From the monthly archives:

July 2012

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“…this crystallized what I had experienced in Europe: the feeling that there was a competition among different directors and companies to out-innovate one another, and this was their main way of attracting new audiences.” – Howard Shalwitz, “Theatrical Innovation: Whose Job Is It?” As we at TCG sift through all of the ideas and discussions [...]

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TCG is pleased to announce the publication of Boleros for the Disenchanted and Other Plays, a new collection of four plays by the Obie Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer José Rivera (Marisol, The Motorcycle Diaries), which includes the titular Boleros, as well as Adoration of the Old Woman, Brainpeople and Pablo and Andrew at the Alter [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: When It Pours Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 23, 2012 Weekly Update
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When it rains, it pours, with last week’s East Coast storm flooding Soho Rep’s acclaimed production of Annie Baker’s version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. A different kind of trouble was also pouring last week, with the South Carolina Arts Commission vetoed, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s production of David Adjmi’s 3C in legal trouble, and a color-blind [...]

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Report on the arrest, detention and release of the Freedom Theatre of Jenin’s artistic director

by Ismail Khalidi July 20, 2012 Advocacy
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(Nabeel Al Raee, Zakaria Zubeidi and their children. Credit: The Freedom Theatre) Let us imagine for a moment that Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater in New York City, was arrested by a foreign army and held in detention for over a month on hazy charges, without trial and without being allowed to [...]

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Leadership U[niversity] Recipients Announced

by TCG News July 19, 2012 Leadership U
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Theatre Communications Group announce the inaugural round of recipients for the Leadership U[niversity] program. Six early-career theatre leaders will receive One-on-One grants for professional development via mentorships at TCG Member Theatres. Eight mid-career and veteran theatre professionals at TCG Member Theatres will receive Continuing Ed grants for learning opportunities [...]

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A Letter of Support for David Adjmi

by Jon Robin Baitz July 19, 2012 Advocacy

(Ed. note: We’re featuring Jon Robin Baitz’s open letter on behalf of David Adjmi to signal TCG’s support of Admji, a TCG published playwright, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a TCG Member Theatre. Executive Director Teresa Eyring has signed the letter on behalf of TCG and connected Adjmi with a pro-bono First Amendment lawyer. If you [...]

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South Carolina Arts Commission Restored

by Laurie Baskin July 19, 2012 Advocacy

Last Friday I wrote that South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley had issued line-item vetoes to the South Carolina budget and had, thereby, eliminated state funding for the arts. I am pleased to report that the arts community in South Carolina engaged in very effective advocacy efforts over the past week, and was successful in [...]

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Theatrical Innovation: Whose Job Is It?

by Howard Shalwitz July 17, 2012 National Conference
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Photo: Michal Daniel. Pictured: Howard Shalwitz. The following is the transcript of the address Howard Shalwitz gave at the 2012 National Conference in Boston. Thank you Teresa for that kind introduction.   I feel very honored by the opportunity to share a few thoughts with all of you today at the opening of this conference entitled [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Artist and Institution Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 16, 2012 National Conference
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Did the 2012 National Conference in Boston actually end? You might be forgiven for thinking otherwise this past week. In Los Angeles, Latino theatre leaders used Conference 2.0 to help organize an in-person meeting to keep the conversation going, posting notes from that meeting in the Latinos in Theatre Group. This organizing, resource-sharing and knowledge-building [...]

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Restore the South Carolina Arts Commission

by Laurie Baskin July 13, 2012 Advocacy

As you’ve probably heard by now, South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley has issued line-item vetoes to the South Carolina budget and has, thereby, eliminated state funding for the arts. TCG urges restoration of these funds and action by artists and arts organization in South Carolina to ask the state legislature to restore these funds. [...]

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Michael Maso Replies

by Michael Maso July 11, 2012 National Conference
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Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Michael Maso. A few weeks ago I gave a speech at the TCG Conference in Boston, and about ten days later ArtsJournal blogger Diane Ragsdale (“DR” from now on) posted a response to that speech with questions about my meaning and some pointed rebuttals.  A few dozen people posted comments, [...]

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Michael Maso’s TCG Theatre Practitioner Award Acceptance Speech

by Michael Maso July 10, 2012 National Conference
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Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Lydia R. Diamond, Teresa Eyring, Michael Maso. Ed. Note: Due to the online conversation surrounding Michael Maso’s TCG Theatre Practitioner Award acceptance speech, we have expedited the posting of the transcript of his speech. Here is the text in full. To see the slides referenced by Michael below, please watch [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Vision Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 2, 2012 National Conference
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We’ve just returned from the 2012 National Conference in Boston, where we modeled the movement with 1,000 theatre people. We give our deepest thanks to the Boston host committee and the New England theatre community for being such gracious hosts. Though it is impossible to generalize about such a multi-faceted Conference, certain major themes emerged: [...]

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