From the monthly archives:

May 2011

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if small companies and loose collectives of theatre artists were enabled by a single group of administrators, rather than each company reinventing its administrative wheel? Many of us small theater companies and individual theater artists do a remarka­­ble job of getting things done with the little we have [...]

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As you may be aware, TCG has a new international grant program called Global Connections, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its purpose is to build bridges and artistic collaborations between U.S. theatre practitioners and their counterparts abroad. We are excited to announce our second cycle of recipients who received support for travel to [...]

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What If…Disaster Relief Included An Arts Component?

by Nick Slie May 27, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if disaster relief always included an arts component? As I write, my homeland is facing yet another “natural disaster,” our second in so many years. Last Wednesday, I spent three days in Pierre Part, LA gutting the remains of my grandfather’s fishing camp with my friends and colleagues [...]

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What If…Theatres Took Deep Dives With Playwrights?

by David Dower May 25, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if every theatre committed to producing several plays by a single unique writer each season? So first thing that occurs to me is if every single producing theater in the US committed to producing several plays by a different playwright, we’d probably not have enough playwrights to go [...]

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What If…Artists Were Trained As Entrepreneurs?

by Jim Hart May 24, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if entrepreneurial training was a central part of an artist’s education? Our current standard of American arts education is one of “all arts technique and no real business skills”. Graduates often know how to create works of art, but not necessarily how to make a living from their [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: PechaKucha Nights Edition

by Teresa Eyring May 23, 2011 Weekly Update
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We are now less than four weeks away from the National Conference and very close to selling out. If you or members of your staff, board and/or artists are planning to attend and haven’t registered, please do so ASAP! If you’ve already registered and haven’t yet joined Conference 2.0, I recommend that you do so. [...]

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Dad’s Garage TV Is Live

by Dads Garage May 23, 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 Kevin Gillese Things are very exciting around Dad’s Garage these days. Our horror musical Scarlett’s Web is doing so well that we’ve extended it for [...]

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Breaking Down Barriers

by Center Theatre Group May 20, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Sitting down for breakfast with Leslie Tamaribuchi, Associate Dean of School of Theatre at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) opened us up to a non-traditional approach of arts management. CalArts has three management tracks in their program: Producing, Stage Management, and Production Management. The two most closely aligned with some of the other programs [...]

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What if…Theatres Partnered With The Local Food Movement?

by Stacy Klein May 18, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if…theatres partnered with the local food movement? In her speech on the essential nature [and importance] of locally based community to the sustainability of our world, Helena Norberg Hodges wrote that migration to cities and the subsequent elimination of connection between life and survival have made it impossible [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Strategies Edition

by Teresa Eyring May 16, 2011 Weekly Update
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If you read your American Theatre cover to cover, you’ve undoubtedly come across one of our popular monthly columns called “Strategies.” Started in 2008, this column has flourished under the guidance of staff reporter Eliza Bent, as it uncovers issues that theatres confront and strategies that they’ve employed toward a variety of productive outcomes. This [...]

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Global Connections: To Moscow

by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company May 13, 2011 Global Connections
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(Pictured: Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director; Miriam Weisfeld, Director of Artistic Development; and Brian Smith, General Manager outside the Bolshoi Theatre) By Miriam Weisfeld, Director of Artistic Development at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Our trip to Moscow was a great catalyst for our international work in the coming season. The Golden Mask Festival gave us a [...]

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The Lorax and Deepwater Horizon

by Southern Rep May 12, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This posts were 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, Education Director & Marieke Gaboury, Managing Director It has been a great month of developing ideas and writing with the class. After [...]

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What if…We Empowered Younger Employees To Make Real Change?

by Adam Thurman May 12, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if…theatre institutions empowered younger employees to make real change? Age is a tricky subject to address.  Even a relatively benign question like “what do you mean by younger employees?” can spark heated debate.  Plus, discussions of age are often filled with stereotypes.  We’ve all heard tales of the [...]

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Do You Know Where They’re At?

by Dafina McMillan May 9, 2011 Interviews

This is the second installment of our interview series with Robbin Walker, featured in our May 12th Leadership Teleconference, “Do You Know Where They’re At?: Tips for Assessing Your Staff.” Robbin was the esteemed trainer of our Expanding the Theatre Manager’s Repertoire program, and you can learn more about the teleconference, including how to participate, by [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Key Notes Edition

by Teresa Eyring May 6, 2011 Weekly Update
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I am now in Florida for the LORT meeting and I’m looking forward to visiting with so many friends and colleagues here. Our Conference planning team asked me to offer you this update. We have announced that Julie Taymor will be our closing keynote speaker at the National Conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, June [...]

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What Makes Play Development Work?

by Clubbed Thumb May 6, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(These posts were 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 SuperLab playwrights Madeleine George (SuperLab #1) and Tanya Saracho (SuperLab #5), as part of Clubbed Thumb’s collaboration with Playwrights Horizons April 22, 2011 - Madeleine George [...]

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What If…Traditional Theatre Training Was Replaced By A Multi-Disciplinary Approach?

by Craig Fleming May 4, 2011 What If

Learn more about the What If…? Project What if…the specialization of college theatre departments was replaced by integrated, multi-disciplinary arts training? What if university theatre departments across the country melted into air, into thin air, leaving not a rack behind? And what if they were then reborn, or rather, reincorporated into a single department of integrated [...]

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