For those of you who know me, you know that I love the theatre more than anything in the whole wide world. I love watching theatre, and studying theatre, but most of all, I love making theatre. Which I why I was thrilled when I received the role of Artistic Director for Lionheart Productions, Glendon’s on-campus theatre company with the goal of creating theatre for and by Glendon students of all majors and years. This was a job that I have been pining over since before I even started at Glendon, so being given this opportunity has been a total dream come true.
It has also been absolutely terrifying.
Taking over something that myself and many other students love so dearly is a lot of stress. But believe you me, I am not complaining. I love what I’m doing, and this job has taught me more in these past few months than I could have possibly imagined. That being said, I have found myself second-guessing my decisions and doubting my capabilities in fear that I am going to completely destroy this totally amazing thing.
Luckily for me though, I am working with a team of smart, talented, creative, committed (and good-looking) people who have been busting their butts to ensure that this year is a total success. And so I figured I would share all the amazing things Lionheart Productions has been up to so far:
We kicked off the year with a Movie Night and Launch Party (organized by the lovely Delphine) where we rocked out to a Hairspray sing-a-long and announced our MainStage Production…
Speaking of MainStage, this year we are putting on the classic musical Little Shop of Horrors (you know that one where Rick Moranis grows a man-eating plant). It is a crazy-fun show, but it is gonna take a lot of work so we had to get to casting ASAP.
This being the first big show that I’ve directed, I didn’t really know what to expect, since I’m so used to being on the other side of the audition table. Turns out, auditioning people is just as nerve-racking, if not moreso, than auditioning for someone (and that is saying a lot because I HATE auditions so so much). Trying to find people to fit my vision (despite not knowing exactly what that vision is) left me with many a sleepless night. Luckily, with the help of my wonderful production team, we cast great group of people who I just know are gonna do Skid Row justice.
Beyond MainStage, we have been busy with events like our 24h Theatre Festival. Essentially, this is our theatre kid slumber party, where myself and 7 other writers locked ourselves up in Lunik all night long to write mini plays and skits, and then spent the next day trying to put them on in our loopy exhausted state. This event holds a special place in my heart because it was my introduction to Lionheart in my first year. This is the event that I recommend to anyone who is even slightly interested in theatre, because it is low commitment (literally only one day) and insanely fun.
Just recently we took on a new project working alongside the Glendon College Student Union (GCSU) for their Halloween Pub Night. We created a totally awesome Haunted House to freak out the various Glendon cats, cheerleaders, hot dogs, and vampires before they went to dance the night away. I totally lost my voice from screaming, but it was worth it for the spooktacular evening.
I’ve been spending a lot of my time lately thinking about leadership and what that means to me. I‘ve often viewed a leader as someone you can turn to when you need a problem solved, someone with a vision who can help guide others, and someone who is driven towards their cause and inspires others to be as well. And while I still believe a leader should be these things (and I strive to be this person everyday), I’ve learned, though work with my Lionheart family, that it is okay if you don’t have it all together all at once.
Strong leaders need to have strong teams that they can depend upon (and follow at times) when needed. I am incredibly lucky to have found mine.
Well, that seems to be enough cheesiness for one blog post. I’ll see you all next week!
À la prochaine,
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