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Alisa Matlovsky

Alisa Matlovsky, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenDirector
New York, New York USA

Where do you look for inspiration?
Mostly in things I read — novels, articles, essays, stories. If the ideas themselves aren’t the source of inspiration, then the images often are. Also in things I see — the way a piece of fabric moves, the way certain colors clash, the way textures evoke emotions. Also, in music — in its rhythms and in its ability to frame and reframe moments.

What’s your favorite book / movie / line from a play / pop culture guilty pleasure / cocktail?
No way can I pick a favorite movie. There are too many of them. (Does this diminish their stature as “favorite”?) Nor do I drink enough to even consider a favorite cocktail….I mean, a glass of pinot grigio is hardly an adventurous choice. I do have a favorite quote, though, and it goes like this:
At the head of all is God, Lord of Heaven.
Then comes Prince Torlonia, lord of Earth.
Then comes the armed guard of Prince Torlonia.
Then nobody else.
And still nobody else.
And still again nobody else.

Then come the farmers.

What play or production changed your life?
Ariane Mnouchkine’s Henry IV at the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles in 1984. More than 4 hours in French, and the (mostly American) audience sat rapt. I still remember the soldiers on their horses….

Is there anything you still dream of doing?
So much. So much. So much.

I feel most like myself when I ….
Dance. (Especially to The Commodores’ She’s A Brick House.)

What is your best escape?
Dancing to She’s a Brick House.

What’s the one thing nobody knows about you?
I’m an introvert?

Alisa Matlovsky is a freelance director, occasional dramaturg and sometime maker of participatory art installments. She has worked in theater and film as both artist and administrator, is a member of the LARK litwing, and serves on the film studies faculty at Westchester Community College.


Week in Review, March 19 – 25, 2012

LPTW’s Blog30 was created to highlight the diversity, passion and brilliance of the individual members of the League of Professional Theatre Women in celebration of the organization’s 30th Anniversary. As theatre artists, administrators, and crew, we often work on productions that morph, develop and/or change mid-stream; Blog30 is no different, and so was born the Week in Review.

Every Sunday, the women featured in the previous six days, as well as three others from our first two months, will receive a little more attention, a second chance for readers to learn about them. Sunday is often a day for reflection, offering the opportunity to catch up on the previous week’s activities. Now, the Week in Review gives our readers the opportunity to experience a week’s entries in one easy sitting. We hope you enjoy the latest addition to Blog30.

I feel most like myself when I …. Dance.  (Especially to The Commodores’ She’s A Brick House.) – Alisa Matlovsky, March 19

That picture is 6 years old. But that’s me now, and I’m sticking to that.Gabriele Schafer, March 20

Finding the connections between the past and the present makes me feel like I’m part of a continuum of human experience, and that’s inspiring. – Cara Reichel, March 21

Anywhere near the matchless sound of geese or wildlife inspires me. – Catherine Gropper, March 22

Never mind the cocktails, bring on the champagne! – Amy Stoller, March 23

I love the movie My Favorite Year because it makes me laugh, makes me think, and touches my heart. – Tricia McDermott, March 24

From the Archives
Seventy? The play doesn’t give a damn. – Robin Rice Lichtig, January 5

Ladies & Gents, an Irish play which I produced in the public toilets in Central Park! We had five hundred people on the waiting list when we closed! — Georganne Aldrich Heller, January 12

I have been accused of being a romantic—and I probably am. – Melody Brooks, January 19

Find Her

Blog30 Launches!
Introducing Team Blog30
Taking Memorial Day Weekend off
Summer Hiatus
Blog30 is Back!

