Everyone who cares about theatre should probably read Ian Belton's final posting as "Ivan Bellman" on Culturebot. You can find it here. I'm still mulling over it, and will probably reread it before commenting. Check it out! Here's a preview:
What I have learned in the past two years is that the energy it requires to perpetuate a career from “within” the theater is so great that it forces one into isolation. I would rather live and work “outside” the establishment so that I can bring things of value back to share. I’d rather take the risk of being forgotten by the community than become so self-absorbed that I am ignorant to the rapidly changing world.