The astonishing, outrageous, sacred, dirty, noble, mendacious, brutal, courageous, hilarious, absurd, tacky, fathomless things that people do as they struggle to navigate a bewildering world.
Other people's creative work.
Surprising collisions and unusual associations of disparate people, events, and ideas.
Untold aspects of well-worn stories.
Turning things inside-out, uncovering hidden truths.
Learning new things.
The unique energy of a particular space.
Possibilities for pushing into new theatrical frontiers, inventing hybrid forms.
The infinite interactions of actors with each other and the physical environment.
The transformation of a prosaic object into a poetic idea.
Giddy inspiration, terrifying state of not-knowing, ecstatic revelation, profound doubt, frustration, self-loathing, despair, redoubled effort, renewed inspiration, over and over and over again.
The yearning to surprise, to provoke, to shake-up, to delight, to astonish, to entertain, to commune with other people through a live, theatrical experience.
Collaborating with my ensemble: researching, brain-storming, questioning, digging, laughing, devising, experimenting, cliff-diving, discovering possibilities for the most theatrical and poetic expressions that work their way through the audience's nerves, mind, and heart.