Eric Schaeffer
Theater director

Eric Schaeffer

Co-founder and artistic director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, which won the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained artistic excellence.

Archive: Eric Schaeffer

Going opposite

I had to take more than a leap of faith -- it was a jump of faith. But I knew that if I put the energy and creativity behind all of it, it would fill my soul.

By Eric Schaeffer | August 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brain dead

While there is no doubt that the internet has made communication with the world simple and fast, it has also impaired the whole idea of communication.

By Eric Schaeffer | July 22, 2010; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

First hand

There is no excuse for a commander to be talking the way McChrystal was in the recent Rolling Stone article. These people are risking their lives every day and they deserve respect.

By Eric Schaeffer | July 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Power to the people

People want someone with a new spirit who will actually try to get things done rather than play a political game. Our politics have become too political.

By Eric Schaeffer | May 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Action, not reaction

I think that more of Congress has to get in touch with the American people. They say they are but are they really?

By Eric Schaeffer | May 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cutting the net

I have found that children who name one of their parents as their best friends usually end up being more immature. They always know a safety net is waiting for them.

By Eric Schaeffer | May 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Playing hard, working harder

What is so unique about Oprah is that she actually shares her success with others.

By Eric Schaeffer | April 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cleaning house

For any leader, making the big change takes courage and guts. But without the risk, nothing changes.

By Eric Schaeffer | April 19, 2010; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hoosiers, Part II

The great thing about Butler is that the team has proved that anything is possible.

By Eric Schaeffer | April 5, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Living backstage

Desiree Rogers's passion and making the White House the People's House were great steps. But she perhaps forgot at times that it wasn't about her or her fashion.

By Eric Schaeffer | March 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Winning even by losing

Giving people the incentive to strive for goals that may be outside of their reach is a great thing.

By Eric Schaeffer | February 25, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Finding a formula

Everybody loves a winner and that is why we were all compelled by the upset. It was one of those events that not only affected the sport but also affected the country.

By Eric Schaeffer | February 21, 2010; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sing It!

If the new Miss America is ready for the challenge, she has not only the insight to make a difference in her role, but also to bring new life to an age-old institution.

By Eric Schaeffer | February 8, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Was it really success?

Brown's success may not even be about who he is or what he has done. I think his success can be attributed to the one word that has been bandied about over the past two years, and that is 'change.'

By Eric Schaeffer | January 25, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Roll the dice

The most important thing was that NBC actually took the gamble. We all need to do that, because without the gamble, nothing changes.

By Eric Schaeffer | January 14, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hand in hand

When I left my old job to work in the non-profit world, my life changed. Yes, I was making a lot less money. But suddenly, I was working for something I loved to do.

By Eric Schaeffer | January 11, 2010; 12:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's all good

What's great about working in the theater is that anything goes. People dress with personality. It shows who we are as artists and people.

By Eric Schaeffer | January 3, 2010; 11:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not for me

Maybe the whole idea of resolutions works for some people. But I have found my world changes so quickly that setting new goals for each project keeps things fresh and vibrant.

By Eric Schaeffer | December 31, 2009; 01:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Opening doors

What we need to do is continue to provide unique learning opportunities such as this (Signature in the Schools program) to students so they can get exposed to different experiences to grow from.

By Eric Schaeffer | December 14, 2009; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Put on your boots

It's hard on all fronts when something fails -- but I always say you just have to pick up and put your boots on.

By Eric Schaeffer | December 11, 2009; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

How important?

People need to talk about subjects that really deserve our attention.

By Eric Schaeffer | December 7, 2009; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (6)

Racing for funds

People are working for causes that they believe in, where they want to make a difference -- but the reality is that there is a constant race for donations to support nonprofit organizations.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 24, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Good from bad

People who actually survive terrible circumstances are the real success stories.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 19, 2009; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

If doors don't open . . .

There is no doubt that other people can open doors -- but then it's up to you to actually connect and make things happen.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 12, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Passion and energy first

Success takes endless energy and boundless passion -- you have to be willing to do anything to make it happen.

By Eric Schaeffer | November 2, 2009; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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