From the monthly archives:

December 2011

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The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched Cultural Crossroads, an online network that will provide arts practitioners and managers a venue for sharing information about international cultural exchange. Through this discussion forum, ECA hopes to improve support for arts-based exchange programs and grow an international network of artists. ECA invites [...]

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(Picture: Carmen C. Wong. This Experimance Exercise aimed to fuse both roles of performer/spectator in a single experiential performance. I created a set of instructions within a food framework and Saara  Hannula was my performer/spectator. After picking out items from the pantry, Saara’s first instruction pertained to “Creation”.) Helsinki, true to form, delivered a jolty [...]

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Call and Response: Torange Yeghiazarian

by Marcy Arlin December 28, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“Watching that performance [the immigrant children’s performance of their family stories] I realized how important it is for the kids to really claim their identity and be proud of it and be able to speak about it…The act of telling these stories actually gives value to the kids’ identity. Theatre gives us permission to talk [...]

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Congo Project: The Play in Indo

by Kate Sutton-Johnson December 27, 2011 Global Connections
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(Photo by Kate Sutton-Johnson | A Market in Pointe Noire, Congo) We left Pointe Noire in heavy traffic, anxious to get beyond an imagined threshold where the choking smell of garbage, burning tires, and car exhaust would cease to exist.  Traveling with Alain, Jean Leopold, and Raoul (all three men, Bantu and physically disabled) and [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Václav Havel Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 27, 2011 Weekly Update
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Last week, we lost Czech playwright, poet and former President Václav Havel. I had the chance to meet Havel in 1994, when he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. I was then managing director of the Wilma Theater, whose Czech born founders, Blanka and Jiri Zizka, organized a reception for him to meet the community. [...]

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Cardboard Citizens: the Geography of Homelessness and the Art of Outreach

by Katy Rubin December 22, 2011 Global Connections
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(Miguel, from the Street to Stage troupe which is a part of Cardboard Citizens) The second half of this Global Connections English odyssey has involved an immersion in London’s homeless theatre scene. I’m hanging with Cardboard Citizens, a 20-year-old nonprofit theatre organization presenting plays by and with homeless and displaced people. Now in the last [...]

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NORC Releases Final Report on Teaching Artists

by Laurie Baskin December 21, 2011 Education
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The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago has released a landmark report on a three-year study of teaching artists (TAs) – artists who make teaching a part of their professional practice.  Teaching Artists and the Future of Education found that their work is critical to the future of arts education and [...]

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Call and Response: Daniel Gookin

by Valerie Narehood December 21, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“It keeps us on our toes, because it gets us to come up with new and creative ways to deal with the ideas they come up with.” – Daniel Gookin, I AM THEATRE Having made my bones as a technician in lower-budget regional theatre, I’m no stranger to the consternations endemic to converted houses. I’ve [...]

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The Tommy Guns of Mexico City

by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo December 21, 2011 Global Connections
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I’ve come to Mexico City through TCG’s Global Connections: On the Road grant to continue to work with three local clown-theater artists on a new project with the theme of war (Guerra: A Clown Play is the working title of our play). But upon arrival I find myself immersed in the rich cultural life of [...]

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NEA Announces New Research on Artists in the Workforce

by Laurie Baskin December 20, 2011 Advocacy

This fall, the NEA announced new research regarding the status of artists in the American workforce.  Artists and Arts Workers in the United States offers the first combined analysis of artists and industries, state and metro employment rates, and new demographic information such as age, education levels, income, ethnicity, and other social characteristics. Among the [...]

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The Chuanju Western

by Liza Bielby December 19, 2011 Global Connections
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(Wen Jinzhen combines chuanju and the iconic American west. Photo: Eleni Zaharopoulos) When we landed in Shanghai, we could finally see the moon – a strange sight after four weeks in cloudy Chengdu. Other differences between the two cities are immediately apparent. Chengdu is a provincial capital, a boiling pot in a geographic basin filled with [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Revolutionary World Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 19, 2011 Weekly Update
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“It is a revolutionary world we live in, and this generation at home and around the world has had thrust upon it a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.” -Robert F. Kennedy As we approach the end of 2011, we look back at a year full of revolutionary tides and [...]

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Congo Project: Where We Started

by Kate Sutton-Johnson December 16, 2011 Global Connections
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(Photo by Kate Sutton-Johnson | Women Villagers of Sibiti) I’m still reeling a bit from my experience in Africa.  In some ways, it was predictable and neatly wrapped in my Western stereotypes of African culture, art, economics, and politics.  Like a plastic red View Finder, the images clicked, clicked, clicked.  There were dusty bare feet [...]

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Congress Approves NEA and Arts Education FY12 Funding

by Laurie Baskin December 16, 2011 Advocacy
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On Friday, December 16, 2011, Congress approved a $146.255 million appropriation for the National Endowment for the Arts for FY12. The FY11 NEA appropriation was $155 million and this $9 million cut, almost 6% from the year before, is the amount the President had requested for the Agency. Congress approved this budget deal as the [...]