Alexa Kelly
Alexis Greene
Alice Reagan
Alisa Matlovsky
Alix Claps
Amanda Pekoe
Amy Stoller
Andrea Caban
Andrea Kuchlewska
Angelica Page
Angelina Fiordellisi
Anna Nugent
Anne Dunning
Anne Hamilton
Anne Phelan
Anne Stewart FitzRoy, CPA
Antoinette LaVecchia
Asmaa Yehia Eltaher

Barb Kielhofer
Billie Allen

Cara Reichel
Caridad Svich
Carol K. Mack
Carolyn Feleppa Balducci
Catherine Gropper
Catherine Porter
Catherine Schreiber
Cecilia Copeland
chandra thomas
Chelsea Silverman
Cheryl L. Davis
Chiori Miyagawa
Cindy Cooper (Cynthia L. Cooper)

Deborah Asiimwe
DeVida Jenkins
Dorothy Leeds

Edie Cowan
Elaine Smith
Elizabeth Hess
Elizabeth Ireland McCann
Elsa Rael
Enid Futterman

Gabriele Schafer
Gail Kriegel
Georganne Aldrich Heller
Gerda Stevenson
Ginny Louloudes
Glenda Frank
Gwynn MacDonald

Harriet Slaughter
Helen E. Richardson
Helen Stern
Hilary Adams

Jacki Barlia Florin
Jennifer Lane Bustance
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jessica Litwak
Jessi D. Hill
Jill BC Du Boff
Joan D. Firestone
Joanne Pottlitzer
Joyce Liao
Joyce Maio
Judith Binus
Julia Miles
Julia Pascal
Julie Carpenter Sylvester
June Rachelson-Ospa

Karin de la Penha
Katie Pearl
Katrin Hilbe
Kristin Marting
KS Stevens
Kyle Blumenthal

Lanie Zipoy
Laura Annawyn Shamas
Laura Caparrotti
Lauren Yarger
Laurie James
Lenore DeKoven
Linda Chapman
Lisa Rothe
Lorca Peress
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Lucy Wang
Lynne Rogers

Mahayana (Yana) Landowne
Manda Martin
Marcina Zaccaria
Marcy Arlin
Margaret Fofonoff
Margery Klain
Marie Ann Chenevey
Mari Lyn Henry
Marion Simon
Martha Richards
Maxine Kern
Melanie Sutherland
Melba LaRose
Melody Brooks
Michael angel Johnson
Michele Volansky (PhD)
Michelle Haines
Mira J Spektor
Mũmbi Kaigwa

Nancy Ford
Natasha Lee Martin

Olga de la Fuente
Orietta Crispino

Pamela Golinski
Pat Addiss
Paula D’Alessandris
Paula Ewin
Paula McFetridge
Penny Jackson
Penny Landau
Petronia Paley

Regina Gatti
Richarda Abrams
Roberta Levitow
Robin Rice Lichtig
Robin Rothstein
Romy Nordlinger
Ruth Margraff
Ruth Mayleas

Sandi Durell
Sandra M. Bloom
Sandra Nordgren
Saviana Stanescu
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Sheila Speller
Sheilah Rae
Shellen Lubin
Sherry Eaker
Shirley Lauro
Sondra Gorney
Sophia Romma
Stephanie Klapper
Sue Bartelt
Susan Bernfield
Susan Jonas
Susan Laubach
Susan Wallack

Talia Pura
Theresa Giacopasi
Tisa Chang
Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D.
Tricia McDermott

Valentina Fratti

Wendy Barrie-Wilson

Yvette Heyliger

Zanne Hall
Zoe (Corell) Kaplan

Week in Review, February 27 – March 4, 2012
Week in Review, March 5 – 11, 2012
Week in Review, March 12 – 18, 2012
Week in Review, March 19 – 25, 2012
Week in Review, March 26 – April 1, 2012
Week in Review, April 2 – 8, 2012
Week in Review, April 9 – 15, 2012
Week in Review, April 16 – 22, 2012
Week in Review, April 23 – 29, 2012
Week in Review, April 30 – May 6, 2012
Week in Review, May 7 – 13, 2012
Week in Review, May 14 – 20, 2012
Week in Review, May 21 – 27, 2012
Week in Review, May 28 – June 3, 2012
Week in Review, June 4 – 10, 2012
From the Archives
Week in Review, February 18 – 22, 2013
Week in Review, February 25 – March 2, 2013

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