The topic of innovation is often discussed here at Passe Muraille.  Obviously, innovation in art creation is a good and necessary thing, but bears risks as we move into uncharted territory.  However, more recently there has been much discussion around innovation in models of theatre administration.  For the sector it seems like the models are broken. The government funds aren’t increasing and box office is volatile at best.  After 2 seasons in which we’ve had to cancel shows due to serious, life threatening illnesses, we know better then most the volatility of putting your eggs in the box office basket!

So, what to do?  We are fighting hard here to not become overwhelmed by the challenges of producing theatre, but to continue to seek for new ways of thinking.  Can we optimize further how we work as a staff?  Can we optimize the things that we already pay for (theatres, photocopiers, dramaturgs, admin expertises, foh skills, and on and ) so that they better serve the sector as a whole, creating additional value for everyone?  Are there things that we are doing that could be better done by an artistic/administrative partner?

Recently some great ideas came up from unlikely sources, which in light of this article about encouraging risk and innovation, I take as a good sign. There are lots of folks talking about these ideas recently so I look forward to continuing the conversation and mentally stumbling towards innovation.  More to come…