For Teaching Artists - HOW TO WRITE A POST

HOW TO WRITE A PXP POST

PRE-SHOW:

  1. Be aware of yourself. And keep in the back of your mind that after the show you are reflecting on your experience: your thoughts, your feelings, how you connected with the show.

  2. Let go of critique. The artists have made their choices, so let’s not question them. Now, let’s think about the effect of those choices on YOU.

POST-SHOW:

  1. Keep it casual. Write as if you are talking to a friend, this isn’t an essay or an academic paper. 

  2. Let go of critique. The easiest way to let go, is to talk about the content rather than the creators. Focus on the story, the characters, the show. Forget about the choices, the artists, what you would do differently. 

  3. Keep it personal. That means everything should be written in the first person. Avoid generalizing. If you laughed, say that, don't tell us that the audience thought it was funny. 

  4. Be honest. If you went to the playbill to find an actors name, tell us. If you have read the play 100 times, tell us. Let us know how you got there and where you are coming from. 

  5. Think about connections. How did you connect to the show? What moments gave you strong responses? Where did your life intersect with the story and characters?

  6. It includes the PRE and POST. Your experience includes what happened leading up to the show as well as what happened after. How did those affect your experience of the show? How did the show affect you after – what did you keep thinking about?

  7. More is better. Write it all down. It is easier to pick out the important pieces if you have them all in front of you.

At PXP, we narrate our personal experience of going to a show. That includes thoughts, feelings, questions & whatever else your journey included. With that in mind, let us know what happened to you at the theatre. Share your experience.



Use the comments below to think about how to best integrate this into Stage Doors residencies.