Question: How would you advise President Obama to strengthen the arts?
Goldsmith: Probably the first thing I would say is to really make an effort to give everyone a theater education when they’re young. It’s something that I had and that I really can’t imagine not having, it’s such, to me, a really important part of my educational experience and so that, I think, would be one thing to really make sure that theater is a part of schools and a part of education. A 2nd thing would be to attempt theater to be more accessible, many people, I think, don’t really feel that they can go see theater, they’re afraid that it’s too expensive or they’ve just never really understood it and I feel like it’s really important that we make theater really accessible to everyone. I think, what’s really kind of the most important new kind of function of theater in America is regional theater and a lot of people don’t have the kind of resources to go and travel to New York and see theater all the time. And I’d really liked to see a lot a kind of investment in regional theater ‘cause it’s really an important thing and bringing theater to communities all around American, not just people who live in New York or towards coming there. So I’d really like to see more funding in regional theater I think.