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(This post is a part of Josh Friedman’s Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant activities.)  Several years ago, my wife and I were getting tired of the same date night conversations about the kids, the week ahead, and what we’d have for dinner that week.  At the advice of a friend, we found a book with [...]

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(Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York is my TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow host theatre.  Geva produced a world premiere production of my proposed project Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, February 5-22, 2015.) Opening Night.  The 7:00 p.m. opening night performance of Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant began with a 7:45 a.m. call to meet marketing director, Dawn [...]

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Post-launch thoughts on the new Playwrights’ Center website

by Jessica Franken April 21, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Image caption: pwcenter.org Through funding from the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, the Playwrights’ Center developed and launched a re-imagined online and mobile resource hub for playwrights. The project included enhancing functionality of the popular play submission opportunities listings and making it easier for member playwrights to connect locally and globally. We launched the redesigned pwcenter.org in [...]

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Diverse Audiences for Smartphone Plays

by Erin B Mee April 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Photo of Ratnesh Dubey listening to Ferry Play by Emily Cordes. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Smartphone plays are an emerging genre of theatre that take advantage of mobile technology to create site-specific audio-based theatrical experiences. I have just directed one [...]

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Stages of the Lower East Side and Our Audience

by Jody Christopherson April 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Photo by Chris Harcum. Pictured clockwise from top: Jason C. Brown, Lillian Rodriguez, Randy Lee, Brigitte Barnett, Tammy McNeill and Jody Christopherson. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Recently I’ve been creating and performing a new devised solo work titled Because [...]

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“Even This You Get to Experience…”

by Julie Morris April 13, 2015 Advocacy
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From L to R: Julie Morris, Trustee, NC; Marshall Jones, TCG Board Member & Producing Artistic Director, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ; Art Rotch, Field Representative & Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre, Douglas, AK; Michael Rosenberg, TCG Board Member & Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; Bob Johnson, arts supporter, CA; Alissa Moore, [...]

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The Personal Connection

by Estefania Fadul April 7, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) A few months ago, I attended a Baptist church service for the first time with a friend in Harlem. I was nervous in the way that’s common when you’re entering an unknown experience, [...]

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Considering & challenging “Excellence” in American Theater

by Richard Montoya April 7, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Considering & challenging “Excellence” in American Theater In the last three weeks Culture Clash closed the sprawling CHAVEZ RAVINE under the fine direction of comrade Lisa Peterson at the Kirk Douglas Theater in [...]

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Stop writing for zombies: Teaching students to create for contemporary audiences

by Jacqueline Goldfinger April 7, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) A young Hispanic student hangs out shyly near the door of my classroom after the first day of class. As I exit, she whispers to me, “Professor, can I write a bilingual play [...]

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Our Audience, Our Otra Familia

by Rupert Reyes April 7, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) We begin from the premise that theater is an art form that requires three elements; actor, audience and script.  This is as we see and enjoy other theaters that play with different versions [...]

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TCG Audience (R)Evolution: Reflection, Change, and Legacy

by Jacqueline E. Lawton April 2, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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From March 25th to 27th, I was able to attend TCG’s second Audience (R)Evolution Convening. While I wasn’t there in my official capacity as TCG’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Blog Salon Curator and each of the presentations were livestreamed, I still wanted to share what drew me to this convening and share two bright spots [...]

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New Opportunities for Surprise

by Steve Moore March 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Within the last year, we’ve been able to double the attendance at our live theater events – as an unintended consequence of an absurd experiment with technology… In an effort to push the [...]

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Please Please Please Let me Get What I Want (even if) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (or how the Smiths and the Rolling Stones can teach us a thing or two about theatre)

by Caridad Svich March 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This essay was written for the 2015 TCG Circle Audience Revolution blog salon after the 2015 TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening March 25-27, 2015 in Kansas City.) Tell me what you want. Please Please Please Tell me what you want so that I can get what I want   I will make something Precisely For your want [...]

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The Dreams We Make

by Madeline Sayet March 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Is it worth selling tickets if it’s hurting people? This question initially popped up due to the current prevalence of redface on the American stage instead of authentic indigenous representations. But, that is [...]

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What remains?

by Tanuja Amarasuriya March 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) When we were little, my mum used to try and get me and my brother to garden: to plant seeds and tend the plants as they grew. IT WAS SO BORING. But now [...]

