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A VISUAL CATALOG OF PEOPLE GOING TO THE THEATRE.

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Q: Was there a show that you fell in love with?
A: This is actually the first show that I ever saw. And I fell in love right away. I was actually in the 9th grade and my history teacher wanted to expose us youngin’s to theatre. It was a fantastic experience and it just totally opened up my eyes to a whole different world. I’ve actually acted on Off-Off Broadway because of it, so you never know!
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Q: What would you say to a young person who thought that theatre wasn’t for them?
A: (Woman on Left) I’d say they’re wrong! Going to the theatre is one of the most important things you could do as a kid. I grew up watching plays as a kid and it was a huge, important part of my childhood and I want it to be part of my kids’ childhoods. I think it informed who I was as a human being and continues to inform me as an adult and my appreciation of the arts has only been expanded by my experience.
Q: Was there one show that changed your life?
A: It was ‘Les Mis’! I grew up in Texas and when I was in high school and college, I was in a group of friends that was very theatre crazy. We had a lot of access to local theatre. When I finally got up here, this was the first show - you know, we all listened to the soundtrack; we sang it to each other - and this was the first show that I took my own money and bought a ticket to that was the thing I wanted to see the most.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: What would you say to a young person who thought that theatre wasn’t for them?
A: (Woman on Left) I’d say they’re wrong! Going to the theatre is one of the most important things you could do as a kid. I grew up watching plays as a kid and it was a huge, important part of my childhood and I want it to be part of my kids’ childhoods. I think it informed who I was as a human being and continues to inform me as an adult and my appreciation of the arts has only been expanded by my experience.
Q: Was there one show that changed your life?
A: It was ‘Les Mis’! I grew up in Texas and when I was in high school and college, I was in a group of friends that was very theatre crazy. We had a lot of access to local theatre. When I finally got up here, this was the first show - you know, we all listened to the soundtrack; we sang it to each other - and this was the first show that I took my own money and bought a ticket to that was the thing I wanted to see the most.

Photo by Christa Tandana

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Q: Why did you come see this show today?
A: We saw the movie and wanted to see it on stage!

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#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: Why did you come see this show today?
A: We saw the movie and wanted to see it on stage!

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: Why did you guys come to see this show today?
A (Girl in middle): They’ve never been to NYC before.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Buffalo.
Q: Why do you go to the theatre?
A: We’ve all danced. It’s expressions of what you’re feeling and every story is different.
Q: And what’s your favorite thing about dance?
The music - that emotion when you get when you’re on stage performing for others.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: Why did you guys come to see this show today?
A (Girl in middle): They’ve never been to NYC before.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Buffalo.
Q: Why do you go to the theatre?
A: We’ve all danced. It’s expressions of what you’re feeling and every story is different.
Q: And what’s your favorite thing about dance?
The music - that emotion when you get when you’re on stage performing for others.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them, what would you say?
A: Just go experience it, so you can see yourself.
Q: Why do you go to the theatre?
A: I like different fields of creativity. It’s more visual and live, so it’s great.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them, what would you say?
A: Just go experience it, so you can see yourself.
Q: Why do you go to the theatre?
A: I like different fields of creativity. It’s more visual and live, so it’s great.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could change one thing about theatre to make it more accessible for young people, what would it be?
A: I guess it would be ticket prices, but I have a lot of friends that work on shows and I know that the ticket sales are helping to support them. So, it’s a double-edged sword being theatre practitioner when I can’t afford to see shows my friends are in.
Q: What would you say if you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them? 
A: You have throw yourself into it at least once and then decide.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could change one thing about theatre to make it more accessible for young people, what would it be?
A: I guess it would be ticket prices, but I have a lot of friends that work on shows and I know that the ticket sales are helping to support them. So, it’s a double-edged sword being theatre practitioner when I can’t afford to see shows my friends are in.
Q: What would you say if you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them?
A: You have throw yourself into it at least once and then decide.

Photo by Christa Tandana

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Excited for ‘Bullets Over Broadway’!

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Excited for ‘Bullets Over Broadway’!

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Q: If you could change one thing about theatre to make it more accessible, what would it be?
A: Advocate for less risk mitigation and take more risks on young theatre artists. The only way to hear new voices is by giving young voices a way to be heard.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could change one thing about theatre to make it more accessible, what would it be?
A: Advocate for less risk mitigation and take more risks on young theatre artists. The only way to hear new voices is by giving young voices a way to be heard.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: What would you say to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them?
A: You haven’t seen the right stuff! There’s something for everyone - whether it be the wacky and the weird or the Broadway musical.
Q: Why is theatre important?
A: I’m originally from London. And it’s much more valued in the culture and society as a whole. It’s just as important as any form of expression.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: What would you say to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them?
A: You haven’t seen the right stuff! There’s something for everyone - whether it be the wacky and the weird or the Broadway musical.
Q: Why is theatre important?
A: I’m originally from London. And it’s much more valued in the culture and society as a whole. It’s just as important as any form of expression.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them, what would you say?
A: Well, a couple of years ago, I didn’t think of myself as a theatre person. I didn’t like the idea of theatre and I took a class and now I write musical theatre. And I used to think it was quote-on-quote “gay” and not cool… Then, I saw a production of Hairspray and thought, ‘This is amazing.’ So, I took a couple of classes so I could get better at public speaking. And before I knew it, I had taken all the classes and I figured, ‘Oh my gosh - I’m gonna go and be an actor!’ …It didn’t happen. But, then my last semester, I said, ‘Let me go and take a playwriting class’. And then, I went to get my masters in musical theatre.

Photo by Christa Tandana

#PeopleattheTheatre

Q: If you could say something to a young person who didn’t think theatre was for them, what would you say?
A: Well, a couple of years ago, I didn’t think of myself as a theatre person. I didn’t like the idea of theatre and I took a class and now I write musical theatre. And I used to think it was quote-on-quote “gay” and not cool… Then, I saw a production of Hairspray and thought, ‘This is amazing.’ So, I took a couple of classes so I could get better at public speaking. And before I knew it, I had taken all the classes and I figured, ‘Oh my gosh - I’m gonna go and be an actor!’ …It didn’t happen. But, then my last semester, I said, ‘Let me go and take a playwriting class’. And then, I went to get my masters in musical theatre.

Photo by Christa Tandana

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