Creating connections through the arts and across cultures

Art Connections–one art develops another. Conversation with Louise Ladd

Louise Ladd is a strong example of a multli-talented creative person. Now a writer-editor-teacher she's no stranger to performance and painting. Since the mission of Riehlife is to create connections through the arts and across cultures, I'm delighted to share our short conversation.
--Janet

Janet: I find that nothing is ever wasted. My ear for music has helped my writing, performing, and visual artwork. These are all connected inside ourselves, and cannot be separated--even if we tried.

Louise: I agree. I often say that I learned how to write by taking an acting workshop for eight years and performing on stage. For about twenty years I produced a small summer theater, and midway through began to write. I found a normal 8-5 job didn't fit well with the 12 hour a day job--especially not when raising three kids.

So I wrote September through April. I switched to theater from May through August. It worked well. I found that everything I'd learned in my theater work--such as creating improvisations, behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances, using urgency and conflict to create drama--all applied directly to writing.

I also used to paint. I could lose myself for hours while perfecting the shape of a flower, just as I sometimes do when the writing flows (as opposed to the days when I pull out one word at a time, like teeth).

I believe all the arts are interlinked, simply expressing themselves in different forms.

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