Albert Paley: Gravity, Sculpture, and Play

Albert Paley: Gravity, Sculpture, and Play

Less than a minute into my scheduled interview with world-renowned sculptor Albert Paley, we knew we had a problem. I wanted to talk about how he played as a child, but Paley wanted to know what I meant by play. And just like that he became the interviewer and I was the one reaching for…

Wendell Castle: Creative Childhood Player and Master Furniture Designer

Wendell Castle: Creative Childhood Player and Master Furniture Designer

Fun for me is talking with people at the top of their field, finding out how they got there, and hearing them trace the roots of their fascination. I like a good chat about the whys and wherefores of being a person who has fundamentally changed how we think about something. With just such a…

Garth Fagan: Play and the Innovative Dancer

Garth Fagan: Play and the Innovative Dancer

As an educator, I’m curious about how childhood play and learning experiences shape individuals at the top of their creative fields. Recently I asked Garth Fagan, Tony Award winning choreographer of the Lion King, just that question. “As a child,” Fagan began, “I loved anything that got me moving.” One of his favorite haunts, an…