We are All Albert Herring

In this centenary year of composer Benjamin Britten, I recall my first exposure to his complex, beautiful and technically challenging music. I was a 13-year-old alto - taller and darker than almost ev...

How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

Some years ago, I read an article that quoted an advertising guru who said: "An idea has no value unless you do something with it." Although I no longer recall the name of the adman, I have never forgotten his words. In a way, they began to transform my life.

Foster Eastman's Great Leap Forward: The Cultural Revolution Revisited

1958 was the beginning of the economic and social campaign by the Communist Party of China that aimed to transform a largely agrarian economy into a communist society through rapid industrialization and collectivization. The campaign led to the Great Chinese Famine, tens of millions of deaths and was followed by Chairman Mao's cultural revolution in 1966.

A Theatre Mom Changed My Life

I've been interviewing stage performers, for my website, about the creative process and people whose lives depend upon it. A common point I hear from people who have attai...