A Note from Wu Chen
This month, we have an excellent essay by Tech Tools co-founder (among many other hats) Laura Wilhelm, thinking back and looking forward on her first year as a mother working in the theatre; as the Tonys continue to not present a Sound Design award, Sound Designer Katharine Horowitz incisively examines and reflects upon our own Twin Cities culture towards sound design and how it is reflected in the both the art onstage and environment offstage; our ongoing Sightlines column features an essay from Lighting Designer Mike Wangen on his (and our) history.
This Spotlight has been particularly personal for me. I am a father myself now. I spend a lot of time thinking about the ethics, structure, and working conditions of arts & entertainment industry and how and where we can do better, and what better even means. But, unsurprisingly for those who know him, it was Mike who really touched a nerve.
In typical fashion, he introduced his essay to me with: “This article is not meant to be an objective history, but, a recollection of the Twin Cities theater scene of the 70s, my involvement in it, and how it might relate to today.”
In a sense, that’s what I think the performance arts wish to be: a subjective recollection of our collective and collected experience, presented with honesty and integrity, with a mindful eye to how it connects with our ongoing lives and world.
As a good friend said: "I really do believe art can change the world."
We founded Tech Tools to help give people the connections and the tools to better do so. This month has been a good reminder of that.
Wu Chen Khoo
Tech Tools co-founder and Operations Director