“’Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world.”
-Roger Ebert, “I do not fear death”, Salon
Kindness, happiness, joy…these may not be words normally associated with critics, but Roger Ebert was no ordinary reviewer. Though not a critic of theatre, the generosity of spirit and singular passion with which he approached his work transcends any particular medium. Perhaps the most apt tribute to his spirit can be found, of all places, in an article from The Onion: “Roger Ebert Hails Human Existence As ‘A Triumph’”.
The power of the arts to celebrate human existence will be championed this week during Arts Advocacy Day. Laurie Baskin will bring a delegation of theatre leaders to D.C. to meet with their representatives and discuss key advocacy issues. The delegation will include: James Bundy, Yale Repertory Theatre; Curt Columbus, Trinity Repertory Company; Marshall Jones, Crossroads Theatre Company; Tim Shields, McCarter Theatre; and Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Long Wharf Theatre. Learn more about this essential work in the Advocacy section of the TCG website, and how you can participate in Arts Advocacy Day from home here.
Appreciation for the arts begins with arts education, so I want to encourage your education staff to fill out the TCG Education Survey 2012. The results of the surveys are featured each year in an annual Education Special Report, and theatres that complete their survey can access special search and reporting tools. The extended deadline for participation is Friday, April 13, so please share this with your education staff, and email Alissa Moore with any questions.
Finally, I want to alert you that it is Member Theatre renewal time again! Keep an eye out for your theatre’s 2013-14 renewal in the mail, which will be sent next week. If you’d like to get a jump-start, you can renew now with our user-friendly online renewal form. The early bird gets the worm—or at least a discount on membership dues through May 10th.If you have any questions, please email Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly. We all look forward to continuing our work of strengthening the not-for-profit American theatre together with you!