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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: SerahRose Roth

Who are you? SerahRose Roth

What do you do? Produce, Direct, Educate. I’m the Producing Artistic Director of GAN-e-meed Theatre Project.  And I parent.

Where are you from originally? Wilton, CT

How long have you been working in Boston? A decade-ish.

Why do you stay? I love New England.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? The Tap Dance Kid with Savion Glover

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? My first audition was for Centastage. I cried really loud.  It was fun.

What was your first job in theatre? I interned at 17 for a road house in CT.  I was the worst spot-op 7 Brides for 7 Brothers has ever known.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? I wouldn’t call any of them ‘best.’  I’m the brown rice or crackers before a show type.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? A nap.  Does that count?

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I eat bland before and then pig out at intermission once my nerves have settled and I realize I’m starving. Then I pig out again after the show.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Always being home by 9 p.m.

What kind of theater excites you? Honest theatre.  With heart.

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

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I’m down with the lively and local.  I’m not entirely sure how lush fits in.

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The Road to Mindful Theatre.

Slow movements are about, well, slowing down.  Mindfully approaching life and, in our case, the creation of art, audience, and community.  For me, the road to mindful living began with my child.  The first time she sat in grass: the way she curled her fingers around the blades of green life and grinned.

The sun shone like a fairytale, and the very air seemed to breath laughter.

It was only a minute, but in my memory it lasts for hours.

Tiny knuckles.

Blades flexing and crossing.

Sun dappling across her knees.

It took a child to make me slow down and choose a mindful life: notice the flavors of my meals, the bumps under my feet, the tightening around the eyes as my friend launches herself into a daunting scene, the inhale through the nose of a playwright before she pitches her story.  As it turns out, I like living slowly and mindfully: seeing people and life as valuable, essential, beautiful and whole beings.

Those of us wrapped up in theatre (or, really, any non-profit sector) can forget the value of approaching each other mindfully.  We are so wrapped up in interpreting and improving the world that we lose sight of the very community in which we create.  Tech week happens at top speed with people losing sleep and eating too much pizza.  Actors miss family holidays for auditions.  Artistic Directors skip their breaks in favor of mini-meetings.  Administrators eat lunch staring at a computer screen.  Our love becomes our work, our work becomes our life, and suddenly we are losing sight of life.

Theatre as an art is inherently slower than our lives today.  One scene is far longer than what we watch through media outlets.  We arrive 20 minutes early, lounge in our seats, and wait for the lights to go down.  We don’t leave without, literally, applauding triumphs.  What might the creation of theatre feel like if we all slow down like our audiences?

We get to converse and create for many times longer than we do now.

We get to take an intermission.  With no goal other than to stretch our legs and eat.

We all, literally, applaud each other for our triumphs.  Every day.  Take the time to see the triumphs.

Feel the time…Feel our breath…Oh, wait, isn’t that an acting exercise?

I think I rather like the sound of it.

Theatre as Mindful Living.  Life as Mindful Theatre.

SerahRose Roth is a director, actress, educator, and mom to a precocious preschooler.  She is the Producing Artistic Director of GAN-e-meed Theatre Project and a student at Boston University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership.