My first ever blog
Posted by Gemma Bodinetz on 24th Mar 2010 at 12:58 | The Life Of An Artistic Director | 0 comments
Well here I am all very 2010 writing my first ever blog entry for our new website. I believe the custom is to write somewhat less formally than one might for a season brochure or programme introduction so forgive me if I'm dustily formal. This is a whole new world for me. Of course I'm not completely living in the dark ages and I have even been known to "tweet" but this is our new website and it feels very much like walking on virgin snow. Here goes....
The life of an artistic director of these theatres is extraordinarily varied and I hope over the coming weeks and months to give you some sense of all that these theatres are and all that I hope we can offer you.
My days usually begin at 9.30 am and often finish as the show comes down that evening. They are packed not just with rehearsals and programming decisions but with meetings with our Literary, Technical, Communications, Front of House, Education and Outreach departments. I am also heavily engaged with the re-development of the new Everyman theatre as well as making sure I see all the very best theatre around the country in the hope of bringing the best companies and artists here to the theatres. And then there are all the plays I have to read.............. In short no two days are the same and a lot more than the shows on our stages. Deborah (our Executive Director) and I are supported by the most amazing team of people and I know they will also be sharing their experiences on these blog pages.
We all invest a lot of passion (a much overused word I know) in our work because there is no other way to create great theatre but I'm going to strive to make this blog more than just another "selling tool" that simply tells you all how excited we all are about the next production. Take that as read. We only produce work we are excited about. I hope my blog can give you a closer understanding of the why, the how and the massive creative impetus that goes behind all that we do at these theatres.
Please read the wonderful Jonathan Harvey's blog on Canary rehearsals. He's written us a big, brave, funny, moving play that's going to challenge every one of our departments to serve it well.
The first footprints are in the snow.
Watch this space.
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