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TCG/American Express Leadership Boot Camp

by Chris Shuff December 16, 2011 Events
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We are thrilled to announce the TCG/American Express Leadership Boot Camp. This workshop, developed and led by the Center for Creative Leadership, will take place on March 13-14 at CCL’s Greensboro, NC campus. Fifteen pairs of an established and emerging leader from TCG member theatres will be selected to participate in this workshop, which will [...]

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Minding the Gap, Part Two

by Katy Rubin December 15, 2011 Global Connections
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(Photo: Katy Rubin. Pictured: Amjad Saleem) I’ve been working on the TCG Global Connections grant in Bradford, Yorkshire, for eight days now, and some big new ideas have begun to emerge, inspired by Mind the Gap and the various other British artists with whom I’ve come in contact. One: Positivity. Mind the Gap has a grip [...]

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Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field

by TCG News December 14, 2011 Events
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Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes – what should your theatre do when disaster strikes? How do you manage the initial crisis? How do you balance your theatre’s recovery with the wider needs of your community? How can you mitigate damage before the unthinkable happens? In Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field, we’ll hear from an expert in post-crisis [...]

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NEA Announces First Round of FY12 Art Works and Challenge America Grants

by Laurie Baskin December 14, 2011 Advocacy
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The NEA has announced the first round of funding for FY12 totaling $22.543 million to support 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. This round of funding is provided through two grant programs: Art Works and Creative Writing Fellowships. Art Works grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines [...]

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Call and Response: Lynn Nottage

by Monica Byrne December 13, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“Oh my God. Who do you think got 32?” – Lynn Nottage, I AM THEATRE When I watched Lynn’s video, I groaned in sympathy. Anyone studying anything to do with biology has to take organic chemistry at some point. As my own professor put it drolly, “It tends to be…a watershed.” It was for me, [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Open the Windows Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 12, 2011 Advocacy
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Last week, I shared examples of how our core value of Global Citizenship was playing out on several fronts. Today, I want to turn your attention to several important advocacy issues affecting theatres across borders. Two intellectual property bills fighting online piracy—SOPA in the Senate, and PIPA in the House of Representatives—were recently introduced, both [...]

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TCG Books (with a little help from our friends)

by Zach Chotzen-Freund December 9, 2011 TCG Books
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Here at TCG Books, we’re always interested in great playwriting from across the globe. And when it comes to international writers, we often get by with a little help from our friends. TCG is the exclusive U.S. distributor for several international publishing companies, including Playwrights Canada Press (based inToronto), and Nick Hern Books, Oberon Books, [...]

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Ripples From Palestine Membership Into UNESCO

by Emilya Cachapero December 8, 2011 Advocacy
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You may have seen the recent news about Palestine’s petition for full membership into UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm. The bid was approved in a very controversial vote (107 for/14 against) which will likely have far-reaching impact on the US theatre field as well as other areas. The US voted against Palestine and this [...]

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Shinsai: Theaters for Japan

by TCG News December 7, 2011 Global Citizenship
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(Editor’s note: Here on the Circle, Aya Ogawa reported back from the initial impact of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis on theatres in Japan. As we approach the year anniversary of the disaster, images like this remind us how the crisis continues, even though it may no longer make headlines. What follows is our [...]

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Publish? Perish? Does Anyone Care?

by Eliza Bent December 6, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Photo: Benjamin Privitt. Pictured: Mark Jackson and Peter Ruocco in the 2009 Shotgun Players production of Jackson’s Faust Pt1, published by EXIT Press). In the age of the internet, does anyone care about printed plays anymore? A recent panel discussion and performance at the Martin E. Segal Center was titled “Publishing Performance in the 21st Century: [...]

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Call and Response: Michael Maso

by Janet Allen December 6, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“I’d see the next play he [August Wilson] was working on come to life in front of me as he started talking about the characters in his head and what they were saying and what he was discovering about them. . . I had the privilege of hearing these stories . . . before he [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Global Citizen Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 5, 2011 Global Citizenship
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Global Citizenship is one of the Core Values TCG identified as part of our 50th Anniversary, and in recent days, we’ve been reminded of its importance in both troubling and inspiring ways. Mona Eltahawy, the opening keynote speaker of our 2011 National Conference, reported last week that she was detained, beaten and sexually assaulted by [...]

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Minding the Gap, Part One

by Katy Rubin December 2, 2011 Global Connections
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(Photo: Katy Rubin. Pictured: Jonathan Lewis) This past weekend’s journey (November 18-20, 2011) was a strange one: the first leg took me from New York to London, two cities I’m familiar with, to greater or lesser degree, and which have much in common. But London was just a stop on the way: three trains (silent—the [...]

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