Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and to say thank you for all your support over the last year.

Mooney on Theatre continued to grow in 2011 with the goal of bringing even more coverage of theatre playing in Toronto to our readers and I wanted to thank you for following along with us, and for those of you who are new, for joining in.

Last year we managed to provide full coverage of the Toronto Fringe Festival.  In 2010 we had managed to cover all but 4 shows, unfortunately 4 shows were enough to make the statement “full coverage of the Fringe Festival” remain elusive.  In 2011, thanks in no small part to an expanded editorial team, we can officially say we covered the whole festival.  Since EYE is no longer in existence, we were also the only media outlet to do so.  This made me incredibly proud of my writers and editors, and thankful to the readers who have told me time and time again how much they appreciated the information we provided.

I mentioned my editorial team.  That was the biggest change in 2011, an expanded editorial team.  There are now four of us, and it makes all the difference.  I can’t begin to say how pleased I am with the work of my Managing Editor – Wayne Leung, and Assistant Editors Tiffany Budhyanto and Sonia Borkar.

This expanded team will also allow for opportunities for growth in the coming year.  I’m excited and hope you’ll join us as we grow.

I’ll leave you with my favourite ever New Year’s wish.  It’s from Neil Gaiman:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

So, please join us in the coming year, and follow along with our mistake-making.
All the best,

Megan Mooney
Mooney on Theatre