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(Cohort members-Miguel Martimen Jozer Guerrero and Archie Villeda.  Photo by Arnold King. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Failure. Su Teatro’s biggest organizational lesson of the last fifteen years is to embrace failure. Our best learning and true organizational breakthroughs have hinged on failure…Cultural organizing is not for the weak [...]

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(Photo by Rami Sameh. This post is a part of the MetLife/A-Ha!: Think It, Do It program.) It is easy to feel both hopeless and helpless when watching the daily news cycle about the Middle East. I don’t recognize the people I see on the news. The news never shows the people I recognize. I despise [...]

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TCG Announces Partnership with BiddingForGood

by TCG News November 19, 2014 Tools & Research

Partnership reflects the rise of individual donors and fundraising events We are pleased to announce a partnership with BiddingForGood, the leader in online charity auctions and the industry’s first cause-related e-commerce company. This partnership will make available BiddingForGood’s charitable commerce platform at a special discounted rate to our almost 500 TCG Member Theatres, taking advantage [...]

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TCG Publishes Title and Deed/Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions

by TCG News November 14, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Will Eno’s Title and Deed/Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions. Title and Deed originally premiered in Ireland in 2011 before its first American production in 2012 at Signature Theatre Company in New York. Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions, a collection of five short plays, [...]

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The 2014 Top 25 Best-Selling Books Published by TCG

by TCG News November 13, 2014 TCG Books

We are excited to introduce the inaugural list of the year’s Top 25 Best-Selling Books published by the TCG Books program. Much in the same vein as the widely-anticipated American Theatre’s Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and the new American Theatre’s Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights lists released annually in October, TCG is now happy to present [...]

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Discovering the origins of Ecuadorian Theatre and its relevance in modern audiences: An interview with Victor Hugo Gallegos.

by Salomé Egas November 12, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Teatro Ensayo del Ecuador. Actor: Víctor Hugo Gallegos. 1987. Photo by Teatro Ensayo del Ecuador.) A rainbow of outrageous and worn-out costumes, bodies swinging across the streets with acrobatic movements, and, the uproar of music created by the combination of voices laughing, chanting and even reproducing animal sounds are just some of the vivid memories [...]

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TCG Publishes The River

by TCG News October 30, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Jez Butterworth’s The River, which officially opens on Broadway this November starring Hugh Jackman. The play originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London, October 2012. “Lyrical and tricksy, occasionally droll and ultimately desolating, this intimate three-hander unfolds like a tantalising cross between a piece of [...]

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TCG Releases Theatre Facts 2013

by TCG News October 27, 2014 Tools & Research

Not-for-profit theatres contributed over $2 billion to the U.S. economy and attracted 34.9 million attendees, according to Theatre Facts 2013, released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Based on the annual TCG Fiscal Survey, Theatre Facts is the only in-depth report that examines the attendance, performance and overall fiscal state of the not-for-profit professional theatre industry. [...]

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TCG Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

by TCG News October 27, 2014 Uncategorized

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, welcomes new officers and nine new members to its board of directors. Sarah Bellamy, co-artistic director of Penumbra Theatre Company, and Kevin Moriarty, artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, succeed Robert Hupp and Lydia R. Diamond as joint vice presidents. Jonathan Moscone, artistic director of California [...]

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TCG Publishes Belleville by Amy Herzog

by TCG News October 24, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Amy Herzog’s Belleville, the third title by acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog to be published by TCG. Belleville received its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2011, its New York City premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in winter 2013 and its Chicago premiere at the Steppenwolf [...]

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How is We Americans?

by Margaret Kemp October 21, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement

(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) If there is democracy in you, that is where it will be shown.
this is the only way we is americans. this is the only truth that can be told.
otherwise there is no future between us but war. and we [...]

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The Rapture of an Idea

by Hallie Gordon October 17, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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 (Civic arts leader and The Compass playwright Michael Rohd introduces a speaker for a Project Compass event, Paul Fagen, a clinical social worker, and explains the format for the afternoon’s conversation around decision-making, All photos by Lauren Sivak) (This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) As our team dives deeper into [...]

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Including Alterity

by Emily Mendelsohn October 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) In writing about the word “inclusion”, I wonder if it implies a defined and binary territory. [...]

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Maintaining the Momentum

by Jesus A. Reyes October 15, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(All pictures by Center Theatre Group.) We knew early on that the pilot phase of The Shop initiative would be exciting and full of challenges, but we couldn’t have predicted all the little surprises. But, we sure were happy to embrace them. Working with community is very easy; getting to know our neighbors is very [...]

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TCG to Distribute Chance Magazine

by TCG News October 15, 2014 TCG Books
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce that it is now the distributor of Chance Magazine, a photography magazine that looks at the world through the lens of theatre and design. The team at Chance produces an original photo shoot of nearly every production they cover, and believe that a more thorough glimpse into [...]

