Thursday, August 06, 2009

here we go again

Thinking about going back to school because, well, when the economy is crap, that's what people do. Either that or the government puts them to work digging ditches. Basically, I want to become the kind of professor I had at Point: family-oriented, a sane voice in the drama-filled vacuumn of theater, someone who teaches during the winter and enjoys gardening in the summer. I realise that if I enter the world of collegiate academia armed only with an MA, I would probably be adjuncting and have a second job on the side--but I'm hopeful I can get my foot in the door somewhere.

And I also want to start my own community theater. Not a theater company, not a grown up serious regional theater, but a community theater, a space where people who are not theater people can come and create theater. A million years ago I wrote a paper for a class about a hypothetical, ideal community theater, prompting my professor to comment that it sounded like this is what I should do with my life. I brushed him off, convinced I was going to be the next Sarah Kane...but funnily enough, I've never forgotten that comment. Nor that paper...

So onward perhaps. I knew when I moved to Virginia and started working at CW that this was a temporary thing, a place where I could lick the wounds Chicago inflicted and figure out what the hell to do next. I'm ready for the next leap now, but this time I'm doing it the smart way--before I even start any classes, I'm going to have a list of jobs I can apply for when I'm done.

5 comments:

Arndís said...

Being the next Sarah Kane sounds like a TERRIBLE idea! On a personal level, at least ;)

Nicki said...

Oh, well, naturally I didn't mean the personal thing...just the writing bit.

Jack Bunny said...

I wish you well. Be warned. I started a theatre group about 4 years ago. For the first couple of years it's a full time job - worth it if you survive ...

j

Diane Fields said...

I would join you here in Williamsburg if you open up a theater group.

Andrew said...

Sounds like you have a plan. That's great! I wish you the best of luck and can't wait to see you in October?