Day 10: Don’t let your voice be silenced

by Tobi Mattingly | Jul 31, 2016

On day two of our Lab countdown we shared a TED talk called Your Elusive Creative Genius, and examined the idea that you can’t start investigating the Language of the Stage – i.e., how to translate your voice into other creative “languages” – until you first find your own voice.

That process isn’t a one-time event that happens at the beginning of a career and is settled once and for all: “I have found my voice, now I shall make art!” Because in this profession which is laden with sometimes daily doses of rejection, it’s very easy for that voice to retreat within us once more.

Brent Eickhoff recently wrote an excellent piece on this for HowlRound. Preserving Passion in the Face of Rejection is one of those articles I immediately saved for future reference, have re-read a number of times already, and have already quoted to friends in the throes of career despair. I hope it’s a worthwhile addition to your directing toolbox as well.


Tobi Mattingly is a Chicago-based director, actor, music director, and teaching artist. She is the founder of Artistic Conspiracy, an arts organization dedicated to creating and enabling world-changing theatre. Through this organization, she helps professional theatremakers take control of their theatre careers through learning and balancing artistic craft, bodymind practices, and business/marketing management.