Only Enthusiasm

There are people who are very intrigued by the work you’re putting out there. Sure, there may be some who have voiced disapproval, but if they can’t engage in honest conversation about how your work confuses or somehow hurts them then they don’t deserve your focus. Those you allow directly behind or beside you whileContinue reading “Only Enthusiasm”

How Scapegoating Can Stunt Creativity: A Rant

One of my major, ongoing goals with this project is to help folks navigate the intersection of creative practice and queerness. “Queerness” to me means the experience of living outside of sexual and gender identity norms. When we live outside of a norm, our mere existence is often approached with question marks. People who areContinue reading “How Scapegoating Can Stunt Creativity: A Rant”

Fun is a Good Thing

We are unfortunately made to think that work has to be overly laborious and financially successful. Any job that seems fun is deemed frivolous. Theatre, for many, seems like a strange and unnecessary career path. Why wouldn’t you choose something that makes you more money? It’s almost unthinkable that someone might want a job becauseContinue reading “Fun is a Good Thing”

From Where We Are

I’d like to be working in Paris or Berlin, surrounding myself with avant-garde artists, delving into deep discussions about theatre theory, building a career centred in the intersection of queerness and storytelling, engaging audiences in innovative ways and helping artists from around the world. But I am currently in New Brunswick, Canada. And I loveContinue reading “From Where We Are”

Confronting Discomfort

It’s much easier to avoid a difficult conversation than it is to have one. But too often we miss out on a discomfort that will ultimately heal us. Challenging confrontations of messy situations are an inevitable part of any collaborative process. Conflicts arise. Tensions mount. Clear communication, especially in the face of misunderstanding or disappointment,Continue reading “Confronting Discomfort”

Willingness to Be Wrong

I’ve worked with artists who are polite and do all the “right things” when it comes to communication and collaboration (smiling, nodding, repeating notes back to show they were listening) but who still put me on edge. It’s like there’s something lurking beneath the surface that’s going to bite any second. Every suggestion feels judged,Continue reading “Willingness to Be Wrong”

Offers vs. Actions

In my relatively short time working in the theatre industry and crafting stories in collaborative settings, I’ve come to notice a common bad habit. We assume that being open to criticism and willing to discuss issues with others is enough, but we don’t address the obstacles people face in seeking that help. If an individualContinue reading “Offers vs. Actions”

Hard Things Pt 2

I’m still thinking about hard things and the necessity of curiosity. When in positions of leadership, I try to avoid blaming or shaming and instead stick to assertive claiming.* Rather than “You did this wrong,” I aim for “Here’s how I feel.” The object is not to bring a person down and make them smallerContinue reading “Hard Things Pt 2”