Collaboration is in fact often one of the deciding factors of not only the type of shows/projects that appeal to me or that I choose to get involved in, but also the way in which I prefer to work once there,
but it wasn't until I started writing this, that I really looked at the patterns of collaboration in my life & have to come to the realization that it isn't a coincidence that of the 100 plus plays & projects I've been a part of - an overwhelming majority of them are premieres, new works, or often shows that are built from the ground up by a strong ensemble.
The epiphany from just doing that math, is that not only is it my professional belief that the act of working together in a safe & positive environment towards one creative goal is optimum, but that same belief of collaboration has extrapolated into my personal life & also shapes the basic tenants of my philosophies on how to live my life & just be in the world.
I'm not sure which inclination came first; the way I was raised?
or the choices & theatrical preferences I've developed over time?
But that is the nature of collaboration, is it not?
A blurred line of all potentialities resulting in an ultimate outcome that is stronger, deeper & more exciting because it is borne out of an exchange of collective truths,
not just a solitary perspective.
-besides I'm sure it is an escalating combination of both.
For me one of the most important reasons to create theatre, see theatre, share theatre is to expand one's own take on the world so our perceived boundaries are farther out than they would be otherwise,
& that our terrains of self are larger than we initially thought they were.
As the origins of the word Collaborate in Latin promise anyway......
col = together + laborare = to work
and just by the sheer act of you reading this we have in our own way embarked on our own collaboration
w/ us working together in trying to understand the nature of collaboration,
we got this, or does it have us?
And maybe that's the point.