"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it"
- Bertolt Brecht
Theatre was and will always be my first love. I believe in the power of art to help us change ourselves, our communities and our world for the better. Whether we are participating or spectating, I am truly convinced that with more present and confronting art, we are able to elevate humanity to a higher level. We are creative beings, and we are social beings. Coming together to create and to consume art just makes sense. We need it, we crave it, we must have it. Whether we are looking for some light-hearted comedy, or searching for something that will push us into a deeper realm of questions, of truth, of life; we can turn to the theatre for it. Theatre can be an expression of ourselves as a collective, but it can also be a tool to encourage growth and change. My favourite concept is that the final act of the play is when the audience leaves the house, and goes on to discuss what they observed. As many of my amazing coaches and directors have said in regards to magnificent pieces, "Did it make you angry? Good!". We know we have done our job when the audience is uncomfortable, and still wanting more. Even small ripples can have big effects, so it doesn't matter if it's on Broadway, or in a room in the back of a restaurant. Make art!!