Happening This Month
September 30th is St. Catharines Culture Days. Find us at the Welland Canal Museum in St. Catharines starting at 1pm to witness and contribute to something we like to call Poetry in Motion.
A Blog entry by Chelsea Wilson
“Looking out from behind the invisible desk.”
Hello wonderful people! Thank you so much for your loyalty to Twitches and Itches. Some of you may not be quite sure who I am, I do tend to hide out ‘behind my invisible desk’ so to say, so let me introduce myself and my role with Twitches and Itches.
My name is Chelsea Wilson. Two years ago, I received a message from the Artistic Director of Twitches and Itches, Colin Anthes, asking me if I would be interested in stage managing a show for his company. Having heard about the work Twitches and Itches was doing (and still does) in one of my theatre production classes at Brock University, I was quite excited to be offered such an opportunity, though I do admit, this style of theatre was new to me and the idea of stage managing it was quite nerve-wracking. Twitches and Itches produces work that is ever changing, insanely physical, moderately crazy, and completely brilliant! From the very first rehearsal I walked into I was hooked. In February of this year (2018) I was offered an associate position with Twitches and Itches for a stage management role and in April I was absolutely thrilled to become their General Manager. I adore being able to work with these amazing and talented people to produce such important and meaningful pieces of work.
Let’s talk about this invisible desk. As a general manager, the assumption is that I am the desk jockey of the company. I will let you in on a little secret; I don’t have a desk. Nope, instead I work my dream job from anywhere I happen to be, my office switching from coffee shop to kitchen to tech booth on a regular basis. I get to do the administrative and organizational aspects that bring me joy and allow the company to function as a NFP (not-for-profit) business, and I get to be on the front lines of all the performances and workshops. It really is the best of both worlds; for an invisible desk is an ultra-portable one.
Enough about me, what you are really here for is to find out what Twitches and Itches has been working on this month, so as promised; the insider scoop:
September has ultimately been a month of rejuvenation and creative percolation for our acting ensemble. After working all spring and summer on September Songs and a few other in-the-works productions, we decided to take a break from rehearsals. It really is important when you work on developing a show for well over a year that you allow it time to breathe. It is pertinent to be able to walk away from it so that you can come back with a fresh, open mind full of new ideas and perspectives. This is how we keep the work alive and progressing. That being said, with the acting team on hiatus, the administrative team has been hard at work.
September for admin has consisted of preparation for the November run of September Songs at the Performing Arts Centre, grant reports, publicity design, and prep and planning for next season. On my end I have been working with the marketing team at the PAC to finish contracting and developing a marketing plan as well as the materials for September Songs. I have been working with the wonderful ladies of the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program and Welland Canal Museum to organize our culture days program (Sept. 30th @ 1pm) and giving updates on grants. I have also been meeting with Colin to confirm plans for the rest of this year, and started planning materials and a preliminary season outline for next year.
Wondering what else is new with Twitches? Well besides me, Twitches and Itches has made a few new hires. We are thrilled to have Kaylyn Valdez-Scott joining our core acting ensemble as of April 2018 (catch her as Anita in September Songs). We have also hired recent Brock Graduate Holly Keus as Stage manager for the November run of September Songs and are ever joyously welcoming back associate member James McCoy as lighting designer and Jo Pacinda as costume designer.
Well, I think that is all the news from behind my invisible desk. I hope you have enjoyed a look into the administrative side of the arts and please tune in next month for another insider scoop blog from another acting ensemble member!