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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Last Thursday (3/26/15) I had the privilege of participating in a conference presentation at TCG’s Audience (R)Evolution Convening addressing the Ethics of Engagement (archived video of the session available here). I was one member of a panel of four including Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Seema Sueko, Associate Artistic Director, Pasadena Playhouse; and [...]

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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) What I am about to say isn’t a new concept.  In fact, several experts in audience engagement have been saying this for years, but it always bears repeating: an audience is not built [...]

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You and I: on theatre and audience (with a nod to Adrian Howells)

by Caridad Svich March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This reflection was written for the 2015 TCG Circle Audience Revolution blog salon) This is not for you. You never came into my mind when I was making this. To be honest, I was thinking of someone else entirely.   So, you can only imagine how shocking it is to see you there staring at [...]

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Where Art is Equal

by Dipika Guha March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Novelist Amitav Ghosh’s entry into the world of literature began with his grandfather’s bookshelf. In his Pushcart Prizewinning essay ‘The Testimony of my Grandfather’s Bookcase’ Ghosh describes its contents as ranging from 19th [...]

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MILTON: A performance and community engagement experiment

by Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl and Ashley Sparks March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) PearlDamour has built our body of work in cities: Austin, Minneapolis, New Orleans and New York, primarily in edgy, experimental theaters under 100 seats.  Conversation about our work has circulated within a relatively [...]

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Multilinguality in Plays and the Audience

by Marcy Arlin March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Years ago I produced a wonderful play by a Romanian author that took place in Romania and New York. When the characters were in Romania, speaking Romanian to each other, the director (not [...]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Theater

by Jules Odendahl-James March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) For her 1996 book It Takes A Village Hillary Clinton borrowed from an African proverb, the premise of which being that raising children is an interdependent process. The nuclear family unit is just [...]

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A Different Kind of Autobiography: Reflections of an Audience Member

by Hannah Cummings March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Major Tom is a performance by Victoria Melody and tells the tale of her attempt to win the Mrs Galaxy UK Beauty Pageant and have her dog, Major, win Crufts.  Major came last, [...]

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let’s get punk rock about this

by Sylvan Oswald March 30, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) It’s ironic to talk about evolving audiences in a field that sometimes feels behind the larger cultural conversations. As a transgender person, I’ve never felt more relevant in mass media. But when I [...]

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