As the ‘Admin’ I'm exploring multiple facets of a running and developing a company. There are the basics: general day to day tasks within a company, sweeping the floor, managing the rehearsal space, improving my grant writing skills, research for future projects and the essential; how to pick locks. I've also learnt that I have to be more organised than I've ever been before in order to stay available to plug the holes at a moment’s notice and keep an eye out for bumps in the road ahead.
The big learning curve? Vision development. Yes, I'm learning plenty about budgets, timelines and people management working on projects, organizing Potluck and other fundraisers, however it’s the talks about future projects and the long term vision for fu-GEN that has really been a source of inspiration and empowerment for myself. We've been exploring this process and mapping out what a theatrical landscape in our city could be like. A theatrical landscape that embraces diversity, questions assumptions and exemplifies a more open world. Developing this sort of vision extends beyond my personal work as an artist hoping to create work about a particular subject. It extends to include artists from across the communities of our city to create a tapestry of works.
The opportunity to explore how fu-GEN is developing this vision is kind of like getting an updated prescription on your glasses. Your vision is just that much better and clearer. With half of my internship still to come, I am eager to see what perspectives this coming season will provide.