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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 The deep darkness of a very early [...]

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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) a) The theatre as we know it is on life support. It lays on a hospital bed with an I.V. in its wrinkled arm, barely trickling blood from its empty veins – its eyes have already been closed for years, [...]

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Crafting A Participatory Performance Space

by Deborah Yarchun July 21, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (Frozen White Bear Lake, site of the 2014 Art Shanty Project. Photo by volunteer Robert Frost. More photos of the 2014 shanties, viewable on The Walker Art Center’s website. Shanties from previous years can be viewed on The Art [...]

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All Hail Macbeth!

by Carol Rocamora July 18, 2014 American Theatre magazine
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“By the pricking of my thumbs,/Something wicked this way comes.” A veritable army of Macbeths have been marching through New York these past few years, culminating in the spectacular one led by Kenneth Branagh at the Park Armory last month. You can’t ignore them.  After all, this was the play – we were taught -  [...]

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Inspiration and Action at the “All Women Conversation”

by Lynn Lammers July 17, 2014 National Conference
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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 At this year’s TCG Conference the [...]

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Saint Muse Theater Festival Ulan Bator, Mongolia An Adventure In Outer And Inner Expansiveness

by Elizabeth Hess July 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) I arrived – after a day and a half of travel – at the airport in Ulan Bator (known as UB), Mongolia and was met by my translator, Boloroo. Somehow throughout all our e-mail correspondence over the previous [...]

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Building Alliances Across Communities

by Andrea Assaf July 17, 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 for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Middle Eastern American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON:  First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Towards a Translated Theater

by Philip Boehm July 16, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (Photo: credit to Sophie Kandaouroff) Because I spent too many years in a Communist system, I’m overly wary of rhetorical manifestos, so on Caridad Svich’s kind invitation I’m submitting a gentle exhortation on behalf of a more globally-minded theater—reflections [...]

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No Stamp for Readmittance

by Max Vasapoli July 16, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) I was adopted from an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia in 1987. Traveling to the border was cathartic in the way people describe visiting a childhood home. Too young to clearly remember the details, but drawn there because of its [...]

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Theatre and the global dialogue surrounding autism

by Andy Paris July 16, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) The following includes excerpts from a presentation delivered at the Flying High With Autism Conference in Pensacola, FL, organized by Anita Lesko. For three years now my wife Anushka Paris–Carter and I have been writing a play about living on the [...]

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The Tipping Point

by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos July 15, 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: Year after year, research [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Peter C. Brosius

by Peter C Brosius July 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Peter C. Brosius delivering his“To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) We are all storytellers. And that’s an exciting statement to make, because stories have power. Whose story we’re telling matters. The point of view through which we tell the story matters and those who are [...]

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Radical Outreach Report: People’s Light

by Zak Berkman July 15, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is report out from participants in the Radical Outreach: New Directions for Activating Underserved Audiences, a breakout session at the 2014 TCG National Conference. This post was curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) I was hugely impressed with how Alison prepared the panel prior to our breakout sessions, and then prepared the attendees of each session. [...]

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Border Crossings

by Emily Mendelsohn July 15, 2014 National Conference
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((This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich. Pictured on Skype, Deborah Asiimwe; seated, Emily Mendelsohn, Ruth Wikler-Luker. Photo credit: Win Goodbody, PortlandTheatreScene.com) A recent residency at Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon has left me pondering borders.  Long-time collaborator Deborah Asiimwe and I were invited by producer/curator Ruth [...]

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2014 TCG National Conference Day 3

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 14, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel.) I woke up on the final day filled with hope for the conference and I’m filled with such enormous appreciation for the entire TCG staff. They did such an amazing job of trying to more deeply include diversity conversations and action in all aspects of the Conference instead of them just [...]

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Borderlands and Crossroads:
Transnational Connections in the Performance of Afrolantina/o Spiritualities

by Solimar Otero July 14, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Espiritistas are important mediators of the dead for practitioners of Palo and Ocha/Santo. [. . .]  Importantly, during their masses, espiritistas help the living engage these dead through a complex theater of possession, often involving the experience of [...]

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Wendy MacLeod’s SETC Keynote Address

by Wendy MacLeod July 14, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(The following keynote address was originally presented at the 65th Annual SETC Convention and is reposted here with her permission.) “Whether we’re writers or actors, what really counts is not dreaming about fame and glory–but stamina” (Nina in THE SEAGULL) When I was a graduate student at Yale Drama School, another playwright and I did [...]

