A Note from Wu Chen
We’ve got something happening nearly every weekend this month! Our Fall Panel Discussion Series is already half over, and I encourage you to check out Women Managers and Aging in the Performing Arts this weekend. We’re also running two very special workshops: a Wardrobe workshop, giving hands-on training from the folks who are responsible for costumes and wigs during a show run, including quick-changes; and a costume and mask workshop just in time for Halloween, with the local master of human-powered animation and mechanization: Mcknight Fellowship Recipient Chris Lutter.
In this month’s Spotlight, Costume Designer Andrea Gross states that knowing when “to pull the plug on an idea so that you can move forward … is maybe most important and most elusive.”. She’s talking about design here, but when I read it, I thought of the ways that decision plays out in our lives and communities.
People have lot of different factors at play in their lives and environments, and many have more of their options culled, in a multitude of different ways, than, for instance, someone like me. I can and do study lots of disciplines because I have the time to do so, even with a newborn; I can now take gigs because I want to, not because I won’t make the rent if I don’t.
Organizationally then, if our mission of fostering exploration and resource sharing is to have any meaning, these factors must be at the core of our development plans. As a young entity, we have less (and different) inertia when considering the who, what, where and how. For this, we trade political strength and foundational stability. Yet an organization is also the individuals driving it: we are all our own King Midas. Significantly, these themes also permeate the essay by this month’s Sightlines contributor and Mu Performing Arts founder Rick Shiomi.
Andrea and Rick rightly demand that we must keep moving forward, and we must not be afraid to make some pretty drastic and personal changes in order to find a way to for us all to move forward together.
-Wu Chen Khoo
co-founder and Operations Director
Technical Tools of the Trade