From the monthly archives:

August 2014

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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) One of the most fascinating dynamics of spending two weeks in Australia was learning how the realities of the size of a country truly challenge the speed and depth of the new play development process, even with its current level of strong government support. I [...]

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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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Little Stitches by BAREtruth Theatre Company: A Project to Bring FGM Survivors’ Voices On Stage in the UK

by Raul Quiros Molina August 29, 2014 Activism
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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 2014, I was interviewed by Melissa Dean, the artistic director of BAREtruth Theatre Company, to help her create a new show and to define the long term artistic strategy of the company. BAREtruth’s first show was based [...]

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Inspiring Generations to Explore the Wonder of Their World

by Hannah Grannemann August 27, 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.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as a theatre artist or [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2 – Same/Different

by Gregg Mozgala August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Whenever I share the concept for “Spirits of Another Sort” with  people I am usually met with one of two responses; fear mixed with great anxiety or excitement and total support. The former response is one I am familiar with, having spent years being part of various “Disability Theatre” productions, and it also interests me [...]

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Writing Plays for Young Audiences

by Gabriel Jason Dean August 27, 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 and Inclusion Blog Salon: Theatre for Young Audiences JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the [...]

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Preventing Dust: A Call to Action for Arts Educators

by Andrew Anzel August 27, 2014 Advocacy
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Putting the words ‘arts’ and ‘standards’ in the same sentence is about as dirty as a beat up ‘94 pickup after mudding through the backwoods, or so I’m told. The notion is not unwarranted. The thought of students slaving over high-stakes, standardized art history exams or dance recitals with expected Rockette accuracy, while amusing, would [...]

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#Ferguson: They Who Have the Guns Have the Power

by Holly L. Derr August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Torie Wiggins as Mimi, Meggy Hai Trang as Anita, Keisha Kemper as Harry, Burgess Byrd as Shilo, Ken Early as Maddox, Darnell Benjamin as Knox, Jon Kovach as Overseer Jones, and Sola Thompson as Vivian. Photo by Daniel R. Winters) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding [...]

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ArtsReach and NAMP Discounts for TCG Member Theatres

by TCG News August 26, 2014 Events

(Ed. note: The following are two discount opportunities for TCG Member Theatres. Please follow up with the organizations directly for more information.) 2014 NAMP Conference Registration Discount for TCG Members – Early-bird Registration Deadline is August 29 Early-bird registration for the 2014 National Arts Marketing Project Conference ends Friday, August 29. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to [...]

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#Ferguson: The Ferguson Moment

by The Ferguson Moment August 21, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you [...]

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Art First, Profit Second

by Dan Hutton August 19, 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.)  Financial models supporting the creation and dissemination of art should not try to emulate those of the business world. In private industry, laws ensure that the amassing of profit is the ultimate purpose, safeguarding shareholders and ensuring [...]

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Four Lears in Six Months

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(Frank Langella as Lear in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production in January) “These late eclipses of the sun and moon portend us no good.” So predicts Gloucester in King Lear, a play that has eclipsed in our skies four times so far in this calendar year – beating theatrical records, not to mention astronomical ones. And though those [...]

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Parallel Universes

by Kay Matschullat August 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.) An author writes the text, a director maps the journey, a producer provides the needed funds, the creative process moves from staging to production, the audience is to be gathered and a couch fills center stage. Sound like [...]

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They Call Me a Hero

by Guillermo Reyes August 12, 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.) “How did you come up with this story?” has become a common question in the audience talk backs that some theaters subject us playwrights to as if to further scrutinize our process.  With this new play, “They Call Me [...]

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IN SEARCH OF TOSTONES: Finding my authentic, Dominican voice in a Latino market that promotes anything but!

by Marco Antonio Rodriguez August 12, 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.) My talent agents can’t be bothered: “It’s Spanish! It all sounds the same!” My family cares even less: “Ya cállate con todo ese thee-ate-her artist crap and pass the adobo for the pernil!” Rejection is routine in this crazy [...]

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Russian-language, Ukrainian Playwrights Cope with the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

by John Freedman August 8, 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. Pictured: Maksym Kurochkin speaking at an anti-war rally in Moscow on April 13, 2014. Photo: John Freedman.) There is a phrase in Russian that declares “the muses are silent when tanks are thundering.” Fortunately it’s not always true. [...]

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White Allies for Equality at OSF

by Catherine Foster & Katherine Gosnell August 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo credit is Jenny Graham. Pictured: (left to right): Christine Norton-Cotts, Liz Peck, Laura Shrewsbury, Rick Anderson, Catherine Foster, Emily Ehrlich Inget, Elib Crist-Dwyer, Katherine Gosnell.) (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 [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop – Origins

by Gregg Mozgala August 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Last September, The Apothetae was invited to participate in The Shakespeare Society’s, Shakespeare Works Residency Series. We explored A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a group of talented actors and artistic advisers including, acclaimed vocal coach, Krisitn Linklater, actor, Jay O. Sanders and professor, Richard McCoy. The residency culminated in a sold out presentation at The Public Theatre [...]

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What is taking so long?

by Joshua Bastian Cole August 5, 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 posts on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion Salon–Trans* Theatre Artists JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Announcing Round 2 Recipients of Leadership U[niversity] One-on-One Program

by TCG News August 4, 2014 Leadership U
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We’re pleased to announce the 2014 Round 2 recipients of the Leadership U[niversity]—One-on-One program. Through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, grants of $75,000 have been awarded to six exceptionally talented early-career leaders from all areas of theatre for professional development via mentorships at a TCG Member Theatre, with an additional $5,000 honorarium [...]

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