Happy New Year!

In her eighth An Artistic Director Prepares column, Joanie Schultz has some resolutions for what is the beginning of her first new season at WaterTower Theatre.

published Friday, September 29, 2017



Addison — October 1 is the first day of the new year at WaterTower Theatre. This is my first “new year” at WaterTower, having started officially on January 1, the beginning of our commonly agreed upon calendar year. I’m a big lover of new year celebrations and all the ritual that they come with. But what feels even more true to me is the fall new year that begins the theater season. There’s a thrill that I always get when the air starts to cool and the leaves start to change that reminds me of school starting and a feeling that everything is possible this year. (Side note: when does it start to feel like fall here, guys?)

What I love most about the new year is reflecting on the past year and making resolutions to be intentional with the next. In this fast-paced world, I find it vital to take advantage of each reminder to slow down and get into a more mindful headspace. To take that space to check in and reconnect with my values. To reset.

This new year is one that ushers in a lot of change and a new chapter, as we embark on my inaugural season at WaterTower Theatre. I am looking forward to incoming Managing Director, Nick Even, beginning his position. I believe that he is going to be an extraordinary partner in leadership. We also have a fantastic slate of energetic new board members beginning this month, a group that bring experience, passion, and new points of view to our organization. Our new season, the first I’ve programmed, opens October 16 with a hilarious and irreverent Pride and Prejudice, with a great cast with whom I’m loving being in rehearsal.

A moment like this is opportune to make some New Year’s resolutions—and not the kind that I break in the first month. So, for the 2017-18 season at WaterTower Theatre, I resolve:

  • To work hard to make this theatre as supportive as possible to the artists who work with us.
  • To learn with each production how our organization can create the best possible circumstances to foster the most innovative and exciting work for our stages. To stay flexible and open to those encounters and lessons.
  • To identify and encourage, foster, champion, and push artists with unique, diverse, and relevant points of view; in order to create work that speaks to our contemporary moment. 
  • To cultivate diverse points of view in our work on every level of our organization and art-making.
  • To welcome people into our WaterTower family with each production. To reach out, to invite, to include, to expand the definition of what it means to be a member of our WaterTower Theatre community. To expand our reach and service to our entire community of Addison and the greater Metroplex. 
  • To be a good citizen of the DFW arts community though my support, encouragement, collaboration, resource and information sharing, and overall participation in this fantastic community. 
  • To be a good ambassador of the arts within Addison, DFW, and connecting our arts community to the rest of the country.
  • To take care of myself, my own growth, and to push myself as an artist; even when the organization requires much of my focus.

You heard it here, folks. We can check in on how I did next September.

Happy 2017-18 New Year!


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