From the monthly archives:

November 2011

The Internet and Intellectual Property House Bill: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)/ Senate Bill: Protect IP Act (PIPA) A pair of bills intended to prevent online piracy – theft of intellectual property – have been introduced in Congress. The Senate bill, introduced in June, is called the Protect IP Act. The companion House bill, introduced in [...]

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(Photo: Belarus Free Theatre’s Reply to Kathy Acker: Minsk 2011) As many TCG members are aware, the OBIE-award winning Belarus Free Theatre, founded in 2005 by the husband-and-wife team of Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada is banned in its homeland of Belarus– ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’–and its founding members are now forced to live in exile. [...]

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Other Within The Other

by Julie Haverkate November 29, 2011 Interviews
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We’re thrilled here at TCG to have recently published David Adjmi’s Stunning and Other Plays. This new collection includes Stunning, set in an insular Syrian-Jewish community, where Lily, a teenage bride’s world is disrupted by her intellectual gay African-American housekeeper, Blanche; The Evildoers, about the collapse of two privileged couples and Elective Affinities, a post-9/11 [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Art of Gratitude Edition

by Teresa Eyring November 24, 2011 Weekly Update
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“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” -Friedrich Nietzsche This Thursday, we’ll be sitting down to turkeys and tofurkeys, and sharing the things we’re thankful for with the people we love. Whether you celebrate or question the history of this holiday, taking time to give thanks remains essential. Here at TCG, [...]

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NEA Ceases Consortium Grants in FY13

by TCG News November 24, 2011 Advocacy

Due to budgetary constraints, the NEA will not be awarding consortium grants beginning with the FY13 application process. Applicants planning grant submissions to the NEA for FY13 should prepare with the understanding that they can make one and only one application to the NEA: either in the Art Works or Challenge America categories. The FY13 [...]

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New Research: Theatre Facts 2010 and Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Fall 2011

by TCG News November 24, 2011 Tools & Research

According to Theatre Facts 2010, not-for-profit theatres contributed nearly $1.9 billion to the U.S. economy, and attracted 31 million attendees. Released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the publication is the only in-depth report that examines the attendance, performance and overall fiscal state of the not-for-profit professional theatre industry. TCG also released Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Fall [...]

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A Real Turkey

by Harrison Hill November 24, 2011 Arts and the Armed Forces
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(The 2011/12 Season Opening Celebration dinner catered by Ridgewells at Arena Stage. Photo by Cameron Whitman.) Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage and the Pentagon are practically neighbors, but for all the interactions the institutions have shared they may as well be a world apart. All that changes on Friday, November 25 when Arena hosts 260 servicemen [...]

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Call and Response: Nilo Cruz

by Jerry Ruiz November 22, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“…One day I had this urge to go to the theater. I went to the Coconut Grove and saw a play called “The Dresser.” The next day I was totally a transformed person. I felt like I couldn’t do anything else but surrender to the art form of theatre. I didn’t know whether I would [...]

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Holland in Texas

by Rob Weinert-Kendt November 21, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Pictured: Holland Taylor. Photo by: Linda Matlow) Ann, Holland Taylor’s one-woman show about late Texas governor Ann Richards, opened recently at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. American Theatre wrote about the show in its first iteration in Richards’s home state, when it had a more colorful title, in our May/June issue. After our recent post [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Audacious Experimenters Edition

by Teresa Eyring November 21, 2011 Weekly Update
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Happy almost Thanksgiving! Our Fall Forum on Governance, which took place over last weekend, was a tremendous success. We had record attendance, and the Forum community of trustees, theatre leaders and artists had the opportunity to delve deeply into questions about the range of assets that form a theatre’s capital structure. In his kickoff keynote, [...]

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Fall Forum Closing Remarks

by Teresa Eyring November 17, 2011 Fall Forum
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(Photo: Becky Friedenberg. Pictured: Kevin E. Moore, Teresa Eyring, David Henry Hwang) (Editor’s note: Teresa Eyring’s closing remarks were given on Sunday, November 13th at our 2011 Fall Forum on Governance – Capitalizing an Art Form) A day and a half ago we gathered at the Bryant Park Grill to reimagine how we capitalize on [...]

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Vanquishing Nonprofit Deficits: Notes on Success from the Field

by Kim Cook November 17, 2011 Fall Forum
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(Photo above by Becky Friedenberg. Cross-posted on Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Social Currency) Attendance at the TCG Fall Forum on Governance is comprised of primarily executive directors and board members, with a sprinkling of representation from artists and staff members from the nonprofit theater world.  So, after a day of terrific conversations, it was with great pleasure that [...]

