Let’s have a brief conversation - one-sided, of course, since this is a blog post :-) - about stress and physical injury in the theatre.
This is a topic that most artists - performers in particular - avoid, and for a few reasons:
Injury is scary and no one wants to think about it.
Everyone has stress and no one wants to look like the “complainer.”
Injury has become stigmatized as something shameful.
We wear our stress, and ability to handle it, as a badge of honor.
There are others as well, but I generally see these as the biggest reasons this topic is avoided. People don’t want to talk about these things, but if we don’t talk about them they become these big scary monsters that we hope we won’t have to endure.
But we do.
Stress and injury will affect everyone at some point, so let’s just talk about it.Read More