audience is a dynamic and collective entity that is capable of
exhibiting all the best and worst aspects of individuals. Supported
by a multitude of perspectives, and depending on the nature of
the specifically called for activity, audiences are fully skilled
in the art of playing many roles. Spectacles call for spectators,
objects for observers, rituals for celebrants, games for players
and meditations for metaphysicians. Whatever the form, whatever
the role, at some point the transfer of an experience from the
"presenter/storyteller" to the audience becomes essential.
Less commonly appreciated is the subsequent transfer of that experience
from the audience back to the storyteller, and then horizontally
to and from other members of the audience. That broader-banded
experience is a many-sided and multi-dimensional
conversation, and one which today's storyteller must enter
into and fully embrace.