A Note from Wu Chen
When Costume Designer Andrea Gross asked if she could write this month’s essay about parenthood instead of the originally planned piece about costume design, I said yes without hesitation. Given what I said last month, I should have been more prepared for what was to come. It sparked what would be a month of personal reflection.
A recent parent myself, I claim it’s on my mind a lot. Andrea’s piece was a brilliant splash of cold water: my reality has been more like my colleague Laura, and it was fantastic to be forced to think long and hard about the lives of others, and thus also your own.
History Theater Artistic Director Ron Peluso also surprised me with this month’s Sightlines column. Ron is arguably part of the reason I’m still working in the industry, and it’s been incredibly eye-opening to realize just how little I knew - know - about him.
Sound Designer Katharine Horowitz continues her dive down the rabbit hole of Interactive Theater. The sheer variety of core philosophies amongst the creators was fascinating to me. Rarely do interview series make me wish for the unedited material!
However, particularly with our focus on giving a platform for the personal stories of the people of the performing arts industry - such as with the monthly Sightlines column - it was discomfiting to realize how little I lately had been giving credence to perspectives not my own. As we plan out another year, I’m very grateful for the kick in the pants.
We are really excited for the continued opportunities in 2016 and deeply grateful for all 2015 brought us. Thank you. All of you. Participants, instructors, business partners, friends, and mentors. For your support, enthusiasm, ideas, independence, criticism, and ferocity. As I said in last month’s Notes: keep driving forward.
-Wu Chen Khoo
co-founder and Operations Director
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