Rebecca Hutton is president of Theater of Inclusion, Inc., an Indianapolis-based theater company that integrates movement, music, text and common materials to create original works. Rebecca and TOI work with diverse populations, including people with disabilities, incarcerated youth, preschool and school age children, university students and community members. Q: What are your reading now?
A: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
Q: What do you like about the Indianapolis arts scene?
A: I love that there are mature artists supporting and mentoring developing artists. Bryan Fonseca, John Green, Melli Hoppe, Dante Ventresca, to name a few, continue to invest in the longevity and quality of work done in Indianapolis.
Q: What don’t you like?
A: Hmmm. Well, so much of the arts is being focused on cultural tourism. That’s great but I would like the arts to be more than a marketing strategy.
Q: What inspires you?
A: There’s a lot wrong in the world. It makes me work as hard as I can to give more voice to the people and stories that are not being heard. That’s the job of an artist in my opinion, regardless of what medium you are working in.
Q: Drug of choice?
A: Triple vanilla lattes, more espresso than milk please. Q: Who’s your favorite politician?
A: This feels like a trick question.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?
A: Artists are often portrayed as “just doing something they love.” It’s difficult when someone forgets how much time, energy and skill is involved in developing an expertise in the arts.
Q: What’s your favorite TV commercial at the moment?
A: The commercial that has Brett Favre walking around looking at bad situations and then saying how he would have handled it differently. I think they call him a Monday morning quarterback. It’s very funny and points out how we all know how to handle a situation when we are not in it.
Q: Three people (living or dead) you would invite to dinner?
A: Ani Difranco, an incredible artist and business woman. Booker T. Washington, because of his motivation and hunger for education. And my grandmother, because I would love for her to see how much of an influence she’s had on me.
Q: Can love be pornographic?
A: I’m not particularly interested in the subject of pornography. As for love, it’s important that perfection is not a criteria for loving yourself. A lot of my work involves creating structures that allow folks to feel confident making a positive impact on the community, even if they have made mistakes in the past.