Building the Successful Theater Company by Lisa Mulcahy

By Lisa Mulcahy

Every thing from discovering a functionality area, to making a primary season, to selling your organization and construction, to designing a long term plan is mentioned intimately during this enticing guide–a occasionally irreverent, continuously proper glance in the back of and past the curtain of the trendy level troupe. via own adventure and the "war tales" of esteemed level veterans, the writer unearths the pitfalls, passions, and practicalities of the theater undefined. Chapters comprise constructing company and price range plans, rehearsing, attracting awareness with exposure and word-of-mouth, adapting to development, and extra. for everybody from the budding specialist to the avid viewers member in need of the last word again degree travel, no different publication comprises the original perception and sound recommendation present in this fundamental reference.

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We’d set it up differently. We had an extremely good relationship with the minister of the church, and he was enormously supportive of our work. He never asked to see a script. I mean, I used to go and meet with him in the spring of the preceding year, and we’d go through dates and when we could be in there and when we couldn’t, and we’d talk philosophy— it was just a very, very pleasant relationship. 42 ■ B U I L D I N G T H E S U C C E S S F U L T H E AT E R C O M PA N Y “But as we became more and more successful, we just took up more space and became more present.

Hupp eventually left the Artistic Director’s chair as well. A search was mounted to find a new company head. The person chosen was David Fuller, whose professional history was closely linked with the Cocteau. Fuller’s strong personal friendship with Adamson, plus their fruitful creative collaborations in prior years, was a major plus. David Fuller is not only respectful of, but also deeply aware of the history of the Cocteau, which continually informs the work he does with the company. He believes his experience and knowledge is a key factor in its continued success.

Jacobson’s feminist values informed her work as a theater artist. 32 ■ B U I L D I N G T H E S U C C E S S F U L T H E AT E R C O M PA N Y “Horizons began in 1977. , in the mid-1970s. There was a women’s theater in Washington at that time, and in 1974, I had written and directed a play about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald for that company, the Washington Area Feminist Theatre (WAFT). “Theater is always on the brink of extinction, and WAFT lost its space in ’76. That, coupled with some internal problems within that organization—which I was not running, I was just a participant—that theater sort of fell apart.

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