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Somewhere That’s Green

by Harrison Hill November 16, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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Last year, American Theatre told you about one theatre’s creative stab at sustainability in a story that prompted two responses on The Circle (here and here). Well, when it rains, it pours: We’ve just caught wind of another regional company’s efforts to stay green in a unique confluence of art and economics. Per its mission [...]

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(Critical) Power to the People

by Simone Scully November 16, 2011 Critics & Reviews
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(Photo: Laura Roudabush) iCritic™, an initiative, developed as part of ‘Barrington Stage 2.0’, got its genesis from TCG’s New Generations Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2010. Now over a year later, it is time find out how iCritic is progressing. Laura Roudabush, Director of Marketing for Barrington [...]

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Call and Response: Joan Schirle

by Stacy Klein November 15, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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 ’The whole thing fell apart. It exploded. It wasn’t my fault”.  - Joan Schirle, I AM THEATRE Similar to the Big Bang, which ostensibly was responsible for the creation of our world, most important discoveries or events are created out of a loss, or an explosion, or a shock. Change is difficult, and seems to become much [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: The Human Theatre

by Teresa Eyring November 14, 2011 Weekly Update
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When you think theatre, do you think rural community? Joan Schirle did, and her vision helped lead to the founding of Dell’Arte International, just one of the many TCG member theatres working in small towns and rural communities. Hear Joan talk about the power of theatre in a rural setting in our latest I AM [...]

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2011 Education Centerpiece (back to dreaming big)

by Laurie Baskin November 10, 2011 Education

“But the overwhelming fact—the thing that just colors me happy—is that education directors, theatre artists involved in arts learning and artistic directors convened and discussed and argued and dreamed and spoke about education as a central part of what we do. That it was just business as usual, nothing special. Education was…an entity…accepted…a fact of [...]

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Reasons to be Critical

by Diep Tran November 9, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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For a full ill-advised minute (actually, more like ten months), I had considered being a theatre critic. And then, I realize two things: I really disliked reading my own opinions and criticism was a hard and mostly thankless job. When you give a theatre artist a good review, they admire you and your writing and [...]

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Interview: David Henry Hwang

by Dafina McMillan November 8, 2011 Fall Forum
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(Editor’s Note: David Henry Hwang will be the Friday Night Keynote Speaker at our 2011 Fall Forum on Governance: Capitalizing an Art Form. He was kind enough to sit down with Dafina McMillan and answer some Forum – and Chinglish – inspired questions). 1. You are one of the few playwrights moving fluidly between the [...]

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Call and Response: Allen Lee Hughes

by Dawn Chiang November 8, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“One of the strengths of the regional theatre systems is that it does provide an artistic home for artists… That relationship builds stronger institutions and I know it builds stronger artists.”  -Allen Lee Hughes, lighting designer, I AM THEATRE Allen’s observations about strong relationships between artists and theaters got me thinking about what qualities do [...]

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U.S./México Playwright Exchange

by Jessica Lewis November 8, 2011 Global Citizenship
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(Playwright:  Xavier Villanova. Director: Mariana Carreño King) So many thoughts are rushing through my head as I walk into my interview with Andrea Thome, Director of U.S./México Exchange, and Lisa Rothe, Director of Off-site Programs and Partnerships, at the Lark Play Development Center. This marks the sixth year of their  program, where U.S. playwrights translate [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: The Remarkable Things Edition

by Teresa Eyring November 7, 2011 Weekly Update
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“It should not be remarkable that we stopped talking about arts in education and started talking about arts for education.” I love this quote from Susan Booth, artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, in her essay for TCG’s Education Centerpiece, On Turning 50, Education Survey 2010 (PDF), which we released yesterday. Using our 2010 Education [...]

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Let It Ripple, or The Arts As A Public Good

by August Schulenburg November 4, 2011 Fall Forum
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Heading into our 2011 Fall Forum on Governance: Capitalizing an Art Form, we wanted to provide a more in depth look at some of our speakers. We’re thrilled that our closing speaker, Margy Waller, took a moment out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Margy Waller is a Senior Fellow [...]

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A Hinge of History

by August Schulenburg November 2, 2011 Edgerton New Plays
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“I think what is particularly poignant about LBJ, and tragic about his story, is that he could see, actually, what was happening in Vietnam, but couldn’t find from his own political standpoint a way out, and he knew it would be the destruction of his domestic program which is all he really cared about, but [...]

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A Greater Perseverance

by Perseverance Theatre November 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 Ruth Kostik, Producing Director Since this is our first blog post on the Aha! Think It, Do It blog, it seemed appropriate that it [...]

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Call and Response: Curt Columbus

by Jeff Church November 1, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“…As a Chekhov translator you could spend your whole life waiting for a person to have that kind of visceral response to Chekhov and never see it happen. I felt really blessed to be in the room to watch a young person hear Chekhov in a way that made her leap to her feet.” -Curt [...]

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