Ladies and Gentlemen, a small hiatus

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 editor@carloconnection.com.

Christopher Kehoe
PTP 2013, MFA 2015

Now Playing – Week of November 7, 2016

USA

California

Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015), Moses Norton (PTP 2013, MFA 2015), and Kaitlen Osburn (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) created and perform in Nikolai Gogol’s 2016 Election Bonanza & End-Times Hullabaloo, presented by Vacation Mother. Playing November 8 at Arcata Playhouse (1251 9th Street, Arcata, CA). For more information, visit vacationmother.com.

Hannah Gaff (PTP 2009, MFA 2015) created and performs in Terra Incognita: Through The Waves, presented by UpLift Physical Theatre and DIVAfest. Playing November 4-19 at EXIT Studio (156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA). For more information, visit divafest.info.

Now Playing – Week of October 31, 2016

USA

California

Hannah Gaff (PTP 2009, MFA 2015) created and performs in Terra Incognita: Through The Waves, presented by UpLift Physical Theatre and DIVAfest. Playing November 4-19 at EXIT Studio (156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA). For more information, visit divafest.info.

Now Playing – Week of October 24, 2016

USA

California

Alexandra Blouin (PTP 2012) choreographed and performs in and Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in The Rocky Horror Show, presented by Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Playing September 30-October 30 at Ferndale Repertory Theatre (447 Main Street, Ferndale, CA). For more information, call (707) 786-5483, or visit ferndalerep.org.


Have a show opening soon? Send a press release to editor@carloconnection.com and get it listed here next week!

Now Playing – Week of October 17, 2016

USA

California

Alexandra Blouin (PTP 2012) choreographed and performs in and Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in The Rocky Horror Show, presented by Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Playing September 30-October 30 at Ferndale Repertory Theatre (447 Main Street, Ferndale, CA). For more information, call (707) 786-5483, or visit ferndalerep.org.


Have a show opening soon? Send a press release to editor@carloconnection.com and get it listed here next week!

Now Playing – Week of October 10, 2016

USA

California

Alexandra Blouin (PTP 2012) choreographed and performs in and Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in The Rocky Horror Show, presented by Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Playing September 30-October 30 at Ferndale Repertory Theatre (447 Main Street, Ferndale, CA). For more information, call (707) 786-5483, or visit ferndalerep.org.


Have a show opening soon? Send a press release to editor@carloconnection.com and get it listed here next week!

Now Playing – Week of October 3, 2016

USA

California

Alexandra Blouin (PTP 2012) choreographed and performs in and Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in The Rocky Horror Show, presented by Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Playing September 30-October 30 at Ferndale Repertory Theatre (447 Main Street, Ferndale, CA). For more information, call (707) 786-5483, or visit ferndalerep.org.

Minnesota

Walken Schweigert (PTP 2009) created and performs in The Wastelands, presented by Children of the Wild. Playing October 7-9 at Fruen Mill (301 Thomas Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN). For more information, visit childrenofthewild.org.


Have a show opening soon? Send a press release to editor@carloconnection.com and get it listed here next week!

Now Playing – Week of September 26, 2016

Scotland

Ruxandra Cantir (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and performs in Bête Noire as part of Clown Cabaret Scratch Night, presented by CloWnStePPinG and Plutot La Vie Theatre Company. Playing September 29-October 1 at Tron Theatre (63 Trongate, Glasgow). For more information, visit clowncabaretnight.com.

USA

California

Alexandra Blouin (PTP 2012) choreographed and performs in and Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in The Rocky Horror Show, presented by Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Playing September 30-October 30 at Ferndale Repertory Theatre (447 Main Street, Ferndale, CA). For more information, call (707) 786-5483, or visit ferndalerep.org.

Hannah Gaff (PTP 2009, MFA 2015) produced, directed, and performs in Once Upon A Midnight Dreading, presented by AcroSports. Playing October 1 & 2 at AcroSports (639 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA). For more information, visit acrosports.org.


Have a show opening soon? Send a press release to editor@carloconnection.com and get it listed here next week!

Now Playing – Week of September 12, 2016

Canada

British Columbia

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In The Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 8-18 at False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 8-18 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

Amelia Van Brunt (PTP 2011) created and performs in In the Blue of Evening, presented by Bad, Bad Bunny as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 9-17 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

Emily June Newton (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and performs in Frank: To Be Frank, presented by Emily June Newton as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 9-17 at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.


Have a show opening soon? Send a press release to editor@carloconnection.com and get it listed here next week!