(In my rarely-if-ever-humble opinion)

Not too long ago, in a galaxy not too far away, I started creating a list of movies. Movies that everybody loved. Movies that got the critics and box offices gushing and begging for more. What made this list so special?

It was that I actively…

A bite-sized summary of the Pixar co-founder’s terrific book on leadership…

The book cover of Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace’s “Creativity Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiraton”, featuring Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear with a conductor’s baton.

For some reason, people assume that if you’re really good at something, you’ll be really good at leading other people to do it, too. Having worked under some great leaders, having worked under some not-so-great leaders, and having been…

How African American Theatre History teaches us to use Art to fight Injustice…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving one of the most important speeches of all time.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Some may argue that celebrities (including but not limited to: Artists, athletes, comedians, etc.) should “stay in their lane” and not attempt…

What Theatre should be (in my rarely-if-ever humble opinion)…

A production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”.
Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, arguably the most famous Absurdist play of all time.

Martin Esslin said in his essay on Absurdist Theatre, “Absurd is that which has no purpose, or goal, or objective.” As far as I’m concerned, this is a waste of Art. Art is so powerful and important, yet so many so-called…

What I learned from my Study Abroad trip to Vienna, Austria in July, 2019…

My favorite picture of me in Vienna, Austria, with a background that looks too beautiful to be real!
It may look like a portrait, but this background was very real!

One of the most painful parts of this pandemic has been losing our sense of comfort going out in public places. Comfort sitting inside restaurants, comfort going to large social events, and certainly, comfort travelling. Now…

My speech given at the 2019 UF COTA Graduation Ceremony

Two years ago, I was selected by my peers to give a speech for my graduation from the University of Florida College of the Arts. The following is that speech in written form (with a few small amendments here and…

(In my rarely-if-ever humble opinion)

Writing plays is a skill. This is a fairly obvious statement. Not so obvious?

Reading plays is also a skill. An even less obvious statement?

You can’t actually write or read a play. You can write and read play scripts all you want, but a…

Eddie Datz

Actor. Comedian. Writer. Director. For all things Datz, check out eddiedatz.com

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