From the monthly archives:

October 2013

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Young Playwrights’ Theater, InsideOut Literary Arts Project And Meridian Hill Pictures Are Launching a Big, Bold, Risky Project (And We Want You to “Do It”, Too) “If you never do anything that scares you, or makes you uncomfortable, you will never know what you are actually capable of.” – Josh, Published YPT Playwright Young Playwrights’ [...]

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(As part of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute, our online curator Jacqueline E. Lawton is interviewing our cohort of participating theatres about their discoveries, challenges and success stories along the way.) JACQUELINE LAWTON:  What have you learned so far in your process? ROBYN FLATT, LISA SCHREINER GOSS and SANDRA SESSION-ROBERTSON, Dallas Children’s Theater: It may seem obvious, but what we [...]

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Those who do not lament cause grief for others

by Amparo Garcia-Crow October 30, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon–The Role of Allies CONTEXT: According to Reverend Dr. Andrea Ayvazian [...]

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Insert Feminism

by Jules Odendahl-James October 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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A Subtle Equation

by Megan Campisi October 29, 2013 Global Connections
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My project is a new collaboration between Brooklyn-based Gold No Trade theater company and Shanghai-based Grass Stage (Caotaiban) theater company on a play I wrote about literal and figurative interpretations of the human heart entitled, The Subtle Body. The play follows an 18th-century British doctor and his wife, galvanized by a revolutionary new concept called [...]

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An Authentic and Real Voice

by Vickie Ramirez October 28, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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#D&I Institute Field Report: Cleveland Play House

by Al Heartley October 28, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo from Cleveland Play House’s KeyBank CPH College workshop of Bell, Book and Candle. As part of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute, our online curator Jacqueline E. Lawton is interviewing our cohort of participating theatres about their discoveries, challenges and success stories along the way.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: Why is it important for your organization to take part in the Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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Invisibly Marked

by Ruth Margraff October 28, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the [...]

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Dynamic and Evolving Conversation

by Megan Sandberg-Zakian October 25, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion:–Gender Parity in the American [...]

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A Beautiful Confusion

by Madeline Sayet October 25, 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. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion:–Mixed Race/Culture Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: In your work as a theatre artist, do [...]

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#D&I Institute Field Report: Children’s Theatre Company

by Tim Jennings October 24, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Dan Norman, from Children’s Theatre Company’s production of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra by Lloyd Suh, a co-production with Ma-Yi Theatre Company. As part of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute, our online curator Jacqueline E. Lawton is interviewing our cohort of participating theatres about their discoveries, challenges and [...]

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Diversity & Inclusion Institute Field Reports

by Dafina McMillan October 24, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Alissa Moore from the 2012 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge.) It’s been four months since 20 theatre organizations descended upon Fort Worth for the creation and launch of our Diversity & Inclusion Institute. Twenty theatres are a part of a national peer learning community dedicated to creating & implementing action plans, [...]

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A Colorful and Complicated World

by Shawn LaCount October 23, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Leadership as Process Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 22, 2013 Weekly Update
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Leadership, and the lack thereof, has been much on our cultural radar as our country finally voted to end our perilous government shutdown (Laurie Baskin has more here). We’ve been thinking about leadership here at TCG, as well, as we just announced our 2013 Cycle A recipients of our Leadership U[niversity]—Continuing Ed grants, and launched [...]

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Theatre Facts 2012

by TCG News October 22, 2013 Tools & Research
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(Kevyn Morrow and Johnny Ramey  in Center Stage’s 2012 production of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Photo by Richard Anderson, from the cover of Theatre Facts 2012.) Not-for-profit theatres contributed nearly $2 billion to the U.S. economy and attracted 36.7 million attendees, according to Theatre Facts 2012, released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). [...]

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Stop Talking and Start Doing

by Summer L. Williams October 22, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon–Diversity and Inclusion Program [...]

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#D&I Institute Field Report: La Jolla Playhouse

by Michael S. Rosenberg October 22, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Alissa Moore of Michael Rosenberg speaking at 2012 TCG Fall Fourm on Governance: Leading the Charge. As part of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute, our online curator Jacqueline E. Lawton is interviewing our cohort of participating theatres about their discoveries, challenges and success stories along the way. Institute theatres will be sharing the progress [...]

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Sex Plays by Eric Bogosian

by TCG News October 18, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Sex Plays by Eric Bogosian, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Talk Radio. One of America’s premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists, Bogosian offers his two newest plays in this single volume: Skunkweed and 1 + 1. Skunkweed details the culture clash between a L.A. [...]

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Constantly changing, expanding and being redefined

by Michael John Garces October 18, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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Government Shutdown Ends, Advocacy Work Continues

by Laurie Baskin October 17, 2013 Advocacy

As has been widely reported, the federal government shutdown is over. The President signed a Bill late last night that was proposed in the Senate and passed by both houses to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. It is only a temporary solution, though, since the Bill keeps the government open through January [...]

