Why do we go to live theatre? Why do we go to live concerts or baseball games? There is an active relationship between the performer and the audience that does not exist anywhere else. A director is the conduit from the writer to through the actor to that audience. The writer has finally crafted every word, every syllable, and every space or punctuation mark with intent; our journey is one of discovery. The actor is a craftsman that deserves to be challenged, supported and encouraged to succeed through failure. The audience is not to be taken lightly nor talked down to but actively engaged.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett
What makes me unique as a Director, first and foremost, is my professional commitment to diversity: diversity of thought, diversity of programming and most importantly diversity in human resources. To put this more simply, I believe it takes an unwavering commitment to color and sex conscious casting to create progress in our industry, while expanding our audience base. Theatre and Film should lead progress not follow trends.
As a leader, I firmly believe in dissention, collaboration and empowerment. There is nothing stronger than the human imagination and our will to achieve it. The best of leaders, do not know how to do everything, but know how to choose the right people to surround themselves with.
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." – Gen. George S Patton.
What type of work do I direct? This is always a fascinating question. My answer: ‘Theatre and Film’. However, where I excel is in the worlds of Magical Realism, Media and Medium integrations and work that is about, or surrounded, by the world of the Military.
Media and Medium Integrations:
Finally, it is my belief we must constantly look for new ways to reach and develop new audiences, while working to make the art we create relevant to the audience we serve. This remains our fundamental purpose.