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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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Why Theatre Matters

By Tyler York

Theatre stimulates the mind and spirit. Theatre gives back to those who participate in the process. It also gives to those who engage on other levels: audiences, supporters, and advocates.

The short video, Stage Matters, presented by Theatre Communications Group, a national organization devoted to promoting professional not-for-profit theatre, challenged me to consider if and why theatre matters.

As in any art form, theatre matters for a variety of reasons that depend on your perspective and experience. For me, theatre matters for emotional and intellectual reasons. As both an audience member and a theatre professional, I yearn to be challenged; I seek theatre that expands my understanding of the world and makes me question my personal point of view.

Theatre serves me, as an individual, in an emotional and intellectual way. Equally important, theatre also serves the greater community. Theatre has the ability to have a profound impact on the community that surrounds it.
Locally, when I consider the work being done in Boston and the surrounding communities, I naturally turn first to the major players, such as The Huntington Theatre Company, which must be commended for its breadth of additional programming designed to explore the context of the works being presented on stage, and to the American Repertory Theatre, who has a reputation for pushing its audience to step beyond their comfort zone and experience theatre in new ways. As an example, think of the A.R.T.’s production of the Punchdrunk theater company’s, Sleep No More, which was a multi-sensory adventure that went far beyond the typical theatre experience.

When thinking local, I also consider the smaller players. While by no means a small organization, the Citi Center’s education program, City Spotlights, jumps to mind as a shining example of how theatre is being used in Boston neighborhoods to build community. The program utilizes performance workshops, neighborhood ensembles consisting of intergenerational participants, and internships for high school students to explore important themes like violence and cultural identity. Another example, a favorite of mine, is Girl Talk Theatre. Girl Talk uses theatre to nurture and empower homeless, poor, and marginalized women.

These organizations and countless others are enriching the cultural dialogue of our community. Theatre does matter.

About the author:

A mid-western transplant to Boston, Tyler graduated from the BFA Stage/Production Management program at Emerson College, where he is now on staff as the Assistant to the General Manager of Emerson Stage . Tyler is also a consultant for Boston Lyric Opera’s BLO Bunch, a ticketing and social networking program for students interested in opera.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Emily Griffin

Who are you? Emily Griffin

What do you do? General Management Professional Intern at the Huntington Theatre Company.  Freelance performer.

Where are you from originally? Beverly, MA

How long have you been working in Boston? 1 year

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing Phantom of the Opera at the Wang Center

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? See above.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Anything at Picco

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? An apple (I’m healthy)

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I have to eat or else I get light-headed.  There was a time when I ritualistically ate ramen noodles, but now I’ll have anything that’s dairy-free, non-greasy, and light.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think the most exciting niche is the fringe scene.  The incorporation of circus, sideshow, cabaret, and burlesque elements is fascinating, entertaining, and has potential for major expansion.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Melanie Garber

Who are you? Melanie Garber

What do you do? Director/Playwright/Actor/Artistic Associate for 11:11 Theatre Company

Where are you from originally? Peabody, MA

How long have you been working in Boston? Little over a year

What’s your earliest theatre memory? My Mom taped “Into the Woods” off of PBS when I was really little thinking I might like it. She was right.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Child Wrangling at the Huntington for their production of “Fences.” Kenny Leon saying “Tell the story!” over and over.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Mussels and french fries.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Swedish fish

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? Eat before. Need the fuel!

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think alliteration is a good thing. Boston is growing into its theatre identity. The town is small enough to know each other and large enough to generate great productions…both from the major theatre companies and the fringe scene alike.

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