work here.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Being in a music-show in 3rd grade, in which I played a Bee. My best friend had the “lead” and she forgot all her lines and was crying. I helped her remember all of her lines.

What was your first job in theatre? Development Assistant for the Court Theatre, Chicago. Prior to that, acting and ASMing around town.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? This might not be a popular choice, but I like to eat a big steak, since I probably won’t eat again for like 6 hours.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Trail mix, baby!

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I eat about 2 hours before curtain and only water until after the show.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? It would be diverse without a constant worry and argument about the word “diverse.”

What kind of theater excites you? New plays that reflect our new culture in America…whatever that might mean.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? “If you know what you want, then you go, and you find it, and you GET IT.” – Into the Woods. In other words, be tireless. Be shameless. Go get the work and do well at your job and don’t worry about the money starting out.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think Boston has a lot to celebrate within itself, but should be open to young or new-to-Boston artists.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Catherine Peterson

Who are you? Catherine Peterson

What do you do? Executive Director, ArtsBoston

Where are you from originally? Berkeley, CA

How long have you been working in Boston? 13 years

Why do you stay? gorgeous city, fabulous arts scene

What’s your earliest theatre memory? 1776 Original Cast with William Daniels, Ken Howard, Howard da Silva and Betty Buckley

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Wonderful Jule Styne festival at Boston Conservatory

What kind of theater excites you? I’m a musical theatre junkie!The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I love the locavore focus! We have great theatre “to consume” through out the year- with our anchor regional theatres, our flourishing mid-size theatres and our vibrant fringe companies. We can “taste and sample” home grown theatre all year and keep our mental “palates” engaged and fresh.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Joan Lancourt

Who are you? Joan Lancourt

What do you do? I’m an executive coach and consultant to non-profit organizations

Where are you from originally? New York City

How long have you been working in Boston? since 1972

Why do you stay? It’s got theater, art, dance and music, history, intellectual stimulation, variety, good restaurants, universities, etc. etc.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Being back stage on the original set of Harvey and being given a big stuffed white rabbit by Dorothy McFadden who I believe was one of the producers

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Something Commedia dell’arte-ish at ART

What was your first job in theatre? have not had a paid job in the theater

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Make it part of every school’s curriculum

What kind of theater excites you? Theater that is thought provoking

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think we need to use the theater as a forum for engaging audiences in dialogues raised by each play, where the theater becomes a kind of civic space in a community and enables people to hear different points of view and have constructive conversations about those differences – where people can learn about and gain a larger context in which to consider the issues.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Ida Dunham

Who are you? Ida Dunham

What do you do? Performing arts administration

Where are you from originally? Brookline

How long have you been working in Boston? 30+ years

Why do you stay? Masochist.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? The Colored Museum by George Wolfe at the Public Theatre in NYC

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Cannot recall from childhood but loved Mabou Mines Lulu at ART in the 80s.

What was your first job in theatre? Intern at Metropolitan Center, predecessor to Wang Theatre

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? At the Hotel Sacher in Vienna before Andrea Chenier at the Staatsoper. goulash soup, tafelspitz and Sachertorte of course.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Champagne and open faced sandwich of smoked salmon or jambon crui

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? Not a performer thank God. I usually eat before but later would be better. This isn’t Madrid.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Canned music in straight plays and pretentiousness.

What kind of theater excites you? Innovative contemporary theatre.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Ativan.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Sounds like a good idea. Get busy.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Spiro Veloudos

Who are you? Spiro Veloudos

What do you do? In theatre, I direct and produce

Where are you from originally? Springfield MA

How long have you been working in Boston? Too Long

Why do you stay? I love this city and New England

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Being cast as the Father in Father Talks Turkey in the sixth grade

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Seeing the Colonial for the first time

What was your first job in theatre? Actor

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Sushi, but I try not to eat right before a show

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Coke Zero

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? After

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Auditions and Technical rehearsals

What kind of theater excites you? Name it.  If its good it excited me

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? New York (and other cities) will always be there.  Give Boston a try first.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think it is lively, lush and LOCAL (all for that one)

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