From the monthly archives:

June 2014

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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) In February of this year, I attended a discussion on the praxis of the triangular relationship between audience, artist and institution led by Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Bay Area which convened at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. This lively dialogue [...]

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(This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) Part 1: Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? “Mais les mots SONT l’action.” Sébastien Harrisson and I are deep in discussion, in a room, in the Rockies, in Alberta, in Canada, in over our heads. [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Sarah Bellamy

by Sarah Bellamy June 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Sarah Bellamy delivering her “To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) Opening: To the mountaintop. With this title, we pay tribute to the vision and courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The speech he gave in Memphis to the sanitation workers is one of his [...]

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Theatre is Still Important in the Twenty-First Century

by Kevin Brown June 30, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) In a keynote speech addressed to the Association of Theatre in Higher Education in 1992, performance studies scholar Richard Schechner (in)famously declared: “Theatre as we have known and practiced it – the staging of written dramas – will be [...]

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The theatre under the sand

by Caridad Svich June 30, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is a reflection of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders and the two blog salons curated by Caridad Svich,  {Art | People} and {Survive|Thrive}.) Lorca said it first: a theatre of blood and sand. Perhaps Euripides said it before him in documents we may never surface. I am thinking about Lorca and sand and [...]

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Cycle B Recipients of Third Round of Global Connections Program

by TCG News June 30, 2014 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the Cycle B 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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Fighting on the border of authenticity and fiction

by Tommy Lexen June 30, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) On the 2nd July I will be traveling from London to Kiev and Lviv with a small team, to undertake first-hand research into the events that took place in Ukraine in January-February 2014, which later became known as [...]

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TCG Publishes Will Eno’s Gnit

by TCG News June 27, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Gnit by Will Eno. A bold adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Peer Gynt, Gnit enjoyed its world premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2013, as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. “The marvel of [Mr. Eno’s] new version is how closely it tracks [...]

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We Are Not Alone

by Adrianne Krstansky June 27, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Today I came upon then funeral procession for Boston firefighter Lt. Edward Walsh.  I stopped and watched as his family was led out of the funeral home and his casket carried to the firetruck to bring his body [...]

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Skydiving on stage: transcending the fear

by Kristin Idaszak June 27, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (Photo featuring Emily Aust, photo credit to Jim Carmody) The day after my fiancé asked me to marry him, we jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. Unwittingly, it turned out to be an apt metaphor for lifelong [...]

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My Life As a Seat-Counter

by Justin Maxwell June 26, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Last July, I walked through the Connolly bookstore and into The New Theatre, counted the number of seats, and thought: this’ll probably be a good show. I was in a theatre I didn’t know, in a city I [...]

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Civic Dramaturgy: bridging the gap between art and people

by Isaac Gomez June 26, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Chicago, IL – As part of Victory Gardens Theater’s initiatives to bridge the gap between our plays, our audiences, and the world outside these productions, we produce an event series for each show called “Public Programs.” These varied [...]

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Theatre in Afghanistan Reborn: Voices in a Fragmented Country

by Joanna Sherman June 26, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (photo by Russ Weatherford) For more than a decade, we have been making theatre in Afghanistan, a country where the rules of engagement are still being invented. Theatre venues are virtually nonexistent in Afghanistan so we bring theatre to [...]

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The 48th Parallel

by Liz Engelman June 26, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) For the past three years, up until this last December when I moved to Austin, TX to begin teaching at UT, when people asked me where I lived, I’d answer “the 48th parallel.”  I’d been splitting my time [...]

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Art Is People

by Roberto G. Varea June 26, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) (Photo: a performance of Dream/Sueños – Ausenci/Absence, by Secos Y Mojados Performance Collective at Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, April 2014. Featuring:front- community member Eduardo Palomo and performance artist Violeta Luna, behind- community members Susan Parra and Norma García. [...]

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NITEnews Publishes Theatre Content from Around the World

by Doug Howe June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) The relationship between theatres and communities in the 21st century is both digital and global. What was once uniquely a live and local event has transformed into something many could never have imagined. We are long past, if and [...]

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Culture is a human right

by Lynden Harris June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) SHIFTING SANDS As participatory artists, we’re often called to cross lines drawn in sand or history, barbed wire or entrance fees. Lines grooved in our minds by the academy or the nagging fear that our work needs a [...]

