2013: A Retrospective

Another year is come and gone, a what a year it's been. When I think back on 2013, a word that comes immediately to mind is "tumultuous" - which is not necessarily a bad thing! As we grow and evolve, the old must transform to create space for the new, and what an awful lot of new there's been. 

In terms of this blog and company, 2013 was the year Aim for the Tangent was truly birthed. New blog, new website, new productions, new tours, new TAPA membership, and an increasingly new definition of how we work and the ways in which we create. 

On a personal level, I started 2013 with a promotion and have been running fast ever since. Creatively, I've reached new heights, the odd low, new challenges, and (I hope) new growth. As I strive for the ever elusive "balance", I'd like to think I've made some solid progress that will hopefully carry on into 2014. Progress moves in fits and starts (going to the gym regularly lasted all of about two months...) but 2013 saw some of the happiest and most balanced periods of my life, and I'd like to think those only stand to further improve.

2013 was also perhaps my busiest year yet (which, after theatre school, is saying a lot!), and there's a lot to recall and be thankful for. This was the year of Seagulls and serving, Theatre Manager and putting in shows, Friends' Best Friend's Boyfriends, Country Fairs, oversold houses, and an incredible '80's prom night. Dionysus made an appearance (who am I kidding, he's always hanging around), as well as some self-imposed sobriety. A road trip in a rented car that began with Disney and was finally able to donate blood. The summer of three shows! Carrying on in chapels, reunions in pizza parlours, and a very long meeting in a park that lasted three years and a week. Pizza and wine! Cut short but not regretted. Conferences that weren't conferences and Radio Shows that weren't for radio. Driving a Porsche (yeah - that happened!). So much mulch. Seriously. Much mulch times a million. Forgotten birthdays, 50th birthdays, unexpected winners, broken windows, invaluable stage managers, terrible front of house managers, terrific co-workers, old friends, new friends, travel, parking, time and space. Oh, and the first White Christmas in recent memory, as well as by far the most gorgeous. 

2013, you definitely raised the bar. Yet, none of it would have been possible without the incredible work and support of my many many overly talented and underpaid collaborators. I am a very lucky man to find myself amongst such talent and such generosity. I only hope my luck holds out, and that I can find myself worthy of your continued friendship. I've got some new projects in mind...

SOME RESOLUTIONS:

1) UPDATE BLOG ON A REGULAR BASIS
(as well as Twitter.... maybe... Why am I so bad at Twitter?)
2) GO TO THE GYM
(Okay seriously. This year for reals. For more than just two months. Why are you laughing??)
3) CONTINUE LEARNING ITALIAN AND ACTUALLY PRACTICE DAILY 
(Duolingo - you gotta check this baby out!)
4) READ THE ECONOMIST
(There's an app for that)
5) MORE MUSIC
(Ukulele, check - now maybe actually brush up on piano?)
6) DO CROSSWORDS
(And maybe sudoku. Sudokus? What's the plural?)
7) DRINK MORE TEA
(Always.)

The last few months have been awash with planning, and I am excited to announce that a lot of the fruits of said planning will be revealed over the next couple of weeks. Aim for the Tangent will be unveiling the first half of our 2014 season (January-June) next week - featuring three new productions and two workshops! Meanwhile, The Wakowski Bros. readies to make it's professional debut in Barrie with Talk is Free Theatre. And what was that about a grant for a short film...? 

There's a lot on the horizon and as 2013 draws to a close, 2014 stands ready in the wings. Here's to another year of adventure, risk taking, and community. 

Happy New Year!

A year in reflection and a tease of things to come....

A year in reflection and a tease of things to come....