From the monthly archives:

April 2011

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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 Devon de Mayo As we reflect on and assess the first year of the after-school Northlight On Campus program, we look back at the [...]

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Learn more about the What If…? Project What if a group of committed philanthropists created a “Giving Pledge” initiative for theater? To put the question in context, in 2009, Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet created an initiative called “The Giving Pledge” which asks billionaires to pledge half of their wealth to charity.  In meetings [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: What If? Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 25, 2011 Weekly Update
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TCG recently began a series called the “What If…?” Project, which ties in with our 2011 National Conference and 50th Anniversary themes. It offers a platform for people in the field to investigate, not just what is or was, but also to envision what could be. The series has gotten off to a great start, [...]

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What If…Theatre Embraced Transmedia?

by James Carter April 19, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if theatres embraced transmedia, and thought of the stage as the central part of a much larger storytelling canvas? A 16-year-old boy named Raúl sits in his bedroom, quickly swiping through an app store on his mobile tablet. He discovers a game. It looks cool, it’s free, he [...]

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Leading Through Tough Times

by Dafina McMillan April 19, 2011 Interviews

We’re really looking forward to the final Leadership Teleconferences in our 2011 winter/spring cycle, featuring Robbin Walker, the esteemed trainer of our Expanding the Theatre Manager’s Repertoire program. In fact, we’re so excited we couldn’t wait until April 26th, and decided to ask Robbin a few questions about Leadership for the Circle.  You can learn [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Bipartisan Budget Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 19, 2011 Weekly Update
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It’s been a lively time, with a near federal government shutdown and the possibility of even deeper cuts to cultural agencies. However, a bipartisan budget compromise was reached and the President described the new spending bill as “an agreement to invest in our country’s future while making the largest annual spending cut in our history.” [...]

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What If…businesses set aside part time positions for artists?

by Gwydion Suilebhan April 14, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if large businesses set aside part time positions for artists (with health care) in the same way that large buildings set aside room for mixed-income/cultural space? In 1817, Welsh social reformer Robert Owen coined the slogan “eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest” in advocating for [...]

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What If…?

by August Schulenburg April 14, 2011 National Conference

What if theatre weren’t seen as a luxury, but as central to the fabric of our country? What if artists and other theatre leaders talked openly about art and aesthetics? What if theatres committed to hiring more people of color in leadership positions? From June 16–18, in Los Angeles, the 21st TCG National Conference will kick off [...]

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Little Moments That Are Giant Leaps

by Southern Rep April 13, 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 Gamal Chasten & Marieke Gaboury We’ve had our best classes yet in the past month. We were talking through some of our favorite moments the [...]

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Final FY11 Outcome

by Laurie Baskin April 12, 2011 Advocacy

As you probably know, Congress finally reached an agreement on FY 11 spending late in the day last Friday, averting at the last moment, a federal government shutdown. Today we were able to learn the breakdown of funding included in that bill: Both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Arts Advocacy Day Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 11, 2011 Advocacy
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Last Tuesday was Arts Advocacy Day, and I’d like to send a huge thanks to this year’s TCG delegation that included: Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island; Elisabeth Morten, trustee at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut and TCG National Council member; Laura Penn, executive director of the Stage Directors and [...]

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Arts Advocacy Day Recap

by Laurie Baskin April 8, 2011 Advocacy
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(L to R) Laurie Baskin, TCG; Senator Jack Reed (D-RI); Curt Columbus, Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company It was different this year in Washington. As in past years, TCG brought an impressive delegation comprised of board members, National Council for the American Theatre members and field leaders to Washington to advocate for the arts. But, [...]

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More from the Artists of Japan

by Aya Ogawa April 5, 2011 Advocacy

It’s been a few weeks since March 11 and neither coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, nor of the tenuous state of the Fukushima nuclear reactors is gracing the homepage of The New York Times anymore. Yet the lives of the Japanese people are far from normal. I wanted to write a [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Come Together (Right Now) Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 4, 2011 Weekly Update
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TCG’s Artist Field Conversations project is wrapping up, and I want to thank those who participated in focus groups, promoted the State of the Artists survey, and hosted town hall meetings in your communities. With respect to the latter, special thanks to: About Face Theatre, Alliance Theatre, HERE, Jobsite Theater, Lark Play Development Center, New [...]

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Your Past Is Your Future

by Center Theatre Group April 1, 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 Patricia Garza, Center Theatre Group Isn’t it always the case that you return to the place you know the best to learn new things? [...]

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