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August 27, 2017

The heat has broken and coolness has returned to the air.   The universities are reigniting in preparation for the new wave of freshmen while all the stores are stocking up with back to school supplies.   Actors, dancers and singers all over the city of Philadelphia have been meeting in every available rehearsal room, office room, classroom and living room for over a month now.   It’s is that time of year again.   It’s Fringe...

Ten months ago, my personal life was a ravaged with family health challenges and my world was turned asunder by an election.   An election where a friend of mine literally questioned whether or not the elected official could, “...reinstate slavery”.   I shook my head at the drama of the statement and tended to whatever crisis was happening that day.

Six months ago, another friend of mine (a retired military servi...

Finding an environment in which POC can feel safe. Is there such a place?

June 24, 2017

If you haven't heard of Brene' Brown, this is your lucky day.   An American Scholar and researcher Brene' Brown has spent the past decade studying strength through vulnerability.

She is a power story teller whose TED Talk was so inspiring it went viral and has been seen over 7 million times. 

If you are in in or near Philadelphia, she will be speaking at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in October.

June 24, 2017

Full disclosure, I have an extreme bias for Wonder Woman.   She, in the body of Lynda Carter, set me on the path towards being an actress.   Wonder Woman made me think, “Yes I can” long before Obama uttered the phrase.   Yes, I am extremely biased as far as Wonder Woman is concerned.  How-some-ever....

Girls Don't Like Comics

For a long while, DC and Marvel Comics were producing (mostly) amazing mov...

June 24, 2017

A Scenario For You to Ponder

Imagine this if you will.   You are a high-ranking woman working in a high powered office and you have a new male Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer.  Your new boss invites you and your team to a “get to know you” dinner on Valentine’s Day.    Your interactions with the previous ED/CEO were minimal at best, as it was not within the scope of your position to interact with him.   But you th...

June 12, 2017

Challenges to Sustainability

There have been many studies conducted to identify the challenges theaters and arts organizations have in obtaining sustainability. Four areas present the biggest challenges for arts organizations in general (Bowles 1993; Devos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland 2015; Eisenberg 1997; Whye 2004).

1. Donor support

2. Audience development/engagement

3. Funding

4. Governance

In an int...

May 29, 2017

Meet Mr. Philly LGTB 2017

Molasses Jones. Earning his title in the pageant hosted by the Philly Dyke March at the William Way Center, ladies call him Molasses because he is dark, sweet, and slow as molasses.  Don’t let the walker fool you, Molasses Jones knows the meaning of stroking.   Be sure to check out Molassess’ shenanigans on the stage at the Philadelphia Dyke March (June 10), the Festival Pier for Philly Gay P...