Posts Tagged art

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: Jason Slavick

Who are you? Jason Slavick

What do you do? Artistic Director of The Performance LAB

Where are you from originally? New Jersey

How long have you been working in Boston? since ’99

Why do you stay? It’s now my home.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? A Christmas Carol at the Annenberg at Philly

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Ubu Rock at the ART in ’96

What was your first job in theatre? Assistant to the Director at The Philadelphia Theatre Company

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? French Cusine at Odeon in Philly before Waiting for Godot in ’94

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? baby carrots

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? Have to wait until after my shows – but then it’s all about sushi.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Break down barriers between different types of theatre – it’s all just performance/entertainment/art

What kind of theater excites you? Right now I want to see theatre that’s pushing boundaries. Surprise me. Find a new way to tell it.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Find your voice and really develop it.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? The more the better! More Lively! More Local! Make it right here – don’t import it!

YOUR TURN! Write to us here!

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Jeremiah Kissel

Who are you? Jeremiah Kissel

What do you do? actor

Where are you from originally? NY, NY

How long have you been working in Boston? 30 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? My first stage appearance at 5 years old I played King Solomon at the Y Summer camp. It was a musical and I had the lead. I appeared in Side By Side By Sondheim and a Cole Porter review 25 years later at The Sharon Playhouse in CT. Those are my musical theater credits.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Lyric Stage 1980 Twains Folly. I slept on the floor of an apartment in Charlestown. My car got stolen so I stayed.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Things have grown amazingly since I first arrived. There were three contracts, The Lyric, ART and the Huntington. The Lyric at the time was the only one that hired locally.

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