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From the Rehearsal Room…

Notes from Stephen Pick, Big Fish Directing Intern

A native to the Pacific Northwest, and an artist of faith, I’ve always been curious about Taproot Theatre Company and its work. But I’ve never had the chance to see or participate in the work until now! As a directing intern on Big Fish, I have the privilege of watching Scott lead a group of wonderful, talented people in the telling of what he has called “a story about dreams, forgiveness and hope.” It’s been a great experience so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing the story continue to take shape over the next few weeks.

Big Fish First Rehearsal

From BIG FISH’s first rehearsal. Photo by Isaiah Custer.

During this time with Taproot I have also had the privilege of observing the inner workings of the company through projects in the office and attending weekly staff meetings. Not only have I been learning about theatre management (something I have been interested in since founding my own theatre company five years ago), I have also found this group of people to be warm and welcoming. They are like family to each other, and have readily extended their hospitality to me as well.

This openness and generosity is what sets Taproot apart from the many other companies with which I have worked.

Being back on the west coast for these few weeks has been a nice change of pace as I’m currently working on a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing at Boston University. My wife, daughter and I have been able to spend some time together and with our family here, and in Portland, and we’re looking forward to finding ourselves an artistic home on this side of the country once I graduate.

I have enjoyed my experience with Taproot so far, and I’m looking forward to sharing Big Fish with its community.



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