From the monthly archives:

November 2013

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(Editor’s note: The following posts are adapted from the Hartford Stage blog series by Bruce Turk about his experiences as a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow.) Success is not nearly as interesting as failure. We only have to read a few headlines to know this. We love to watch as celebrities and political figures crash and burn. Consider [...]

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Forty-two years ago, when the Playwrights’ Center was founded, the Internet was still ten years from takeoff and the first handheld mobile phone had yet to debut. Today, our 1300+ member playwrights rely on these technologies to learn the craft of playwriting, find opportunities to submit their plays, and connect with other writers or potential [...]

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A Diversity of Voices Speaking to Our Common Humanity

by Aditi Brennan Kapil November 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.) TCG Blog Salon Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc Mixed Race/Culture Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: In your [...]

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Expectations

by Megan Campisi November 25, 2013 Global Connections
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(Pictured: Megan Hill, Liu Zixiao, and William Wu. Read Megan’s first post here.) One of the exciting challenges with producing a historical play in China is that there is an extensive body of widely-viewed teleplays and films set in the past that have generated certain expectations among Chinese audiences. Unsurprisingly—given that our production is an international [...]

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TCG Publishes Teddy Ferrara

by TCG News November 22, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Teddy Ferrara by Christopher Shinn, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Dying City. This gripping new drama inspired by real events received its world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in winter 2013. “Chris Shinn explores politics and ethics without moralizing and finds justice and beauty in intimate life, keenly observed [...]

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Not a Static Thing, But a Process

by Patrick Crowley November 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. 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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Let Me Introduce – Catalyst: Moving the Legacy of Black Theatre Forward

by Jonathan McCrory November 21, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Barbara Ann Teer in front of the National Black Theatre (1988). Photo by Dennis Caruso.) Founded in Harlem in 1968 by visionary artist and entrepreneur, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, the National Black Theatre [NBT] is the oldest Black Theatre in New York City and the first revenue-generating Black arts complex in the country. NBT is [...]

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Ready to Listen

by Heather Haney November 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. 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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Crowdsourcing Kidcentricity

by Tim Jennings November 20, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo from CTC’s 2013 production of Alice in Wonderland, part of the Kidcentricity initiative. Photo by Dan Norman.) The core question that drives our project is a seemingly simple one: how can Children’s Theatre Company make the best work possible for a multigenerational audience that is increasingly interested in creating, not just responding to, art? [...]

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Just Burning to Work

by Mary Resing November 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. 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: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, [...]

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#SDTheatre: Actors Alliance of San Diego Welcomes TCG

by Bryan Stanton November 20, 2013 National Conference
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(The photo above is from the San Diego Fringe Festival. This post is part of a series on San Diego theatre and culture.) As the newly installed Managing Director of Actors Alliance of San Diego (AASD) I have received a crash course in the needs of local actors over the past few weeks. The various [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hartford and Haiyan edition

by Teresa Eyring November 19, 2013 Weekly Update
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“But I realized I couldn’t do anything without the support of the insurance people. Many were helpful but I couldn’t get anywhere with Aetna and its head Olcott Smith. So I paid his chauffeur $20 just to let me sit in the back seat of his car and when Smith got in, there I was. [...]

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Speak Up to Preserve the Charitable Deduction on November 20th

by Laurie Baskin November 19, 2013 Advocacy
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On Wednesday, November 20th, Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and I will join over 200 nonprofit leaders representing the arts, social services, health care, higher education and religious organizations on Capitol Hill to petition their representatives to preserve the Charitable Deduction. These nonprofit leaders will participate in 130 Hill [...]

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Facing Down The Canons

by Julie Felise Dubiner November 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. 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: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, [...]

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A Wild Ride

by Daniel Robert Sullivan November 19, 2013 Fox Fellowships
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“In my Earth Science class we’re supposed to learning, but that’s like everybody’s confession session. So this one kid told this other kid who is black, ‘You should be Django for Halloween.’ The black kid says, you know, ‘You’re mad ignorant,’ and then I responded, and I was like, ‘How can you say that to [...]

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The Gorgeous Tapestry

by Christine Toy Johnson November 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. 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: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Where do you live? [...]

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Teresa’s Closing Fall Forum Remarks

by Teresa Eyring November 15, 2013 Fall Forum
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(Photo by Sean Harris of Maverick Sean Photography. Pictured: Teresa Eyring at the 2013 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality) We’ve covered a lot of ground in our three days together, and I want to leave you with three short thoughts. First, after this Forum, I am ever more convinced that capitalization and diversity & inclusion [...]

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Power to Illuminate

by Stacy Klein November 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) TCG Blog Salon Diversity and Inclusion Program [...]

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The Comic Thread & The Flop

by Bruce Turk November 12, 2013 Fox Fellowships
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(Editor’s note: The following posts are adapted from the Hartford Stage blog series by Bruce Turk about his experiences as a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow. Photo: Philippe Gaulier and Bruce Turk in Etampes. Photo: Tan Chui Mui) Last fall the William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced the seventh round of [...]

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Fifty Years: An Oral History

by Diep Tran November 12, 2013 American Theatre magazine
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[Photo: Billy Budd at Trinity Repertory Company.] “Tell me a story.” That was what we asked a handful of artistic director across the country. Why? Because the theatres they are in charge of are turning 50, a momentous number that shows the resiliency and longevity of the American theatrical landscape. The institutions celebrating 50 years are [...]

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More Stories Left to Tell

by Stephen Spotswood November 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. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) I write for women. A lot. Over [...]

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The Mirror

by Jon Jon Johnson November 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.) Diversity & Inclusion:–Mixed Race/Culture Theatre Theatre has always been the fabled “Mirror Up to Nature”. Our art is the intended mirror, wherein [...]

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#D&I Institute Field Report: Central Square Theater

by Catherine Carr Kelly and Megan Sandberg-Zakian November 5, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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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. Photo by Sean Harris, Maverick Sean. Pictured: Catherine Carr Kelly and Megan Sandberg-Zakian at the 2013 Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: Why is it important [...]

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We Hold Up Half the Sky

by Cynthia Burns Coogan November 4, 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 Blog Salon Diversity and Inclusion [...]

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Normalize the Rainbow

by Kimiye Corwin November 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. 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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August: Osage County New Edition Published

by TCG News November 1, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce a new edition of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. This edition coincides with the December 25 release of a major motion picture adaptation from The Weinstein Company starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor. [...]

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