From the monthly archives:

January 2014

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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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(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: Mark Jackson

by Mark Jackson January 31, 2014 TCG Books
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(Photo by Chris Studley. Pictured: Nina Freeman, Ann Farrar, Puja Lalmalani, Allison Youngberg, Morgan Spector and Claire Brownell in American Conservatory Theater MFA Program’s 2005 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.) (An Ideal Theater: New Visions is a blog salon inspired by the themes and several prompts from Todd London’s An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art. Learn more [...]

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Live Broadcasting: The Future of Theater

by Maureen Towey January 30, 2014 Leadership U
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I sit down in a small movie theater in Berkeley as the curtain rises on a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre in London.  Through the NTLive program, we are able to watch the production in real time from halfway across the world. By intermission, I [...]

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Cycle A Recipients of Third Round of Global Connections Program

by TCG News January 30, 2014 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the Cycle A recipients for the third round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international [...]

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#SDTheatre: A Critic’s Eye View of San Diego Theater

by Pat Launer January 28, 2014 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.) San Diego is a theater town; the curtain goes up when the sun goes down. Sure, we’ve got beautiful beaches – [...]

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A Welcoming and Warm Change

by Nancy Schaeffer January 28, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(“Our first staff training”, photo credit: Rachel Wells. Left to right: Sandra Session-Robertson , DCT Senior Director of Communications & Philanthropy, Haylie Miller, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Robyn Flatt, DCT Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director, Pat Robbins, Texas Area Director for Autism Speaks.) Dallas Children’s Theater is so excited to be starting our [...]

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International Encounters

by Aaron Landsman January 28, 2014 Global Connections
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(Photo credit: David A Brown / dabfoto creative) I travel a lot for work, and have worked internationally pretty regularly as an actor, teacher, and playwright, over the past ten years. I find myself Skyping and Vibering about work almost weekly; for the past three years I’ve also split my time between rural Illinois and New [...]

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Washington Budget Deal – NEA and Arts Education Funding Restored to FY12 Levels

by Laurie Baskin January 22, 2014 Advocacy
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Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Arts in Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education have been  restored to 2012 levels in the Omnibus spending bill  negotiated and approved last week by House and Senate leaders! Three and a half months after the 2014 fiscal year began, Congress approved [...]

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Can A White Guy Write Black Characters?

by Daniel Robert Sullivan January 22, 2014 Fox Fellowships
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I’m a privileged dude, no question. White privilege, male privilege, class privilege – I’ve got it all, so I’ve got to be careful how I use or abuse it. In a thousand barely recognizable ways, I have advantages that are difficult to recognize while they are happening. Looking back over a day, however, I can [...]

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At the Core: Living History

by Juliet Hart January 22, 2014 Education
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(This essay was originally featured in TCG’s Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core (PDF). That report shares findings from the over 100 theatres that participated in the TCG Education Survey 2012, along with essays from leading theatre education directors on the impact of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on arts education, and CCSS [...]

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#SDTheatre: An Artistic Home (for the whole family)

by Jason Heil January 21, 2014 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.) San Diego is known as a fairly great place to live. As I write this, arctic blasts are oppressing much of [...]

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Discover Project Discovery

by Rachel Hull January 21, 2014 Education
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(On November 22, 2013 Dallas Theater Center’s education program, Project Discovery, received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The award recognizes exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs from across the country and is the highest national honor [...]

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Audience (R)Evolution grant program 1st round recipients

by TCG News January 21, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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We are pleased to announce the first round of recipients for the Audience (R)Evolution grant program. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Audience (R)Evolution grant program will award ten grants for a total amount of almost $800,000, including total general operating support of over $118,000, through two initiatives: (Re)Modeling grants will support TCG [...]

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Disability doesn’t discriminate, it has no borders.

by Pamela Sabaugh January 17, 2014 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 [...]

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At the Core: A Love of Theatre Begins

by Nancy Schaeffer January 16, 2014 Education
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(This essay was originally featured in TCG’s Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core (PDF). That report shares findings from the over 100 theatres that participated in the TCG Education Survey 2012, along with essays from leading theatre education directors on the impact of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on arts education, and CCSS [...]

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Increase Our Cultural Currency

by Michael Mejias January 16, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Malik Ali, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Sean Carvajal (left to right),  from the Dramatic Question Theatre Company’s premiere of Michael Mejias’ GHETTO BABYLON at 59E59 Theaters (Photo: Lisa P. Silberman). Michael’s play is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. This post was originally shared on the NoPassport blog. After you read the interview, sign [...]

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Arresting Moments of Theatre

by Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel January 15, 2014 Global Connections
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The 28-hour journey from Philadelphia to Bangkok would be disorienting for even the most seasoned traveler.  What began as buses with wifi and video screens from Philly to JFK, followed by comfortable air travel through Qatar and on to Bangkok, ended with open-air three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxis and traffic jams that tested my patience and created [...]

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Anything Should Be Possible

by Ann Marie Morelli January 14, 2014 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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#SDTheatre: Growing Up in Theatre in San Diego

by Carmen Quiñones January 14, 2014 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.) Growing up, I kept hearing “You have to leave San Diego to appreciate what really great theatre it has.”   I didn’t [...]

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After the Panel: We’ve Had Enough

by Ellen Gavin January 14, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. note: The following interview series builds on Seema Sueko’s report on the Diversity: Through the Director’s Eye panel, “Jump into the Gaps.” Diversity & Inclusion online curator Jacqueline E. Lawton shared a series of questions with attendees of the panel to expand and continue the conversation.)      What to do about gender inequality in American theater? [...]

