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We are pleased to announce the publication of Richard Nelson’s The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country, his triumphant American epic in the form of a four-play cycle. The plays premiered at The Public Theater in New York City over the course of 2010 through 2013 featuring the same cast in each production. [...]

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(Photo by Jacqueline E. Lawton. As part of the Diversity & Inclusion Institute’s meeting at the 2014 Fall Forum, we engaged in ally skills-building around scenarios inspired by real-life incidents. Please note that these scenarios are composites of multiple incidents, and were not intended or treated as criticisms of specific events.) During the Diversity & [...]

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The Miracle of Birth: Catalyst at a Glance

by Sade Lythcott December 14, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo by Comfort Katchy. This post is part of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) It was like being pregnant…I swear that’s the best way to describe the process of creating Catalyst. First, it starts with this seed thought, an idealistic notion that you want to bring a life force into the world that will make a difference and [...]

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Learning Where to Start

by Amy Harris December 14, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(The Fall 2005 intern class meets with Stanley and Rita Kaplan who endowed the MTC internship program in memory of their son Paul. Photo credit: Andrea Gorzell Hickey. This post is part of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) I’ve overseen the internship program at Manhattan Theatre Club for almost a decade.  I’m proud to have worked [...]

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Fall Forum on Governance: Cash & Culture

by Jacqueline E. Lawton December 13, 2014 Fall Forum
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(Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum. Pictured: Teresa Eyring.) At TCG’s 2014 Fall Forum on Governance: Cash & Culture, participants engaged in seminars and interactive work sessions that taught how to strengthen and empower our board culture, but also how to navigate financial difficulties, determine when to grow or pay down debt, and also when to begin [...]

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TCG Publishes The Quality of Mercy by Peter Brook

by TCG News December 11, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Peter Brook’s The Quality of Mercy: Reflections on Shakespeare, in which one of the world’s most revered theatre directors reflects on the world’s most revered playwright. “Exquisite… enthralling… This short, modest and brilliant book does more than many more grandiose tomes to renew the reader’s fascination with the [...]

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#Ferguson: Some Thoughts

by Robert Schenkkan December 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post was originally shared  by Robert Schenkkan on his Facebook page, and is reprinted here as part of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Diversity & Inclusion salon with his permission.) It has taken me some time to frame a response, delayed by my emotions and the fear that whatever I say runs the risk of trivializing events [...]

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TCG Publishes The Happiest Song Plays Last

by TCG News December 5, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s The Happiest Song Plays Last, the final play in Hudes’s award-winning Elliot trilogy. In 2013, The Happiest Song Plays Last premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, with a later Off-Broadway run at New York’s Second Stage Theatre in 2014. A 2015 production at [...]

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Conversations with Meredith Monk by Bonnie Marranca

by TCG News December 3, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the availability of Conversations with Meredith Monk, by Bonnie Marranca, published by PAJ Publications. This volume of conversations between Meredith Monk and arts writer Bonnie Marranca offers a richly detailed portrait of Monk, an internationally renowned composer, performer, director and filmmaker who has helped to shape the new vocabularies of [...]

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Building the digital tools for collaborative art-making

by Tim Jennings December 2, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Student designs for CTC’s production of Shrek the Musical, 2014; photo by Jamie Johansen.) In the opening weeks of our project, we sought to investigate broadly the field of crowdsourcing, as well as successful models for creating art in a public, digital sphere. We looked at numerous models and examples, ranging from simple platforms for delivering [...]

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To Boldly Go Where No Theater Has Gone Before

by Alice Hodge December 2, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) [To be read with Morgan Freeman’s voice] It’s not every day the 5,000 year old tradition of theater collides with the intensely modern, seemingly just-born world of smartphone apps. Theater has always reveled in equal parts past and present, imagination and thinking big. Really, [...]

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White Guys with Beards

by Chanel Glover November 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 JACQUELINE LAWTON: Where do you live? [...]

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TCG Publishes Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design

by TCG News November 29, 2014 TCG Books
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is excited to announce its most ambitious publication to date: an elaborately illustrated hardbound monograph honoring theatrical design legend Ming Cho Lee, entitled Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design, written by Arnold Aronson. Declared “the dean of American set designers” by the New York Times, Ming Cho Lee is considered [...]

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What we learned from surveying playwrights

by Hannah Joyce-Hoven November 29, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo: Working on the information architecture for the new website. Through funding from the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, the Playwrights’ Center is developing and implementing a re-imagined online and mobile resource hub for playwrights. The project includes enhancing functionality of the popular opportunities listings and making it easier for member playwrights to connect locally and globally.) In [...]

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Cornerstone Theater Company: Cultivating community with Creative Seeds

by Daniel Penilla November 29, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Creative Seeds Community Connectors pictured with members of Urban Latin Dance Theater, Contra-Tiempo, during a performance of Full Still Hungry @ Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Photo by Keith Alvarez. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Maria Cano and I finished packing up the car after a Creative Seeds Art Break led by [...]

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Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America

by Leigh Wilson Smiley November 28, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo of Collidescope by Dan Singleton. This post is part of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Diversity & Inclusion blog salon.) In response to the seemingly perpetual killings of young black men in America, internationally acclaimed auteur Ping Chong and noted director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks created Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America in collaboration with [...]

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Allegory, Imagination, and Theater

by Ben Yalom November 28, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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Faultlines Susannah (Joan Howard), Chatsworth (Gustavo Alonso) and Fernando (Paul Collins)  begin arguing. SUSANNA Damn 1971. 6am Fernando quakes. Sewers bubble, the dam almost breaks, I got happy and I couldn’t help it. There I was, first aftershock….I shook for so many years afterwards. CHATSWORTH Let it go. SUSANNA And these beautiful streets. I made [...]

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Home for the Holidays

by Kevin Sweeney November 28, 2014 Arts and the Armed Forces
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(Photo of Blue Star Family Children at Home for the Holidays. Learn more about TCG’s Blue Star Theatres program.) “There’s Daddy” I overheard the little girl shout as the images of soldiers, airmen, and marines projected on the screen filling the stage during the finale of A Christmas Carol.  I knew at that moment that this was [...]

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Diversity & Inclusion Institute at the 2014 Fall Forum

by Jacqueline E. Lawton November 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Dafina McMillan.) On Friday, before the start of TCG’s 2014 Fall Forum, members of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute convened for a fourth time. At the start of each convening, we review our group discussion guidelines and agreements. We’re a large, diverse, and passionate group. We’re committed to this work and we have a [...]

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Voices From the Homefront Project Update

by Tom Quaintance November 26, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Audience (R)Evolution (RE)Modeling program aims to change the way we do outreach to Fayetteville’s vast underserved military population at Fort Bragg by putting the military at the center of the artmaking experience. The first phase of our [...]

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Sensory-Friendly Performances Thrill Dallas Audiences

by Nancy Schaeffer November 26, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Photo by Karen Almond. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) The Dallas Children’s Theater’s first-year venture into making  theater accessible for  children with developmental disabilities is nearing a wonderfully successful close. While the movement for sensory-friendly theater environments continues to grow nationally and internationally, children with developmental [...]

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Let’s Talk: #Ferguson at Penumbra Theatre

by Jacqueline E. Lawton November 26, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo courtesy of KARE. This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) On September 10, 2014, Penumbra Theatre invited the community for “Let’s Talk: Ferguson”, a discussion about the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the resurgence of activism around racial equity fifty years after Freedom Summer. The [...]

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Always the Process… and then the Product

by Tanya Mote November 22, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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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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PROJECT ALO? – Simple Tools, Grand Ideals

by Torange Yeghiazarian November 22, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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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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