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Imagination is seeing things differently

by Michael J Bobbitt July 14, 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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From Tribe to Chorus: David Greig’s The Events

by Paola Botham July 11, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) “Every act of theatre revolves around a transaction between two communities: the performers onstage and the improvised community that constitute what we call an audience,” writes Ramin Gray in his director’s note for The Events. Yet this play, [...]

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2014 TCG National Conference Day 2

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 11, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel.) Day Two of the conference was deeply challenging, but ultimately meaningful and empowering. I woke up thinking about this quote from Peter Brosius’ speech: “We are all storytellers. And that’s an exciting statement to make, because stories have power. Whose story we’re telling matters. The point of view through which we tell [...]

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Traveling & Working Abroad

by Tanya Kane-Parry July 10, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) How does a white, privileged woman from the U.S. not sound like a pompous ass when talking about working abroad and the experiences that have led to what is commonly referred to as a “global perspective”? Our country [...]

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Rewriting Women

by Karina Assad July 10, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Growing up as a young female theater artist, I was very blessed to be exposed to so many classics. I loved reading Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. The stories were adventurous, dramatic, and full of passion. However, while [...]

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Only The Best About Romania

by Ana Margineau July 10, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (Photo: “The Saint from Saint George” with Sebastian Marina; photo by Viorel Iordan.) Quite some years ago, I was staging in a small Romanian town a beautiful Swedish play about… well, death, love, fear of failure and all [...]

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Building Bridges

by Dave White July 10, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) As a playwright, international artist, and scholar, I am looking more than ever to connect to my numerous communities.  In connecting to a community, I can find an audience, funding, a gathering of artists with common ideals, and [...]

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Beauty and the Beast

by Rose Cano July 10, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) “Theatre is a beast”, as a fellow actor/director/producer told me the other day.  The effort that is required of a small theatre and its artists to feed this voracious and creative beast is enormous.  The continuous multitasking , the [...]

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Goodbye, Poppy

by Jill Bishop July 10, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) The tall red poppy opened its origami style bloom precisely on time the morning of my departure from Dayton, Ohio.  I looked out my mother’s kitchen window in wonder. The timing was unmistakable, impeccable.  The paper- thin petals [...]

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Theater and the Net: A Roundup of Projects & Possibilities

by Brian Bell July 9, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) I was sitting in a café in Berlin last summer with my cousin Renick Bell, an experimental electronic musician who lives in Tokyo. He was in town for a conference, presenting a paper on a computer program he had [...]

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The Playwright and Public Art

by Jonathan Meth July 9, 2014 National Conference
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(This post part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders and the two blog salons curated by Caridad Svich,  {Art | People} and {Survive|Thrive}.) Looking at these two threads it strikes me that what is being offered up here is how we engage with, generate and find ways to transform capital: cultural capital, social capital and [...]

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Framing the Intersecting Edges of Performance Practice: The Role of ‘Live’

by Kim Woodard July 9, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Performative practices are an ever-debated genre, they move in and out of each other, cross each other’s borders and intersect at the edge of what each other potentially may be defined as. I cannot direct you to a [...]

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A Hero of His Times, With a Passport

by John J. Hanlon July 9, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the strange environs of a banker’s office, arranging for an international wire transfer to Moscow. This particular banker had a slight Southern drawl, and as he entered numbers from a [...]

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2014 TCG National Conference Day 1

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 8, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Naomi Iizuka, Kristoffer Diaz, Peter C. Brosius, Matika Wilbur, Sarah Bellamy) At last! The first day of the conference was finally here! I knew the work we had ahead of us would be rigorous and require deep engagement. I knew that folks were ready to see how a year of [...]

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Playwrights Crossing: Young Jean Lee, Kimber Lee, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Writing Across Race Lines

by Kate Kremer July 8, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment (2008), Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray) (2014), and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriate (2013) all constitute border crossings of a very particular kind: they are plays in which a playwright imagines and gives [...]

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Border crossing into real, genuine theatre. (Without the Shakespeare)

by Marilo Nuñez July 8, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)  We are border crossers. All of us, every single one of us. Even those who think they’ve never travelled across a border, our ancestors, those who came before us, crossed borders. Like indigenous tribes before the conquest, [...]

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UNeditions: the future of mobile theatre

by Jon Spooner July 8, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) UNeditions is a new platform for publishing play scripts on mobile devices, using light and sound design from the live production to create a unique and immersive reading experience. The platform was created through a co-design process led by [...]