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The Volt (of resistance)

by Jay Ruby March 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) The word ministry awakens a sense of revolt in me. There is a cellular reaction of disgust to the general hypocrisy and failures of the “church”. Such a reaction seems far away from [...]

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Changing Audiences: Notes from China’s Wuzhen Theatre Festival

by Lissa Tyler Renaud March 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I’m sorry to say that people do not see canvases, they only see dollars. – Joan Miró, Spanish painter (d. 1983) Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were [...]

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If I’d Had More than Two Minutes

by Doug Borwick March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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Last Thursday (3/26/15) I had the privilege of participating in a conference presentation at TCG’s Audience (R)Evolution Convening addressing the Ethics of Engagement (archived video of the session available here). I was one member of a panel of four including Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Seema Sueko, Associate Artistic Director, Pasadena Playhouse; and [...]

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Hi-ARTS and audience sustainability

by Tiffany Vega March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) What I am about to say isn’t a new concept.  In fact, several experts in audience engagement have been saying this for years, but it always bears repeating: an audience is not built [...]

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You and I: on theatre and audience (with a nod to Adrian Howells)

by Caridad Svich March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This reflection was written for the 2015 TCG Circle Audience Revolution blog salon) This is not for you. You never came into my mind when I was making this. To be honest, I was thinking of someone else entirely.   So, you can only imagine how shocking it is to see you there staring at [...]

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Where Art is Equal

by Dipika Guha March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Novelist Amitav Ghosh’s entry into the world of literature began with his grandfather’s bookshelf. In his Pushcart Prizewinning essay ‘The Testimony of my Grandfather’s Bookcase’ Ghosh describes its contents as ranging from 19th [...]

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MILTON: A performance and community engagement experiment

by Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl and Ashley Sparks March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) PearlDamour has built our body of work in cities: Austin, Minneapolis, New Orleans and New York, primarily in edgy, experimental theaters under 100 seats.  Conversation about our work has circulated within a relatively [...]

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Multilinguality in Plays and the Audience

by Marcy Arlin March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Years ago I produced a wonderful play by a Romanian author that took place in Romania and New York. When the characters were in Romania, speaking Romanian to each other, the director (not [...]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Theater

by Jules Odendahl-James March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) For her 1996 book It Takes A Village Hillary Clinton borrowed from an African proverb, the premise of which being that raising children is an interdependent process. The nuclear family unit is just [...]

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A Different Kind of Autobiography: Reflections of an Audience Member

by Hannah Cummings March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Major Tom is a performance by Victoria Melody and tells the tale of her attempt to win the Mrs Galaxy UK Beauty Pageant and have her dog, Major, win Crufts.  Major came last, [...]

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let’s get punk rock about this

by Sylvan Oswald March 30, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) It’s ironic to talk about evolving audiences in a field that sometimes feels behind the larger cultural conversations. As a transgender person, I’ve never felt more relevant in mass media. But when I [...]

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For Love of the Ceremony: Thoughts on Audiences and New Play Festivals

by Nathan Davis March 23, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) 1) What if, in the not-so-distant future, every region of the U.S. were to have a high-profile, Spring festival similar to Humana, wherein several brand new plays are fully produced in repertory? Can [...]

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Finding an Audience in the (Cultural?) Desert

by Joya Scott March 23, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I live in the land of bail bonds and pollution sunsets. One recent night, I stop at Circle K, a gas-station-cum-convenience-store chain that’s on pretty much every other corner here. I think it’s [...]

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Glorious Debate

by Rachel Walshe March 23, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) On a recent trip to Chicago to see David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette in the upstairs theatre at Steppenwolf, I was unfortunate to miss Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval’s provocative This is Modern Art [...]

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ASK YOUR ARTISTS

by Larissa FastHorse March 23, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) As a playwright working on a play with the artistic department of theaters, I am often asked to talk with the education department and the audience engagement department.  In my mind those three [...]

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Engaging students in immersive theatre

by Anna Sycamore DeMers March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) As a college theatre professor, primarily teaching a millennial generation of students, who do not know an age without technology at their fingertips and in their pockets, I often have discussions regarding the [...]

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Guest in House as God in House: Hospitality as Principle and Practice for Albuquerque’s Tricklock Company

by Brian Herrera and Juli Hendren and Elsa Menéndez March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Tricklock [http://www.tricklock.com/] is a professional theatre company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tricklock devises work that tours nationally and internationally. While touring, Tricklock scouts other companies and artists that might not otherwise be seen [...]