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Giving Voice to Our Community

by David Lozano October 17, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon Diversity & Inclusion [...]

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Cycle A Recipients of Leadership U[niversity]—Continuing Ed

by TCG News October 17, 2013 Leadership U
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(Editor’s note: In addition to the exciting announcement regarding the Cycle A Continuing Ed recipients, we wanted to point your attention to the launch of the next cycle’s application process–the next deadline for Continuing Ed is January 15, 2014. -G. Schulenburg) We are pleased to announce the 2013 Cycle A recipients of the Leadership U[niversity]—Continuing Ed [...]

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Talking Shop: CTG Experiments with Community Programming in Boyle Heights, CA

by Leslie K. Johnson October 15, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

(The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) Not often enough, CTG Production Department Operations Director Dawn Holiski and I have lunch at Border Grill to catch up and “talk shop”. Inspired by the work of many theatres, recent research and national conversations about audience engagement and [...]

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#SDTheatre: Keep Reaching Higher

by Toni Robin October 15, 2013 National Conference
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(The following post is part of a series highlighting and celebrating the theatres and theatre people of San Diego as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego. Email Gus Schulenburg if you’d like to participate.) When I arrived in San Diego in the mid 90’s, I fully expected to find warm days, cool nights and lots [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Without Walls Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 15, 2013 Weekly Update
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On October 3, TCG held our first ever Diversity & Inclusion Institute webinar. We were all deeply inspired by the concrete steps our participating theatres had already taken: developing inclusive hiring practices, deepening community partnerships and having complex internal conversations with board and staff members about the strategic value of diversity. Institute theatres will be [...]

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Fulbrighting in Foreign Land: Ripples in the Pond

by Eric Trules October 10, 2013 Global Citizenship
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I’ve had the good fortune and privilege of traveling abroad as a Fulbright Scholar – twice – once to Malaysia in 2002 and a second time to Romania in 2010. Both times as a theater “lecturer”, or more accurately, as a teacher of workshops in solo performance, improvisation, and clowning. They were both extraordinary experiences, [...]

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#SDTheatre: Circle Circle dot dot

by Katherine Harroff October 9, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo of “Warrier’s Duet”. The following post is part of a series highlighting and celebrating the theatres and theatre people of San Diego as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego. Email Gus Schulenburg if you’d like to participate.) As an Artistic Director of a new start-up 501(c)3 Theatre Company in San [...]

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Blasted Thurber

by AmeliaParenteau October 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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As a very fresh freshman at Sarah Lawrence College, the first play that I saw with my “Far-Off, Off-Off, Off- and On-Broadway” class was Lucy Thurber’s Killers and Other Family at the Rattlestick Theatre. Talk about plunging into the thick of it. Or rather, jumping in with both feet, out of the frying pan and [...]

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On Broadway with Pedro

by Pedro Salazar and Saviana Stanescu October 8, 2013 Global Connections

(The work in this post is supported through a Global Connections grant–learn more about the program here.) We talk about the style and scope of our show. Pedro is used to working on big stages in Colombia and France lately. I am a “theatrical mutt” with a back eye to the big theatrical shows in [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Ruth Maleczech Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 8, 2013 Weekly Update
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“I do really celebrate New York. I love what it has meant to this little theatre company. I don’t think we could have done what we’ve done anywhere but here.” -Ruth Maleczech, “Mabou Mines: A Love Story,” April 2007 American Theatre magazine Last week saw the passing of Ruth Maleczech, the remarkable performer and co-founder [...]

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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

by TCG News October 8, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ruined. Declared “one of our finest playwrights” by Time Out New York, Lynn Nottage premiered her newest play at Second Stage Theatre in spring 2011. In the 2013-2014 season, the play will receive [...]

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Listening to Our Neighbors

by Scott Palmer October 7, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo of Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro, Oregon. The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) Bag&Baggage Productions was founded in 2005 as a touring theatrical production company, producing work in small communities throughout Oregon without a resident professional theatre. In 2007, the company was invited to become [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: SPPA Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 3, 2013 Weekly Update
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The critical importance of data is fresh in the news with the release of the NEA’s 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. You may have noticed in particular these dismaying findings: “Musical play attendance saw the first significant drop since the 1985 SPPA: a 9 percent rate of decline from 2008 to 2012. [...]

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Seeing Without the Blinders

by Hanson Tse October 3, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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Dramaturging My Identity

by Amrita Ramanan October 2, 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and [...]

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Impact of the Federal Shutdown on the Arts

by Laurie Baskin October 1, 2013 Advocacy

As you know, because the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives were unable to reach a deal on funding federal government operations as the new fiscal year started today, the federal government was forced to shutdown for the first time in 17 years. We hope the stalemate is resolved quickly, and in the meanwhile, [...]

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