Taking Stock

My writing and production work to date (through American International Theater, Inc. and Level 4 Press, Inc.) has focused primarily on stage performances. Last Fall, I made a decision to move into the world of film. My thinking is that this new (to me) media would offer new creative possibilities, plus I’m attracted to the relative permanence and wider audience offered by film versus stage. In this Blog I’ll share some of my thoughts, observations, and experiences during the process. I’ll also occasionally diverge, talking about poetry, literature, and any other topics that captures my fancy. My first film foray will involve adapting my musical about the poet T.S. Eliot to a film titled “The Wasteland,” so you’ll be hearing a lot about that.

In working with various folks to help me with the transition, including Randy Becker, Laura Lundy and Heather Hale–I found that one of the first requirements was to take an inventory of assets, experience, etc. It was not dissimilar from the process an entrepreneur might go through when forming a new business. At first, this process of “taking stock” seemed like an administrative exercise necessary only to please my advisers. But the more time I spent, the more valuable I found the exercise to be for my own understanding. What did I learn? Well, I was surprised to find that AI Theater has produced 31 productions to date, ranging from staged readings through Actors Equity Showcase Productions.  I was surprised to find that I’ve done more producing and directing than writing. I was surprised to find that we’ve won 53 literary awards, including 20 gold medals. I was surprised to find that we hadn’t updated our website in almost 10 years (a friend commented, “Your website is awesome. It has a very retro, antique look to it.”) I was also sad to discover that I have many friends “in the biz” that I’ve neglected, failing to stay in touch to encourage them in their career. I can do better, and this taking stock process was a good step helping to point me in the right direction.