“Our art was to bring everything in, to include everything until we finally admitted that the world was our work.”
-Charles Ludlam, from Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly, as quoted in An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art
New Dramatists recently featured an event celebrating the publication of Todd London’s An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art (by TCG Books) and The Importance of Staying Earnest (by NoPassport Press). The packed audience heard current theatre leaders like Philip Himberg, artistic director of Sundance Institute Theatre Program, read the words of founding visionaries like Charles Ludlam. Learn more about the event here, and how you can contribute your own vision for an ideal theatre here.
The world is indeed our work, and we’ll have a chance to celebrate that fact on World Theatre Day 2014, March 27. In addition to sharing the international and U.S. World Theatre Day messages from Brett Bailey and Diane Rodriguez, respectively; we’ve also begun a World Theatre Day blog salon, which will feature interviews and essays from Canadian and Mexican theatre artists (email Gus Schulenburg to write your own essay or suggest potential artists to contact). This salon will also build on the Crossing Borders theme of our 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego, and we’ve just launched the application process for the Pre-Conferences in Tijuana.
We were in San Diego on Saturday, March 8, for an exciting Blue Star Theatres event that featured readings and performances from La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe and San Diego Repertory Theatre. We’re thrilled that 108 theatres from 35 states have joined this initiative to connect theatres with military families, and if your theatre has not yet joined, we encourage you to email Laurie Baskin to learn more.
Finally, I wanted to remind you about the 3/21 deadline for the TCG Education Survey 2013. This annual research allows participating theatres to compare their education work against field-wide benchmarks, and is the primary source for our annual Special Report on Education. We’ve also been featuring essays from that report and other theatre education-themed content on the TCG Circle, including this recent interview with Dallas Theater Center about receiving the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama for their Project Discovery. Contact us to share your own arts education stories on the Circle, and email Alissa Moore with any questions about the Education Survey.