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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.) My play “Alligator Road” will premiere at Mad Horse Theatre in Portland, Maine, from March 12-29, directed by Reba Short. It centers around a white woman’s act of reparations for slavery. It’s set [...]

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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.) Having served previously as both an artistic director and resident company member as an actor/director in different companies, my personal evolution went from being the only non-white company member in an [...]

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Sensory-Friendly Performance Initiative at Dallas Children’s Theater Receives Long-term Support

by Sandra Sessions-Robertson February 27, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Audience members delight in meeting actress Noelle Stanley from Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. Photo: Charles T. Wicker. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Dallas Children’s Theater’s pilot year of making theater accessible for children with developmental disabilities is complete, but I am so thrilled to tell you that [...]

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Sustained Collaboration from St. Louis to NYC: Not Just a Moment

by Katy Rubin, Jacqueline Thompson, Jennifer Wintzer February 25, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Photo: Shakespeare in the Streets 2013: Old Hearts Fresh by Nancy Bell  photo by ©J. David Levy, 2013. 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.) [...]

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Staying Mindful Through the Practice

by Sean San José February 19, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

At Youth Speaks, we are continuing to move forward and make new discoveries around our dynamic initiative to reignite our Performance program and form a new performance company. The beginning of this initiative was marked by an open call in December through our local and national networks for applicants to our 3-year paid Fellowship program. [...]

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The Country House

by TCG News February 13, 2015 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Donald Margulies’ The Country House. The play originally premiered at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with a subsequent Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York in the fall of 2014. “One of the most disciplined and satisfying new American plays to reach Broadway in the [...]

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FACING RACE. STAGING TRUTH

by Jonathan Norton February 12, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion
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Dallas-based playwright Jonathan Norton sits down with vickie washington, the director of his new play, Mississippi Goddamn to discuss the challenges of black bodies and voices confronting white Supremacy onstage. — Jonathan: This might sound overly simplistic but it is just a way to get the conversation started. Looking at your bio in the playbill [...]

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Gender Parity in the American Theatre

by Martha De Silva February 9, 2015 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.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, research shows [...]

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Theatre for Young Audiences

by Martha De Silva February 9, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion

This salon is led by TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, and features interviews with and essays from theatre people working within the Theatre for Young Audiences. To participate in this or any other TCG Circle salon, please email Gus Schulenburg.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as a theatre [...]

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Putting Our Bodies On the Line– the Ugly Girl in Liverpool

by Terry Galloway February 6, 2015 Global Connections

I had the most interesting chat with Liz Carr, who uses a power chair and Christine Bruno who uses a scooter to get around but isn’t using it on stage in this performance–about the censoring of the disabled body on stage.  Liz who lives and works in London and Christine who lives and works in [...]

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Global Connections & New International Touring Initiative: ON the STAGE

by TCG News February 6, 2015 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the recipients for the latest round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international collaborations. Now in its fourth [...]

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An Appetite for Engagement

by Kristen Jackson February 6, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

We anticipated that adding a new position to Woolly’s Connectivity Department would enhance our ability to forge new partnerships and nurture relationships in order to represent the needs and interests of the community from the outside-in. At the same time, one of the most exciting developments of adding a Connectivity Associate has been the ability [...]

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TCG Publishes Stage Kiss

by TCG News February 5, 2015 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Stage Kiss, the sixth title from acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl to be published by TCG. The play originally premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2011, with a subsequent production at Playwrights Horizons in New York in the spring of 2014. “A gift and a rarity: [...]

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Available from TCG Books: Five Plays by the TEAM

by TCG News February 5, 2015 TCG Books
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We are  pleased to announce the availability of Five Plays by the TEAM, published by Oberon Books (London). Once described as “Gertrude Stein meets MTV,” this collection of the TEAM’s first five collectively-created plays celebrates the 10th anniversary of this internationally-acclaimed ensemble based in New York City. A book launch featuring a performance and book [...]

