My Brelby Word: Diversification

My Brelby Word

For the rest of November, every day, the Brelby Buzz will be bringing you the second installment of the November Blogathon. Thirty days, thirty original posts from Brelby’s Company Members and collaborative artists of Season 8. Each post will revolve around a word that artist considers to be integral to what art and Brelby means to them.

By Gerald Thomson


I have been involved in two shows at Brelby, Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! and The Tempest. Though I could talk about many wonderful parts of these experiences, one of the things I have been b owled over by is the diversity of talent at Brelby. Let me explain.

In investing, there is a driving principle of diversification. The concept is that you will reach your goal more efficiently and smoothly if you invest in various areas of the market. Even if one area of the market is going down, another area of the market may be going up, and you as an investor have exposure to all of it. This allows you to spread out your risk, because you don’t put all your money into any one market. I see similar principles at work among the Brelby artist.

Though I view myself primarily as an actor and director, defining the art of the Brelby artist is much more difficult. A talented actor lets me know that he will be designing costumes for an upcoming show. A director is now doing props for a show. This is not typical in a Theater Company. But at Brelby, the Theater Artist is encouraged to diversify their skills, to give them more and more tools to help make better and better art. Here is a partial list of individuals involved in just the two shows I have done.gerald1

Actor, choreographer

Actor, hair and makeup designer

Lighting Designer, fight choreographer, photographer/videographer

Hair and makeup designer, stage manager

Director, scenic designer, fight choreographer

Actor, scenic designer

You get the point. Brelby encourages this gerald2diversification by asking people to try things they’ve never done before, then providing the resources for that artist to succeed as they broaden their artistic horizons. This provides the Theater with more artistic resources, provides the artist with more skills to help them pursue their theatrical endeavors, and ultimately raises the “stock” of Brelby.

I applaud the theater for practicing this good investment habit, the habit of diversification, which has clearly generated great returns. I applaud the artist who sees the benefit of diversification in their own pursuit of their art, making themselves more and more valuable to the Theater Community.

Let’s continue to invest as we share our windfall of great theater with downtown Glendale and the rest of the Valley.

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