You know what's really humbling? Being in a room with a bunch of people who know a lot more than you do, about a subject that you thought you knew a whole lot about. And you know what's even more humbling? When that conversation gets taped for broadcast purposes.
A few months back, I was asked by Howard Sherman, the outgoing executive director of the American Theatre Wing, to appear on the organization's "Working in the Theatre" television program. The program airs on cable TV in New York City, but episodes are also available online and via Podcast.
The subject of this particular show was theater journalism, both online and off. And the panel featured some of the brightest theater journalists currently working. And me. My fellow panelists were:
- Terry Teachout, theater columnist and critic for the Wall Street Journal, and author of the blog, About Last Last.
- Scott Heller, theater and book editor for the New York Times.
- Jan Simpson, former arts editor for Time Magazine, and author of the blog, Broadway & Me.
- David Loehr, founder and editor of 2AM Theatre (2AMt), a theater-practitioner blog.
I was deeply impressed by all of my fellow panelists, as well as moderator Howard Sherman, and their rich understanding of both the theatrical landscape as well as the past, present, and future of arts journalism. The panel made some especially incisive comments about the changing economic model for journalism, and what we can expect from the future of theater criticism. Meanwhile, I proceeded to prattle on about my dog Oliver, teaching musical theater, and, for some strange reason, Venn diagrams.
The show should be airing sometime soon in New York City, although I haven't the slightest idea when, but you can watch it online (click here to watch the show online) or fire up iTunes and download the Podcast. The show is an hour long, but you can always skip past the parts when I'm talking.