Friday, March 7, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Last week, I had the great fortune to be in
Hawai'i, on the . While there, I did many things
that visitors to island of O'ahu
I walked the busy streets of
Waikiki and suppressed the urge to
buy brightly coloured sundresses, printed with hibiscus flowers. I went to the
Farmers Market at , where
I tried Fried Green Tomatoes and ate exotic fruits. I went snorkeling at the
incredibly beautiful Hanauma Bay. I swam at Kapiolani
Community College Kailua
Beach and watched surfers conquer the
waves of the . North
I also had the opportunity to speak with Mark Branner's TYA Class at the
about Green Thumb and TYA. University of Hawai'i
It was truly a pleasure to be invited into Mark's class and to speak with the undergraduate students that were from both theatre and education.
As I was allowed to observe the start of class, I got to see this mixture of students do physical and vocal warm ups before a few oral assignments were presented.
Following the class's normal start, it was my turn!
I talked about Green Thumb's history, mandate and methodology in play creation. As case studies, I showed excerpts from two of our secondary school shows; CRANKED and tagged. What followed was an engaging conversation about the commissioning and development of new scripts, the philosophies behind TYA as a genre, the difficulties we face in marketing issue driven work and the nuts and bolts of producing and touring our work.
U of H also offers a Master program with a TYA focus and several of the Masters candidates attended the class and then stayed and chatted with me after the class was over. It was a lively and interesting discussion that I hope was as informative for the students as it was for me.
One of the Masters students was Yasu Ishida, whom I met at the IPAY Conference in January of this year, in
would like to extend my thanks to Yasu for helping me facilitate the visit to U
of H. Pittsburgh, PA.
While I can only hope I get back to
Hawai'i as vacationing visitor
again, I feel confident that my time at
the U of H was the beginning of a Pacific Rim
conversation about TYA that will continue.
To Mark, Yasu, Rachel and all the other students who gave me their time-Mahalo!
- Nadine Carew
General Manager, Green Thumb Theatre
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Vancouver Island. Now that's a climate. No more of that Interior of BC, Ontario nonsense. Bring me all of your temperate rainforests (said/sung ala Tim Curry in Fern Gully)!
We've been having a great time here on the Island. The beautiful drives and comfortable temperatures have made four very happy campers. Something that's been interesting for us are the candid questions we've been getting in talkbacks. For instance, a student asked why the incident that occurred in the play is a "big deal", when things like that happen at school "all the time". A little background: In tagged, two high school seniors are interviewed by a police Constable following a party where a mutual friend of the students, Sam, passes out from alcohol and is photographed and videotaped in a humiliating light. Sam's life is forever changed when the pictures and videos are put online and she becomes the victim of harassment over social media. So when a student asked us why something like this is a big deal, we were initially taken aback. After some reflection we realized this is an honest and important question - why is it such a big deal? The answer is why the company of tagged choose to work in the Theatre: because you never know someone else's story. Something that one person shrugs off can be deeply injurious to another. All we can do is practice kindness and respect, and know it could be us who ends up hurt one day - and hope that there'll be someone there who cares.
On Friday we will perform our last show. tagged 2013-2014 has been an incredible ride. A heartfelt thanks to all of the high school students over the last three months who took the ride with us!