A 1945 Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers

 

  1. I shall never miss a performance.
  2. I shall play every performance with energy, enthusiasm and to the best of my ability regardless of size of audience, personal illness, bad weather, accident, or even death in my family.
  3. I shall forego all social activities which interfere with rehearsals or any other scheduled work at the theatre, and I shall always be on time.
  4. I shall never make a curtain late by my failure to be ready on time.
  5. I shall never miss an entrance.
  6. I shall never leave the theatre building or the stage area until I have completed my performance, unless I am specifically excused by the stage manager; curtain calls are a part of the show.
  7. I shall not let the comments of friends, relatives or critics change any phase of my work without proper consultation; I shall not change lines, business, lights, properties, settings or costumes or any phase of the production without consultation with and permission of my director or producer or their agents, and I shall inform all people concerned.
  8. I shall forego the gratification of my ego for the demands of the play.
  9. I shall remember my business is to create illusion; therefore, I shall not break the illusion by appearing in costume and makeup off-stage or outside the theatre.
  10. I shall accept my director’s and producer’s advice and counsel in the spirit in which it is given, for they can see the production as a whole and my work from the front.
  11. I shall never “put on an act” while viewing other artists’ work as a member of an audience, nor shall I make caustic criticism from jealousy or for the sake of being smart.
  12. I shall respect the play and the playwright and, remembering that “a work of art is not a work of art until it is finished,” I shall not condemn a play while it is in rehearsal.
  13. I shall not spread rumor or gossip which is malicious and tends to reflect discredit on my show, the theatre, or any personnel connected with them-either to people inside or outside the group.
  14. Since I respect the theatre in which I work, I shall do my best to keep it looking clean, orderly and attractive regardless of whether I am specifically assigned to such work or not.
  15. I shall handle stage properties and costumes with care for I know they are part of the tools of my trade and are a vital part of the physical production.
  16. I shall follow rules of courtesy, deportment and common decency applicable in all walks of life (and especially in a business in close contact with the public) when I am in the theatre, and I shall observe the rules and regulations of any specific theatre where I work.
  17. I shall never lose my enthusiasm for theatre because of disappointments.

Dressing Up

glenda-jackson-c1968-8“Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you just thought of them that instant.”

– Glenda Jackson

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“Alice in Wonderland” Workshop

We will have the fall play workshop August 19-22 in the HHS Auditorium.

Tuesday August 19th – Friday August 22nd 12pm-4pm

As with every year, if you attend the whole workshop you will automatically be cast in the show!

The workshop is a week long this year because we will be creating “Alice in Wonderland” from scratch!  We will need to make a script and create everything!  This summer I’ve started my Masters of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography and will bring so many amazing ways to start creating and devising theatre.  Be prepared to move and have your world turned upside down!

I am so excited!

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33 Ways to Stay Creative

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Something new every day

Today… today I started my MFA program… 6 intense weeks of classes and rehearsals seven days a week.  I’ve been told it’ll challenge me and we will all cry, but today on my first day I was awed and exhilarated.  Why?

I learned something that changed my whole being.  Call me naive, or uncultured, but today I learned that a book didn’t have to have any words.  Heck, a book didn’t even need to have pages!

In my directing for choreographers class today we met in the Special Collections section of the UWM library.  “Can you read a book without text?”  we were asked.  “No.”  “Why not?  It still has a story to tell, the blank pages, the binding, the smell.”  The list went on.  Then the fun came.  We were introduced to Artist Books.

I’m not going to say anything about Artist Books, just look at some of the collection UWM has.  Maybe you already know what an Artist Book is, maybe you are like me and will learn today.  But I hope you enjoy these amazing books!

An Artist Book and Container. It folded out into a pop-up book

An Artist Book and Container. It folded out into a pop-up book

One of the Pop-up book pages

One of the Pop-up book pages

An old Barbie Coloring book, "Colored in" with contrasting magazine clippings.

