From the monthly archives:

April 2013

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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Organizations require successful financial and organizational structures to survive.  Much like their human staff, they cannot thrive on a restrictive diet.  Doing more with less results in weaker muscles and fatigue.  Rather, success [...]

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(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). “Art is violent.  To be decisive is violent.”  – Anne Bogart, A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre “Ultimately, we hear things because we cannot see everything.” –  Slavoj Žižek, Gaze and [...]

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Two Launch Pads

by Pedro de Senna April 30, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). So, what’s new? I really mean it. If we are talking about Artistic Innovation (yes, with capitals), we need to define our terms. And what’s artistic? Does Artistic Innovation [...]

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An Evolutionary Revolution

by Dr Peter S Petralia April 29, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

Our sense of what is real begins with and depends crucially upon our bodies, especially our sensorimotor apparatus, which enables us to perceive, move, and manipulate, and the detailed structures of the brains, which have been shaped by both evolution and experience. (Lakoff and Johnson, 1999: 17) The themes of this year’s TCG conference suggest [...]

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YouTheatre: David Henry Hwang’s YELLOWFACE Comes To YouTube

by Dafina McMillan April 29, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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As I wrote in my post, Uniting the 1,000 Conferences, TCG’s annual gathering of theatre people is simultaneously a single event and a multiplicity of diverse experiences. That is especially true for surrounding events, festivals and special presentations that are not directly part of TCG’s programming but become central to some of those experiences. I’m [...]

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Finer Points of Distinction: Communities of Crossover

by J.J. El-Far April 29, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. This post was originally shared on Jacqueline’s blog, and we’re re-purposing it here as a part of the Conference conversation.) TCG’s 2012 Young Leader of Color, J.J. El-Far, responds to Drew Barker’s question [...]

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The Commonweal Artist/Administrator Model

by Harold N. Cropp April 29, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

As I prepare to assemble my thoughts for the session I’m leading on the Commonweal Theatre Company, I’m led to think about the whole genesis of our model that we call “the artist/administrator”. Serendipitously, Thomas Cott recently reposted Todd London’s “one for all and all for one and every man for himself”, which summarized nicely [...]

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In Support of Play: Productions, Lipstick and Growth

by Amina Henry April 29, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

 I want to approach the question of artists’ needs from the point of view of one who has spent the greater part of several years navigating play development and what it actually means. There is too much play development and not enough production opportunities. Endless readings and workshops can turn what was once a play [...]

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100 Cats on Fire

by Jocelyn Kuritsky April 28, 2013 Activism
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“You sit down with these Senators, and you sit down with their staff, and you tell exactly what happened on December 14th . . . and you tell them all in excruciating detail so they have that picture in their mind when they’re casting their vote. And for them just to look at you . [...]

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On Diversity and Inclusion: Alfred Heartley

by Al Heartley April 26, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. This post was originally shared on Jacqueline’s blog, and we’re re-purposing it here as a part of the Conference conversation.) TCG’s 2012 Young Leader of [...]

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In Memoriam: Pavel Dobrusky

by Deborah Brevoort April 26, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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I met Pavel Dobrusky in the 1980’s shortly after he defected from Czechoslovakia.  He came to Perseverance Theatre in Alaska where I was the producing director and a playwright and actor in the company.  Pavel turned Perseverance Theatre upside down with his unconventional approach to theatre. His theatrical designs quickly became one of our company’s [...]

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LET THEM DRINK BEER:
Curating theatre that feels like a night out.

by Charlie Miller & Emily Tarquin, Co-Curators of Off-Center @ The Jones April 24, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement

Free beer (or even cheap beer) may be the easiest and fastest way to tap into a new audience. Drinks, food, socializing, and costumes (on the audience, not the performers) are what young Denver locals look for in a night out. Translation: they aren’t looking for theatre. How do we know? We happen to be [...]

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Cross-Pollinating The Arts

by Scott RC Levy April 24, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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An institution that gives equal weight to the visual and performing arts and engages in programming which integrates all forms of art?  It exists. I’m fortunate to be the director of Performing Arts for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  This 76-year old institution is nestled right on the front range overlooking majestic Pikes Peak.  [...]

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Audience Engagement: It’s 2amt. Do you know where your theatre is?

by David J. Loehr April 23, 2013 National Conference
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(This post is the first post of the Audience Engagement arc #TCG13 blog salon–learn more here). It’s time to think outside the black box. That’s what we do over at 2amt–check us out at 2amt.com and on twitter using the hashtag #2amt. We’re always open. And I don’t mean that as a joke. Conversations and [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: D.C. Blue Star Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 23, 2013 Arts and the Armed Forces
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Last week, I was powerfully reminded of theatre’s ability to heal. We gathered at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. for a press event celebrating the now 90 participating Blue Star Theatres. Across 35 states, these theatres have dedicated programming towards recognizing the profound contributions of service families, seeking [...]

