My Experience at Emerson

I think one of the things an artist looks for is like-minded people who get them. Not necessarily agree on everything (now that can get kind of boring) but people who have an understanding of the spiritual, business, and artistic aspect of what it is we do. Over the years my theatre company, Universes, has connected with people who we have had a kinship with. I won't name them all because I don't want to forget anybody or offend someone who thinks they should be on the list (Shhh). But I will say that we have had the pleasure of connecting with someone who we feel gets us and it.

His time spent with us didn't seem like an obligation that he had to fulfill. And our conversations swung from current events to music, to the new project we are writing, but not with that underlying tension of one party wanting something from the other. And how refreshing is that?

We felt a kinship with Rob Orchard from our time in Boston at ArtsEmerson that was refreshing. When you're on the road, it can sometimes feel a like business. An organization is doing a lot of things to make the show work on so many levels, but the connection that you have with that organization is centered around the show. And sometimes as soon as its over and the last applause is heard, and the last check is written, you move on to the next engagement. But sometimes you know that this is only the beginning of the relationship—that there is a conversation between you and that organization that is going to go to continue, and that there is real interest in seeing what possibilities exist moving forward. And to be honest we felt this from Rob. His time spent with us didn't seem like an obligation that he had to fulfill. And our conversations swung from current events to music, to the new project we are writing, but not with that underlying tension of one party wanting something from the other. And how refreshing is that?

Now I don't want to give it all away, some of you will have to meet Rob on your own. But I feel jazzed about meeting someone who has had an amazing long career in our field who has the same excited fearless focused energy as we do.

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Woke up this mornin', a pain in my head, and I just wanted to crawl right back in bed (as the song goes). Instead, I opened my laptop and found this post. No more morning blues! So great to hear an artist give a joyous shout out about a presenter! Thanks to you for taking the time to say it, Steven, and thanks to Rob for giving you the reason to say it!