Pittsburgh is home to a vibrant performing arts community, but it isn’t easy for artists and groups to connect. Many of us had talked about ways to build bridges, creating numerous Facebook groups, Twitter lists, and trying our best to connect these various social networks.
The Pittsburgh Stage officially launched January 15, 2014. We look forward to the challenges, and rewards, of bringing the performing arts community together.
We want to be the place for theater, dance, live music, and any art that falls within the category of “public performance.” If the general public can watch the artists, and the art is intended to be viewed, heard, and otherwise experienced live, that is our universe.
TPS will promote and review live events, as long as we have volunteer writers available. We will not review recordings of live events. Each week, we will collect what we’re calling “TPS Reports” to share with visitors. We’ll try our best to know about every casting call, production, workshop, class, fundraiser, and opportunity to network.
One of the challenges in reporting on and reviewing live events is that by the time people read articles and reviews, the event is over. We understand that, but remember that reviews serve many purposes. Theater companies and artists build loyal followings and expand their audiences based on past performances. A review of a good production might encourage someone to attend the next show.
Well written, honest, critical reviews also have value. Artists can reflect on ways to improve the audience experience, or reconsider how they presented ideas. We learn as much from our not-so-great shows as we do from the resounding successes. That’s is why we believe articles and reviews must be clear, concise, complete, and factually correct. Opinions should be supported with evidence, and explained in manners that help the artists and audiences.
Don’t know what a TPS Report is? Check out the “modern classic” film Office Space.