Saturday, June 04, 2011

Panel June 9 at 4:30: The Benefit of Bloggers

I'm very pleased to announce that June 9th I will be part of a panel on theatre blogging. I hope you can come! (It's free. More info below.)

The panel is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, "New York’s premiere eco-friendly/socially-conscious theatre festival." The Festivity brings together "like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations that give back to the community at large."

The panel will discuss such topics as
  • The role of the theatre blogger/reviewer
  • The importance of independent blogs/voices in the theatre review scene today
  • Why theatre bloggers do what they do
  • Why theatre bloggers matter for indie theatre
  • The difference between a theatre blog review and a traditional newspaper/magazine review
  • The future of the theatre blog
Other participants will include Jody Christopherson, New York Theatre Review; Byrne Harrison, Stage Buzz; and Adam Rothenberg,  adaumbellesquest. The panel will be moderated by Molly Marinik, Theatre Is Easy.
    Thursday, June 9th, 4:30 pm
    The Robert Moss Theatre, 440 Studios
    440 Lafayette Street
    New York, NY 10003-6919

    For further information, go to

    I hope you can make it!


    Anonymous said...

    Any chance you'll do something like this again?

    Wendy Caster said...

    I hope so. It turned out to be quite interesting. Each of us on the panel had a slightly different take on what we were offering and what are goals were. The audience--mostly people with current OOB shows--had some thoughtful comments and questions. One thing that was nice was that all of the bloggers had the experience of people seeing shows because of things we wrote. It's like word of mouth with a megaphone.

    Anonymous said...

    I like that "ordinary" people, as opposed to profession critics, seem to carry more and more weight in terms of getting audiences to see something. If one of you showshowdowners really liked something that, say, Ben B didn't like, I might give it a try. I'm not a professional theatergoer, so I don't necessarily agree with someone whose one and only job is to review theater. For lack of a better way to say it, I'm more likely to agree with the common human. Thanks!

    Wendy Caster said...

    Thank you!