Letter to a performing artist

An old friend and fellow performer sent me an email this morning. He is someone of eccentric and spiritual creativity. I admire him and I have have for some time. He represents the… Continue reading

Re: commodifying improv

In her review of the panel discussion I co-presented and participated in (Improvising an improv economy), Judy Weightman does a passable job of capturing the free-wheeling nature of the event. With six passionate participants,… Continue reading

Mentioned in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare & Performance (ahem, ahem)

My old friend Cary Mazer sent me notice today that I am quoted in his article with the impressive title “Documenting the Demotic: Actor Blogs and the Guts of the Opera Singer” in… Continue reading

The impotence of general outrage

Raise your hand if this has happened to you. Scrolling through the social media of your choice, you come upon a friend who DECLAIMS LOUDLY ABOUT THE HORROR OF [insert person/event/social media phenomena]. The… Continue reading

Born To Run

I discovered the music of Bruce Springsteen late. I had a dim awareness of the album that changed everything – Born To Run – while in junior high. And my prep school roommate… Continue reading

Noa 3: The Island of Misfit Toys

This article originally appeared in The Broad Street Review and was edited by Wendy Rosenfield. As a parent, I am a bystander for my children’s astonishing creative journeys. My older son, Griffen, teaches at and directs… Continue reading

Noa 2

I am sitting in my home, listening to Rickie Lee Jones’ magical and haunting piece called Traces of the Western Slopes from what is arguably her greatest album, Pirates. Take me now From the… Continue reading

Noa

It’s a chilly night and I am sitting next to my son in a large room in a Unitarian church. Noa is displaying his traditional signs of minor anxiety: rapid scanning of his… Continue reading