Category Archives: Education

We really didn’t sleep…

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Before the conference I joked that in the city that doesn’t sleep, neither would we…  Turns out, I wasn’t joking.   With events starting as early at 7:30AM and as late as 12:30PM, there really wasn’t much time for sleeping.

We kicked off the conference on Tuesday with a very special tour of the Apollo Theater.  We then proceeded to the United Palace (photo below) and didn’t stop until 18 theatres later we found ourselves at the soon-to-be reopened Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Along the way we had a private photo opportunity on the famous red steps in Times Square (photo above).  We felt very VIP as the security guards held the crowds back to ensure we had the steps all to ourselves.

During the week I caught the 2013 and 2014 Tony Award Winners: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Kinky Boots.  Loved them both.  Sam and Ken also got to Aladdin and were blown away.

Almost 400 attendees enjoyed over 30 educational sessions, 8 special events and 18 tours…. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am T.I.R.E.D…

LHAT United Palace

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Getting Ready to Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

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Getting ready to head out to NYC for the LHAT National Conference next week to join nearly 400 of my historic theatre colleagues from around the nation.  We have 17 theatres to visit, four shows to see and even a baseball game to attend.  I am most excited about seeing (Tony Award Winning)  Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder.

With over 30 educational sessions, fantastic theatre tours – including The Apollo, Lincoln Center, Radio City and even a ghost tour of the New Amsterdam – and more networking opportunities than ever before, this National Conference (July 16-19) in New York City will be the largest and most important gathering in League history.

In the city that never sleeps, neither will we…

Funny, Funny, Funny

So my staff wanted me to write something about our education and outreach programs at the theatres.  Afterall, the holidays are coming and we really do hope you are considering making a donation to the theatres.   My telling you about the wonderful things we do with children – like the 3,000 school children who came last week to see The Incredible Speediness of Julie Cavanaugh, a play that dealt with bullying, violence, peer pressure, learning disabilities and the struggle to fit in – should put you in the mood to consider a donation so we can do more things like that.   And that really  is what I should be writing about.  I should tell you about the 3rd graders at Hart Elementary who are right now working with professional teaching artists as part of our Literacy to Life program because what we are doing there really is giving children a voice.  I should.  I know I should because the work we do each year with over 20,000 kids is important.  But…

All I can think about right now is how much fun I had at Louis C. K. on Friday night and then again with John Oliver on Saturday night and how much fun I am going to have all this week with Jaston and Joe in A Tuna Christmas.

Louis C.K. was funny as shit.  I have no other way to put it.   He was oh so funny and oh so nasty and oh so damn over the line… and I loved every second of it.  I laughed so hard, the way I laugh has forever changed.

And then there is John Oliver from the Daily Show.   As my good friend Janis Pinnelli said,  “I thought John Stewart was the funny one.  I had no idea how funny John Oliver was.”

And now we have Jaston and Joe.  What can I say?  A few of the residents from Tuna, Texas stopped by to visit today.  The show opens Tuesday and runs through the Thanksgiving weekend…