I am inspired by collaboration. I am a firm believer that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. The most exciting thing about founding and running a theater company is building a true ensemble to give voice to a story that would otherwise remain unheard. To go from reading a new play in a quiet room on your own to a realized production is a fascinating journey. To gather a group of creative people and offer them the opportunity to create — even on a tight budget — and steward the growth of the piece, keeping egos in check, talent fostered and commitment to the process at a high level is always both challenging and rewarding.
As far as favorite things go…. Currently my favorite series is the Flavia De Luce books by Alan Bradley. He is able to capture the honest and original voice of a twelve-year-old girl solving murders in the English countryside in the 1950s. I love stories that have a clear sense of time and place — be it book, movie or play — and these are the type of stories 3Graces sets out to produce.
My guilty pleasures, if you must know, are dark chocolate covered almonds from Trader Joe’s…. and a great (or even decent) bottle of red wine. Never white.
Chelsea Silverman is a founder and the Executive Director of 3Graces Theater Co., an award-winning off-off Broadway theater company committed to telling women’s stories on stage.