Day 16: Nothing new under the sun
Throughout our series on Language of the Stage we’ve talked a few times about the development of a director’s personal voice. Today we’re considering how it is that one goes about developing any creative voice: by copying others.
It’s not a cheat; it’s how we learn. Visual artists, musicians, writers, and yes, theatremakers, first begin to create by copying from those by whom they’re inspired. Each artist will have a unique set of influences, and over the years will meld those influences into a new, unique voice of their own.
There are two great examinations of this topic out there, the video series Everything is a Remix, and Austin Kleon’s book Steal Like An Artist. (The video link for Remix is a combined version of all four parts of the series; but if you’d like to break up your viewing into smaller chunks you can also find them individually at Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.)
How we learn creativity.
(photo: screen capture from Everything Is A Remix)
Tobi Mattingly is a Chicago-based director, actor, music director, and teaching artist. She is the founder of Artistic Conspiracy, an arts organization dedicated to creating and enabling world-changing theatre. Through this organization, she helps professional theatremakers take control of their theatre careers through learning and balancing artistic craft, bodymind practices, and business/marketing management. Tobi is DirectorLabChicago’s Director of Marketing & Communications, and edits and curates the DLC blog.
Photo at left by Austin D. Oie.
Photo at top of page by Tobi Mattingly.