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Creative Courage by Welby Altidor

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INTRODUCTION

I care, therefore I am; I hope, therefore I am; I imagine, therefore I am. I am ethical, therefore I am. I have a purpose, therefore I am. I pause and reflect, therefore I am.

Dov Seidman1

In traditional theater, when the curtain finally rises, it reveals what was temporarily hidden, unknown, unconscious, and protected from the light. The moments just before the curtain opens are potent: with preparation, vulnerability, doubts, delight, surprises, and hope for relevance. Ideally, after the curtain rises, a mirror-like effect is created between the audience, those who are watching or reading what’s revealed, and the performers, those who are revealing their story. Through the beauty and the failures of the characters presented to us, we see our own beauty and failures. In some ways, the light of theater can set us free if it dares to reveal courageous truths. Therefore, from the personal and distinctive details fearlessly shared, something universal emerges. Progressively, we recognize and deeply feel, thanks to that light shining on the truth and the mystery of our lives, something that in the best cases can even inspire us to take action. That process of revelation is at the heart of creativity, imagination, innovation, and telling stories. Even before we had curtains to reveal our stories, we had the open stage of the circus and of ancient Rome’s Colosseum, for example. And before that, we simply gathered in a circle, with a fire in the middle as our light.

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