A close friend who does a lot of work with students and recent college grads recently asked me to articulate my "Love or Money Policy."
It goes like this...
I've been thinking a lot lately about the relationships between social media, online marketing, and live performance. I use the plural because the internet is now a broad enough topic that the relationship between say, twitter and audience development is very different than the phenomenon of critics with blogs, which again is very different from online ticket sales, which is again not in the same universe as online script sales and licensing. On top of this, we now have the phenomenon of active audience participation through smartphones in some performances, as well as some theatres now having a "twitter section" where audiences are welcome to use smartphones to tweet their experiences as they're happening. (There has recently been a whole lot of discussion on this phenomenon, my feelings on it are mixed and I am waiting to see what comes of putting this policy into effect.)
Now, some of you who know me as a scholar know that one of my major research interests is the entrepreneurial imperative of the American artist, or, in more plain English: the business of being an artist. A great deal of the business end of things is now happening online.
What follows are some (very) loosely organized thoughts on the relationships between the theatre community and the internet. (I may expand on specific segments of this post at a later date.)
Over the past few weeks I've found myself in the position of being asked by college students and recent graduates how to get started with working in theatre in Boston. And in the very recent past I was elected to the board of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston
, which is a position I sought out in part so that I could work on university outreach. As someone who frequently has a part in training young artists on how
to make theatre, I feel it's also important to talk to them about where
to make theatre beyond the confines of the academy. This is basically what I tell people about working in Boston...