Did you know that the word conspiracy literally means breathe together?

{Latin: con=with and spirare=to breathe}

Theatre is this magical art form that’s all about connecting. We connect with our audience. We connect with our castmates. We connect with ourselves.

Because of that connection, I believe that theatre is to our souls what healthcare is to our bodies. Vital. Necessary. Life-giving.

Like our very breath.

By that definition, theatre cannot be created in isolation. Even a solo show, performed in a freely available public space with no designers or stage management, still needs an audience of at least one to complete the loop.

If a play falls in the city and there’s no one in the seats, does it make a sound?

My mission as an artist is to help people understand each other better and find connection in our increasingly networked but ever-more-lonely world. I do this by creating thought-provoking theatre myself, yes; but also by equipping other artists with the tools and skills to create their own world-changing theatre more effectively.

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Tobi Mattingly
Creative Revolutionary

In my own path, the three arms of an effective theatre career – craft, bodymind, and logistics – came together gradually, over the course of more than a decade, and almost in spite of myself.

I had a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre but quickly got discouraged and went down another career path for several years.

That career in sales and consulting filled in many of the missing pieces my theatre education skipped, like the psychology of getting people’s attention and the skills of managing finances.

I studied ecommerce at DePaul and learned how tap into the power of the internet.

In the midst of it all, I spent years fighting a debilitating injury and investigated countless movement, vitality, and bodymind practices. I saw not only healing in my body, but focus and clarity in my mind and a new understanding of and connection to my emotions.

When I left my consulting job to go back to full-time theatre work in 2007, I struggled – a lot – for the first few years until I figured out how to put all these pieces together.

Then it started to click into place. Suddenly I was making the connections I wanted, making the theatre I wanted, making the career I wanted.

But so many of my fellow theatremakers were still struggling.

I tried to help on a small scale, and was amazed at the transformations I saw in the confidence levels of my theatre friends.

They finally felt like they had control. Like they could drive the direction of their theatre careers instead of waiting for others to give them opportunities. Like they could stay on top of everything and not always feel so overwhelmed.

They felt powerful in their theatre careers for the first time ever.

So many said I’d helped them understand the complicated moving parts in ways they never had before. That I had a real gift for making the complex simple and meeting people where they were at.

I realized I could help not just a few of my friends, but the entire theatre industry by empowering and equipping theatremakers on a larger scale.

So I started Artistic Conspiracy in order to train theatremakers in the areas of Craft, Bodymind, and Logistics and enable them to take control.

Take control of your theatre career.

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