From the monthly archives:

April 2015

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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.) Theatre is an ancient technology. A body. A stage. An audience. A communion. This communion can be with an audience of one or thousands. It is the quality of the communion, not the [...]

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In January 115 Art Works grants totaling $3,145,000 were awarded to TCG Member Theatres thanks to the NEA’s first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2015. The NEA awarded a total of $26,571,000 through 917 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. Art Works funding is awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations and supported projects [...]

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A Jar Full of Questions

by Josh Friedman April 23, 2015 Leadership U
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(This post is a part of Josh Friedman’s Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant activities.)  Several years ago, my wife and I were getting tired of the same date night conversations about the kids, the week ahead, and what we’d have for dinner that week.  At the advice of a friend, we found a book with [...]

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Opening Night of Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant

by Nora Cole April 23, 2015 Fox Fellowships
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Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York is my TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow host theatre.  Geva produced a world premiere production of my proposed project Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, February 5-22, 2015. OPENING NIGHT Opening Night.  The 7:00 p.m. world premiere, opening night performance of Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant began with a 7:45 a.m. call for [...]

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Post-launch thoughts on the new Playwrights’ Center website

by Jessica Franken April 21, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Image caption: pwcenter.org Through funding from the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, the Playwrights’ Center developed and launched a re-imagined online and mobile resource hub for playwrights. The project included enhancing functionality of the popular play submission opportunities listings and making it easier for member playwrights to connect locally and globally. We launched the redesigned pwcenter.org in [...]

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Diverse Audiences for Smartphone Plays

by Erin B Mee April 20, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo of Ratnesh Dubey listening to Ferry Play by Emily Cordes. 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.) Smartphone plays are an emerging genre of theatre that take advantage of mobile technology to create site-specific audio-based theatrical experiences. I have just directed one [...]

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Stages of the Lower East Side and Our Audience

by Jody Christopherson April 20, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo by Chris Harcum. Pictured clockwise from top: Jason C. Brown, Lillian Rodriguez, Randy Lee, Brigitte Barnett, Tammy McNeill and Jody Christopherson. 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.) Recently I’ve been creating and performing a new devised solo work titled Because [...]

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“Even This You Get to Experience…”

by Julie Morris April 13, 2015 Advocacy
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From L to R: Julie Morris, Trustee, NC; Marshall Jones, TCG Board Member & Producing Artistic Director, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ; Art Rotch, Field Representative & Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre, Douglas, AK; Michael Rosenberg, TCG Board Member & Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; Bob Johnson, arts supporter, CA; Alissa Moore, [...]

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The Personal Connection

by Estefania Fadul April 7, 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.) A few months ago, I attended a Baptist church service for the first time with a friend in Harlem. I was nervous in the way that’s common when you’re entering an unknown experience, [...]

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Considering & challenging “Excellence” in American Theater

by Richard Montoya April 7, 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.) Considering & challenging “Excellence” in American Theater In the last three weeks Culture Clash closed the sprawling CHAVEZ RAVINE under the fine direction of comrade Lisa Peterson at the Kirk Douglas Theater in [...]

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Stop writing for zombies: Teaching students to create for contemporary audiences

by Jacqueline Goldfinger April 7, 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.) A young Hispanic student hangs out shyly near the door of my classroom after the first day of class. As I exit, she whispers to me, “Professor, can I write a bilingual play [...]

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Our Audience, Our Otra Familia

by Rupert Reyes April 7, 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.) We begin from the premise that theater is an art form that requires three elements; actor, audience and script.  This is as we see and enjoy other theaters that play with different versions [...]

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TCG Audience (R)Evolution: Reflection, Change, and Legacy

by Jacqueline E. Lawton April 2, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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From March 25th to 27th, I was able to attend TCG’s second Audience (R)Evolution Convening. While I wasn’t there in my official capacity as TCG’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Blog Salon Curator and each of the presentations were livestreamed, I still wanted to share what drew me to this convening and share two bright spots [...]

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