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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 last post about what we’ve been up to the last three weeks, feel free to check out our last post- Spirits of [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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TCG Publishes the 2014 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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

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#Ferguson: Ferguson Streetpoem

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

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The Comedic Thread: A “Misanthrope”

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

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TCG Announces Participants in the SPARK Leadership Program

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

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#Ferguson: Rebuild and Unite

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

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

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

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

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

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#Ferguson: A St. Louis School’s Response

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

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“Each Meeting is a ‘New Birth’”

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

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Culture Track 2014

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

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Space, Scale, Relationship: Writing for the Physical Theatre

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

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Indigenous Theater in Australia

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

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#Ferguson: Choosing to Take a Stand

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

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

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

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Inspiring Generations to Explore the Wonder of Their World

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

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

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

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Writing Plays for Young Audiences

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

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Preventing Dust: A Call to Action for Arts Educators

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

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#Ferguson: They Who Have the Guns Have the Power

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

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ArtsReach and NAMP Discounts for TCG Member Theatres

by TCG News August 26, 2014 Events

(Ed. note: The following are two discount opportunities for TCG Member Theatres. Please follow up with the organizations directly for more information.) 2014 NAMP Conference Registration Discount for TCG Members – Early-bird Registration Deadline is August 29 Early-bird registration for the 2014 National Arts Marketing Project Conference ends Friday, August 29. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to [...]

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#Ferguson: The Ferguson Moment

by The Ferguson Moment August 21, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you [...]

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Art First, Profit Second

by Dan Hutton August 19, 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.)  Financial models supporting the creation and dissemination of art should not try to emulate those of the business world. In private industry, laws ensure that the amassing of profit is the ultimate purpose, safeguarding shareholders and ensuring [...]

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Four Lears in Six Months

Thumbnail image for Four Lears in Six Months by Carol Rocamora August 19, 2014 American Theatre magazine

(Frank Langella as Lear in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production in January) “These late eclipses of the sun and moon portend us no good.” So predicts Gloucester in King Lear, a play that has eclipsed in our skies four times so far in this calendar year – beating theatrical records, not to mention astronomical ones. And though those [...]

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Parallel Universes

by Kay Matschullat August 14, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre| Technology} blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) An author writes the text, a director maps the journey, a producer provides the needed funds, the creative process moves from staging to production, the audience is to be gathered and a couch fills center stage. Sound like [...]

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They Call Me a Hero

by Guillermo Reyes August 12, 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 did you come up with this story?” has become a common question in the audience talk backs that some theaters subject us playwrights to as if to further scrutinize our process.  With this new play, “They Call Me [...]

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IN SEARCH OF TOSTONES: Finding my authentic, Dominican voice in a Latino market that promotes anything but!

by Marco Antonio Rodriguez August 12, 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.) My talent agents can’t be bothered: “It’s Spanish! It all sounds the same!” My family cares even less: “Ya cállate con todo ese thee-ate-her artist crap and pass the adobo for the pernil!” Rejection is routine in this crazy [...]

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Russian-language, Ukrainian Playwrights Cope with the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

by John Freedman August 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. Pictured: Maksym Kurochkin speaking at an anti-war rally in Moscow on April 13, 2014. Photo: John Freedman.) There is a phrase in Russian that declares “the muses are silent when tanks are thundering.” Fortunately it’s not always true. [...]

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White Allies for Equality at OSF

by Catherine Foster & Katherine Gosnell August 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo credit is Jenny Graham. Pictured: (left to right): Christine Norton-Cotts, Liz Peck, Laura Shrewsbury, Rick Anderson, Catherine Foster, Emily Ehrlich Inget, Elib Crist-Dwyer, Katherine Gosnell.) (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 [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop – Origins

by Gregg Mozgala August 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Last September, The Apothetae was invited to participate in The Shakespeare Society’s, Shakespeare Works Residency Series. We explored A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a group of talented actors and artistic advisers including, acclaimed vocal coach, Krisitn Linklater, actor, Jay O. Sanders and professor, Richard McCoy. The residency culminated in a sold out presentation at The Public Theatre [...]

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What is taking so long?

by Joshua Bastian Cole August 5, 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 posts on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion Salon–Trans* Theatre Artists JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Announcing Round 2 Recipients of Leadership U[niversity] One-on-One Program

by TCG News August 4, 2014 Leadership U
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We’re pleased to announce the 2014 Round 2 recipients of the Leadership U[niversity]—One-on-One program. Through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, grants of $75,000 have been awarded to six exceptionally talented early-career leaders from all areas of theatre for professional development via mentorships at a TCG Member Theatre, with an additional $5,000 honorarium [...]

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Writing for Ranters – A Theatre of the Everyday.

by Raimondo Cortese July 31, 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.)  Everyday theatre provides the nexus for the actor/performer to reveal their true faces. The audience is potentially given free rein to experience human interaction without the distorting constraints of social conformity. This occurs when the performer exercises [...]

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Site-Specific Work en la frontera

by Dora Arreola July 30, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Playas de Tijuana- Friendship Park. Kenia Delgadillo as Antigona. Photo by Alejandra Villalba) The day before our TCG National Conference in San Diego, a group of about 100 U.S. theatre professionals crossed the border and travelled to Tijuana, México to meet with artists from Guadalajara, Mexico City and Tijuana in an unprecedented international Pre-Conference Encuentro.  We [...]

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Being Female is Inherent to My Work

by Catherine Weingarten July 28, 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 shows [...]

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Documenting Without Borders

by Paul Diem and Alix Fenhagen July 28, 2014 National Conference

(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)  In March of 2014 we traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria for Single Carrot Theatre’s latest project in an ongoing collaboration with 36 Monkeys, a Bulgarian organization for contemporary alternative art and culture.  Previous phases of this exchange had [...]

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A Show That Cannot Exist Without An Audience

by Emily Tarquin July 24, 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.)  Can a show exist without an audience? I think most would say that an audience is needed to complete a live theatrical experience. If you’re performing Hamlet alone in your room – is that theatre? Or if [...]

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Notes from the Playing Field: On Diversity, Identity, and Mosaics

by Kim Peter Kovac July 22, 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 The deep darkness of a very early [...]

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Exit the Stage, theses for a carcass

by Julián Mesri July 22, 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) The theater 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 shanty volunteer Robert Frost. More photos of the 2014 shanties viewable here.) I spent nearly every weekend in February on a frozen lake in Minnesota. [...]

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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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