Thursday, May 3, 2012
What inspires you?
I feel inspired by different things for each of my creative interests. Often, when it comes to my visual art, it is nature, a story I am writing or reading, an interesting play of light, or the way man-made things like buildings, fences, and poles create complex patterns when juxtaposed.
When it comes to writing, I find a piece of music often inspires, as does an overheard conversation, or observing strangers in public places. I've even been inspired by random things like a game of curling, or playing the SIMS*. (As in the case of my book MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER.)
Dorothy's Road Trip') and they want to publish two more of my plays. As you can probably guess, I'm more than pleased! Stay tuned for news about 'The Western Tale' (a parody of Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale') and 'Little Red In the Hood'.
Why all this musing about drama and plays? My current class of Theatre Performance students (a BRILLIANT group, I might add) are thick into the production of this year's June show. It a compilation of plays written by the students themselves, and its going to be fabulous. The theme is actually a bit dark in spots, with some dark comedies and some straight up drama. We're calling it 'Drama Noir". I'm so proud of these kids. It's my dream class, with only 18 students - 9 males and 9 females. They are working so hard and I've given them an unprecedented amount of autonomy this year and they are stepping up to the plate.
In short, when it comes to my 'day job', especially when it comes to Drama, the thing that inspires me the most are the kids themselves. Its one reason I can't imagine giving it up any time soon.