From the monthly archives:

June 2013

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(Photo credit: Gian Maria Annovi) (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). Prating on about my own work, much of which is already somehow autobiographical, feels like shining a light on a palimpsest of self-involvement, or whipping up a triple-narcissism [...]

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Christopher Patrick Mullen as Fredrik Egerman and Patti-Lee Meringo as Anne Egerman in Arden Theatre Company’s production of A Little Night Music. Photo by Mark Garvin. In the weeks leading up to the Tony Awards ceremony earlier this month, there was much discussion among journalists and theatre enthusiasts regarding the proliferation of Broadway musicals based [...]

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Global Connections Round 2 Cycle B Recipients

by TCG News June 27, 2013 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the Cycle B recipients for the second round of Global Connections . Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing [...]

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Against Mastery

by David Herskovits June 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). Over the past many years I have developed a variety of techniques in what I have come to call “forced failure.” Essentially these are strategies that force the performer to fail by setting [...]

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Geographies of Language: An interview with John Jesurun

by John Jesurun June 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). CARIDAD SVICH: I think if you were to ask people on the street what they thought of when they heard the word “innovation,” the response might be something along the lines of something [...]

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Innovation in the Writing

by Octavio Solis June 26, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). When I think of innovation in the theatre, I can’t help but summon up writing examples, which is understandable, since I am first and foremost a playwright myself. I’m always struggling to keep [...]

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Against the Single Narrative

by Aditi Brennan Kapil June 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–South Asian American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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If Someone Calls My Name: Innovation in Theatre

by Zac Kline June 25, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo Credit: Blair C. Baker. 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). Innovation says yes. Innovation looks you straight in the eye, like a boxer going in for the kill and unapologetically knocks you out. Innovation says: “How do you do? [...]

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A Place to Struggle Intelligently

by Shyamala Moorty June 25, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Chris Emerick, courtesy of the Segerstrom Center. 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–South Asian American Theatre series Jacqueline [...]

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ENGAGE!

by Austin Tichenor June 25, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is a part of the Audience Engagement blog salon curated by David J. Loehr for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). The Reduced Shakespeare Company have always been about “audience engagement”, except we don’t call it that. We call it Podcasting, Tweeting, and Facebooking. In fact, we were doing audience engagement twenty-five years [...]

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Bridging Dallas

by Caridad Svich June 24, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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. Click-through to read her thoughts on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Conference). On this the last day of the live 2013 TCG Conference, thoughts turn to social bridging, free memberships to [...]

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NEA Announces Second Round of FY13 Art Works Grants

by TCG News June 24, 2013 Advocacy
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by Laurie Baskin, Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action and Meghan Long, Research, Policy & Collective Action Intern The National Endowment for the Arts announces plan to award $26.3 million in 817 grants to nonprofit national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide.  Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest [...]

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Verwandlung

by Stephanie Fleischmann June 24, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo credit Jessica Fleischmann. 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). About a month ago, I found myself in a large, brick-walled rehearsal room in Providence Rhode Island, high up under the eaves of a drafty old New England theater with an [...]

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A Fierce and Acknowledged Representation

by Madeline Sayet June 24, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Native Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as [...]

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Towards a Slow Theatre

by Lisa Schlesinger June 24, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). The Kitchen Table I first imagined a Slow Theatre Movement at my kitchen table. The table is hand built with two 17-inch wide walnut boards cut from the same local tree by my [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Virtuous Circle Edition

by Teresa Eyring June 24, 2013 Weekly Update
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We ended last week with the celebration of the summer solstice, which serves as both the gateway to summer’s growing season and the launch of daylight’s march toward fall.  It reminds us that every beginning is a journey towards an end, and that every end flows into another beginning. I was part of several celebrations [...]

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Artistry and Innovation

by Heather Woodbury June 20, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). We may need a moratorium in the arts on the following words and phrases: In grant writing and program notes, the phrase  “seeks to investigate….”; the word “community” (as applied to everything from [...]

