As the newest member of the 42nd Street Moon online team, I’d like to provide a brief mid-season introduction. I’ll be working in tandem with Artistic Directors Greg MacKellan and Stephanie Rhoads and Managing Director Lauren Hewitt to profile cast members and provide communications about the theater through the social Web. You can expect to see news and features here every Tuesday and Friday.
When theater board member and blog network BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page asked if I’d be interested in working with the Moon, I was excited about the possibility of teaming up with a passionate local arts organization. I met the group at a recent rehearsal for “High Spirits” and was intrigued by their commitment to bring musical theater to diverse audiences. And once I knew that I wouldn’t be asked to sing (it’s safe to say that my tone deaf self is better with words than notes), I was eager to participate and find out more about the productions and people—the “Moonies”—involved.
A few notes about my background (I’ll keep it brief, I promise):
- I blog about Bay Area arts and culture at Goliblogski, where I cover exhibitions, plays, performances, and other work that tickles my fancy.
- I’m intrigued by the ways that arts organizations connect with people who can benefit from exposure to their creativity. Working with the Chicago-based non-profit arts coalition Artistic Circles to promote their documentary about women religious leaders bringing their communities together after September 11 was a formidable experience for me. I’ve been committed to utilizing the tools at my disposal to make the efforts of similar small but mighty organizations visible ever since.
- I auditioned for two musicals at the Toledo Rep and another two at my high school to no avail—the line “you can tap dance but your singing hurts my ears” became a familiar one. I ended up on the arts public relations team. Fancy that.