I spoke this week with Lisa Drostova, public engagement manager for Ragged Wing Ensemble and The Flight Deck, a multi-ensemble theater venue that opened last June in downtown Oakland. The Flight Deck houses seven companies (including Ragged Wing), hosts performances from others, shows art in its gallery space, and has a co-working office area. Lisa and I talked about how it came to be, what Ragged Wing and the other resident companies are up to, and what might be next for the space. We also talked about the challenges of keeping a small theater company afloat and, at the individual level, of being a working artist in the Bay Area. Lisa has almost 15 years of experience navigating the Bay Area theater world, and I really appreciate her sharing her experience and insights with me.
January 14, 2015