Featured Quotes

“At the core of what I’m doing is a belief in the audience, a belief that populism doesn’t mean dumbing down theater, but rather giving the audience a voice and a role in experiencing theater.” -Diane Paulus, director.

“Where a theatre and its acting are merely ‘good,’ merely ‘correct,’ merely ‘in the proper style,’ theatre dies a slow death.” – Robert Cohen

“Love happens when we pay attention.” ~Declan Donnellan, The Actor and the Target

“What is that unforgettable line?” ― Samuel Beckett

“As a director, I have learned that the quality of my observation and attention can determine the outcome of a process. Under the right circumstances, the audience’s observation and attention can significantly affect the quality of an actor’s performance. . . It is this cycle at the heart of live performance that makes being there so extraordinary.”  ~Anne Bogart

“Directors do not make the art form – but, rather, the art form makes directors. To this goal – and to this grand, maddening and ever-evolving craft which we have been fortunate enough to inherit – let us continue to dedicate our time, our passion, and our resolve” – Steven Dietz

“If people have split views about your work, I think it’s flattering. I’d rather have them feel something about it than dismiss it.” -Stephen Sondheim

“Do not assume that you have to have some prescribed conditions to do your best work. Do not wait. Do not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in mind. Do not wait for what you assume is the appropriate, stress-free environment. Do not wait for maturity or insight or wisdom. Do not wait until you are sure you know what you are doing. Do not wait until you have enough technique. What you do now will determine the the quality and scope of your future endeavors.” – Anne Bogart

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” -Oscar Wilde

“Ultimately one has to pity these poor souls who know every secret about writing, directing, designing, producing, and acting but are stuck in those miserable day jobs writing reviews. Will somebody help them, please?” ― David Ives

“I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty because I think one illuminates the other. We’re all cruel, aren’t we? We are all extreme in one way or another at times and that’s what drama, since the Greeks, has dealt with. I hope the overall view isn’t just that though, or I’ve failed in my writing. There have to be moments when you glimpse something decent, something life-affirming even in the most twisted character. That’s where the real art lies.” ― Martin McDonagh

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