From the monthly archives:

July 2011

“We were looking for a place to talk about issues that we knew to be important, to show the complicated nature of African-American life, and to see our grandmothers and grandfathers on stage, with dignity, telling stories that matter, stories that were only sporadically told in other theatres around the world.” -Lou Bellamy, I AM [...]

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Pictured: Story of a Mother (c) Jim Hart ( Learn more about the What If…? Project and what comes next) What if theatre training were more international? What if we taught our student theatre artists to have a wider directional perspective in terms of what theatre is? Rather than focusing nearly entirely on Western theatrical forms of past and [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Get On The Floor Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 25, 2011 Weekly Update
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New York is toasty right now, and if you too are stationed in a super hot climate, I hope you are managing to stay cool. I just returned from a productive trip to TCG member theatre Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) in West Virginia, where I attended four new plays and participated in a panel [...]

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What If…professional and community theatres partnered more often?

by Angie Hayes July 21, 2011 What If

( Learn more about the What If…? Project and what comes next) What if more professional theatres sought out community theatres as potential partners? In North Carolina, we blur the traditional lines of professional and community theatre. NC professional theatres are passionately focused on their communities and often feature local artists. NC community theatres are producing work that is [...]

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What If…Archival Recordings Played A Role In Theatre Education?

by Richard Stucker July 20, 2011 What If

( Learn more about the What If…? Project and what comes next) What if the unions allowed regional theatres to use their archival recordings in their on-site theatre classes? First of all, I am BEGGIN’ you – record your best productions, please. Even after my recording of over 650 live play productions across the country over the last [...]

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From What If to What Next

by August Schulenburg July 20, 2011 I AM THEATRE

Leading up to our 2011 National Conference, we hosted a number of thoughtful essays imagining the future of theatre,These posts ranged from What If Disaster Relief Included An Arts Component to What If Theatres Partnered With The Local Food Movement, with Jim Hart’s What If Artists Were Trained As Entrepreneurs attracting the most attention. Overall, the [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: I AM THEATRE Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 19, 2011 Weekly Update
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I’m excited to tell you about a new project we kicked off last week in honor of TCG’s 50th Anniversary. It is called I AM THEATRE. I AM THEATRE is a video campaign that spotlights the stories of theatre practitioners, in their own words. TCG will release a two minute video each Thursday over the [...]

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I AM THEATRE

by August Schulenburg July 14, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms” – Muriel Rukeyser All of us at TCG are thrilled today to launch I AM THEATRE, a video campaign that spotlights the stories of theatre practitioners in their own words. We’ll be releasing a 2 minute video each Thursday over the next 50 weeks, capturing pivotal moments in the lives [...]

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How to See a Forest

by Bryna Turner July 13, 2011 American Theatre magazine

Friday, June 24: My friend Jane and I are walking down Ninth Avenue in New York City on a quest for deli coffee. As we cross the street, the air is suddenly filled with little white wisps. I stop breathing instinctively, thinking of airborne diseases, wondering if bedbugs can be carried through the wind. Panicking [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: ROOTS Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 12, 2011 Weekly Update
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I hope you enjoyed your July 4th weekend and are sinking into summer-or for many of you, launching your builds and rehearsals for the fall or some combination of the two! The weekend after TCG’s National Conference, I traveled to Baltimore – my hometown – for Alternate ROOTS’ National Learning Exchange and ROOTS Fest 2011: [...]

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Prevent Further Cuts to the NEA and Elimination of Arts Education!

by Laurie Baskin July 11, 2011 Advocacy

No More Cuts! We need to stand up as a theatre community and let our voices be heard in Washington. I believe that it is vitally important that the federal government support the arts – that we have a place at the table in terms of national discourse, public policy and funding – and that [...]

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Ask and You Shall Recieve

by Center Theatre Group July 8, 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 We made huge strides recently in our research for this grant by actually talking with students! We gathered 12 [...]

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Asking the Right Questions

by Clubbed Thumb July 7, 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 playwright Erin Courtney, as part of Clubbed Thumb’s collaboration with Playwrights Horizons Working with Maria Striar and Adam Greenfield on a Superlab of my [...]

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Leaving More Than A Rack Behind

by August Schulenburg July 1, 2011 Interviews
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(All photos by Lee Butz. Pictured: Christopher Coucill, Rachael Joffred) At first glance, photography and theatre appear to be arts in opposition. Audience cameras aren’t allowed in the theatre, after all, and no photograph can capture the exchange of energy between actor and audience that is a play’s ephemeral essence. To what end, then, does [...]

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