Learn More by Sampling Local Theatre
I have only been a producer at First Run for about a year and I have discovered my strengths and weaknesses. I have made mistakes, but I have also made equal strides. Personally, I have worked various positions in theatre for over sixteen years, but that does not mean I know all I need to in order to be a great producer. In fact, I feel theatre is a constantly evolving art form requiring all theatre professionals to seek on going educational opportunities and experiences. This is why I advocate for people and companies to sample the local theatre scene.
What does this mean?
Sampling the local theatre scene means going to productions other than productions of your home base.
In all honesty, I was not an advocate of this process until recently. Not because I thought I didn’t need it, but because I thought I couldn’t afford it. I live on a budget and making splurge purchases on theatre are a luxury for me. I feel many readers can relate to this dilemma. However, I realized many theater’s have a set price point of $15 – $25 dollars. This makes theatre in Saint Louis extremely affordable. I won’t go into too much detail about the affordability of Saint Louis theatre, if you want to read more, check out Sara Rae Womack article, Affordability in the Lou.
For me, its important to see what other companies are doing and how audiences are responding to those shows. I like to know what audiences are craving. Entertainment taste are constantly changing, so you need to stay on top of it if you want to stay relevant.
Sampling other companies also allows a chance to see what other people are doing technically. I love seeing a new set or lighting design that inspires me. It gives me a chance to network and meet new people. We are a community of amazing talent and sometimes we need to look to other places for inspiration. I remember someone telling me, ” we have to help each other if we all want to succeed.” I feel this is true. We want the best for our companies and our shows and should be willing to help each other achieve those goals. If we know good people then we should learn from them, grow, and share.
I know it is sometimes scary thinking about sharing resources, but when you’re a small company, its important. I have been lucky to work with other companies to share resources for shows and it has always been mutually beneficial. I also know how hard it is to get resources if your budget is non-existent.
In the end sampling other theaters allows us to grow individually and as a community. Supporting each other is important.
Krystal Stevenson is the producer for First Run Theatre, an adventure seeker, pizza lover, teacher, and part-time writer.
**DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this post are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of THE SCENE SHOP.