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(This post is part of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion blog salon.) JACQUELINE: First, please tell me about the work you do as an artist or administrator. HEATHER: I am currently the director of program and membership strategy at the National Guild for Community Arts Education. In this position, I am responsible for [...]

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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions informed the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? GREG REINER: One formative experience for me was back in [...]

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2015 NAMP Conference Registration Discount for TCG Individual Members

by TCG News August 14, 2015 Uncategorized
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Early-bird registration for the 2015 National Arts Marketing Project Conference ends Friday, August 28. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save! The 2015 NAMP Conference brings together arts marketers from across the country to discuss the latest issues in marketing, earned income, audience development, social media, and new technologies. This event will provide the [...]

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2015 National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

by TCG News August 12, 2015 Uncategorized
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October 22-24, 2015 in San Francisco, CA TCG Member Theatres are entitled to $130 off the registration price to the upcoming National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference in San Francisco, October 22-24, 2015.  In addition, TCG Members can bring two colleagues for FREE (3-for-1) by registering before the advance registration deadline of August 15. Presented by [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day Three

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 5, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni. Yes, we did have a donut truck for breakfast on Saturday. Yes, it was yummy.) On the final day of the conference, I woke up thinking about the powerful stories from StoryCorps. The simplicity of a single image, two voices, and a strong narrative had me completely transfixed. I thought about the [...]

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Barrio Monologues

by Milta Ortiz August 5, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo by Marc Pinate. The Barrio Stories project is supported by the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) The Barrio Stories project consists of three phases: Research, Development, and Production.  As project coordinator/class instructor, I was in charge of phase one, which was recently completed. This research portion of the project involved teaching a college level course, “Theatricalizing Oral Histories” to [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day Two

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 4, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) Day Two of the Conference began bright and early at 8am with a number of events, including the the Theatres of Color Breakfast, which was facilitated by Randy Reinholz (Artistic Director, Native Voices and Professor, San Diego State University) and Alison De La Cruz (multi-disciplinary theatre artist, arts educator, and cultural organizer,) who [...]

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The Pasadena Playhouse…Revolutionized

by Seema Sueko and Victor Vazquez August 3, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement

 (Collage includes photos by Melissa Kobe, Melly Lee and The Pasadena Playhouse. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) While TCG’s grant is called Audience (R)Evolution, perhaps implying that the audience is transformed, in truth not only did this grant help us achieve that but it revolutionized The Pasadena Playhouse as [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day One

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 3, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) It’s Thursday morning. Day One of the National Conference, my 4th, TCG’s 25th. I scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feeds. #CharlestonShooting was trending. I turned on the news. Six black women and three black men were worshipping at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, when they were [...]

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2015 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Institute Report Out

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 3, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) Arrival in Cleveland: Go Cavs! #BlackLivesMatter I arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday. The city was at a fever pitch as the Cavaliers geared up for Game 5 of the NBA National Championship. Unfortunately, King James and team weren’t able to break the curse, but it was thrilling to get swept away in [...]

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Grounded In Reality

by Danielle Ward August 3, 2015 Blue Star Theatres
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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. San Diego REPertory Theatre is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres’ project, Grounded.) San Diego is home to 7 military bases which serve a combined population of military personnel, dependents and families of approximately 175,000 [...]

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The Audience is the Message

by Erin B Mee July 31, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Christopher Morriss in “Rorschach Test.” Photo by June Xie. 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 do you see?” The psychologist (Christopher Morriss) points at an inkblot on the gallery wall and audience members shout out: “a butterfly!” “a vagina!” [...]

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Worthwhile Connections

by Eric Van Tassell July 31, 2015 Blue Star Theatres
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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres project, Veterans’ Night Preview Series.) The Veterans’ Night series at Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a well-established program. In 1984, co-founder Gary Sinise directed Tracers, which [...]

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Student to Student: Writing Plays and Building Community

by Frank Cervarich July 31, 2015 Blue Star Theatres
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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Young Playwrights’ Theater is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres project, Military Child Education Coalition.) On my second day at Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), I was asked to attend a conference at the National Harbor. I [...]

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NEA Announces Second Round of FY15 Art Works Grants

by Miranda Cornell July 31, 2015 Advocacy
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The NEA has announced the second round of funding for Fiscal Year 2015 totaling $25,599,000 awarded through 960 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. In this round of funding, 56 Art Works grants were awarded to TCG Member Theatres totaling $1,520,000. Art Works funding is awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations and supported projects [...]

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Theatre: The Face of Our Ever Evolving Nation

by Seth Gordon July 30, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? SETH GORDON: The most game changing production I [...]

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Veteran Performance in “A Female Philoctetes”

by Michael Castelblanco July 29, 2015 Global Citizenship
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There’s something very intimidating about performing an Ancient Greek play in Athens. If anyone, these people would be the greatest critics, the ones who would know that you’d gone too far with “creative liberties,” or whether your version of these ancient stories does justice to the originals. Perhaps it was a positive thing, then, that [...]

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STATION ATHENS WORKSHOP leading to the STATION ATHENS GROUP

by Yolanda Markopoulou July 29, 2015 Global Citizenship
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After completing my studies in Boston University Communications School in Film in 2003 I came back to Greece.   I started working in theatre in 2005 as an assistant director for Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek, Stella etc.) and Stathis Livathinos (National Theatre Artistic Director).   I decided to direct my own performances a few years later.  [...]

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Serving Soul Repair: Bringing our own hands to bear

by Krista DeNio July 16, 2015 Blue Star Theatres
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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. California Shakespeare Theater is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres project, Land Home Hero.) Veterans know service; were trained for service; are of service. Whatever one carried into the military, one comes out [...]

