Lots of looking to the future today.
I got to nail down the rights to the last of the plays for our 2017-2018 Season at Williamston Theatre. Confirmed rights and dates with one of the licensors, and sent out a couple of playwright contracts for some of our world premieres.
Season selection is one of my favorite parts of being an Artistic Director. There’s something energizing and exciting about it – working with the staff to nail down what our shows will be, what the face of our organization will be for a season. “This is who we are this year, everybody! Come hang out!” There’s a sense of The Future – moving forward, growing, making things – creation. I love it.
Also, I started speaking with our prospective new apprentices. Lining up interviews, discussing when they’d be able to meet, looking over resumes, that kind of stuff. Looking into who and what the rest of this season, and all of next season, will bring to the team.
Proofread a big press release from the National New Play Network for a project we’re involved in. That’ll go out next week, announcing a fun thing that we’ve not yet been able to talk about much.
Plus, I got to have a phone call with my daughter in Finland. It’s her birthday! Well, for us her birthday will happen tomorrow, but at 5pm here we called her because Finland is 7 hours ahead of us and she was out at Midnight CELEBRATING her birthday! How our little girl is suddenly 19 and living on the other side of the planet is still something I’m struggling to grasp, but just texting with her today and talking with her tonight reminded me of how bright and exciting her future is. And her little brother is on a bus to a weekend Show Choir retreat where he’s going to have a blast singing, dancing and hanging out with friends. So much potential and goodness coming for both of them!
So, yep. The future. So many good things are on the way. Sure, there are challenges, that goes without saying. But that’s part of the fun. Do I know exactly what I’ll be doing a year from now? 2 years? 5? Nope. I can guess, I can hope, I can plan… and then life will do what it does regardless of my hopes and plans. But looking around right now, I’m sure glad I’m here – and I kind of can’t wait to see what happens!