Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

It Takes a Community to Put on a Play

Many scoffed when the world was introduced to the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In time we’re learning that Mrs. Clinton was probably more attuned than most of us, and in fact it can take a lot more than just a village to successfully raise a child. So it goes with theatre. To properly grasp the analogy, understand that to those ...

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Theatre of Change

Theatre is about entertainment. Theatre is about insight. Theatre is the art form that transcends cultural barriers and reaches out to humanity in a vital form. An institution so old, in many ways it can be argued that theatre is what defines culture. Despite what theatre is, theatre is not permanent. As an art form, it is fluid and transformational. As an institution, it is ...

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Where’s the Risk?

Did you watch the Tony awards? There was the usual crowd, lots of pomp, lots of talent, and more than a fair share of hype, but something was different. What was it? The luminaries of the evening were the same people we see perennially at the Academy Awards. At first blush, instinct is to raise a grand “Hazzah”! The glitter of Hollywood has illuminated the ...

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The Economy… of Theatre

When not focused on the absurd, the news wallows in the plight of the economy. Regardless of how we may be affected personally, our social consciousness tells us that we are having real money problems. But just for a moment, let’s take a look at the reality of our own economics. While we may all be stalling on spending on the not-so-necessary, for most of ...

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For Just the Cost of a Ticket…

Live theatrical productions are as essential to a community as food is to the individual. Our souls are nourished, our intellects challenged, and our humors tickled. Nowhere else in modern society do we receive the benefits that are provided by theatre. Yet theatre faces the same challenges that confront the rest of society. One of the most egregious of these is funding. As a part ...

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Community! Community! Community!

It’s almost a mantra at this point, but for those that haven’t heard it, theatre is about community. Community can be defined in many ways, from very small groups to something as grand as the community of man. What is it exactly? It’s a collective of people that have something in common, and who need to commune, to speak to each other to learn and ...

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