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Happy Women’s History Month

Hello TheaterMakers! With March being Women’s History Month, I took a moment to think about the incredible influence women have had in the theatrical community and on my life in particular. It was the great Carole King who shared one of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever received: "We must fight to remain in the wonder of what we get to do." While rehearsing for the Tony Awards with…

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A Few Notes on Giving Notes

Q: Does anyone have advice on how to communicate notes with a writer in a way that will encourage them to make the necessary edits? First and foremost, it is important to understand every writer is different so learning your writer’s boundaries and personality traits is essential to the note-giving process. Some writers prefer a more blunt approach, while others require more nurturing. Use your initial meetings to take the…

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The Benefits of an Editing Break

Many of us have filled our days writing and editing new works as we patiently await theaters to reopen. Escaping into our created worlds has been key to surviving this unprecedented time. Though there have been challenging moments throughout the past year, it has been inspiring to hear so many success stories coming from artists about milestones reached from dedicating themselves to finishing their new shows.  As we approach the…

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Protecting Your Theatrical Brilliance

Q: How much is sharing too much of my show? Can you share too much and someone rips off your show?  Writers often refer to their shows as their “babies,” and like any proud parent, there is always an inclination to share about your child’s growth. Monthly photoshoots and videos of major milestones have filled timelines and feed since the social media explosion with no end in sight. Sharing and…

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In Appreciation of Musical Theater TikTok

Musical Theater TikTok is having a moment. With the need for live entertainment growing daily as we hopefully enter the final phases of the shutdown, theatre lovers are flocking to a new wave of TikTokers to get their Broadway fix and making viral stars out of Broadway veterans and hopefuls along the way. If you need a little break from that to-do list, here are five accounts keeping us entertained…

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From Grey to Extraordinary

Q: Is it effective and beneficial to dramatize or even satirize this global crisis as it occurs? I readily admit that I am someone who has used television and movies as an escape during this global crisis. Consequently, I have found myself uninterested in any shows that have incorporated the coronavirus into its storylines. Even after 17 years of following tragedy after tragedy on a staple like Grey’s Anatomy, I…

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The “Cut the Clever” edit!

Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day (or “Single-Awareness Day” if you are unbetrothed like myself) so what better time is there to talk about one of my favorite tips for writers: Kill your darlings. Ah, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it? Learning to “kill your darlings” is one of the first things a writer should learn but can be one of the…

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Do I Need to Separate My Personal & Project Domains?

Think of your show as a “product” you want to pitch. Every product you’ve researched and bought has its own website giving you as many details as possible, right? Don’t you think before investing themselves in your work, a consumer might want to know everything about it?  This raises the question: “Do I need a personal domain AND a project domain?” Short answer, yes. Grab that domain name for your…

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What to Consider When Planning Your Virtual Reading

The first few weeks of the pandemic, we expected it. We expected the shutdown to close our theaters for a few months until it was safe. Once Broadway closed for longer, we found ways around it. We postponed our events until the summer, or until the pandemic was “over”... Now, we are several months, almost one year, into this pandemic. The way we live now very well may become our…

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Invest in Your Love

Did you know that the most successful CEO’s in the country read about 50-60 books a year? While reading is really good for your brain, and something really absolutely love to do! Not only to find inspiration, but to learn the best new practices for promoting our shows. Which is why financial guru Peter Lynch says “invest in what you use everyday. Because if you’re using it, then so are…

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