From the monthly archives:

December 2010

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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) Attendance for non-audition-based after-school programs is tough to control. We did ask the students (and their parents) to sign a contract that laid out [...]

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(Photo by Jared Rodriguez) For those who read my post on The Plays and Essays of Wallace Shawn event at CUNY, you no longer have to take my word for it. WNYC has now posted a podcast of the event, so you can hear Wallace Shawn and friends speak for themselves. Give a listen to [...]

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Integrating Space, Programs, and People

by Pillsbury House Theatre December 29, 2010 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Alan Berks, Pillsbury House Theatre The Pillsbury House Neighborhood Center is a three-story cinderblock building on the edge of the Central and [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: End of Year Advocacy Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 28, 2010 Advocacy
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Happy Holidays! This is my last Update for 2010 and as we reach year-end, I’d like to ask that you consider a gift to TCG’s annual fund to help support the range of work we do for the field—from research and publishing to developing new artistic and administrative leaders.   TCG continues to cultivate new generations [...]

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A Petition for Hungary

by August Schulenburg December 28, 2010 Advocacy

Last week, Teresa posted about the free speech issues affecting Belarus and Hungary, including a link to a petition of support for Belarus Free Theater. Since that time, the Trust for Mutual Understanding contacted us with a petition that addresses the tightening of government control over media and artistic expression in Hungary. To learn more [...]

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Freedom of Speech Issues in Belarus and Hungary

by Teresa Eyring December 23, 2010 Advocacy
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(Photo of Belarus Free Theatre from May/June 2009 issue of American Theatre.) Art, artists and free speech are under renewed attack in other parts of the world, with two specific current examples. You may have been following the situation in Belarus, where members of the Belarus Free Theatre were detained for protesting last week’s election [...]

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Arts Advocacy Day 2011 Video

by August Schulenburg December 22, 2010 Events
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(Photo from Arts Advocacy Day 2010. Pictured: Representative Louise M. Slaughter) Americans for the Arts has prepared a short video to help promote the 2011 Arts Advocacy Day. TCG has long served as a National Co-Sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day and brings a small delegation of Board and National Council members to D.C. each year. If [...]

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The World Wide What Next

by August Schulenburg December 21, 2010 Social Media

The end of 2010 has seen a surge of surveys and reports dealing with online audience engagement.  From our own recently completed Snapshot Survey of online ticket sales and contributions to Network for Good’s Online Giving Study; from Patricia Martin’s look at engaging Millenials Tipping the Culture to Bridgespan Group’s take to Getting Social Media [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Town Hall Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 20, 2010 Weekly Update
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Last week, I was in Washington, DC participating in a meeting of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), the national advocacy group, of which TCG is a founding member. The PAA is ably chaired by the Goodman Theatre’s Roche Schulfer. In addition to discussing the many issues that this organization is tracking on behalf of our [...]

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Are You Ready?

by Center Theatre Group December 20, 2010 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Patricia Garza, Center Theatre Group Discussion with Project Advisor Terry Wolverton, Faculty Supervisor for Claremont Arts Management Graduate Program. One of our [...]

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The Importance of Prototyping

by Dads Garage December 20, 2010 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Kevin Gillese, Dad’s Garage While building strategy for our online video push something glaring has occurred to me: it’s way easier to [...]

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A New Gear In The New Year

by Pillsbury House Theatre December 20, 2010 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Alan Berks, Pillsbury House Theatre So, while I missed the once-a-month deadline for posting on this blog on behalf of Pillsbury House [...]

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Don’t Look At Me

by Curious Theatre Company December 17, 2010 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) Don’t Look At Me, By Mare Trevathan, Curious Theatre Company Curious is Think-Itting on a new model for resident artistic company. Part of [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: LaLa Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 15, 2010 National Conference
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I was in Los Angeles last week, getting ready for the 2011 TCG National Conference that will run from June 16 to 18, with pre-conferences beginning on June 14. It was great to be there and see such a wide range of work, from the Wooster Group’s Vieux Carré at REDCAT to Dick Van Dyke’s [...]

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All Comedy Is Local

by August Schulenburg December 14, 2010 American Theatre magazine
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(Dana Quercioli, Ric Walker, Katie Caussin, Micah Sherman, Kiley Fitzgerald and Tim Sniffen in the Second City’s “One If By Land, Late If By T”. Photo by Michael Brosilow) Eliza Bent’s October 2010 Strategies article looked at the ingenious local approach to Chicago’s 50-year-old Second City national touring. The company creates shows based on local [...]

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Transcending Transcendence

by August Schulenburg December 13, 2010 American Theatre magazine

An interesting conversation is breaking out over at the American Theatre magazine article, Casting Without Limits. In that article, Richard Schechner advocates for casting without consideration of “gender, race, age and body type.” Schechner identifies four benefits to this open casting: First, it would give actors the chance to play roles that have been off [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Talking Turkey

by Teresa Eyring December 8, 2010 Weekly Update
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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I want to give thanks to all of you who participated in our recent Field Conversations, which explored the relationships between artists and institutions. The goal of the Conversations was to hear success stories, as well as gather suggestions for strengthening these relationships so that our [...]

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