From the monthly archives:

September 2013

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Rehearsals for Waiting for Godot—scheduled to travel to Zagreb, Croatia, for the Blind In Theater festival, October 11 to the 17th–have been underway in earnest since July, and it is already proving to be quite the journey. Our goal with this production, which features two blind actors in the central roles of Vladimir and Estragon, [...]

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Theatre is moving out of theatres. Or more accurately some play makers are moving their work out of the traditional structures named theatres. I have done this. I am actually quite obsessed with making theatre out of theatres. This “movement” is, by no means new or even innovative. The desire to have a different relationship [...]

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An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art

by TCG News September 25, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Vision Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 23, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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Our six-point Diversity & Inclusion Initiative took a big step forward this week with the launch of our Leading the Charge Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship. This two-year Fellowship is equal parts leadership position—working to advance our Initiative—and professional development opportunity. Please share the Fellowship description far and wide before the application deadline of 10/7, and [...]

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Another Opening, Another Show

by Blair Ruble and Barbara Lanciers September 19, 2013 Global Citizenship

Art is a reflection of society. When mapping the trajectory of a particular culture over time, it is imperative to look closely at the artistic voices of the day; those voices track not only major societal events but reflect upon the impact — be it personal, political, moral, or otherwise — of those events. With [...]

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Forging New Sounds

by Steve Cosson September 19, 2013 Global Connections
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(Photo of Héctor Buitrago.) Sitting at Joe Allen’s restaurant in the theater district talking after a show with Colombian musician Héctor Buitrago and his North American manager Yuzzy Acosta, we were reminiscing about the wild music and cultural scene of Bogotá in the early 1990’s (I lived there for a year on a Fulbright).  I was [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Centered Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 19, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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As I walked into the lobby of TCG’s office building last week, I was greeted by the wonderful surprise of a three-piece jazz band playing. This pop-up event was part of The September Concert, an annual celebration around September 11th of peace and humanity through free music events in unlikely locales. People eating nearby looked [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Dmitry Troyanovsky

by Marcy Arlin September 18, 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? At its best, American theatre brings together people who take a lot of pride in their craft.  I love the feeling of walking through the backstage areas of a busy [...]

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#Trayvon: Work from Curiosity, not Judgement

by Khanisha Foster September 17, 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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Caridad Svich’s Opening Remarks on Artistic Innovation

by Caridad Svich September 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo: Caridad Svich addressing the Artistic Innovation homeroom, by Michal Daniel. Editor’s note: Caridad’s remarks have been available as an archived video courtesy of HowlRound.TV since soon after the National Conference ended. However, the extraordinary series of essays she curated continued for months afterwards, and so we now offer the text of her opening remarks [...]

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Amy Herzog: On Family, Grief and Playwriting

by Julie Haverkate September 17, 2013 Interviews
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Back in June, TCG published Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles & After the Revolution. After the Revolution is a moving portrait of an American family forced to reconcile its thorny and delicate legacy, while in 4000 Miles, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a young man seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother in her New [...]

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Leading the Charge — Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship!

by Dafina McMillan September 12, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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At TCG we’ve been moving full steam ahead on our Diversity & Inclusion efforts as part of our strategic plan. From last year’s Fall Forum: Leading the Charge, to the launch of our national peer learning cohort, the Diversity & Inclusion Institute, and our rigorous and honest work at the 2013 National Conference in Dallas—and [...]

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Toward a Neo-Cubist Alamkara Vocal Art for Playwriting

by Ruth Margraff September 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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A writing practice for working-class operatic cadence, character vibrato, and richer palettes of emotion When I first started writing electric and hysteric operettas1 with punk bands down in Texas, I tried to draw what I thought language could sound like onstage. I came up with the illustration “Back of the Dollar Latin”2 because I was worried about how [...]

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#Trayvon: Go New, Go Hardcore

by John Prescod September 11, 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: Happy Anniversaries Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 10, 2013 Weekly Update
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The theatre field is currently celebrating more major birthdays than a TGI Fridays on the weekend. TCG celebrated our own 50th two years back, and many major theatres founded in the 1960s are passing similar milestones. We’ll be highlighting some of those anniversaries in upcoming issues of American Theatre, but I wanted to extend a [...]

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Somatic Thoughts on Artistic Innovation

by Rachel Bowditch September 10, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich. Directed by Rachel Bowditch. School of Theatre and Film, Galvin Stage, Arizona State University, 2012.) (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).  “Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein. I [...]

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8th Round of Recipients of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

by TCG News September 5, 2013 Fox Fellowships
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The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, are pleased to announce the eighth round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship recipients. The program is designed to support actors’ professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and nonprofit theatres and to ensure continued professional commitment [...]

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Conversation as Art

by Sara Kerastas September 3, 2013 Global Connections
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It’s June 20th, our third night in Toronto. The connectivity in the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (BIBTT) space is out of control. All of us are paired off and scattered throughout this bright cavernous space like glitter. Five intergenerational queer artists from About Face Theatre (AFT) in Chicago and 22 from Buddies in Bad [...]

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