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Advocate for Native Theatre

by Vincent P. Scott June 20, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Native Theatre series Jacqueline Lawton: First, tell me about the work you do as [...]

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Artists in Egypt Update, June 16

by Erin B Mee June 20, 2013 Activism
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(For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here.) Performances outside the Ministry of Culture continue: on 15 June  there was a street theatre performance, a Les Miserables sing-a-long in Arabic, the revolutionary repertoire of Ramy Essam, and a circus performer balancing high above the crowd. Shawn Lent, [...]

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Let’s

by Julie Felise Dubiner June 20, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). So much has changed in the 20 years or so since I was the Associate Director of Ticket Services at a big regional (Gosh, I have had some great titles to make up [...]

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TCG Diversity and Inclusion Arc Day 2

by Jacqueline E. Lawton June 19, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) Day Two of the conference was powerful, spirited and eye-opening. I was so energized from the day before and so I was [...]

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YAY, INNOVATION! WAIT, INNOVATION?

by Chris Wells June 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). When asked to write about Innovation in the Theatre, I thought, Yay! Innovation. I love innovation. This was followed almost immediately by less-sexy thoughts – Wait, Innovation? What is innovation? Here are some [...]

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We’re all in the same boat: gatekeepers and fragile ecologies

by Fin Kennedy June 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). [The following essay is an edited version of three separate essays by the author and have been edited with the author’s permission for this salon.] New writing development culture, comprising all the shorts [...]

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Experience in our bones

by Taous Khazem June 14, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Middle Eastern American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Don’t Engage Your Audience

by James Carter June 14, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is a part of the Audience Engagement blog salon curated by David J. Loehr for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Don’t ask your audience what they think. Don’t survey your audience about your brand marketing. Don’t involve your audience in the creation of new plays. Don’t listen to your audience. Don’t stop [...]

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Changing the Dialogue

by Lameece Issaq June 13, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Middle Eastern American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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The push and the pull… The innovation dance

by Jennifer Maisel June 13, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). It was very telling to me that when approached with this subject all I could see was the scoreboard of the game of Artistic Innovation pitted against Technological Innovation – Artistry vs Technology. [...]

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The Future from Where You Are Now

by Hank Willenbrink June 13, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). Every semester, I ask my Introduction to Theatre students a question about innovation.  Imagine what theatre will be like 20 years from now:  what will you be seeing?  What technological innovations will influence [...]

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Attempt to Disperse Artists in Egypt Fails

by Erin B Mee June 12, 2013 Activism
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(Photo of Nesma Abdel Aziz from video by Hazem Azmy. For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here.) On 11 June Islamist supporters of Egyptian Minister of Culture Alaa Abdel-Aziz made a failed attempt to forcibly disperse a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture, which began [...]

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Mobilizing in a Minefield of Mobilization

by Morgan Allen June 12, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is a part of the Audience Engagement blog salon curated by David J. Loehr for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Last holiday season New Dramatists set out to mobilize a #NewPlayCrew. Are you a passionate supporter of new work? Raise your hand. Do you want to add your name to the rolls [...]

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Adam’s Opening Remarks for Financial Adaptation

by Adam Thurman June 11, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(Adam Thurman gave the following remarks at the opening Homeroom of the Financial Adaptation arc at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas.) Before I got into marketing, I was a lawyer. In that world, before a trial begins, sometimes the lawyers like to stipulate things to make them part of the official record. [...]

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TCG Diversity and Inclusion Arc Day 1

by Jacqueline E. Lawton June 11, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) I left the Diversity and Inclusion Institute completely exhausted, but in the most exhilarating and inspiring way. I was excited for the [...]

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On Eco-Theater

by Jeremy Pickard June 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). Six years ago I wrote a play about waste, assuming it would be a singular jaunt in environmental themes; now I collaborate with climate scientists, run an eco-playwriting program for Brooklyn 5th-graders and [...]

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Remarks at Opening of Audience Engagement Arc

by Jonathan Moscone June 11, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Jonathan Moscone gave the following remarks at the opening Homeroom of the Audience Engagement arc at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas.) Dear majors in audience engagement, We all come to this conference with a basic understanding of what the term ‘audience engagement’ means, or at least, has meant, in our [...]

