I see reading challenges all over the Internet these days – especially on Pinterest (see this board for ones I like). There are so many kinds of reading challenges- lists based on genre, television references, upcoming book-based movies, high-school curricula, et cetera, et cetera. But, where are all the theatre reading challenges?!
I love to read – especially fiction or romance novels. I typically go for easy reads because I need a break from the difficult reading that I do for school. BUT I am graduating soon and I want to read material that will enhance my professional knowledge. I want to keep my creative juices flowing. That sounds kind of gross…
SO, I looked for reading challenges for actors and musicians AND COULDN’T FIND MANY. I think I found three and they were made up of 60% of the same content – which didn’t shock me too much…sadly. The average reader (who isn’t involved in the theatre) typically grabs a novel off the shelf instead of a play. Granted, your searching skills could be better than mine, so if you come across some theatre challenges – please, share them in the comment section. I dare you.
This lack of source material inspired me to make my own … *drum roll, please*
This list consists of plays, musical librettos, technique training, and more; that I believe will be beneficial to anyone’s education as a performer. It encompasses the classics (Shakespeare/Chekhov) as well as contemporary musical styles in the theatre (pop/rock) with a hint of motivational and entrepreneurial reading to keep you inspired.
I challenge all of my readers to complete this list. So, go on: grab a book, a cup of coffee (or glass of wine – whatever floats your boat. It’s 5:00 somewhere!), and a blanket; curl up on the couch and get reading!