Monthly Archives: July 2011

What is “The View from the Grid”

The “Grid” in this context is the highest level of a theatre loft to which the infrastructure of the backstage structure is attached. A View from that high a position is typically intense — your footing is insecure as their are gaps in between the beams, the distance to the stage is death should you fall, and the experience of watching a performance from that vantage reveals all the internal moving parts.

A “View from the Grid” offers my personal experience as a manager of in the nonprofit arts sector and professor of history and arts management — the good, the bad, and the ugly — sometimes adding a social and historic framework to what is working, what isn’t and what to look out for in the near future.