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INTERNALLY DISPLACED: Breaking Boundaries of Silence

by Elizabeth Hess June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) I met Doruntina Basha, a writer from Kosovo, at the Women Playwrights International (WPI) most recent conference in Stockholm. Both of our selected plays addressed the trauma of the war-torn Balkans; hers dealt with the aftermath of the [...]

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Project Alo? An International Mobile Video Play

by Torange Yeghiazarian June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. TORANGE YEGHIAZARIAN: My name is Torange Yeghiazarian, founding artistic director of Golden Thread Productions. Golden Thread Productions is a theatre company based in [...]

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We’re the Problem

by Michael Halberstam June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Conflict | Confluence} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. MICHAEL HALBERSTAM: I’m the Artistic Director and founder of Writers Theatre in Glencoe Illinois, a north suburb of Chicago. In 1992,  I founded [...]

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Writing uncertainty: A new Mediterranean drama (and why we should care)

by Aktina Stathaki June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) The nearly 4 years that I have been working towards cultivating awareness on contemporary Mediterranean performing arts in NYC and artistic exchange between both sides of the Atlantic, have been very enlightening:  my initial hypothesis that the region’s [...]

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Leverage the Power of Digital to Effectively Reach & Activate Your Audiences

by Doug Mowbray June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. DOUG MOWBRAY: As President of MogoARTS Marketing , I bring 20+ years of marketing and media experience developing cutting edge digital solutions that help [...]

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Virtual Community: Connecting Artists Across 524 Miles and Beyond

by Brigitte Pribnow Moore June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. BRIGITTE PRIBNOW MOORE: As the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education, Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) seeks to create [...]

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Remembering We Exist

by Elaine Romero June 25, 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: Gender Parity in the American Theatre I was going to write [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Kristoffer Diaz

by Kristoffer Diaz June 25, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Kristoffer Diaz delivering his “To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) A couple of years ago, I was at the Conference in Los Angeles. Jack Reuler from Mixed Blood in Minneapolis — you all know Jack, I’m sure — came over, pulled me [...]

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Soy Fronterizo

by Carlos Morton June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) My plays deal with La Frontera, the border between Mexico and the United States, where the Third World clashes with the First World, where Latino meets Anglo, and where people speak Spanish, English, and a mixture known as [...]

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Crossing the Value Border: Doing Theatre in Non-Traditional Communities

by Jennifer Fawcett June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Let’s be honest: there’s a lot of talk about connecting theatre to communities but I believe there is a fundamental disconnect in our industry between the theatre we talk about doing and what actually gets produced, and this [...]

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Getting to the Root of It

by Tyler Reilly June 25, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) There’s been a fair amount of discussion in the national news media of late about privilege in American society and how it impacts our perception of selves and of one another. A misguided freshman at Princeton recently wrote [...]

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Some Words about Art and Money

by Caridad Svich June 24, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Ben Carver of Jarman (all this maddening beauty). This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon.) I promised myself I wouldn’t use the words “thrive” and “survive” beyond the first sentence of this essay. I strive to keep that promise. Here is why. Waking up I get up every day as [...]

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How Much Cost, How Much Value

by Fin Kennedy June 24, 2014 National Conference
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(These remarks were originally given at the Westminster Media Forum on June 5, 2014, and are here reprinted with Fin Kennedy’s permission. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon.) I’ve been asked to speak today because last year I wrote a report entitled In Battalions, about the effect of [...]

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A Serious Banquet: Art as a Collective Experience

by Erin B Mee June 24, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Matthew Wilson of A Serious Banquet. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) A Serious Banquet is a theatre-dance-dinner structured around the party Pablo Picasso threw for the painter Henri Rousseau in 1908 as recorded by Gertrude Stein in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas [...]

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Space for Theatre

by Jake Witlen June 24, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Jake Witlen of Exposure Berlin. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon.) The air is dusty and you can see your breath inside the room. Cobwebs hang high across the vaulted ceiling, and honest to god, a bat just flew across the stage. Down below, however, the [...]

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Two Boroughs Project at the Young Vic

by Lily Einhorn June 23, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Sally Neville of Two Boroughs On Stage workshop. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon.) Think of a theatre. The shape of it. The smell of it. The level of light. The seating. Is it dark and hollow and bare? Rich and plush and arched? Think of the [...]