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Aligning the Vision

by Caridad Svich April 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is the first post of the Artistic Innovation arc #TCG13 blog salon–learn more here). Making new work for live performance demands every bit of fiber and muscle, sinew and strength, heart and mind just to make happen. Sometimes as an artist you wish to speak to the now; sometimes you wish to speak [...]

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Iraq Theatre Book Donation for World Theatre Day

by August Schulenburg April 18, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Theatre Communications Group staff members Sandra Nance, Zach Chotzen-Freund, J.P. Smith, Jessica Lewis, Abby Lynch, Jacob Lasser, Kevin Bitterman, Laurie Baskin, Caroline Saudek, Amy Dorman.) As part of the World Theatre Day celebration, TCG partnered with Theatre Without Borders, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at [...]

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Viewing the Bones

by Adam Thurman April 17, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is the first post of the Financial Adaptation arc #TCG13 blog salon–learn more here). Let’s start the conversation about the Financial Adaptation arc at the TCG Conference by discussing something that appears to be unrelated, real estate. First, a small confession.  I watch more than my fair share of HGTV.  I blame my [...]

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Respect, Love and Space: A Culture Revealed

by Anne Lambert April 17, 2013 Interviews
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(Photo by Gena J Photography. Pictures: Quentin Talley, founder and artistic director of On Q Performing Arts; Tom Gabbard, president & CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts; Emilya Cachapero, director of artistic programs/ITI-US, TCG; Lou Bellamy, founder & artistic director of Penumbra Theatre Company) An interview with theatre legend Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Advocacy & Boston Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 16, 2013 Weekly Update
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“As we experience the enormous pain and loss that is felt by so many victims of violence in our city’s neighborhoods and around our world every day, we renew our commitment to creating theatrical work that builds liberation and a non-violent movement against all oppression.” -Abe Rybeck, The Theater Offensive Yesterday, as I was getting [...]

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Timothy J. Shields to Lead Financial Adaptation Arc

by August Schulenburg April 16, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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We are thrilled to welcome Timothy J. Shields as the co-curator of the Financial Adaptation arc for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. To further focus our time June 6-8 together, we’ll organize breakout, affinity and plenary sessions into programmatic arcs. These arcs will offer a deep dive into these key areas—a [...]

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

by Devon Berkshire April 16, 2013 National Conference
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#6: Dallas Knows How to Save Money! If the food extravaganza and the rooftop pool didn’t do it for you, perhaps saving a little cash (or at least knowing the right places to spend it) will do the trick? TCG has you covered. First and foremost: DFW being the home of American Airlines, the airline [...]

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Diversity and Inclusion Arc Blog Introduction

by Jacqueline E. Lawton April 16, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence!” — Carl Sagan As a Texas raised African American female playwright born to a working class military family, I think about diversity and inclusion all the time. I think about it in terms of absence. What stories aren’t being told? Whose voices aren’t being honored or shared? [...]

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Blue Star Theatres Reaches 85 Participating Theatres in 33 States

by TCG News April 16, 2013 Arts and the Armed Forces
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, and Blue Star Families, a national non-profit for military families, are pleased to announce that 85 theatres in 33 states have now joined the Blue Star Theatres program. In partnership between TCG and Blue Star Families, with support from MetLife Foundation, the Blue Star Theatres program [...]

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Fulbright Stories: Maureen Towey

by Jake Lasser April 15, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Brett Bailey) Between World Theatre Day, the Global Connections Round 2 Cycle B application deadline, and our delegation to Cuba, March was a big month for international theatre exchange here at TCG. Although TCG is always actively working towards facilitating cultural exchange for the artists and organizations in our family, it’s important to [...]

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Audience (R)Evolution Wrap Up

by Jim OQuinn April 15, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Teresa Eyring) Getting to Know You! Forging brave new bonds with audiences at TCG’s landmark Audience (R)Evolution Learning convening in Philadelphia Audiences, we can all agree, are an essential component of theatre—without spectators, the “place for seeing” may as well remain dark; without listeners, the actor needn’t bother to speak. [...]

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Learn, Do, Teach: David Lozano & Jeffry Farrell

by David Lozano April 12, 2013 National Conference
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(Editor’s note: this blog series, inspired by the themes of our 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach, will focus on stories honoring the elders, teachers, mentors and colleagues who have shared their wisdom and knowledge with us. Learn more here, and share your story by emailing Gus Schulenburg here.) I am indebted to Jeffry [...]

