From the monthly archives:

August 2013

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(Members of WorldWideLab) What does it take to build an international community of artists so they can collaborate with one another?  What does a mutual cultural exchange look like?  One example that we can be proud to see being nourished in our theatre field is World Wide Lab, a collective of international theatre directors hailing [...]

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(Pictured: Sangeeta Gupta and Loveleen Kaur) The 1984 Project’s description for Global Connections–ON the ROAD: Mashuq Deen is traveling with Meetu Chilana and Rita Suri to Amritsar, Chandigarh and Delhi, India to work with Roopak Kala and Welfare Society, a theatre troupe and social activist organization, on the development of a work about the anti-Sikh [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Language and Travel Edition

by Teresa Eyring August 27, 2013 Weekly Update
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Where can you go from staying “over there” past a “burn” to see “R&G” “up the hill”? That lingo belongs to the American Players Theatre of Wisconsin, where I’m currently taking in a rotating rep of 11 classic plays amidst the stunning scenery. As I engage with the staff and core group of 37 actors [...]

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Access and Equal Opportunity

by Pun Bandhu August 21, 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 Asian American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do [...]

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Sixth round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It

by TCG News August 21, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the sixth round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which empowers TCG Member Theatres to take groundbreaking approaches to artistic, managerial, production and/or technological challenges and opportunities.  Seven theatres were awarded grants totaling $250,000 to either research and develop new ideas, or experiment [...]

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The Director’s Place

by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya August 19, 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). Kochi, India, July 2013. I travel the backwaters on a decorated raft. Among passages, largely unpopulated areas, the end of villages, fireflies. It is the green I had seen from the plane at [...]

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#Trayvon: Race, Capitalism, and Black Bodies in America and Theater

by Al Heartley August 16, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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Sontag Reborn

by AmeliaParenteau August 16, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo by Joan Marcus of “Sontag:Reborn” at New York Theatre Workshop, featuring Moe Angelos). In my first weeks of New York City living, trying on the title of “young playwright” as opposed to “Sarah Lawrence student,” I have been making good use of my most valuable graduation present: a newly minted, finely tuned pair of [...]

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It has to start from the art.

by Evren Odcikin August 15, 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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Laurie Baskin’s Remarks at “Pardon the Interruption”

by Laurie Baskin August 15, 2013 Advocacy
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(The following remarks were delivered by Laurie Baskin at the “Pardon the Interruption” Capitol Hill Briefing on Monday, July 29.) Good afternoon.  Thank you all for being here today. My name is Laurie Baskin and I’m Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action at Theatre Communications Group. TCG is the national organization for the professional, [...]

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#Trayvon: Facing Our Truth

by Keith Josef Adkins August 15, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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The 1984 Project: The First Interview

by Rita Suri August 14, 2013 Global Connections
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The 1984 Project’s description for Global Connections–ON the ROAD: Mashuq Deen is traveling with Meetu Chilana and Rita Suri to Amritsar, Chandigarh and Delhi, India to work with Roopak Kala and Welfare Society, a theatre troupe and social activist organization, on the development of a work about the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and to engage [...]

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#Trayvon: Protest silence. Protest absence. Tell the stories that go untold

by Kelundra Smith August 13, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Beyond Breakeven

by Teresa Eyring August 13, 2013 Weekly Update
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In my July/August column of American Theatre, I imagined a to-do list for our theatre field with a couple of long-standing challenges that we may never fully check-off.  One more topic to add to that list: the need for theatres to achieve proper capitalization for organizational vitality. Jump back with me fifteen years. I’m facilitating [...]

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Protecting Wireless Microphones – Recent Developments

by Laurie Baskin August 12, 2013 Advocacy
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(Photo by Emily Travis. From left to right: Knapp, Baskin, Pope, Libin, Fierstein and Bunyan) As you may know, TCG has been advocating with the FCC and on Capitol Hill to protect wireless microphones for the past 6 years. On Monday, July 29, TCG participated in a Briefing on Capitol Hill called “Pardon the Interruption,” [...]

