From the monthly archives:

January 2011

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Here’s a quick reminder that registration is open for theatres that are willing and able to host Town Hall meetings—the third component of our recent Field Conversations. These meetings are a great opportunity for you to participate in fostering dialogue about the relationship between artists and theatre organizations. While the term “Town Hall” may imply [...]

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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.) From David Adjmi, SuperLab #4, Clubbed Thumb with Playwrights Horizons Every playwright has at least one play in a drawer, possibly one he or she [...]

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Pictures From The Protest

by August Schulenburg January 19, 2011 Advocacy
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(Photo by Kevin Bitterman. Pictured: Tony Kushner) Supporters of the Belarus Free Theatre gathered in front of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations Belarus Embassy at 12 Noon today to protest the recent oppressive actions of Alexander Lukashenko’s government. They were joined by Amnesty International USA and our own Teresa [...]

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Remembering Ellen Stewart

by Randy Gener January 19, 2011 Interviews
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American Theatre magazine’s conversation with the great La Mama, Ellen Stewart, which I pulled from the archive and posted below, took place in her Lower East Side apartment. It was February 2003, and she was preparing to direct the vampire opera, Carmilla, one of La Mama’s signature pieces, with Wilford Leach’s ETC Company and her [...]

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Searching For Life

by Eliza Bent January 18, 2011 Social Media

Who doesn’t love the weird inflections of these cute robots? We sure liked them. As one of the tabulators of the “Top Ten” plays produced at TCG member theatres (as reported to us at time of publication) each year, I am always amazed—and a bit overwhelmed—by how many dead playwrights are done around the country. [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Memorial Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 18, 2011 Weekly Update
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I want to bring to your attention that we have launched the call for Breakout session proposals and TCG Awards nominations for the 2011 TCG National Conference in Los Angeles, June 16-18. Breakout session ideas should emerge from our main Conference question, “What If…?”, and the Conference tracks are outlined on the proposal web page [...]

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The Creative Vortex

by Clubbed Thumb January 18, 2011 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.) From Janine Nabers, SuperLab #3, Clubbed Thumb with Playwrights Horizons I have been working on my play ANNIE BOSH IS MISSING on and off for [...]

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Update On Belarus Free Theatre

by Rob Weinert-Kendt January 18, 2011 Advocacy

UPDATE: In a turnaround as dramatic as any that fiction could imagine, the Belarus Free Theatre just announced over the weekend that after it leaves New York, it will go to a place that’s safe from the repression back home in Minsk—namely, to Chicago, where Being Harold Pinter will play at the Goodman Theatre, Feb. [...]

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BFD About BFT

by Rob Weinert-Kendt January 14, 2011 Advocacy
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(Photo of Belarus Free Theatre from May/June 2009 issue of American Theatre.) When members of the Belarus Free Theater head back to Minsk next week, it won’t be an ordinary homecoming. For one thing, they’ll have a trunk full of rave-review clippings for the New York run of Being Harold Pinter, their searing testament to life [...]

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Service for Ellen Stewart

by August Schulenburg January 14, 2011 Events
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We joined with the rest of the theatre community yesterday in mourning the passing of Ellen Stewart, the legendary founder of La MaMa E.T.C. Our condolences go to Ellen’s entire family and the La MaMa community, even as we celebrate her life and profound impact on the field. The New York Times obituary lists many [...]

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Town Hall Discussions: The Artist-Theatre Relationship

by August Schulenburg January 12, 2011 Events

How can we breakdown the boundaries between artists and administrators? How can organizations grow without losing flexibility? How do artists balance finding an artistic home with keeping creative independence? These were just some of the questions raised in our recent Round Table Discussions held in the fall of 2010 as part of our Field Conversations.  [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: New Year’s Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 11, 2011 Weekly Update
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Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were both restful and adventurous. I personally had a few travel adventures, one involving the attempt to return to post-blizzard New York after Christmas in St. Paul, MN. I did get home! With the New Year, I want to make you aware of a few changes in communications [...]

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Moment of Silence

by Laurie Baskin January 10, 2011 Advocacy

Theatre Communications Group would like to express our shock and indignation at the Arizona shooting on Saturday. An attack on a public servant is outrageous and an attack on America. Please join us in a national moment of silence at 11:00am EST, honoring the victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers for healing go to [...]

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A SuperLab Playwright Speaks

by Clubbed Thumb January 6, 2011 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.) From Andrew Dolan, SuperLab #2, Clubbed Thumb with Playwrights Horizons As a relatively inexperienced playwright, wrestling with play #2, I feel like a [...]

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Sustainable Revolutions

by Childsplay January 6, 2011 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 Anthony Runfola, Childsplay It’s been just over a year since we had our first meeting about our Think It! Grant. Today is [...]

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GreatNonprofits’ Arts Appreciation Campaign 2011

by August Schulenburg January 6, 2011 Advocacy
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We’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with GreatNonprofits to help launch their 2011 Arts Appreciation Campaign. We’re joining with other partner organizations like GuideStar, The New 42nd, St. Inc., and Arts and Creativity for Healing to better recognize nonprofits working on issues in the arts sector. What is GreatNonprofits? As CEO Perla Ni writes on [...]

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Statement from Belarus Free Theatre

by August Schulenburg January 3, 2011 Advocacy
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These photos were taken by actor Michael Laurence at a demonstration in front of the Belarus Embassy of London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre. Michael worked with BFT Artistic Directors Natalya Kolyada and Nikolai Khalezin at the Lark Play Development Center in September, and is a part of the groundswell of support trying [...]

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