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A Project-by-Project Philosophy in a Digital World

by Michole Biancosino March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I am a co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company in New York City where our focus is producing new and diverse playwright voices by giving them the support to develop their [...]

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Service of Audience and Making a Living

by Jim Hart and Chad W. Leslie March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

(The following is an excerpt from a conversation between Jim Hart, regular TCG Circle contributor and Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU and American and international theatre artist Chad Leslie, Resident Artistic Director of The House of Dancing Water, in Macau, China. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the [...]

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Serving your community or selling to your subscriber base?

by Tracy Cameron Francis March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) “Who is it for?” Too often this question of audience engagement is addressed after a season of plays is selected, with the subsequent question “ how do we sell tickets to these plays?”  [...]

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Imagining audiences

by Kira Obolensky March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I love that the call for entries for this blog asked for us to consider “the living relationship between art and audiences.”   I’ve seen a lot of art that didn’t need an audience, [...]

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Setting the Table

by Lenora Champagne March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I.  Liveness and Engagement Can one ever assume a “living relationship” between art and audience?  We can bring audiences to the table, but we can’t make them eat—that is a function of their [...]

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Narrative of Place

by Thomas Riccio March 20, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) The daily world we walk through, that which we participate as players, is unprecedented, uncertain, fluid, questioned, under constant reevaluation, full of challenges, distractions, choices, possibilities, threats, and change. We push, pull, and [...]

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NOTES FROM THE FUTURE

by Deborah Brevoort March 19, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I’ve spent the last few years traveling around the country attending productions of my play The Women of Lockerbie.  For reasons I don’t fully understand, the play has gone viral; it has had [...]

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The Lies We Tell About Audience Engagement

by Melissa Hillman March 19, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Over the past several years, the theatre community has become more and more anxious about “audience engagement” and less and less certain what that actually means. Some people think it means audience participation [...]

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The Spectator – co-author of my shows

by Ana Margineanu March 19, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) In my first year of studying theatre, a teacher told us: “There are only two categories of theatre: boring and not boring. We try our best to be part of the second one [...]

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Sinning Boldly with the Audience

by Elaine Romero March 19, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) As a Latina playwright, I’ve frequently arrived to town to the news that my host theatre would like me to get the Latino audience to their theatre. This often happens before I’ve put [...]

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BORDER LABS

by Sage Lewis March 18, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015, as well as part of his Global Connections project activity.) When I moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 2005 to begin graduate school at CalArts I was excited for many reasons, one [...]

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OPEN MIC ENCOUNTERS

by Shebana Coelho March 18, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I still don’t know how it happened – do you ever really know – but one day in Santa Fe, I heard New Mexico oral historian Nasario García speak about his abuela, his [...]

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Audience engagement and the FURY Factory

by Ben Yalom March 18, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) FoolsFURY is a small San Francisco-based ensemble. For sixteen years we have been developing new works, presenting the works of other ensembles, and attempting to influence the field in ways small and large. [...]

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Making Eye-Contact with Millennials: the ephemeral and the visceral

by Justin Maxwell March 18, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Theatre rarely prioritizes the things that it does best, which keeps millennials unaware that we offer them something they want. Last weekend I attended a play and a dance performance. At one event, [...]

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

by Deborah Brevoort March 13, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) I make an on-going effort to get my non-theatre friends to attend the theatre.  I have convinced some of them to join me in buying season tickets to different companies.  I have invited [...]

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TCG Launches Blue Star Theatres Grant Program

by TCG News March 12, 2015 Arts and the Armed Forces
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, and Blue Star Families, the country’s largest chapter-based military families non-profit organization, are pleased to announce the inaugural round of the Blue Star Theatres Grant Program. Through support from MetLife Foundation, the Grant Program will fund efforts that deepen the relationship between participating Blue Star Theatres [...]

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Why Play? Staging All Our Happy Days Are Stupid

by Jordan Tannahill March 10, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) By all accounts Sheila Heti’s play was a failure. The Toronto-based novelist began writing All Our Happy Days Are Stupid when she was twenty-four. Over the years the intervening twelve years the play was subjected [...]

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Lessons Along the Way

by Rob Urbinati March 10, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) When I became Associate Artistic Director at Queens Theatre in 1999, we produced “commercial” plays on the Mainstage by writers such as Neil Simon, Joe DiPietro, Agatha Christie, etc. The audience was mostly [...]

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