From the monthly archives:

March 2013

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(Editor’s note: This is an adapted version of a post that originally appeared on the Geva Theatre blog. We’re sharing it here in order to further advance this exciting audience engagement model as part of our Audience (R)Evolution program and the upcoming Audience Engagement arc at our 2013 National Conference. Want to share your own [...]

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How can we step off the assembly line of play production and create truly innovative work? To further focus our time at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas together, we’ll organize breakout, affinity and plenary sessions into focused programmatic arcs. While attendees will be free to roam among sessions, these arcs [...]

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Devon’s Top 10 Reasons to Join TCG in Dallas: Culinary Edition

by Devon Berkshire March 30, 2013 National Conference
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My countdown of things I’m excited to share with you in Dallas at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach is about to get culinary: Reason #8: Did someone say Food Trucks?! One of the benefits of virtually taking over a beautiful district for our Conference, as I wrote about in my last post, [...]

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Cuban Theater Looks Into the Future

by David Lozano March 28, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Members of Estudio Teatral (Santa Clara, Cuba) with members of Cara Mía Theatre Co. (Dallas, TX) My North American friends and family have always insisted that Fidel’s revolution of 1959 was a disaster for Cuba. In Mexico, friends and family insisted that the revolution was one of Latin-America’s greatest victories against US imperialism. I wanted [...]

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Why I Joined The Actors Fund Board

by Teresa Eyring March 28, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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From 2009 through 2011, I served as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee and one of my co-nominators was Joe Benincasa, the president and CEO of The Actors Fund. While I’d been aware of The Fund for years, I learned so much more about The Fund’s work from my conversations with Joe. As we [...]

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Using Gamification Strategies to Engage Audiences

by TCG News March 28, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Gabe Zichermann.) The following video was taken at the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening from February 20-22 in Philadelphia.  Gabe Zichermann Founder & CEO, Gamification Co. Gabe Zichermann is the chair of GSummit (SF, April 16-18, 2013) where top gamification experts across industries gather to share knowledge and insight about customer [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Andrew Guilarte

by Marcy Arlin March 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) What do you love about theatre in the U.S. for yourself and in general? Well, for one thing you never know what you’re going to get here. I’ve been severely disappointed and I’ve been wonderfully surprised, sometimes, both, in the same show.  I’ve [...]

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TCG’s World Theatre Day 2013: Cuba, Iraq, Sudan

by TCG News March 27, 2013 Global Connections
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 51st annual World Theatre Day today, March 27, 2013. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide [...]

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Meditation for Actors – An Interview with Parlan McGaw

by Amanda Quaid March 26, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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I saw a sign at Michael Howard Studios in NYC advertising Meditation for Actors.  I had tried meditation several times, sitting reluctantly on my rug like a naughty child in time-out, trying to think of nothing at all in an effort to, somehow, improve my connection to the present moment.  My legs cramped, my mind [...]

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(R)Ev-ifesto: Donna Walker-Kuhne, with Video

by Donna Walker-Kuhne March 26, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Donna Walker-Kuhne.) The following video was taken at the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening from February 20-22 in Philadelphia. Below you may find the full transcript and an image of the graphic recording created by Lynn  Carruthers. Leadership towards creating a culture of diversity and the global connection I think in any endeavor, [...]

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Devon’s Top 10 Reasons to Join TCG in Dallas: Part 1

by Devon Berkshire March 25, 2013 National Conference
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While we continue to build the exciting programming that Dafina talked about here and here, we’re also hard at work coordinating all the elements unrelated to content that will make our time in Dallas so special. Here is the beginning of the countdown of things I can’t wait to share with you in Dallas! Reason [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Cuba Part One Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 25, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Last week concluded TCG’s Cuba Exploratorium trip, which brought nearly 20 TCG Member Theatre staffers and artists to Cuba as pasrt of our World Theatre Day programming.  Arts officials in Cuba believe ours is the largest delegation of U.S. theatre professionals to ever visit their country! We visited with theatres like Teatro de los Elementos, an [...]

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(R)Evifesto: Michael Rohd

by Michael Rohd March 22, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Michael Rohd.) The following video was taken at the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening from February 20-22 in Philadelphia. Below you may find the full transcript and an image of the graphic recording created by Lynn  Carruthers. Parson’s New School of Design has a program turning out artists who self define [...]

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Leading the Charge: Diversity & Inclusion Institute

by Dafina McMillan March 21, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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Coming out of the Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge, we were indeed charged up and rejuvenated—excited about the progress we had made and the work that lies ahead. We saw demographic numbers from Angela Glover Blackwell – illustrating a majority people of color nation by 2042. Anthony Carter reminded us that “no one [...]

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The Happy Return of Carmen Morgan & Lisa Mount

by Dafina McMillan March 21, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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We’re knee-deep in planning for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach, and wanted to share some exciting news: Carmen Morgan and Lisa Mount will be joining us again, this time as co-curators and facilitators of our Diversity & Inclusion and Audience Engagement programmatic arcs in Dallas! Carmen Morgan was a key planning partner and [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Tupac Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 19, 2013 National Conference
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“And I love Shakespeare. He wrote some of the rawest stories, man. I mean look at Romeo and Juliet…You got this guy Romeo from the Bloods who falls for Juliet, a female from the Crips, and everybody in both gangs are against them. So they have to sneak out and they end up dead for [...]

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The Worst Times, the Best Poetry

by Jessica Lewis March 19, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo by: Stan Barouh. Pictured: Brian Hemmingsen, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh.) Katrina: I hate this time of day. When the light fades, the winds begin to blow and the house gets filled with the stench from the factories. Yehuda: It’s not stench. Katrina: No? Yehuda: It’s the smell of industry. Katrina: Thanks for reminding me. Yehuda: It gets caught [...]

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Let the Right One In

by Naomi Wallace March 13, 2013 American Theatre magazine
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(Photo by Jenny Graham. Pictured: Naomi Wallace. This essay was originally published in the January 2013 issue of AMERICAN THEATRE.) On resistance, hospitality and new writing for the American stage All writing for the theatre is in some sense an act of violation. By this I mean that when we enter into the lives of [...]

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Artistry as Mystery: Conversations with twenty directors

by Julie Haverkate March 7, 2013 TCG Books
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In November, TCG published The Director’s Voice, Volume 2. A follow-up to the immensely popular first volume, this new book collects twenty interviews, presenting a cross-section of the most diverse and dynamic stage directors defining today’s American theatre ― including Anne Bogart, Moisés Kaufman, Michael Mayer, Bartlett Sher, Julie Taymor, George C. Wolfe and Mary [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: The (R)Evolution Continues

by Teresa Eyring March 4, 2013 Weekly Update
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Last week, we returned from our Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening in Philadelphia, and our minds and hearts are still revving from all the ideas, connections and (not one but two) banjo-songs written expressly for the Convening by our facilitator extraordinaire, Lisa Mount! We heard from experts on the cutting edge of gamification, hospitality and digital [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Cosmin Chivu

by Marcy Arlin March 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I don’t remember when I first met Cosmin, but I have always admired his tenacity, good humor, intelligence and directing talent; he directed for Immigrants’ Theatre Project’s Czech Plays series way back when. He is a tremendous supporter of colleagues, students and excellence [...]

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