Why, hello there. It’s been a while since I’ve written to you as Editor of The Carlo Connection. Exciting! Let’s dive right in.
The Carlo Connection‘s first birthday is just peeking over the horizon. And that kind of milestone also makes it convenient to look back at what’s been accomplished. Here’s a brief rundown:
- Over forty weeks of Dell’Arte International alumni shows being promoted and cross-promoted, with succinct (and accurate) box office information
- A handful of essays from Dell’Arte alumni and current Dell’Arte students on their artistry and perspectives
- Promotion of training in similar pedagogies from all around the world (which alumni have utilized)
- Promotion of employment using Dell’Arte training (which alumni have secured)
- Engagement from national and international theatre festivals, ensembles, and companies
- A growing social media audience of alumni, current students, and non-Dell’Arte artists and producers
- Zero impact on people’s inboxes by being an online resource people can visit on their schedule
It’s been great. It’s also been hard (this is a one-man enterprise, after all), but I like to focus on the “great” part. But “hard” is starting to eclipse “great,” and it’s increasingly likely that The Carlo Connection will close its doors come January 1, 2017. Until then, the blog will be in a suspended hiatus while reviewing different strategic plans and use-case scenarios. If you want to be part of that conversation, boy howdy, you are more than welcome.
This blog has also existed alongside Dell’Arte International’s own alumni blog, at least one Facebook group that’s outside of Dell’Arte International’s control, and a private email list-serve that’s powered by Yahoo. The heartwarming point is that all of these channels seek the same things: connection, support, promotion, encouragement. And each of them succeeds at ticking at least two of those boxes.
The more-sobering point is that none of these channels are perfect. Any public email distribution list is prone to spam abuse, any private social media platform is limited to the users (or countries) who want or are able to opt-in. Even editorial control is a lose-lose situation; too much editorial control risks alienating readers, and too little editorial control risks sacrificing quality and consistency.
It’s a jungle, y’all.
So here’s my question to you, reader: what do you want this space to be? Because it can be anything, really. It could solely promote shows. It could be a space for essays and writing. It could be an interactive map of alumni around the world. It could be a rehearsal and production photo album. Or, it could just float off to the big trash can in the sky.
As you roll around this wild world, feverishly devising the theatre of tomorrow, what’s that magical unicorn of a resource you wish you had but don’t? Because this can totally be that unicorn.
It’s been my privilege to have been at the helm of this imperfect creature over the last ten-or-so months, and to have hopefully made your day or your career a little brighter at some point along the way. If I do close up shop come December 31, 2016, it won’t be bittersweet at all. This has been awesome.
Until then, though, here’s one last effort to see what’s still possible. Shoot me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTP 2013, MFA 2015