New Manifesto for the Theatre

What? 

Theatre should always be new.

  • New work.
  • New experiences.
  • New audiences.
  • New ideas.

Theatre is a challenge.

  • New is challenging.

Theatre is creation.

  • Creation is creative.
  • Theatre should start when creativity starts.
  • Young children benefit from exposure and instruction in theatre and storytelling.
  • Creative expression enhances critical thinking skills and many types of reasoning, especially syllogistic and analogical reasoning and modal logic.

Theatre is a unique language. Theatre transcends linguistics.

  • With new words.
  • With old words new.
  • With no words.

Theatre is myth.

  • Religious.
  • Traditional or Aesopian.
  • Collective.
  • Primary and elemental.

Theatre can be succinct and simple.

Theatre can be cathartic.

Theatre should not preach.

An audience’s impression is mercurial and necessarily impressionistic.

Theatre should not exclude.

  • New artists.
  • New art.
  • New ideas.
  • New audiences.

Theatre should not simply entertain.

The artist is the lowest common denominator.
                               Theatre transcends expectation and reading level.

Theatre should not ignore the digital age.

How?

Where?

Theatre is experienced only in community.

  • Theatre creates bonds.
  • Air, space, heat, sound, experience is shared.

Theatre should be produced locally.

  • People should trust their local artists.

Trust only comes from persistence and constancy.

  • Artists should be loyal to their theatre.
  • Consistent, returning artists create a trusted work of art that audiences will support (even if it isn’t Shakespeare, Simon, or a musical).
  • Outside headliners are unnecessary if local artists are supported.

Theatre should be free for students and other artists.

Theatre should be vital to the development of thought and new ideas.
                                  Theatre should be the training ground for intellectual breakthroughs.

Theatre should not be a second, third, or fourth job.

  • The artist only has so much equity (time, energy, creativity).
  • All activity uses equity.
  • The artist should spend their equity in their theatre.

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