Wednesday, July 12, 2006

How to Kill Creativity

Over at "Slow Leadership," there is a post entitled "How to Kill Creativity." While it is written for business, when I read it I see connections to the contemporary theatre scene. From what I can see, the pressure has become so great, the economics so dour, and the window of opportunity so small that the theatre has become risk averse. For an art form that desperately needs creativity, is there any way to unplug from this downward spiral?

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The People Formerly Known as the Audience

Jay Rosen over at "Press Think" provides a provocative (although it should be obvious) observation on changes in the modern world entitled "The People Formerly Known as the Audience." My question: how does this connect to the theatre? Are we a bastion of one-way communication, where people go to get away from the modern world? Or will we consider these trends and see how they fit into our art form? (My guess: most will continue business as usual (because that's what theatre people do); a few will try to figure out how to make this work for them -- time will tell who chose correctly.)