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Dissonant strands

by Caridad Svich June 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). A mild day in Dallas, Texas on the 7th of June brought forth spirited discussion amongst Will Power, Kevin Moriarty, Wendy MacLeod and Ed Sobel, Tim Bond and I on a panel on [...]

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Truth in All Three Dimensions

by Deen June 10, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–South Asian American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Update on Trouble for Artists in Egypt

by Nehad Salaiha June 10, 2013 Activism
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(Dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company performed excerpts from Zorba the Greek on the street outside the Ministry of Culture in Zamalek to protest the attack on arts and culture.) (Ed. note: To learn more about the evolving trouble facing artists in Egypt, and how you can help, read the original post and letter, and Dr. [...]

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Remarks at Opening of Artistic Innovation Arc

by Howard Shalwitz June 8, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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Hello everyone.  I’m happy to see so many of you here to continue the conversation about artistic innovation that began at last year’s conference in Boston.  And I want to thank Teresa, Dafina, and Gus for making space for this arc here in Dallas, and for pulling together such a provocative set of panels and [...]

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Diversity Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton June 8, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG launched its first ever Leading the Charge: Diversity and Inclusion Institute. It was extraordinary! As soon as we walked in the [...]

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Trouble for Artists in Egypt

by Erin B Mee June 8, 2013 Activism

The Egyptian government is targeting artists, intellectuals, and journalists. To learn more, please contact the U.S. State Department to register your concern. To add your name to the letter below, which has been sent to The New York Times, The Guardian, and Democracy Now, email Erin B. Mee. On 5 June, The Guardian ran an [...]

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Three Invitations (to save the world)

by Adam S Horowitz June 8, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). I can’t make it to the TCG conference this year, but want to plant three thought experiments to accompany you throughout. In the theater we often talk about what’s [...]

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days of rain, days of light

by Caridad Svich June 8, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). a deluvial morning led to a breezy, calm evening of Tex-Mex food, pink drinks and yuzu lemon bars. throughout the day talk of making things happen, infrastructures that get [...]

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When Truth Appears

by Adam Thurman June 7, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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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). There are many potholes on the road to Financial Adaptation.  One of the biggest is our unwillingness to be honest about the true challenges that we face.  The goal of the first day [...]

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Subscriptions going bust… or are they?
The Wall Street Journal didn’t tell the whole story

by Rick Lester June 3, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post, by TRG Arts CEO Rick Lester, was originally posted May 31 on the blog Analysis from TRG Arts. 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). Terry Teachout, the drama critic at The Wall Street Journal, suggested a few weeks [...]

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Writing as Global Engagement: Ayad Akhtar

by Ayad Akhtar June 3, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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). CARIDAD SVICH: You are not only a playwright, but also an actor, novelist and screenwriter. How do you , if at all, find yourself negotiating these related yet distinct [...]

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Involve Me (and I’ll understand)

by Sean Daniels June 3, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is a part of the Audience Engagement blog salon curated by David J. Loehr for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Last year we started with a bold idea. Actually four bold ideas: 1) Education breeds excitement. 2) People wanna see how the sausage is made. 3) If you want people to come [...]

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Weaving the Golden Threads

by Torange Yeghiazarian June 1, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by David Allen Studio. 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Middle Eastern American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell [...]

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Concurrencies

by Aaron Landsman June 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo by David A Brown / dabfoto creative. 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). 1. Form Most of the time I don’t know what I am doing, until it’s living in the room. Except that most of the things [...]

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This Rich Bag of Goods

by Kayhan Irani June 1, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Middle Eastern American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Innovation and Catastrophe

by John Biguenet June 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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[Photo:  Sugar (Danny Bowen) and Camille (Cristine McMurdo-Wallis) in John Biguenet’s Rising Water. 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]. Innovation often precedes need.  An experiment in style or structure that wins an audience may succeed, for the moment, through [...]

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