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Embracing Empathy

by Kelvin Dinkins Jr. July 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? KELVIN DINKINS, JR.:  HAMILTON:  I am pretty sure [...]

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PUSH! Real Athletes. Real Stories. Real Theatre.

by Sara Zatz July 15, 2015 Global Citizenship
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Sometimes making theater can feel more like an endurance test than like making art. We sit in the theater for a 10 out of 12. We go to rehearsal night after night, not seeing our friends or families until the show is done. But you know what is really an endurance test? Swimming across Lake [...]

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A Son’s Voice

by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr July 13, 2015 SpotlightOn
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(For the 25th National Conference in Cleveland, TCG is highlighting the current recipients of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship and the SPARK Leadership Programs. These programs are unique to the field, and provide critical support and mentorship for the future leaders of our art form. In honor of our longstanding commitment to professional development across the field, we feel [...]

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Making Space for Women’s Voices: Angela Astle

by Abby Ellis-Angell July 13, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Photo: Athena Project’s staff and board. 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.) Denver theater director Angela Astle is on a mission to ensure that the voices of women in the arts are heard. Three years ago, when she read the [...]

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Represent Our Voices

by Molly Smith July 9, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE E. LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? MOLLY SMITH:  A real game-changer that Arena [...]

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TCG Publishes Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses

by TCG News June 25, 2015 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. The play received its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut. It opened on Broadway in New York City in the spring of 2014, where it won a Drama Desk Award, was named USA Today’s “Best [...]

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Entry Points into Creation

by Debra Kim Sivigny June 23, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? DEB SIVIGNY: It sounds a little cliché because [...]

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Seeking Diverse Theater Designers and Technicians

by Megan Sandberg-Zakian June 23, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change.) This list emerged from a moment of exhaustion. We all know that our productions are at their best when we have an inventive and diverse group of collaborators who can inspire and challenge each other. As [...]

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Break the Addiction to the Familiar

by Mary Kathryn Nagle June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”)     JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? MARY KATHRYN NAGLE:  Sliver of a [...]

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We Come After

by Isaac Butler June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? ISAAC BUTLER: One production is hard. But I [...]

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Rooted in the Structure

by LaTeshia Ellerson June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: Who was the most game-changing theatre leader/artist you’ve met, and what do you carry forward from their example? LATESHIA [...]

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This Storytelling Machine

by Deena Selenow June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo of Deena Selenow at 2014 Fall Forum on Governance by Isaiah Tanenbaum. This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen [...]

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The Courage to Lead from an Authentic Place

by Nelson Eusebio III June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo of Nelson Eusebio at the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Institute Pre-Conference in Cleveland by Roger Mastroianni. This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most [...]

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Embrace the Useful Tension

by Shirley Serotsky June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? SHIRLEY SEROTSKY: This question brings me back to [...]

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Empathy, The Core of What We Do

by Melissa Hillman June 17, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? MELISSA HILLMAN: That’s an interesting question. I think [...]

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The Constant Dance of Service

by Hannah Grannemann June 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? HANNAH GRANNEMANN: Seeing Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in [...]

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An Endeavor of Endurance

by Regan Linton June 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) Before I was an actor, I was an athlete.  As a kid, I played soccer, softball, and anything else I had [...]

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Four Lessons for Changing the Game

by Lisa Portes June 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? LISA PORTES: The most game-changing production I’ve [...]

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Game-Changers Accumulate

by Rachel Grossman June 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why?  Rachel Grossman: “Most” questions paralyze me. That line [...]

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Emerging In a New Era

by Katie Christie June 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? Katie Christie: Recently, the most game-changing production I’ve seen [...]

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Getting Out of the Living Room

by Tom Quaintance June 15, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? TOM QUAINTANCE: I’m going to go with two [...]

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Expanding Audience Imagination

by Paula Cizmar June 15, 2015 National Conference
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 (This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? PAULA CIZMAR: I couldn’t possibly narrow this [...]

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Observation to Interpretation to Action

by Suzanne M Cohen June 15, 2015 National Conference
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 (This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? SUZANNE M. COHEN: Wow, it’s really challenging to [...]

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Healing Wars vs Inspiration Porn

by Kate Langsdorf June 15, 2015 National Conference
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 (This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? KATE LANGSDORF: Last summer, I had the privilege [...]

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Art Creates Wealth

by Vickie Ramirez June 15, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? VICKIE RAMIREZ: For me, it was Dry [...]

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Beyond the Aristocratic Theater

by Holly L. Derr June 14, 2015 National Conference
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 (This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? HOLLY L. DERR: The most game-changing production I [...]

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People Know What’s Good

by Monet Noelle Marshall June 14, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? MONET NOELLE MARSHALL: Fresh out of undergrad [...]

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Don’t Rest On Your Laurels

by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni June 13, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? FANSHEN COX DIGIOVANNI: The plays I participated in [...]

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Change In The Classroom

by Jules Odendahl-James June 12, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? JOJ: The Laramie Project. Since its premiere in [...]

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A Seat at The Table

by Nelson Eusebio III June 12, 2015 National Conference
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For the 25th National Conference in Cleveland, TCG is highlighting the current recipients of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship and the SPARK Leadership Programs. These programs are unique to the field, and provide critical support and mentorship for the future leaders of our art form. In honor of our longstanding commitment to professional development [...]

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Providing the Platform: Politics, Authenticity, and Self-Determination

by Ralph Remington June 12, 2015 National Conference
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 (This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? RALPH REMINGTON: The British site-specific company, Punchdrunk’s SLEEP [...]

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