From the monthly archives:

September 2011

“Theatre to me is freeing.  I love the variety that every day has.  I love the people that I work with, and I love the feeling that I get when I know that I have affected even just one person by the work that I’ve done or the work I’ve assisted to do to put [...]

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The follow-up to our Global Connections On the Road grant story We had two and a half weeks to put up my brand-new, six-character language-play, with original musical score and video projections, that I had only heard read in full once by actors in Kosovo.  We knew we were working in festival conditions and our [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: ITI World Congress Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 26, 2011 Weekly Update
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I was in Xiamen, China last week where the International Theatre Institute (ITI) held its 33rd World Congress. TCG is the U.S. Center for ITI, and we traveled here with a 12-person delegation (PDF), including representatives from TCG member theatres, New Generations grantees and others who are active in cultural exchange. The Chinese Theatre Association hosted and [...]

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An Evening with David Lindsay-Abaire

by Julie Haverkate September 21, 2011 Events

Does it matter if a protagonist is a man or woman? If not, David Lindsay-Abaire will undoubtedly make his a woman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Rabbit Hole half-jokingly admits this is partially due to his mom, a “titanic personality” and “incredible storyteller,” who ends up, in some form or other, in each of his [...]

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Call and Response: Kwame Kwei-Armah

by Molly Metzler September 20, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“The notion that I could actually come to work [at the National Theatre]—and be paid—and just think was unique and new to me, and opened me up to a whole new concept of what theatre was there for, of what art was there for, of what even subsidy for the arts was there for: creating [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Bustling Fall Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 20, 2011 Weekly Update
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First, I wanted to give you a quick “post-Irene” update. Our TCG Circle post last week highlighted a number of theatres that were affected by the hurricane. Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, New York sustained some serious damage and is need of donations—both cash and equipment. We’ve asked them to supply an equipment list in [...]

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The President’s Jobs Bill and Nonprofits

by Laurie Baskin September 16, 2011 Advocacy

The good news: President Obama’s new jobs bill, released Monday, includes nonprofits in its tax credits that go to companies that hire veterans and long-term unemployed people. The tax credits would apply to payroll taxes, which nonprofit employers pay, instead of to income taxes. An employer could get a tax credit of $2,400 for hiring [...]

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We Are The Diplomats

by Ellen Joffred September 14, 2011 Global Citizenship

(Video of Megan Wanlass, Executive Director, SITI Company presenting Martha Coigney with the 2011 Visionary Leadership Award at the 2011 TCG National Conference) I want to be Martha Coigney when I grow up; seriously, Martha is one of the coolest ladies I’ve ever met. From starting out as a self-proclaimed “secretary-janitor” at the Actors Studio, she [...]

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Call and Response: Devon Smith

by Laurie McCants September 13, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“It made me realize how important theatre was to how we process what’s going on right now– it got me really interested in what I call ‘non-fiction’ theatre– theatre that is about what’s happening right now in our world.” -Devon Smith, I AM THEATRE Wow. This really hit home. Considering what’s happening in my world [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: A Decade After Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 12, 2011 Weekly Update
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The 2011 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Capitalizing an Art Form registration is live! As I’ve mentioned in the past, the event takes place in New York, November 11-13. The Fall Forum on Governance is a great chance for managing and artistic leaders and their trustees to talk about current challenges and opportunities for their theatre [...]

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The Theater of 9/11

by Diep Tran September 12, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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Why art? Or, more specifically, why theater? Especially in the face of great tragedy, what can art do to help heal the wounded or to bring everything back to normal? On the cusp of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, I was looking through a selection of plays that were being mounted to commemorate the [...]

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Bogotá Theater Groups Threatened with Exile or Death

by Steve Cosson September 8, 2011 Global Citizenship

(This post was originally written for The Civilians blog by Steve Cosson. With their permission, we are reposting this here on the Circle to raise as much awareness as possible of the threat facing theatres in Bogotá. – August Schulenburg) by Steve Cosson, The Civilians The right is eager to consolidate power and re-take political [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hurricane Irene Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 7, 2011 Weekly Update
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While New York City was spared the massive destruction that had been predicted, many families, organizations and communities were hit hard on or around the east coast, including some TCG member theatres. The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY was severely flooded, with Governor Coumo paying a visit in support. To donate to the clean [...]

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Call and Response: Sean Chang

by Alissa Moore September 6, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“With all this social media – Facebook, Twitter, texting – people in my generation are becoming increasingly disconnected with one another and with arts in general, and I think that’s sad when my friends can’t even hold a conversation with me face to face, and would much rather text it to me or Facebook message [...]

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