2 things to help in the rough patch.

It's been a bit of a rough patch. Broke and getting more No than Yes. Or at least it feels that way.

Many things are exciting and feeding me. The struggle is to focus on that. So inspiration is very helpful.

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Listening to Nature Theatre of Oklahoma's podcast is always good for the confirmation that others are fighting the good fight - but the most recent one with  Oskar Eustis, director of The Public Theater, is especially good.

A bold and honest conversation that is a must listen for every creator and artistic director everywhere. Great aspirations about bringing fairness and integrety back to not-for-profit theatre (hint: artists get more of the money, the cost of admission has to fall to turn away from elitism) and the search for a populism we can stand behind.

LISTEN HERE. Or download from ITUNES

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The new episod of the MADE HERE series (a HERE project) is also helpful - just to hear others say it out loud. It's also another example of a theatre institution doing important work on the internet.

3penny Christmas in about 10 minutes - Minor Expletives Episode 02

For the past 4 years, we've gathered in the dark nights between Christmas and New Years to sing beautiful songs about a horrible world. A choir of friends, strangers and special guests who come together for a few day of rehearsal and a night with a 3penny door price.This a 10ish minute record of that. With some thoughts on the tricks of theatre.

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Full credits/singer list:

Choir Director - Scott Maynard
Piano - Jessie Fraser
Horns, High Hat - Justin Hiscox

Mack the Knife - Ronley Teper
Kids today - John Cox & Charlotte Mundy
Pirate Jenny - Thom Gill
Knocking Shop Tango - Erin Brubacher & David Christo
Solomon Song - Patrick Power
Jealousy Duet - Scott Maynard & Naomi Campbell
Macheath Is Saved - Messenger: Rebecca Singh, Mac: Scott Maynard

CHOIR - those above, plus: Alicia Homer, Aly Livingston, Carl Wilson, Christine Latimer, Erika Khandor, Javier Santos, Jessica Cattaneo, Kong Kie Njo, Leora Morris, Loree Lawrence, Marco Posadas, Vikki Anderson.

Thanks to the Monarch Tavern for having us, and to Dancemakers for the rehearsal space

Minor Expletives - Episode 1 - Emotion, Populism and making performance

Yes it's true, after day dreaming about it for quite a while, I'm launching an irregularly regular podcast. It will be a home for talks, a series of interviews that launch from the Conversation Starters (put guest requests in the comments) and beginning to make performances for the "radio."I'm starting with my talk at Dancemakers, built from a talk at the  University of Waterloo and the work I did around populism for the Toronto Fringe Festival. It also includes movement towards clarity of how I'm working these days with all the wonderful people I work with.

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