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Crossing Borders with: Project Alo? An International Mobile Video Play

by Fatima Zahra El Filali June 20, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon.) Here we are experimenting with Middle East-based and US-based artists in the field of theater using a not so traditional medium: video. This time, it isn’t for live streaming or recording a play. This time, artists are working together without the [...]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Podcasting But Were Afraid To Ask…

by David J. Loehr June 18, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. DAVID J. LOEHR: By day, I’m a playwright and co-founder of the Riverrun Theatre Company in Madison, Indiana, but now I’m also the [...]

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Track & Engage Audiences Beyond the Theatre

by Selena Juneau-Vogel June 18, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. SELENA JUNEAU-VOGEL: I’m an art nerd and a builder. I work at Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit tech company that provides business tools to [...]

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One Measurement, Unlimited Possibilities: How to utilize Net Promoter Scores (NPS)

by Brianna Firestone June 18, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. BRIANNA FIRESTONE: I am heading into my 3rd season as the Director of Marketing for the Denver Center Theatre Company.  Over the last [...]

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The Art of Survival

by Dan Safer June 18, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)  I survive by teaching, which I love to do, so I recommend that, but only if you are a really dedicated teacher who digs into classwork with the same drive you would a production. Thriving is a [...]

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An Ode to Carlos Bulosan

by Giovanni Ortega June 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Someone threw a glass of humility on my face and it brought me to my knees. Ya see I was seranading in the City…daw Harana’s in the Heart with Allos’ on my mind as he journeyed up and [...]

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Technology and the Artist-Entrepreneur

by Tori Keenan-Zelt June 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. TORI KEENAN-ZELT: I’m a playwright. My other hats include screenwriter, founding Co-Artistic Director of Panglossian Productions (a non-profit global/local new work company in Williamsburg, VA), and [...]

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The Expanding Definition of Cultural Engagement

by Hil Moss June 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. HIL MOSS: I’m a member of the Strategy & Branding team at LaPlaca Cohen. For over 20 years, we have helped many of [...]

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Digital Culture On Stage: Creating a Mirror for a New Audience

by Miranda Wright June 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. MIRANDA WRIGHT: I run an organization called Los Angeles Performance Practice.  We’ve been around since 2010, but picking up a lot of steam [...]

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STELLAAAAAAAA!

by Velina Hasu Houston June 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich. ) A flash is like a spark that can ignite a fire and igniting a fire in theatre is a wondrous thing. That is the inspiration behind Los Angeles-based Playwrights’ Arena’s FLASH Theater LA, a take-it-to-the-streets theatre that connects [...]

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A Playmaker’s Most Valuable Resource

by Callie Kimball June 17, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon.) It’s not time, or inspiration, or even the latest version of FinalDraft. Your most valuable resource is each other. I’m bending the theme of “Crossing Borders” to suit my purposes here, since the idea of a border in theatre is a [...]

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(Dis)Connection: Teaching Theatre and Technology

by Jacqueline Goldfinger June 15, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  I shouldn’t be teaching this class. And I mean, I really, really shouldn’t be teaching it. I don’t have a smart phone. I never enjoyed playing video games or watching MTV (well, except for re-runs of [...]

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Establishing Asian Pacific Islanders In American Theatre

by Leslie Ishii June 15, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Conflict | Confluence} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.)  JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization. LESLIE ISHII:  I represent and am very committed to East West Players Asian American Theatre, the longest running theatre of color in the [...]

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“No one is funding joy”: An Affective Call to Arms

by Liane Tomasetti June 15, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)   “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” -Albert Einstein Recently, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a conference focused on teaching artistry held by [...]

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On the Act of Regarding Another: Some thoughts on live performance, silence and fragility

by Caridad Svich June 14, 2014 National Conference

(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon.) One: Thinking about Theatre Let us think now on the nature of silence On the act of regarding another That is not the other But rather another fellow being on this earth.   Let us think now on the nature of [...]

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Engage, Analyze, Adapt (Repeat)

by Austin Auclair and Michael Porto June 14, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s use of technology typically falls within two arenas: engagement and analytics, with the two often intersecting and working to inform the other. Engagement covers a wide range of tactics, including but not [...]

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Cross the Body Boundary

by Regan Linton June 12, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)  “Crossing borders.” When theatre people hear or read this term, my hunch is that many may have the initial reaction of thinking about geography or culture.  “We’re crossing borders by collaborating with an exotic troupe halfway around [...]

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