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The Quivering of the Rose

by Dijana Milosevic July 8, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) “Story is the way we remember, the way we make judgments – and perhaps, because they touch the heart – stories point the way to forgiveness and understanding. By means of story, we can experience the terrible and [...]

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Equity in Theatre: Launching A New Canadian Initiative

by Laine Zisman Newman and Rebecca Burton July 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Introducing the Project: The under-representation of women in key creative positions in theatre and the arts is a systemic, global problem, not at all unique to North America, yet increasingly present here. In a Canadian context, the problem has [...]

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Why Theater? Why Not?

by Debra Caplan July 7, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) As a scholar of Yiddish theater, I’m often asked why I do what I do. Yiddish has the false reputation of being a dying language (in fact, the number of Yiddish speakers is actually is on the rise). “Why [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Naomi Iizuka

by Naomi Iizuka July 7, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Naomi Iizuka delivering her “To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) I’m not somebody who gives speeches.  That’s not what I do.  What I am is a problem-solver.  As a playwright, I have to figure out how to tell the story I’m trying to tell.  As [...]

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Marion the Mad; or, Bringing the Unsayable into our Theaters

by Kimberly Jannarone July 7, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Translating a play is unlike any other kind of translation.  The words you translate must be spoken. Further, they must be spoken in real time, by as-yet-unknown people.  To make those words speakable, the translator needs to hear [...]

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‘When we travel abroad we see our home with a clarity that we may never have been offered before’: A reflection on Simon Stephens’s journeys from and to British theatre

by Seda Ilter July 7, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) The British playwright Simon Stephens, whose Olivier award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be opening in Broadway this year (September), is the most performed contemporary British playwright in mainland Europe. Besides his [...]

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Berlin

by Natalie Schrauwen July 7, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Perhaps all the dragons […in our lives are Princesses who are only waiting to see us Act, just once, with beauty and courage] I want to ask you something first. It is not a mystery; it’s a question [...]

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International(ist) Collaboration and Beyond

by Garret Jon Groenveld July 3, 2014 National Conference
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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 May of 2012, I was awarded the Internationalist Global Playwrighting Prize for my play, “The Hummingbirds”, which included six presentations in six different countries.   These presentations led to an ongoing tour in Romania, a full production in [...]

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I’ll Be Your One-Way Mirror: Crossing the 4th Wall

by Clay McLeod Chapman July 3, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) There is an invisible partition that theater has raised for itself—a one-way mirror of sorts, much like that familiar chestnut employed in police procedurals. When one side of the mirror is brightly lit, spectators can view from behind [...]

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Multiple border crossings and confluences via solo performance

by Esther K. Chae July 3, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) As my play SO THE ARROW FLIES is publishing this summer through No Passport Press, I have had the chance and challenge to reflect upon my work, its process and germination, standing at a distance.  I’d like to [...]

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Rethinking the Rules

by Madeline Sayet July 3, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Kutayun Uyasunaquock. Our Heart, She Leads Us There. Leadership on planet earth has many structures. In America, organizations tend to favor a particular model. A white man is barking orders. He stands in front of a group of people. [...]

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2014 Diversity and Inclusion Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 3, 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.) (photo by Michal Daniel) The Arrival On Tuesday, I arrived in beautiful, sunny San Diego for the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders.  I flew in from Baltimore by way [...]

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I’m Breaking Up

by Emily Conbere July 2, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) It’s a strange dream where I’m sitting in a playpen eating red meat with my partner and we are breaking up.  I’m the one saying “It’s not you, it’s me.”  I’m really attracted to this guy and I keep [...]

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Reimagining Latina/o and Caribbean Diasporas: World-Making and Hybrid Aesthetics

by Eric Mayer-García July 2, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Through their work for the theatre, solo performance artists José Torres-Tama and Margaret Kemp break down barriers that marginalize the presence of Latin American and Caribbean diasporas on the U.S. American stage. This spring, both artists presented excerpts [...]

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Combatants for Peace: Deconstructing Borders Through Dialog

by David Dudley July 2, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (Photo credit: Clare Dolan) Events in our century occur on a global scale. And the area of our knowledge has widened in order to encompass these events. Every day we can be aware of life-and-death issues affecting millions [...]

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CROSSING BORDERS, land-wise, otherwise

by Shebana Coelho July 2, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) For about ten years now, it’s become my way of living: crossing borders, within and without, land-wise and otherwise, following what calls, not knowing what will come next. But still, I never imagined I’d be going to Palestine [...]

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