It's been a while.
After leaving SUNY New Paltz it has taken me the better part of a year to get back to TPJ. Now ensconced as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, I have been working behind the scenes to keep TPJ alive and kicking. Dr. Heather Corwin has taken on the task as editor and she has assembled a team to help her solicit and review articles.
There have been a couple of interesting things that have happened of late of interest to actors and teachers of acting (and I don't mean the national election last November). The several that stand out for me are
Freedom of expression is being contested in each of these instances. The artistic community must be part of the political conversation—I'm all for it. Actors are at the forefront of this because we embody the controversy.
So we must stand together. Not in agreement necessarily, but in solidarity for the right of all artists to express themselves freely--free from the fear of retaliation.
Artaud called for actors burning at the stakes, laughing at the flames. I hope it doesn't come to that.