Posts Tagged Lyric Stage Company

Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Amanda Ostrow

Who are you? Amanda Ostrow

What do you do? I’m an ASM/Wardrobe mistress at The Lyric Stage Company

Where are you from originally? Saugus, MA

How long have you been working in Boston? 4 years

Why do you stay? I absolutely love this theater community. There are so many amazing opportunities here.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? I was a poppy in the Wizard of Oz in 4th grade

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? I think the first show I ever saw anywhere in Boston was Peter Pan when I was about 8 or 9 years old

What was your first job in theatre? Admin Assistant at Gloucester Stage

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? “Family” Chicken Saturdays on the first Saturday of every show at The Lyric!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Twizzlers…all thanks to Dawn Schall Saglio 🙂

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? Well, I’m usually running around backstage for performances so usually after the show.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Honestly, I don’t think I would change a thing.

What kind of theater excites you? Everything.  I’ve worked with SO many amazing people and am grateful for the impact they’ve had on me. Working in theater is so many things. It’s crazy, stressful, ridiculous, amazing, profound, scary, nerve-wracking, inspiring, etc…and I love every minute of it.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Keep at it. Don’t get discouraged if you’re having a hard time.  Things will work out. Get out there and network…you’ll meet great people and if you’re lucky, they’ll help you along with great advice.

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 really hope I can get there because I think any opportunity to gather with the community and just talk is SO useful.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: A. Nora Long

Who are you? A. Nora Long

What do you do? I am producing associate at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and I run New Exhibition Room with the amazing Dawn M. Simmons. I also write, direct, produce, translate and dramaturg.

Where are you from originally? Boston

How long have you been working in Boston? erm…15 years?

Why do you stay? Because I love that dirty water and no other place would do.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in Montclaire, NJ – I was 5.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? The Puppet Showplace Theatre – I was there for a friend’s birthday and saw something amazing.

What was your first job in theatre? In High School, I was a summer intern at the Huntington, working in the literary, education and props departments.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? I couldn’t possibly select just one, but a cuban sandwich from Chez Henri has made many impressions before a Cambridge-show.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Whatever everyone else is eating.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I don’t usually go onstage, but I like eating before, during and after performances. Alright, I just like eating.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Nice use of alliteration. As for the Conference, I relish any opportunity to gather with my colleagues to engage about art. I think Boston’s vibrant and expanding community offers a tasty treat for any pallet.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Robin Allen LaPlante

Who are you? Robin Allen LaPlante

What do you do? Marketing & Development Associate at The Lyric Stage Company

Where are you from originally? Marietta, GA

How long have you been working in Boston? 5 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing Carol Channing in Hello Dolly at The Atlanta Fox Theatre

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? The 39 Steps at The Huntington

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

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? hummus and pita and celery

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

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Boston Theatre is more alive than ever, with projects happening all over the place that are huge undertakings. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is one, but also: The Shirley, VT play festival, and The two Henrys at Actor’s Shakespeare Project, and the two Shakespeare plays in rep at Huntington at the end of the season. It is an amazing place to be right now.

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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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Slow Food = Good Theater

by Rafael Jaen

Originally posted on From the Tailor’s Table

For its next theater conference the Boston based StageSource organization has been looking at the relationship between the slow food movement and what we are calling “home grown theater” in New England. The idea got its start from various happenings including an inspired speech given by Peter Sellers at an Emerson College forum last Spring.

The website SlowFood defines Slow Food as a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

The organization stands at the crossroads of … ethics and pleasure. It opposes the standardization of taste and culture…. We believe that everyone has … the responsibility to protect the heritage of tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. Our association believes in … recognition of the strong connections between … planet, people and culture.

I did some paraphrasing, but you can probably appreciate why…

Along the way we have found some very inspiring stories (about the food industry) that do relate to the on-going development of theatre in our region. There are many samples that do denote a commitment to our community, our arts environment, our traditions and how theater creates a sense of place in the world. One sample is restaurateur Barbara Lynch, locally born and bred (South Boston) and now globally recognized.

That’s what I think of the growing Boston theater scene; it is locally grown and its tenacity is nationally known!

About Rafael Jaen

Mr. Jaen is currently the Costume Director at Emerson College where he is part of the Design-Tech Faculty. In adition he is  Co-Chair for Design, Technology & Management at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 1. His design work can be seen on stage in Lyric Stage Company’s production of  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby Parts 1 & 2.

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