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Re: “Burning Down the House

I won't be acting or teaching with Firehouse as things currently stand, despite having been scheduled to do both in the coming months. I respect the opinions of my peers in the local theatre community too much, including Carol Piersol. I believe that theatrical management exists to support theatrical art, not the other way around, and if management and art don't agree, then what's needed is new management... not to drive away all the artists. Even if this means lack of growth, constant state of crisis (I've never known a theatre, film, or other arts organization that wasn't in a near constant state of crisis for much of its existence), or ultimately even the company's demise. We learn early in acting to make strong choices and not be afraid of failure if you want to make anything worthwhile.

I do hope some equitable answer can still be achieved allowing Firehouse to survive and continue the artistic vision that's carried it this far, but pending that, I have to add my list to the ranks of respected actors, directors, patrons, board members, donors, and others who have severed ties with the current leadership of Firehouse Theatre. I'm sad it's come to this, as I was really looking forward to acting in Time Stands Still and teaching stage combat certificate classes, and my family could certainly have used the additional income (Not to be flip, but the staff sometimes has to pick up a second job? That sucks for them - and let me tell you about my five adjunct classes at four Universities/Colleges, theatre and film work, and running my own small business that still don't together pay a living wage this Semester). I'll continue to follow developments closely, but at present I cannot support the current efforts of Firehouse, be it the re-casting of shows, the doubling-down on artistic decisions made by management, or the disrespectful manner in which this has all gone down.


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Posted by Kevin on 01/16/2013 at 9:24 PM

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