I'm a theater nerd (among other things), so the rest of this post shouldn't really be all that surprising. In high school, I wanted so badly to be part of the theater clique, and I continued acting in college, when I could. If I can ever get my act together, I'd like to audition for a community theater production, too. What can I say? I miss the stage.
Among the egos and craziness of any theater production, there's also a ton of inspiration. The actors have to read a show and craft how they want to play their characters. The tech, including producer, director, costumers, etc. have to help design the feel of the show and give the actors a world to populate (seriously, if you're an actor, go thank your techies right now). Theater is an insanely creative pursuit--which feeds other creative pursuits in a beautiful circle.
The human mind is wired for story and acting is one of the oldest forms of storytelling in the world. There's a reason Shakespeare's plays have lasted as long as they have (and it's not just because of the amazing language): they're beautiful stories, shows we can all relate to in one way or another, and the characters are fascinating skins for actors to slip into and audiences to watch.
Honestly, there is nothing like watching a well-done, live Shakespeare show. In Colorado, we're lucky--we have a great Shakespeare festival at CU Boulder every year, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts generally puts on a Shakespeare show on a regular basis, and we have a zillion high-quality community theaters. Do some research and find something that sounds fun, then try it out.
And, hey, Shakespeare isn't for everyone--I get that. But I do highly recommend giving The Bard a shot, whether it's live theater, a reading with close friends, or a movie.
Of course, there are other amazing playwrights out there, too. We'd love to hear some of your favorites, so drop us a line!
Though she adores the theater, Emily is glad she's chosen a more lucrative life-path: fiction writing. Okay, so 'starving author' isn't really that much better than 'starving artist,' but her active imagination can pretend it is.
She tweets as @emilyksinger, collects nerdy things at gallifreyanlitgeek.tumblr.com, and sometimes blogs at emilykaysinger.com