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A Salvadoran Collaboration

by Eric Bass February 3, 2015 Global Connections
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A TCG Global Connections grant supported the second phase of development of a collaboration between Vermont’s Sandglass Theater and the Teatro Luis Poma (TLP) in El Salvador.  The collaboration was designed to find the common ground between the two companies through their joint interpretation of an 18th century German epic, G.E. Lessing’s Nathan the Wise [...]

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TCG Publishes Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country

by TCG News January 30, 2015 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of the revelatory new translation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, by renowned playwright Richard Nelson and foremost Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The play marks the second of TCG’s Classic Russian Drama Series, which will publish classics over the next ten years. “Pevear [...]

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THE GRAND ILLUSION

by André De Shields January 29, 2015 Fox Fellowships
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“There is difficult, there is dangerous, but there is not impossible.” I was at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, searching for a dedicated rehearsal space, when I happened upon that pithy statement scrawled across a chalkboard. I have since used it as a daily mantra. I am forever grateful to its [...]

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TCG Publishes Theater for Beginners by Richard Maxwell

by TCG News January 25, 2015 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Richard Maxwell’s Theater for Beginners, a unique meditation on the art and practice of theatre, from one of its most original thinkers and practitioners. “One of the strongest directors out there—an artist committed to making us see the world for what it is.” —Hilton Als, New Yorker [...]

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Wows, Wonders and Lessons From The 524 Project

by Brigitte Pribnow Moore January 23, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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About a year ago, YPT teamed up with Detroit-based arts educator InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) and DC documentary film company Meridian Hill Pictures (MHP) to create The 524 Project, a cross-country collaboration that connected a class at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC with one at Western International High School in Detroit. Named after the 524 miles separating DC and Detroit, The 524 Project brought the two [...]

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The Launch of Youth Speaks’ New Model for Multidisciplinary Performance Work

by Sean San José January 22, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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At Youth Speaks, we have just begun a new and dynamic initiative to reignite our performance program and form a new performance company. Our goal is to create a new company led by younger artists working and collaborating with all types of folks, including extensive creation and collaboration with many of the experienced and regarded [...]

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TCG Publishes The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg

by TCG News January 22, 2015 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, his first title from TCG. The play originally premiered with the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York in the spring of 2013. “The Assembled Parties is Greenberg’s most richly emotional work in years, and the most beautifully detailed.” —Jesse Green, New York [...]

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A Call to Action: Wikiturgy Edit-a-Thon

by Jacqueline E. Lawton January 21, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion

This past July 4th, I wrote a Declaration for the American Theatre. I did so after a rather rigorous and wonderfully productive spring that found me in multiple conversations about the power, importance, and potential of the American Theatre. I found myself taking part in conversations about the role of Directors and Playwrights as artistic [...]

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Barrio Stories Project: Preserving a neighborhood’s identity and heritage

by Marc David Pinate January 15, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Plaza Theatre in the 1950s, Tucson AZ, Photo Credit: Tucson Historical Society. This post is part of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) How do we get more Latinos to come to the theatre? That is the question we started with. I can tell you it’s not simply a matter of producing “Latino plays.”  Borderlands Theater, located in Tucson, [...]

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TCG Publishes Movie Tie-In Edition of Into the Woods

by TCG News December 29, 2014 TCG Books

We are pleased to announce the publication of the movie tie-in edition of Into the Woods, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The screen adaptation of the classic musical is being released by Disney Pictures on December 25, 2014. This new edition includes eight full-color pages of photos from the movie. [...]

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Conversation on Maria Kizito at Kampala International Theater Festival

by Emily Mendelsohn December 22, 2014 Global Connections
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A TCG Global Connections In the Lab grant supported long time Kampala-based collaborators Tonny Muwangala, Esther Tebandeke, and Allen Kagusuru and (NY-based) I to travel to New Orleans for a three week residency with ArtSpot Productions. This was our third residency to develop Erik Ehn’s Maria Kizito, and our first to partner with ArtSpot. Maria [...]

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The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country

by TCG News December 15, 2014 TCG Books
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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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Ally Skills-Building at the Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton December 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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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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