May is usually a very quiet month here at Theatrefolk Global Headquarters. The productions are winding down, and school is wrapping up. Occasionally, there will be a big summer reading order or a teacher trying to use up their budget. But by in large the phones are still and the living is easy.
So it’s been a bit of a shake up for me to expect tranquility and get a month pack with holy cow excitement.
- I received an Ontario Arts Council, Artists in the Schools Grant. This means I get to go into a number of schools and teach playwriting with very little cost to the school itself. Psssst! If you’re in Ontario, I’ve got three spots still for this grant. Send me an email ([email protected]) and I’ll send you an info sheet.
- I’ve set up a couple of schools to premiere a new play in the fall, that wasn’t even on my radar a month ago. That’s how it works some times, you’re working on various projects and then WHAMO one hits you out of left field. I felt so strongly about this play I’ve been writing like mad and can’t wait to get it out into the world.
- I took an amazing Adjudication Intensive that has made me crystalize my thoughts on this particular path. Yes, I want to adjudicate. Yes, I can adjudicate. Yes, this is something I’m going to pursue. After putting out some feelers I already have a bunch of tentative options, which surprised the heck out of me. I hope some come to fruition, my goal is five adjudication gigs over the next year.
Really, one of these would have been fantastic. The fact that there’s more than one big momentous wave feels overwhelming. But that’s when you take a deep breath, and see what has to happen today. And take it one day at a time after that. It’s interesting to look at the months ahead and know exactly what’s going to fill them. And knowing too the work that has to be done to make sure these projects don’t overwhelm me, that I treat each with my full attention and get a full result. I’m not interested in being an OK adjudicator, doing an OK job with the grant, and having an OK play to premiere. (metaphorically pushes up sleeves, even though it’s rather hot and am not wearing sleeves, not that it matters since it’s metaphorical, see this is the kind of thing that distracts me when my brain gets too full)
Let’s get going then.