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Episode 23 – Surrender to Flow with Julie Tattershall

November 13, 2017

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Today’s episode features play director, performer, and playwright Julie Tattershall. Julie is a forever friend with a long resume. She was the 2012 Mary Kay Place Legacy Award recipient through the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence (Tulsans call it TATE). Over the years, Julie has won two TATE awards and two Oklahoma Community Theatre Association awards as a director.

Julie worked with theater companies in Chicago before settling down in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Tulsa Julie became the Artistic Director of Clark and Heller Theatres logging nearly 30 years of non-stop directing. In addition to directing over 100 productio  ns, Julie founded the long-running Laughing Matter improvisation group. With her husband, Tony Batchelder, she co-founded the Tulsa Area Community Theatre Alliance. Julie has toured nationally with "Where the Red Fern Grows". She also participated in the Oklahoma Artist in Residence program. She still works as an artist in the schools performing original works that resonate with a message of acceptance and healing. Julie has a Masters degree in Psychology and uses that knowledge as a director, playwright, and performer. Julie and I met while she visited me and George in our new home on the Potomac river in Virginia.

Concise Advice from the Interview (a short version of tips from my guest, theatre guru, Julie Tattershall.) 

7 - Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable on stage.

6 - Decide where the character holds stress and build that into the character.

5 - Take advantage of seeing things from another point of view.

4 - Open yourself up to the flow to be in the NOW.

3 - Approach any play script as if you are approaching a brand new play.

2 - Create a safe environment for rehearsal.

1 - And Julie Tattershall’s number one piece of advice? Don’t feel like you have to know it all, and don’t pretend to. 

Next week, you’ll hear my conversation with former Broadway stage manager, Liza Vest.

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