My name is Sally Adams. Every Monday evening I talk to people about making original work for a live audience. We talk about lots of other things as well. For instance, director Julie Tattershall and I talk about creative flow, emotional vulnerability, and theatre as therapy.
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Today’s episode features play director, performer, and playwright Julie Tattershall. Julie is a forever friend with a long resume.
Julie Tattershall was the 2012 Mary Kay Place Legacy Award recipient through the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence. Tulsans call it TATE. Over the years, Julie has won two TATE awards and two Oklahoma Community Theatre Association awards as a director.
Julie worked with theater companies in Chicago before settling down in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Tulsa she became the Artistic Director of Clark and Heller Theatres logging nearly 30 years of non-stop directing flow. In addition to directing over 100 productions, Julie founded the long-running Laughing Matter improvisation group. With her husband, Tony Batchelder, she co-founded the Tulsa Area Community Theatre Alliance. Julie has toured nationally with “Where the Red Fern Grows”. She also participated in the Oklahoma Artist in Residence program. Julie still works as an artist in the schools performing original works that resonate with a message of acceptance and healing. She has a Masters degree in Psychology and uses that knowledge to create live-performance flow. Julie visited me and George in our new home on the Potomac river in Virginia.
Concise Advice from the Interview (a short version of tips from theatre guru, Julie Tattershall.)
7 – Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable on stage.
6 – Decide where the character holds stress and build that into the character.
5 – Take advantage of seeing things from another point of view.
4 – Open yourself up to the flow to be in the now.
3 – Approach any play script as if you are approaching a brand new play.
2 – Create a safe environment for rehearsal.
1 – And Julie Tattershall’s number one piece of advice? Don’t feel like you have to know it all, and don’t pretend to.
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All the performances you’ve seen on stage once lived only in someone’s imagination… Now it’s your turn!
Episode 22 of
Performing Arts Lab
Spoken Word Artist
I’m your host, Sally Adams, and every Monday evening, I talk to people about making original work for the stage. Subscribe to SallyPAL on iTunes, Google Play, Podbean and many other podcast platforms. Leave comments, give me a review, or send an email to Sally@sallypal.com. Your ideas keep great conversations coming every Monday evening. Thanks so much to those of you who continue to share. Thanks to Connie, Steve, Jeremy, Pat, Emile, George, Vicki, and all of you who are taking the time to spread the word.