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Why Should We Support Grassroots Theater

by Lenka Belkova October 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Art can serve as a poignant example of crossing cultural boundaries, as an offering space for personal transformation. It is a moment of deeper recognition of the other, an insight into different cultural expressions and mutual emotional connections. Let’s say that art has the power to build bridges across communities and facilitate dialogue across cultures. [...]

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Emotional Bandwidth

by Ian Rowlands October 6, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) These few observations come about following my experience working upon two productions of texts translated into Welsh; Dynas Ddela Leenane – an adaptation of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh) which I directed whilst at the helm of [...]

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Storefront Church

by TCG News October 6, 2014 TCG Books
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TCG is pleased to announce the publication of John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church, the third and final installment of his “Church and State” trilogy beginning with Doubt and Defiance. The play premiered at Atlantic Theater Company in New York, NY in June 2012 with a subsequent hit production at the San Francisco Playhouse in the [...]

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Spirits Of Another Sort Workshop Journal #4 – An Assumption Of Competence

by Jan Valle October 3, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Editor’s Note: This series originally appeared on The Apothetae website http://www.theapothetae.org/ and  is being reposted with permission of Artistic Director, Gregg Mozgala.) After a week off, this past Monday we began rehearsals with the entire ensemble of “Spirits of Another Sort.” If you missed our last post about the casting of this project, you can check it [...]

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What do you really want?

by Seema Sueko and Victor Vazquez September 30, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Community meeting on May 13, 2014. Community, arts and business leaders grapple with the question, “what do you really want?” Photo by Seema Sueko. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) What do you really want? “We want to revitalize our town, and we feel art is key.” Andrea Moreno, [...]

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Creating points of (R)Entry

by Michael Hoyt September 30, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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(All images from I And This Mystery Here We Stand by artist Natasha Pestich. Screen prints 2014. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) The goings on: Our primary activities to date have been developing community engaged art installations and arts integrated curricula to both extend the theme of our mainstage productions into [...]

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Envisioning Change: An Introduction

by Mark Duncan September 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(On Day 3 of the 2014 National Conference, TCG hosted a powerful, charged, and inspiring session, “All Hands on Deck: A Progress Report on Field-wide Equity,” which brought together six national theatre service organizations and unions to share actions steps, learnings and discoveries from the past year. Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater [...]

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On Gender Parity in Theatre and What Might Be Broken, Part II: Fighting for a Female Sentence

by Rita Anderson September 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre This is the second of two [...]

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Seventh Round Recipients of the A-ha! Program

by TCG News September 30, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the seventh round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which empowers TCG Member Theatres to take groundbreaking approaches to artistic, managerial, production and/or technological challenges and opportunities.  Six theatres were awarded grants totaling $200,000 to either research and develop new ideas, or experiment [...]

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Gender Parity in the American Theatre

by Rachel Bykowski September 24, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, research shows that approximately 17% of all plays produced in the United [...]

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On Gender Parity in Theater and What May Be Broken

by Rita Anderson September 23, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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This year I bought an anthology of Contemporary Plays by Women: Outstanding Winners and Runners up (1978-1990) for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (prize deadline was September 15th). In its preface, Editor Emilie S. Gilgore wrote what is now a damning statistic: “We got in touch with Lillian Hellman and asked her to join us [...]

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Local Resources: Diversity and Inclusion in Cleveland

by Al Heartley September 23, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

When I left the TCG National Conference in Dallas in 2013, I left with many different ideas and thoughts to mull over on my trip back to Ohio.  However, one idea in particular stuck with me.  One incessant thing was becoming very clear to me.   After spending three days seeped in conversations around diversity and [...]

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Spirits Of Another Sort Workshop Journal #3 – Where Are All The Actors?

by Gregg Mozgala September 16, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Editor’s Note: This series originally appeared on The Apothetae website http://www.theapothetae.org/ and  is being reposted with permission of Artistic Director, Gregg Mozgala.) We finished up an incredible three weeks of workshops and rehearsals with the Rude Mechanicals this past week. Our full ensemble joins us for our first rehearsal on August 4th. If you missed our [...]

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9th Round of Recipients of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

by TCG News September 15, 2014 Fox Fellowships
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The William & Eva Fox Foundation and  Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, are pleased to announce the ninth round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships recipients. The program is designed to support actors’ professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and nonprofit theatres and to ensure continued professional commitment to [...]

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#Ferguson, 1 Week in St. Louis, Part 2

by Danny Bryck September 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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 (Telling our stories, then telling them back to each other, at the #FergusonMoment Artists Gathering, Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, August 24) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a [...]

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#Ferguson: 1 Week in St. Louis, Part 1

by Danny Bryck September 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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 (Memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive, August 20) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and [...]

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TCG Publishes the 2014 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

by TCG News September 10, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Annie Baker’s The Flick, the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play, which will be available in paperback and hardcover, premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York, NY in 2013 and is slated to receive a commercial run in the near future. “Hilarious and [...]

