Welcome to Tiny Theatre Tips, a series of brief posts sharing tips and advice for your theatre life! Enjoy!
Tiny Theatre Tips #3: Educate Yourself
The nature of art is that it’s always changing. What’s popular and interesting today will be old and moldy faster that you can say “Mamma Mia!” Stay current with what’s new and exciting in the theatre world. Read Playbill, Broadway.com and theatre blogs. Read critics’ reviews (whether or not you agree or abide them is totally up to you!). Follow actors, directors, playwrights and companies on Twitter. Sign up for emails from theatrical licensing sites to see what shows are now available to purchase the rights for. Listen to new cast recordings and go see new productions as often as you can.
At the same time, the classics are always there. They’re called classics for a reason, right? So school yourself in the classics. Explore Shakespeare, Molière, Sophocles, Euripides, Chekhov, Beckett, Ibsen, Pinter, O’Neill, Brecht, Stoppard, Mamet… the list goes on and on. Discover Gilbert & Sullivan, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, and join in the discussion.
Educate yourself. Stay current. Know your basics and learn from the past so you can contribute to the future of theatre!
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