In his recent Back Page essay, Style theater critic Dave Timberline tells us that whenever artistic success and administrative authority clash, it seems it is always the artist who gets screwed. His references were to the recent "imbroglio," as he called it, at the Firehouse Theatre Project.
How unfortunate that Mr. Timberline chose to write words that only serve to widen this imagined divide and further alienate one so-called group from another.
How wonderful instead would it have been if he had used his bully pulpit to share examples of the many ways and countless instances, including those at the Firehouse Theatre, that administrative leadership has worked hand in hand with the artist, has sacrificed tirelessly to organize and raise funds and find the right people and places to support the artistic talent which they — as well as other artists — value so highly.
These people also choose to support and collaborate and make art possible, and they are just as creative and visionary, in their own way, and just as important to the artistic process.
It is a diminished world that would pit the artist and the administrator against each other instead of celebrating the wonder they can produce together.
Joni Dray, Richmond