DEVISING: It’s Different, How?

17th Mar 2015

Devising allows you to build the muscles of inventing, playing, and editing in real time, on your feet.

The Currency of Trust

23rd Jan 2015

The importance of trust in relationships, work, and risk taking.

Mindful of Your Collaborators

22nd Jan 2015

We live in a collaborative world. Very little, if anything, is truly done alone without any guidance or contribution from another person.

Empathy & The Unknown – Devising’s Life Lessons

20th Jan 2015

Devising life. Losing players. Coming to terms with not knowing. All with love.

Behind the Book – Radio Interview

28th Jul 2014

Fun times during my recent radio interview with Carl Etnier at WGDR-WGDH on The Goddard Hour. He asked compelling questions about the book and our current application of it in...

The Contagious Effect of Possibilities

07th Dec 2013

"We can do that?" Amazement, fear, and excitement filled their eyes. The cast was astonished they were given the free rein to... BE.

Collaborative Leadership

14th Jun 2013

Are you a leader or a follower? A creatively independent person is both!

“Acting Means Pretending, Right?”

17th May 2013

The bridge between acting and pretending.

Tiny Experiences, Big Impact

09th May 2013

Today, in one of our Creativity Labs, a short inspiration led to a tiny experiment and became a big success! How tiny can you make this moment?

Pat on the Back

09th Jan 2013

Support comes in many forms and the simple act of connecting with another person can help ground you deeper in your work.

Ensemble Roll Call – Book Preview

08th Jan 2013

The members of a beneficial ensemble are found sprinkled throughout time and place: where you are, where you were and, most importantly, where you want to be.

Set Backs – Now What?

07th Jan 2013

How do we get the car back online with a slight correction of the wheel without the fear-filled yank off the road?

Plus Points to Failing

01st Oct 2012

Whenever you get concerned or frightened of failure, listen to Paul Simon’s Graceland. Listen and know that this Grammy Award winning album would never have happened if Paul Simon had...

Master Class video – 2011 Actor Devised Theatre

16th Jan 2012

Last summer Episcopal School brought Creatively Independent in for a Master Class week of Physical Theatre.  It turned into a joyous adventure of actor devised work exploring the themes inside...

Teaching as an Art Form and a LAB

29th Nov 2011

The classroom, rehearsal hall or lab is where one must try anything and everything for the sake of the exercise or tool to be explored... Read more...

Summer Explorations in Dance & Theatre – MFA explorations

12th Oct 2011

An educational romp through Berkshires' art in the summer... ... Read more...

A Living Study – MFA essay

20th Sep 2011

This is just another clear example of how the seemingly individual threads of my life – work, motherhood, marriage, art – are woven into an intricate and ever-changing pattern of me. Which makes me question are any of us truly individuals? Even inside ourselves, there are many selves. Are we all tiny communities built out of tinier communities, all trying to focus on a common goal?

Sharing MFA Grad work

07th Sep 2011

Hi everyone, This is Jess Pillmore, Co-Artistic Director of CI. I’m currently working on my MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College and would love to share some of my...

Latest News: Hamlet opening July 21 in North Adams, MA

17th Jul 2011

C.I. has been slacking a bit with the blog entries (hopefully, this will change… today). Busy bees that we are, we have tons of news: Jess & Chris have conceived...

Ensemble – Timing – The sooner, the better

24th Nov 2010

There are a lot of sayings that pop into my head with this one: “Timing is everything.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” All of these...