And here we are: Our first bimonthly issue. I’ve already talked a lot about this change in past editor’s notes, so this time I’ll leave most of that to my esteemed colleagues. In these pages you’ll find a few words about the magazine’s next chapter from executive director Brad Erickson and director of communications and audience development Clayton Lord. Former Theatre Bay Area magazine editor Karen McKevitt takes the long view with a look back on the history of our publication, from its birth 35 years ago as a mimeographed newsletter to today.
In all of this, the upshot remains that fostering communication within and about the Bay Area theatre community has been central to Theatre Bay Area’s mission since day one, and the magazine is a huge part of that. Thanks to the recent switch to online-only show listings, we have more room for more features in each issue of the magazine than ever before, and we’re now supplementing those regularly on our website with online features and blog posts.
While we were working on this issue, we got the sad news that our associate editor of digital media would be leaving at the end of October. Sad for us, that is, though we’re excited for her. Elana McKernan—who recently got hitched and is now Elana McKelahan—has just moved to Brooklyn with her hubby. The awesome Elana is a hard act to follow, but by the time you read this we should have a new associate editor who’ll be working closely with me on coordinating our editorial content online and in the magazine.
As for what else is inside these pages, Velina Brown gives her advice to actors on what to do when their “type” changes. After the news that The Jewish Theatre San Francisco will be closing up shop at the end of the season, Jean Schiffman checks in with various ethnically specific theatre companies on how they’re adapting in the 21st century to a different theatrical landscape than the one that existed in the 1970s and ’80s, when many of the companies were founded and when they were more plentiful. And for an academic training feature, Amber Adrian looks at some of the college programs available to people interested in the tech side of theatre.
Nirmala Nataraj takes a look at Exit Press, Exit Theatre’s foray into the book-publishing world. And in honor of Thanksgiving, David Templeton talks to local theatre pros—or tries to, anyway—about the biggest “turkeys” they were ever involved in. Turns out people are gun-shy about going on the record about things like that, much as they may enjoy dishing in private. Templeton also interviews the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Reed Martin in our Encore Q&A as the company celebrates its 30th anniversary. Oh, and I profile Marin-raised actress Liz Sklar in Keep an Eye On. Whew. See what I mean about packing a lot into each issue?
Next time around, we pack a whole lot of play into the magazine. Our January/February issue features the full text of a dazzling play by a Bay Area playwright. I’m pretty darned excited about it, but you’ll just have to check out the next issue to find out what it is. In the meantime, happy holidays, and we’ll see you in the new year!