Call and Response: Don Shewey

by August Schulenburg


“I just saw writing about theatre in a different way, as a kind of dialogue with the artist, and that’s what’s really meaningful to me.”
- Don Shewey, I AM THEATRE

As the Artistic Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble, I’ve made a concerted effort to respond to most of the reviews written about our work on our blog. It hasn’t always been easy, but reframing the artist-critic relationship as an authentic dialogue has allowed me to better hear whatever is useful in a review, and more easily shake off whatever is not.

As a result, Flux has developed a body of conversations surrounding our work with critics who have been with us for years. This informed and engaged dialogue has been an invaluable sounding board for our artistic development. One of those long time critics, Aaron Riccio of That Sounds Cool, wrote about how that dialogue also makes it more likely for audience members to engage in conversation with the work.

Who are the reviewers and critics that you value most?

Do you find it useful to engage in dialogue with reviewers?

Has a critic ever helped you discover something essential about your work?

Let us know, or better yet, don’t just tell, show.

Call and Response extends the conversation surrounding the I AM THEATRE videos (and hopefully inspires you to make your own video). You can watch Don’s video and catch up on I AM THEATRE here.