Editing Time!

THANK YOU, everyone who participated yesterday. We had a fantastic time and learned so much.

Section of text being live-edited yesterday! Click to see the full document we created.

Patrick, Christina and I will work over the next two days on editing a TCG Whatifesto submission-ready document out of the monster we all created together. (Has to be submitted by 15 March!)

We would love input, preferably in time for the 15 March TCG submission deadline. Leave it as a comment on this blog post (preferred! We love transparency), or email me at corytamler (at) gmail.

If you participated yesterday: What conversations/new ideas stick in your mind a day later? Which questions did you find most challenging/stimulating, and which answers did you like? Feel free to respond to the event itself — what worked well, what would you suggest we do differently next time? Comment or email your impressions.


If you didn’t participate: Your input would still be great. Take a look at the document we made together [click here] and see what sticks out to you. What questions and answers do you find most pressing, inspiring, challenging, etc.? Comment or email your impressions.

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5 thoughts on “Editing Time!

  1. Things that stuck out to me from the conversation:

    Sports: People kept bringing up sports! And often, not triggered by somebody else bringing up sports. Acknowledging that there’s something really powerful in sports, analyzing what that is, trying to think about what we can use to connect theatre more strongly with its audience.

    Ownership: A lot of talk about giving the audience a personal stake in theatre as a way of increasing its importance in their lives — and its value as a community institution. (Along with this: changing the way audiences interact with theatre, particularly in the light of using technology to do so. Should we be doing this? How do we keep up with technology without taking the theatre out of theatre?)

    Bring theatre to the people: I really, really loved this quote: “the audiences are not in the theatres so why not go where the audiences are.” We talked about space being an issue. Solutions? Sharing space; also, decreasing dependence on space.

    Mystique of the artisan: There was division on this issue. Kind of a hot/sensitive topic. I felt more tension there than elsewhere, and less solutions offered.

  2. Okay guys – I just reread through everything that we have. It is a mountain.
    I also, think that this idea, which was super cool/successful is the Whatifesto. Open/Transparent. Give space to talk/comment/share. Remove the decisions from the office and the boardroom and don’t just make it about giving people a vote. Explain yourself, let people know why you are making the decisions you are making.

    Some themes:
    CONNECTIVITY – this is all about connecting the art-makers to the audience to the world. I think that this is also related to transparency (which I talk about above). All about openness and breaking down our walls: space, decisions, etc. Remove the mystic of theatre.

    INTEGRATE – Connected to connectivity but this is about connecting the greater world (bars, sports, museums, other art forms, public spaces) to the theatrical experience.

    HARNESS TECHNOLOGY – for everything. To connect, to integrate, to make it easier. Do not replace the live event but harness technology to improve and augment the person-to-person interaction (like a dating web site).

    INVESTMENT – Personal investment, social investment, monetary investment, artistic investment (or art-maker investment) all the kinds of investment that are necessary to make theatre blossom.

    MYSTIC-KILLING – how do we make people care about theatre-makers? How do we make it so that theatre is not on a pedestal. So that people feel comfortable attending, feel comfortable failing in their attempt to attend a theatrical event.

    • You are right. The event — the PROCESS of the creation — is and should be part of the Whatifesto itself.

      We need questions and answers. Preferably, one good question and a number of answers that relate to that question, and that also inform and expand it…if that makes sense.

      The Whatifesto needs to start with “What if…?” — what is our big “What if?” that emerged from Sunday? I would argue it’s something like —

      “What if theatre inspired a feeling of ownership, not just in theatre artists, but in the community at large?”

      The more I think about it, the more I become convinced that most, if not all, of the discussion on Sunday was related to solving the problem of how to give communities/audiences a sense of ownership. Talking about sports — b/c people have sense of ownership in sports. Talking about de-mystifying — b/c people can’t feel close to gods or magicians. Talking about theatres as community centers — to bring the community into the process, into the personal lives of the artists, and to give back to the community. Talking about taking theatre out of the building — so the community sees that theatre is a PART of their community.

      That’s my suggestion for our focus question. We need one, ’cause there’s no way we’re writing a 500 word document that encompasses all of the topics we addressed Sunday.

  3. From an email sent early this morning:

    So, we need to determine how we want to attack this monster of a doc and get cracking. I made a copy of the original WIF-O and started trying to turn it into a compilation of blog posts and the co-written doc that we could eventually shape, but I only got half way through. It has no focus, and does not touch at all on how achieving the goal of ugly theater is possible.

    I think it will be a shame if we miss this deadline. If we don’t do it, someone else will. I don’t have a ton of time tomorrow, but I will try to wake up early, and if possible, actually take a lunch hour.

    If I were writing a WIF-O on my own, I think the opening question would be something like, “What if theater were a community center?” Or, “What if theater were less boxy?” Both worded better, of course.

    I think a lot of what was discussed yesterday came down to one thing: theater as an integrated part of the community. A town hall of sorts. Not a peripheral (I just rediscovered that word and realized how much I like it) entity standing in the wings waiting to play its part. Theater as a very fun church, so to speak. In fact, I think someone made the reference in the monster doc.

  4. I just did some re-edits. It is down to JUST under 500 words. There is something that strikes me as vague there that I noted, but I think Patrick wrote it and I wasn’t clear enough on the line of thinking to edit it.

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