An old Barbie Coloring book, “Colored in” with contrasting magazine clippings.

One of my favorite!  A pill bottle Book!

One of my favorite! A pill bottle Book!

These were the pills inside

These were the pills inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Favorite!  Using the chop sticks you took out a cloth wonton and pulled out the scroll inside.  It had text or drawings on it.

Another Favorite! Using the chop sticks, you took out a cloth wonton and pulled out the scroll inside. It had text or drawings on it.

“But that’s not a book!” you are all saying.  And my professor would ask you, “Why not?”

Here are some things from the Inter-web that describes Artist Books.

WARNING: Artist’s books should come with a warning label. Once you know what they are, be warned, you have the burden of trying to explain them to others.

Essentially, artist’s books are contemporary art. If they are art, then they must be made by artists. If they resemble books at times, then they might be defined as books, or publications, made by artists. But what if they are made by philosophers or writers?

Another way to explain artist’s books is by elimination, that is, by stating what they are not:

They are not children’s books
They are not sketch books.
They are not diaries.
They are not blank books.
They are not exhibition catalogs.
They are not reproductions of a body of an artist’s work.
They are not art books(a common misnomer).
However, they may parody or play with any of the above, as well as all other standard categories such as novels, self-help books, non-fiction, cookbooks, operating manuals, manifestos, travel guides, essays, etc. Artist’s books function in the same way as contemporary art: as an expression of someone’s creativity, often with social commentary, but sometimes in a purely abstract way, in absence of words or recognizable imagery.

Artists’ books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheet. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist’s book is primarily a late 20th-century form.

“Artists’ books are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself.” Stephen Bury

Thanks to today I have a new outlook on books, art, and everything in between.  I know I’ll make an artist book of my own!  Maybe that can be a summer project for all of you!  What would your Artist Book be?

ETIQUETTE FOR ASKING FOR A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

During your time at school the chances are high that you will need to ask someone for a letter of recommendation [for college, a scholarship, a job, an internship, etc.] You want to get the best letter you can, because you will competing with other students. These are some ideas about how you can best do this.

Put thought into your choice of a reference. Ask someone you know, and ask someone who knows you. Not every teacher can write about you. Don‟t ask an instructor to write a letter if you’ve been disruptive in his or her class. At the beginning of trimeters, try to visit all of your teachers during flex-time or after school for a private visit so that they will begin to know who you are.

Ask early. If at all possible, allow four weeks before the letter is due. Everyone understands that emergencies happen, and four weeks is not always possible. However, it is always best. A hurried letter is not likely to be as thoughtful or enthusiastic as is a considered one.

Be prepared for the teacher to say, “no” to your request. This is not the likely scenario, but there are reasons why you might get the “no.‟ The teacher may be too busy to give you adequate time. Perhaps he or she remembers you as the person who was always late, and feels that you could get a stronger letter elsewhere.

Provide the teacher with complete, written information about yourself and the thing for which you are applying. Information about yourself would include your name, contact information, and at least a brief summary of your activities in areas such as academics, service, and school involvement. If you haven’t seen the teacher for a year, bring him or her up to date on what you have done.

Information about the college/scholarship/job would include things such as criteria, the focus of the scholarship [service, academic, etc.], the name of the person or group to whom the letter should be addressed, and the deadline.

Teachers need this information because they take the time to shape the letters for the particular audience. A letter that might work in one context will not be strong in another, and letters addressed “to whom it might concern” are seldom effective.

Plan on visiting the teacher in person to make your request. You’re asking for a favor from the teacher, not ordering pizza. This brief interview helps the teacher form a stronger idea of who you are and what the letter should emphasize.

After the process is over, send a thank-you note and little something to the teacher. This acknowledges the time the teacher spent [thirty minutes to an hour or more]. It also paves the way for you should you need to ask for another letter a year later.

Let the teacher know the result of your application. This can be done informally, through a phone call or email, but you have now piqued the teacher’s interest, so you don’t just want to disappear!

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