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Art, Action, Resistance and a Bit of Play

by Caridad Svich January 14, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo from the Repertorio Español premiere of Caridad Svich’s In the time of the butterflies/En el tiempo de las mariposas. Caridad’s play Archipelago is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading 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!) ELAINE AVILA: What is 30/30 [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Briefing: Radical Democracy Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 13, 2014 Weekly Update
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“Do we want more diversity in the very small amount of available jobs?  Or do we want to talk about radically democratizing the field…? -Michael John Garcés, quoted in Seema Sueko’s “Jump into the Gaps” 2013 was a big year. We held three conferences—the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening in Philadelphia, the National Conference: Learn Do [...]

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From Where I Stand

by Joseph Haj January 10, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(The following address was given by Joseph Haj on Thursday, January 9th for the Under the Radar 2014 Symposium.) My father and I fought tooth and nail about my desire to go to graduate school to become an actor. Partly, because my parents were immigrants from Palestine. And there are only three jobs for the children [...]

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Welcome our 2014 Online Conference Curators

by August Schulenburg January 9, 2014 National Conference
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One of the great joys of my 2013 at TCG was working with Jacqueline E. Lawton and Caridad Svich on the Diversity & Inclusion and Artistic Innovation blog salons, respectively. To say they went above and beyond the call would be an ungainly understatement, as attested to by the 100+ wide-ranging, provocative, thoughtful and heart [...]

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Reach Out and Ask Questions

by Joshua Morgan January 9, 2014 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 [...]

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After the Panel: The Inseparable Intersections

by Holly L. Derr January 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(The following interview series builds on Seema Sueko’s report on the Diversity: Through the Director’s Eye panel, “Jump into the Gaps.” Diversity & Inclusion online curator Jacqueline E. Lawton shared a series of questions with attendees of the panel to expand and continue the conversation. For further context, read Holly L. Derr’s essay on this subject [...]

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Halfway Between the Church and the Whorehouse

by Oliver Mayer January 8, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo by Michal Daniel of Oliver Mayer’s play, Fortune is a Woman. Oliver Mayer’s play Dark Matters 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 [...]

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At the Core: Looking for Natural Alignments

by Jennifer M. DiBella January 7, 2014 Education
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(This essay was originally featured in TCG’s Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core (PDF). That report shares findings from the over 100 theatres that participated in the TCG Education Survey 2012, along with essays from leading theatre education directors on the impact of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on arts education, and [...]

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Absence of Representation

by Dominique Brillon January 6, 2014 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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An Ideal Theater: My Dear Miss Addams

by Faye Price January 6, 2014 TCG Books
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(Photo by Pillsbury House Theatre, 2013. Dancing in the lobby at Pillsbury House’s Summer Arts Camp celebration. Learn more about the An Ideal Theater salon, and how you can participate, here. Faye Price is responding to Jane Addams’ essay about The Hull-House Dramatic Association in Todd London’s book, An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art.) [...]

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Beyond One Word Answers

by Pei Lee January 6, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo of Pei Lee’s costume design by Stan Barouh. This salon is led by TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, and features interviews with and essays from theatre people working within the Asian American theatre movement. To participate in this or any other TCG Circle salon, please email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion Initiative [...]

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#D&I Institute Field Report: Alliance Theatre

by Christopher Moses January 6, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo of students in Alliance Theatre’s Education program.  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 Institute? Christopher Moses, [...]

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Answering Questions We Never Thought We’d Be Asked

by Scott Palmer January 3, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) My first indication that my assumptions were likely to be seriously challenged came while eating a homemade maple bar in front of a deli case on a Tuesday morning in Gaston, Oregon. Gaston is a small town in Washington [...]

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The Playing Field Needs to be Razed and Rebuilt

by Michael Patrick Thornton January 2, 2014 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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An Ideal Theater Blog Salon, Part 2

by August Schulenburg January 2, 2014 TCG Books
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Last month we launched the first stage of the An Ideal Theater blog salon, responding directly to the essays, manifestos, letters and speeches from founding visionaries in Todd London’s An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art.  We’ve already shared responses from Anne Cattaneo on Lincoln Center Theater, and Sherrine Azab on Washington Square Players, and we’ll [...]

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NEA Announces First Round of FY14 Grants

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore January 2, 2014 Advocacy

The NEA has announced the first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2014 with 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million. These grants will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. In this round of funding, 118 Art Works grants totaling $2,725,000 were [...]

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Melissa James Gibson: On Spaces and Bodies, and the Movement In Between

by Julie Haverkate January 2, 2014 Interviews
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Back in July, TCG published Melissa James Gibson’s This and Other Plays. The debut collection by the Obie Award-winning playwright includes This, an un-romantic comedy about a group of friends; Suitcase, an anxious verbal quartet about stalled dissertations and improbable romantics; [sic], in which three, young urban-failures navigate the slippery allegiances of their triangular friendship [...]

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Jump into the Gaps

by Seema Sueko January 2, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

On Monday, December 16, 2013, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) hosted a panel discussion “Diversity: Through a Director’s Eye” at The Pasadena Playhouse. Moderated by Michael John Garcés (Artistic Director, Cornerstone Theater), the panel featured Artistic Directors Christopher Ashley (La Jolla Playhouse), Tim Dang (East West Players), Barry Edelstein (The Old Globe), Sheldon [...]

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