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Don’t Look At Me, By Mare Trevathan, Curious Theatre Company

Curious is Think-Itting on a new model for resident artistic company.

Part of our research includes visits to 5 different theatres.

While there’s still one company we hope to visit that we’ve not yet managed to make a good connection with, travel is already underway.

Curious Founders Chip Walton (our AD) and Dee Covington (Education Director) recently visited Steppenwolf, conducting video interviews with Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson.

In January, John Jurcheck will visit Portland’s Artists’ Rep; Christy Montour-Larson will hang with The Civilians; and I’ll go to Trinity Rep.

We wanted a diverse representation of region, longevity and size of company and focus of work.

One theater we queried was in flux and not ready to have us poking about in their company.

Which I can understand. As we’ve poked about at our own company, shifting our conversations from art to an omphaloskeptical investigation of the Company itself, there’s been a lot of emotional agitation.

As we’ve encouraged each other to be courageous and call out what’s not working, we’ve brought to the surface these feelings of dissatisfaction. Positive, I think. But most of these issues can’t be addressed this season. So we steep. And not all of us are feeling okay with that.

On a recent visit, Susie Medak (Managing Director of Berkeley Rep) told us she sees it as part of her job to push staff out of their comfort zone.

Done.

Now what?

What are your experiences of organizational change?