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#Trayvon: Cross-Cultural Dialogue & Tell-Tale Hearts

by Jocelyn Prince August 12, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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Fornes and Artistic Mentorship

by Anne Garcia-Romero August 9, 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). Artists need mentors to expand understanding of craft and notions of artistic innovation in their field. Mentors can empower a younger generation by sharing approaches to hone and develop artistic voice. I studied [...]

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Claiming Californi@

by Ramona Pilar Gonzales August 9, 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–Latin@ Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as [...]

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The Way Forward Is Vision

by Tameka Cage Conley August 9, 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). How can someone be born when they are old? Nicodemus asked.  How, he must have wondered, can that which is old—a sort of “has-been”—be made new? How, too, can innovation occur—ever, in anything?—when [...]

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Safe Home

by Lisa Loomer August 7, 2013 American Theatre magazine
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As I write this, in Ashland Oregon, the summer sky is dark, full of smoke from wildfires, an apocalyptic sky reminiscent of bad, scary B movies—a sky which has driven tourists, die-hard theatregoers all…away. It’s made me think about where I live. I live in a town that is dependent on theatre. Theatre is our [...]

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#Trayvon: The Artist Response, Role and Responsibility

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 7, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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An Educated Gamble

by Daniel Gallant August 7, 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). What is innovation? Intelligent persistence. An educated gamble. When the gamble fails, an innovator learns why and gambles smarter the next time. In 2002, I was between jobs and rebounding from an ACL [...]

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Why I Won’t Play Florida

by Will Power August 6, 2013 Activism

(Ed. Note: The following open letter is shared here with Will Power’s permission. The TCG Circle will soon be hosting a series of posts responding to the Trayvon Martin murder and trial, and what those things mean to theatre artists and our culture at large. If you would like to participate in that series, please [...]

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ArtsReach and NAMP

by TCG News August 6, 2013 Events

(Ed. note: The following are two discount opportunities for TCG Member Theatres. Please follow up with the organizations directly for more information.) 2013 ArtsReach Conference October 24-26, 2013 in San Francisco, CA TCG Member Theatres are entitled to $130 off the registration price to the upcoming National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference in San [...]

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Hand in Hand

by Catherine Coray August 6, 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). In her excellent kick-off essay for the TCG Salon, Caridad Svich writes: “Form for form’s sake, however, does not innovation make. It need go hand in hand with content.” In the many years [...]

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Social Media Concierge

by Cindy Marie Jenkins August 5, 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). One of my favorite ways to engage and assist new audiences is to act as concierge. There is nothing worse than showing up late, or not at all, because of confusion, or [...]

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Announcing Audience (R)Evolution Grant Program

by TCG News August 5, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Teresa Eyring at the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening in Philadelphia.) TCG is pleased to announce the grant phase of the Audience (R)Evolution program. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Audience (R)Evolution grant program will give approximately ten awards of up to $65,000 each, with an additional general operating [...]

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Level the Playing Field

by Anu Yadav August 5, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Teresa Bayer. 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 [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hybrid Theatre

by Teresa Eyring August 5, 2013 Weekly Update
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Last week we launched Round 3 Cycle A of Global Connections (GC), and I encourage you to look over the guidelines and apply. Read about past recipients’ projects to learn the many different ways American theatre artists are collaborating with their international colleagues. Here on the Circle, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) recent post about their [...]

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On the Heels of an Encuentro, Part 2 – Contemporary Latina/o Theatre

by Jesus Reyes August 1, 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). Read “On the Heels of an Encuentro, Part 1 – Mentorship” I’m a sucker for just hanging out. I believe in bringing people into a room, even if they’re kicking and screaming, add [...]

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Arts Entrepreneurship: You are closer than you think.

by Jim Hart and Gary D. Beckman August 1, 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). “My second conclusion is that attributes of creative individuals and attributes of entrepreneurs are so similar that even attempting to define a set of predetermined characteristics is a futile exercise.” (Bygrave & Zacharakis [...]

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