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Pipe dream? I’m asking you.

by Kathy Janich April 9, 2013 Financial Adaptation

(This post is part of the National Conference blog salon focused on Financial Adaptation. Want to write your own post? Email Gus Schulenburg.) I wonder. I wonder how many of us in the nonprofit theater world woke up today and went to work to practice our craft — be it designer, director, dramaturg or actor [...]

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Welcome our Online Conference Curators

by August Schulenburg April 9, 2013 National Conference
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Oh man, oh man, am I excited to write this post? Yes, I am. Please join me in welcoming our amazing online Conference curators to the fray: Jacqueline E. Lawton, David J. Loehr, Caridad Svich and Adam Thurman. Now, I know what you’re thinking–what an awesome line-up! That’s practically the Fantastic Four of theatre right [...]

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2013 Gala Evening

by TCG News April 8, 2013 Events
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On Monday, May 13, 2013, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will honor Ruth and Stephen Hendel and Ming Cho Lee with a Gala Evening at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City. The Gala co-chairs are playwright Lydia R. Diamond and interior designer Jasmine M. Keller. The Gala honorary chairs [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Roger Ebert Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 8, 2013 Weekly Update
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“’Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Christine Evans

by Marcy Arlin April 5, 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? The talented, gritty and brilliant people I’ve met, and the exuberance and amazing diversity of work being made.  Discovering the work of Latino/a writers in particular has been a [...]

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(R)Ev-ifesto: Anthem Salgado, with Video

by Anthem Salgado April 4, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Anthem Salgado) 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. How do we get people to come out and how to we keep them coming back? [...]

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Immersive Theatre and the Freedom of Choice

by Adam Green April 3, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (photo credit: Sara Krulwich/New York Times) Twenty years ago — good god, yes, twenty years ago — I played the legendary computer game Myst for the first time. I had never experienced anything like it. Games I had played up to that point had a very clear structure: collect this triforce [...]

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Sarah Ruhl on adaptations and delving into the minds of masters Chekhov and Woolf

by Julie Haverkate April 3, 2013 Interviews
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Later this month, TCG will publish Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Woolf’s Orlando, a pairing of adaptations: Anton Chekhov’s classic of ennui and frustration and Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending, period-hopping novel. Sarah will be at Vassar College on April 10 to read her recent work: a series of micro-essays about theatre-making, being [...]

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Digital Engagement and Civic Leadership

by TCG News April 3, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Rich Mintz) The following video was taken at the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening from February 20-22 in Philadelphia. Rich Mintz Executive Vice President, Blue State Digital Rich manages major account development in BSD’s strategy practice, and provides executive sponsorship and senior program support to several of BSD’s large engagements in [...]

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(R)Ev-ifesto: Trish Santini, with Video

by Trish Santini April 2, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Trish Santini) 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. Let me start by saying that I think the longer I do this, the less I [...]

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Want To Help Kick-Off TCG’s National Conference?

by August Schulenburg April 2, 2013 National Conference
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Attendees of the 2012 TCG National Conference: Model the Movement in Boston may remember how it all began: the lights went down, the sweet beats of DJ Spooky began to groove, and then images and quotes from the rich legacy of our resident theatre movement played on the big screen. This was our opening video, [...]

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TCG Summer Internship Application Deadline: April 5

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore April 1, 2013 Education
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Are you a young professional or student looking to start a career in not-for-profit theatre? Check out past TCG intern testimonials on our website! As the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre, TCG offers services in line with our mission: to strengthen, nurture and promote the not-for-profit American theatre. TCG serves theatre artists [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Actors Fund Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 1, 2013 Weekly Update
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TCG’s vision statement and strategic realignment point us towards harnessing the power of partnerships, and so I am particularly pleased to share that I have joined the board of The Actors Fund. Over the Fund’s long history—it was founded in 1882—their programming has come to the aid of theatre people in need of emergency financial [...]

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Richard Griffiths: A Tribute

by Amanda Quaid April 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo: Amanda Quaid and Richard Griffiths, Backstage at Equus, 2008) I had the honor of being on stage with Richard Griffiths as a member of the company of the 2008 Broadway production of Equus. I understudied the role of Jill. Though the company operated as a whole and understudies were treated with courtesy, we were [...]

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Welcome to Dallas

by Kevin Moriarty April 1, 2013 National Conference
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Pictured: The Wyly Theatre, home of the Dallas Theater Center. In June the national theater community will converge on the Dallas Arts District for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach. As the co-chair of the local Host Committee, and as a TCG board member, I am incredibly excited to share the city I [...]

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