I will be returning here- I hope later today- because I am mulling a lot in my mind.
I have taken a job directing a musical! Which is definitely branching out of my comfort zone!
However, some of my old discomforts from the world of youth theater remain.
What I want to discuss/ put out there is:
How can youth artists and those who work with them find respect and come to be valued as youth artists?
And: thinking over the requests to "adapt," "water-down," "make more comfortable" a script to "suit" the youth performers- or, more properly, their parents.
I think the two are linked. I either will be leaving youth theater, or breaking out of the mold.