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#Ferguson: Ferguson Streetpoem

by Claudia Alick September 9, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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The Comedic Thread: A “Misanthrope”

by Bruce Turk September 9, 2014 Fox Fellowships
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(From The Misanthrope, Photo by Brigitte Enguerand) “Editor’s note: The following posts are adapted from the Hartford Stage blog series by Bruce Turk about his experiences as a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow. I arrive in Paris at 6 in the morning and spend most of the day getting lost in the neighborhoods around the Republique, in the [...]

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TCG Announces Participants in the SPARK Leadership Program

by TCG News September 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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We are pleased to announce the ten participants in the SPARK Leadership Program, one of the programs in TCG’s Leading the Charge: Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, SPARK will create a more diverse theatre landscape by supporting the professional development of exceptional rising leaders of color who aim to take on executive leadership positions in artistic, management or [...]

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#Ferguson: Rebuild and Unite

by Jacqueline Thompson September 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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New From TCG Books: The Whale/A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter

by TCG News September 5, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale/A Bright New Boise. This is the first book by Hunter from TCG. Winner of Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards, The Whale has had several notable productions, including its world premiere at the Denver Theatre Company in January 2012 and an off-Broadway [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2.5 – “How Now…”

by Gregg Mozgala September 4, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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In our last post we discussed the auditions for the Rude Mechanicals and gave some insight into that rehearsal process with teaching artists, Sara Buffamanti and Becky Leifman. If you missed it, feel free to check it out here- Spirits Of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2- Same/Different In this follow up post, Becky Leifman recently sat [...]

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#Ferguson: A St. Louis School’s Response

by Jennifer Wintzer September 4, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Production photos by J David Levy from last 2013’s Streets production titled Old Hearts Fresh, based on The Winter’s Tale, and 2012’s Streets production The New World, based on The Tempest) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, [...]

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“Each Meeting is a ‘New Birth’”

by Park Krausen September 4, 2014 Global Connections
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(Beleck Georges and Park Krausen) (This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon) “Chaque rencontre est une nouvelle naissance”. Translated, but somehow with a lot less poetry – “Each meeting is a ‘new birth’”. This is how Beleck Georges talks. It’s what he writes. This is his motto and “façon d’être”. In a way, [...]

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Culture Track 2014

by Hil Moss September 3, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Culture Track 2014 was created by LaPlaca Cohen, the only strategy, design, and full-service advertising firm in the US that exclusively serves the creative and cultural sector) Summer in New York has come to an end, and that means one thing for theatre-lovers: these are the final days to catch Shakespeare in the Park at [...]

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Space, Scale, Relationship: Writing for the Physical Theatre

by Joan Schirle September 2, 2014 Global Connections
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(Laura Muñoz, Ruxandra Cantir, and Joan Schirle in “Elisabeth’s Book”, Photo by Anthony Arnista) (This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) Without getting into trying to sort out the many definitions of physical theatre itself, let’s just say that what I’ve been working on for the past months is the writing of a [...]

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Indigenous Theater in Australia

by Jeremy B. Cohen August 29, 2014 Global Connections
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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) One of the most fascinating dynamics of spending two weeks in Australia was learning how the realities of the size of a country truly challenge the speed and depth of the new play development process, even with its current level of strong government support. I [...]

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#Ferguson: Choosing to Take a Stand

by Rebecca Martinez August 29, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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Little Stitches by BAREtruth Theatre Company: A Project to Bring FGM Survivors’ Voices On Stage in the UK

by Raul Quiros Molina August 29, 2014 Activism
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) In February 2014, I was interviewed by Melissa Dean, the artistic director of BAREtruth Theatre Company, to help her create a new show and to define the long term artistic strategy of the company. BAREtruth’s first show was based [...]

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Inspiring Generations to Explore the Wonder of Their World

by Hannah Grannemann August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as a theatre artist or [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2 – Same/Different

by Gregg Mozgala August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Whenever I share the concept for “Spirits of Another Sort” with  people I am usually met with one of two responses; fear mixed with great anxiety or excitement and total support. The former response is one I am familiar with, having spent years being part of various “Disability Theatre” productions, and it also interests me [...]

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Writing Plays for Young Audiences

by Gabriel Jason Dean August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity and Inclusion Blog Salon: Theatre for Young Audiences JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the [...]

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Preventing Dust: A Call to Action for Arts Educators

by Andrew Anzel August 27, 2014 Advocacy
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Putting the words ‘arts’ and ‘standards’ in the same sentence is about as dirty as a beat up ‘94 pickup after mudding through the backwoods, or so I’m told. The notion is not unwarranted. The thought of students slaving over high-stakes, standardized art history exams or dance recitals with expected Rockette accuracy, while amusing, would [...]

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#Ferguson: They Who Have the Guns Have the Power

by Holly L. Derr August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Torie Wiggins as Mimi, Meggy Hai Trang as Anita, Keisha Kemper as Harry, Burgess Byrd as Shilo, Ken Early as Maddox, Darnell Benjamin as Knox, Jon Kovach as Overseer Jones, and Sola Thompson as Vivian. Photo by Daniel R. Winters) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding [...]

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