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With 1979 thriving onstage at GCTC, it has been time for me to turn my attention from working as assistant director to Eric here and back to my work as an indie theatre creator and producer. My passion project for the last three years has been TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series)—Ottawa’s indie theatre series in residence at Arts Court (www.tacticsottawa.com).
Today is World Theatre Day, a day intended not only “to promote theatre in all its forms across the world,” but also “to enable theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale so that governments and opinion leaders are aware of the value and importance of theatre in all its forms and support it.” (https://www.world-theatre-day.org/goals.html)
So, January is a fantastic time to be at GCTC. There is so much going on - Brooke Johnson’s Trudeau Stories is running on the mainstage, Les Passants is in rehearsal, and prep for 1979 is underway both here in Ottawa and in Niagara-on-the-Lake. And that’s just the mainstage shows! Up in the office, we’re hard at work putting together next year’s season, while down in the lobbies, we’ve got pre-show events like Chefs & Shows and Prologue, and post-show events like … drum roll, please … Late Night in the Lobby.
Wow, I never thought I’d be so excited to be working 9 to 5 in an office! In the years since I completed my MFA in directing, I have been working full-time as a freelance theatre artist (oh yeah, and part-time as a yoga teacher). So I’ve spent pretty much all my working hours either in a studio (for both rehearsals and yoga), or reading plays and writing grants on my laptop at home. And in libraries, and coffee shops, and parks, and… you get the idea.