Pixar Exec Discusses Storytelling

The animation film studio Pixar is responsible for some of the most successful movies of the last two decades, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc., and Cars. The worldwide income of Pixar films is $10.8 billion. For screenwriters and other professional storytellers, Pixar is more […] Continue reading »

Wagner as Monster and Redeemer

Richard Wagner reigned supreme over the arts in the 19th Century. That is not only history’s judgement, it was also Wagner’s. The maestro’s many problems did not include a diminutive ego. Wagner’s abilities rose to the level of genius in the way we think of for Shakespeare and Mozart. (One […] Continue reading »

How Does a Play Open? It’s a Mystery.

John C. Davenport, co-founder with me of a new theatre company in Seattle, was reminding me of a bit in the 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love. For any veteran of the theatre biz this hilarious scene rings with hard-earned truth. Philip Henslow (played by Geoffrey Rush) is the financially imperiled […] Continue reading »

The Artist as Entrepreneur

Do not stop when you’ve written a play. Now go put it up on its feet. Self-produce. That’s the advice award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) urged on a room of writers during a visit to Seattle last year. He declared that the only way a dramatist […] Continue reading »

Learned Helplessness

In recent years, without making a conscious decision to do so, I had stopped submitting my scripts to theaters, development opportunities and contests. Even though I had continued to write, that wasn’t anything to brag about since not submitting is the theatre world-equivalent of giving up and dying. Last winter, […] Continue reading »