From the monthly archives:

December 2013

We are pleased to announce new leadership of our board of directors and six new members. Diane Rodriguez, associate producer/director of new play production at Center Theatre Group, succeeds Philip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as board president. Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre, joins playwright Lydia [...]

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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.) There’s nothing funnier than unhappiness. -Samuel Beckett- Once the flush has passed, along with tears of gratitude, I remind myself that I must do something worthwhile with the trust and  funding which [...]

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Arias of Languages

by Alejandro Morales December 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo of Alejandro Morales’ play, Marea. Alejandro Morales’ play On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. The same interview questions have been sent to each playwright taking part in the scheme by Caridad Svich. This post was originally shared on the NoPassport blog. After you read the interview, sign up to participate in the 30/30 US [...]

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Speak up. Listen Well.

by Julie Felise Dubiner December 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. 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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(A)pollonia: A Festival of Readings of New Polish Plays

by Robert Avila December 17, 2013 American Theatre magazine
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(Cast and director of Foreign Bodies.) A slate of 9 compelling works reveals a nation at odds with its own history On or about May 2009, Polish theatre changed. That’s probably a little grand and a little too specific. But sometime in the early 21st century, something new definitely arrived on Polish stages. A little [...]

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How To (Not) Get Socked in the Jaw: Experimenting with Theater, 1915/2013

by Sherrine Azab December 17, 2013 TCG Books
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(Learn more about the An Ideal Theater salon, and how you can participate, here.) There’s a thing I really like to do.  Sometimes I do it on paper; sometimes just in my head.  Mostly I do it in private, so I can be as grandiose or as radical as I want and need to be.  I [...]

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Is No Choice Better Than Bold Choice?

by Daniel Robert Sullivan December 17, 2013 Fox Fellowships
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As a Fox Foundation fellow, I’ve been working with a group of teenagers in New York City to devise a new play that deals with both the minutia and the epic themes of their daily school lives. Twice a week for the last two months we’ve met in a Roundabout Theatre Company studio to talk, [...]

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Community Engagement

by Megan Campisi December 16, 2013 Global Connections
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(Pictured: Mr. Wang, Mr. Xie, Grant Zhong, and an unnamed gentleman looking at a drawing of Gold No Trade set designer Danica Pantic. Read the first and second installments of this series.) For my third blog post about Gold No Trade’s collaborative production of The Subtle Body in China, I recount a fortuitous meeting in [...]

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Memory Training for Actors: Close To The Tipping Point

by Garrett Ayers December 16, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

It was the summer of 2010. A few months earlier, I had been awarded a year-long fellowship at an award-winning regional theatre.  Before the gig started, I was invited by the theatre’s artistic director to observe rehearsals for the premiere of a play she was directing in New York. Of course, I said yes. As [...]

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by Marie Sproul December 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. 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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An Ideal Theater: Lincoln Center Theater

by Anne Cattaneo December 12, 2013 TCG Books
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(Photo: Paul Kolnick. Pictured: Seth Numrich, Danny Burstein and Danny Mastrogiorgio in The Golden Boy. Learn more about the An Ideal Theater salon, and how you can participate, here. For more on the history of Lincoln Center Theater, read the Lincoln Center Theater Review issues 15 and 49-50.) When Lincoln Center Theater’s Artistic Director André Bishop was asked [...]

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Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore December 12, 2013 Education
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Workshops and classes in schools are the most common form of arts education programming, with nearly half of all programming targeting ages 12-18. These findings reflect the over 100 theatres that participated in the TCG Education Survey 2012 for the Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core. Released by Theatre Communications Group [...]

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#Trayvon: Getting Off at Fruitvale Station

by Ralph Remington December 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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An Ideal Theater Salon

by August Schulenburg December 11, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new TCG Circle blog salon responding to the entries and themes of An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, edited and introduced by Todd London. This documentary history of the American theatre movement  collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches from founding visionaries, each introduced [...]

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Diversity: Through the Director’s Eye

by TCG News December 10, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Editor’s note: We’re sharing this exciting event to spotlight and support diversity & inclusion work that aligns with the goals and values of our Diversity & Inclusion Institute. We’re hoping to share reports back from the event from some participants.) Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation, The Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players to present: Diversity: Through [...]

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#D&I Institute Field Report: Lark Play Development Center

by Anna Kull and Michael Robertson December 10, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Maverick Sean Photography. Pictured: Anna Kull and Michael Robertson at the 2013 Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality. 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 [...]

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Celebration for the New Revised and Complete Edition of Angels in America

by TCG News December 10, 2013 TCG Books
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(Photo by Maverick Sean Photography. Pictured: Terry Nemeth, George C. Wolfe, Tony Kushner, Teresa Eyring, James Houghton.) TCG held a Celebration for the New Revised and Complete Edition of Angels in America at The Pershing Square Signature Center on December 9th, 2013, with remarks by Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG; James Houghton, artistic director, Signature Theatre; [...]

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Authentically Rendered Selves

by Amparo Garcia-Crow December 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Amparo Garcia-Crow’s play The Bonobos is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. The same interview questions from Caridad Svich have been sent to each playwright taking part in the scheme. This post was originally shared on the NoPassport blog. After you read the interview, sign up to participate in the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme!) CARIDAD SVICH: [...]

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Plenty of Good Plays

by Patricia Connelly December 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. 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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You Over There, Let’s Work Together!

by Fatima Zahra El Filali December 9, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Golden Thread Productions is America’s first theatre company dedicated to developing and producing plays from and about the Middle East. When creating Middle East inspired theater outside of its geographical boundaries, one cannot help but pause and ask: What are THEY doing over there? How are THEY doing it over there? Where are THEY doing [...]

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Not a Success Without Diversity

by Jenny Splitter December 6, 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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What Do We Mean by Crossing Borders?

by Dafina McMillan December 6, 2013 National Conference
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(Photo by Dafina McMillan of U.S.-Mexico border at Playas de Tijuana. Learn more about the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders. Submit a Conference session/speaker proposal here.) … the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary. … something that indicates bounds or limits; a limiting or bounding line. What do we [...]

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We Will Make That History Visible

by Gregg Mozgala December 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. 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: Disability in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON:  First tell me about [...]

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Make an Impact Now

by Laura Esti Miller December 3, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo Credit: Ryan Maxwell) (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 [...]

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A Question of Being

by William S Yellow Robe Jr December 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. 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: Native Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the [...]

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The Manifestos and Essays by Richard Foreman

by TCG News December 2, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Richard Foreman’s The Manifestos and Essays. This volume collects all of the avant-garde theatre pioneer’s writings on the subject of “What is art?” from his early manifestos through his recent transition to the use of film, and provides a fascinating window into this singular artist’s mind and [...]

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Tricklock goes to Africa. Part One.

by Juli Hendren December 2, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Elsa Menendez receives her Yellow Fever shot for Uganda.) As a company who creates devised work, we rely heavily on images. It is a technique we learned in Gardzienice, Poland while training at the Staniewski Center. We call it Icon Work and through the use of photos and paintings, we enhance the research portion [...]

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The Conversation Must Continue

by Thembi Duncan December 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. 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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