From the monthly archives:

February 2012

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“So – how do you make money?” -Sunil Vishnu K, I AM THEATRE  I spent the better part of a decade running theatre companies in NYC and working in restaurants to pay my bills. Theatre didn’t pay (not the kind of theatre I make) and restaurants did. So combine them. The last thing NYC needs [...]

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Leadership U: Continuing Ed - Guidelines and Application Now Available! The goal of Leadership U[niversity] is to strengthen the field by developing the individuals who are the core and future of theatre. Continuing Ed grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to eight mid-career to veteran professionals at TCG Member Theatres for learning opportunities that [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Inheritance Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 27, 2012 Weekly Update
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What kind of theatre will the next generation inherit? This was a recurring question as I continued my travels from the previous week, visiting theatres in Minneapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Fe. I saw the inspiring potential of that next generation manifested in the work of Up Next, an organization that engages [...]

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The Perpetual Foreigner of American Theatre

by Diep Tran February 24, 2012 Activism
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(Christine Toy Johnson, Pun Bandhu and Angel Desai at the roundtable. Photo: Bruce Alan Johnson) Where are all the Asians? That seemed to be the question at hand last Monday, Feb. 13, during the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) roundtable, with a pun-filled title: “RepresenAsian: The Changing Face of Theatre,” at Fordham University. The [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Jojo Gonzalez

by Marcy Arlin February 22, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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The United States is a multicultural nation, and nowhere is that truer than in the arts. However, the full range of the diverse cultures working in the arts often occurs out of the spotlight. As Artistic Director of Immigrants’ Theatre Project I have worked with immigrant theatre artists from over ninety nations, including the Native [...]

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World Theatre Day Message To Be Delivered By John Malkovich

by TCG News February 21, 2012 Events
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Centerof the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 50th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2012. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide in [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Creative Frontiers Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 21, 2012 Weekly Update
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I recently traveled to Anchorage to visit TCG’s three member theatres in Alaska: Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage and “the world’s northernmost company,” Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (FST). Perseverance opened a production of The Blue Bear, Cyrano’s held an open house with a variety of speakers (including yours truly), and the FST [...]

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Three Calls for Words on Arts Education

by Laurie Baskin February 14, 2012 Education

In addition to last week’s announcement of the NEA Roundtable, I wanted to share three newsworthy items concerning arts education: 1) NYU Forum on Theatre for Young Audiences, Future Directions in Theatre for Young Audiences, April 27-29, 2012 First up, NYU is holding a forum on theatre for young audiences and has issued a call [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Yes in a World of No

by Teresa Eyring February 13, 2012 Uncategorized
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“So we went around asking people, ‘If I started a company next year which would do live theatre and it has to be profitable, does it make sense?’ And unfortunately, or fortunately, the answer which everybody gave us in the world was ‘no’.”  So shares Sunil Vishnu K, founder and artistic director of EVAM, a [...]

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The Personal Political

by August Schulenburg February 10, 2012 Activism
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“There’s a kind of weird idea that politics isn’t about psychology, or that politics isn’t about family, or that politics isn’t about daddies, and mommies, and brothers. Of course, politics is just another aspect of human behavior. And I think one of the great things about American democracy is the way in which it has carved out space in [...]

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Spring 2012 Leadership Teleconferences

by TCG News February 8, 2012 Events
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TCG Leadership Teleconferences are offered throughout the year featuring presentations and moderated panel conversations by experts in and outside of the field who give their unique perspective on a topic. Participants have an opportunity to hear challenges, strategies and solutions that affect the field, and to engage in question and answer sessions. We hope you [...]

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Upcoming NEA Roundtable and Webcast

by Laurie Baskin February 8, 2012 Education
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The National Endowment for the Arts will host a webcast, Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST at www.arts.gov. No pre-registration is necessary; to watch the webcast, log on to the NEA’s website at the [...]

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Call and Response: Ben Cameron

by Mark Valdez February 8, 2012 I AM THEATRE
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“Their very presence… said volumes to me about the power theater has and the difference it makes in peoples lives; and not only the potential we have as an artform, but the responsibility we shoulder when we seek to take a stage.” – Ben Cameron, I AM THEATRE About five years ago, very shortly after [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Planning and Parties Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 6, 2012 Weekly Update
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Last week, TCG held its winter board meeting, which brought together our nationally-based board of directors, as well as our National Council for the American Theatre. The latter is an advisory group of theatre trustees who have become an integral part of our conversations. We concentrated this meeting on the next phase of TCG’s strategic [...]

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NEA Posts FY13 Grant Guidelines

by Laurie Baskin February 2, 2012 Advocacy
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The NEA recently posted its FY13 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines. As first reported in November, the NEA has confirmed that it will no longer be accepting consortium applications for FY13 grants. In the past, an organization could apply up to two times – once on its own, and a second time in partnership with [...]

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Generation Without Borders

by TCG News February 2, 2012 Global Citizenship
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A contest. A community. A call to action. For 50 years, World Theatre Day has been celebrating the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders. What began with UNESCO and the six founding centers of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) has grown into an international network of over 100 countries and thousands of artists. [...]

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