This Washington Post article tells the story of a true entrepreneur in the Arts, Joy Zinoman. Founder of The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, Zinoman built an extremely successful theater multiplex from a simple acting studio. When I interned at Studio Theatre three years ago, Zinoman held sessions with the interns that ran for hours as she told us about the roots of her organization. Beginning with a passion for acting she simply wanted to offer classes to foster the growth of actors in the DC area. When she teamed up with a local set designer he gave her the idea of "let's create a space for your acting students to perform in front of a real audience," and Studio Theatre was born. When their first space opened, 14th & P streets NW was a neighborhood to avoid in daylight, but since then the former auto repair district has been completely transformed. With million dollar condos, a Whole Foods grocery store, and even a Starbucks across the street, Studio Theatre has become a beacon for the neighborhood and an example of what quality performing art and a driven leader can accomplish to truly change a community. Now Zinoman is retiring after 35 years at the helm. Why? Well at least partially for something Gary knows we must expect for our own endeavors:
"I really do feel that 90 hours of work a week, although I love every moment of it, is not a rational life after 35 years."