M.A. Project – Research Day

Today was dedicated to doing research for my project on ADHD. My idea is this: take the performance I did at the ADDA conference and turn it into an education vehicle.

So, the next question is “how?”

Well, that’s part of the question The bigger question for me is — as it always has been — “what do I do with it when it’s finished?”

I have not doubt that I can build a quality piece. I am invested in the topic, I’ve learned a lot about it, I have a Point of View (which is central, from everything I’ve read about doing a show), and I’m not afraid of the stage. Also, I’ve done the piece in front of people and it gets good response. (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cj9fj8S7mBM)

What I doubt is my ability to get it out the door and in front of people. Who is the audience? How do I find them? How do I get credibility?

So, I took today off work and spent it doing research. I found several sites with advice on how to build the show, but little on how to rent the space and put it up. I walked around downtown Ypsilanti and poked my head at Mix. Very very nice people and maybe that’s the first place I should look at for putting on the show?

I also want some credibility for the piece, so I did some research on the profs in the Psych department at EMU. One of them actually put out a booklet on Adult ADHD  years ago. I contacted her, but she said she’s been out of it for a while. She did send me a few other names, so Thank You.

Right now, I’m feeling a bit bleak and overwhelmed, but I recognize it. It’s just something I have to deal with. I wonder if everyone has this. I wonder, but I am guessing “yes” and “you have to just push through it.”

We’ll see if I can.