The Boston Theatre Conference is this February…it’s all about applying the Slow Food Movement to Theatre.Â In a grande advance social media undertaking, StageSource has been posting guest blog posts for a couple of months which will continue through the conference.
It took a child to make me slow down and choose a mindful life: notice the flavors of my meals, the bumps under my feet, the tightening around the eyes as my friend launches herself into a daunting scene, the inhale through the nose of a playwright before she pitches her story. Â As it turns out, I like living slowly and mindfully: seeing people and life as valuable, essential, beautiful and whole beings.
Those of us wrapped up in theatre (or, really, any non-profit sector) can forget the value of approaching each other mindfully.Â We are so wrapped up in interpreting and improving the world that we lose sight of the very community in which we create.Â Tech week happens at top speed with people losing sleep and eating too much pizza.Â Actors miss family holidays for auditions.Â Artistic Directors skip their breaks in favor of mini-meetings.Â Administrators eat lunch staring at a computer screen.Â Our love becomes our work, our work becomes our life, and suddenly we are losing sight of life.
You can read the whole thing at the Boston Theatre Conference Blog.