Tuesday, September 4, 2012
If I Had a Million Dollars (part 1)
Did you ever play this game with your friends and family, on long car rides? The old "if you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?" I think it comes naturally to writers, as we fantasize about huge windfalls from our fabulous success.
I don't have a million dollars. But if I did a spare million bucks (you know, after the house has been paid off, and we buy a farm, and a tractor, and all that), I'd want to give it to a bunch of folks and organizations whom I admire and respect.
One place I'd start is with StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance. They're an organization that supports theatres and theatre artists in a multitude of ways--through regional auditions, professional development, social gatherings, putting on the Boston Theatre Conference, having online profiles for all kinds of theatre artists (not just actors), putting together the Circle of Friends discount card, and a bunch of other programs. Plus they have a library. And a weekly newsletter. And they foster, through their staff and board, a great intermingling of theatrical energy and knowledge across the theatrical community. New Executive Director Julie Hennrikus is a visionary and wiz when it comes to social networking, always thinking of ways we can enlarge the conversation around theatre in our community.
I'm on the board, so I get to see first hand how well this organization works to promote and support theatrical artists and organizations. All on a very tight budget.
A million bucks would go a long way. I'd vote for using it for a spiffy new office that has a cool space for classes, meetings, workshops, and other gatherings. And to boost the level of tech that's available for programs and social media. StageSource is kind of this invisible force that is constantly pushing the theatre community forward, and strengthening the bonds between our members. Maybe sometimes it isn't as flashy as it should be, since they're in a support role. Which is why that million bucks would come in real handy.
They're actually in the middle of a fundraising campaign right now, called Live from the Library, where they're trying to raise $15,000 towards improving StageSources access to technology and social media, to enhance a whole variety of discussions with, between, and to members.
I gave 50 bucks today, because that's what I can spare right now. But if I had the spare million, I'd give it to StageSource. (If any of you have a spare million hanging around, hey, give it some thought.)