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The Importance of Community

Updated: May 6, 2023

As anyone who knows me well, or has been following along with the blogs knows, I have been involved in community theater since the early 1990's. I can remember so clearly auditioning for my first show. It was Fort Bend Community Theater's Raggedy Ann and Andy. They needed someone who could do a French accent and I slowly raised my hand. One of my closest friends at the time was from France and we spent a great deal of time mimicking each other. Was it perfect? Of course not. But I got the part and went on to learn many more of the jobs it takes to make live theater happen. It was those experiences that helped shape my perspective on how I want to run Third Rate Productions.

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My very first community theater show at FBCT

After graduating with my degree in Creative Writing, I wanted to actually use it for something more than editing websites and ghostwriting e-books. I found myself writing plays and screenplays that I was afraid were never going to be published. I knew other writers who felt the same way. Actors who wanted a different outlet. People who wanted a place to experiment with their software or equipment. I found people who needed a community.

It isn't just about creating a community for the arts. It is also about helping the community you live in. What makes TRP stand out is that we create content for small businesses. I believe in putting good vibes out into the world. I don't do it to get anything back, rather I do it because it's the right thing to do. And good feelings are contagious. I like to imagine good vibrations spreading throughout the Lonestar State and creating a larger sense of community. That is what is important to me and that is what TRP is all about.

I'm still friends with people I met 30 years ago during Raggedy Ann and Andy. And I'm proud to say I still participate in live theater to this day. I've been fortunate enough to be involved in some of the best community theaters in the Houston areas. I'm always working, always networking, always moving and shaking, and always putting out good vibes. That's the kind of community I want to attract in life and at Third Rate Productions. I'm excited to get to know my community better.

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My most recent production at CAST Theatrical

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