Memory of Mike

Bay Area theatre artist Mike Ward passed away today. I served as his stage manager for a 2009 workshop musical production that spanned from San Francisco to San Jose. Coincidentally I thought of him this evening before learning this news.

I’ll always remember Mike’s creative energy, dedication to the artistic task at hand, and delight in steering and mentoring fellow performing artists. As a small example, he offered individual coaching sessions to each one of us involved with the musical project after we’d completed working together. When I met with him, he offered concise and direct feedback and advice. At the time I found it surprising, but now I am grateful for his clairvoyance.

I’d heard that he had become ill again, but was not able to see him in these last few months. I will think of him now, and appreciated my friend Dale Albright’s tribute just posted over at Theatre Bay Area.

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About JP

Once upon a time, there was a boy from New England. He grew up with a sense of adventure, loving to travel around the Northeast region. He could always count on the presence of a Buddhist community in his family and friends. Later, those interests merged. His sense of adventure continued to grow, expanding across Europe and then back the other direction across the USA.

Posted on July 19, 2011, in Theatre. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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