Being an artistic director has its challenges, of course. But none occurs more frequently than the challenge of having to turn people down. Whether it’s actors following auditions, writers who send unsolicited scripts, playwrights whose work we’ve solicited, producers who want to co-produce or even an invitation to attend a play – at some point or other, every artistic director has to learn the art of saying ‘no’. Rejection can be a bitter pill.
These days, not a week goes by without a comment on the size, shape, capacity, modernity and aptness of our theatre buildings and auditoriums, whether proscenium arch, thrust stage or in-the-round. Last year, Nicholas Hytner bemoaned the inflexibility of our West End theatres and questioned their suitability for 21st-century theatre. We all wait with huge excitement to experience the new Bridge Theatre he and Nick Starr have built in London.
As research on concussions continues to expand, so does the protocol needed for an athlete to get back on the field after a head injury. Years ago, helmet-to-helmet hits were thought of as just another play in football, but the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy¬ — a degenerative disease that is commonly linked with head injuries — has had ripple effects at every level of the game.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".