From the monthly archives:

July 2015

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(Christopher Morriss in “Rorschach Test.” Photo by June Xie. 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 do you see?” The psychologist (Christopher Morriss) points at an inkblot on the gallery wall and audience members shout out: “a butterfly!” “a vagina!” [...]

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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres project, Veterans’ Night Preview Series.) The Veterans’ Night series at Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a well-established program. In 1984, co-founder Gary Sinise directed Tracers, which [...]

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Student to Student: Writing Plays and Building Community

by Frank Cervarich July 31, 2015 Blue Star Theatres
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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Young Playwrights’ Theater is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres project, Military Child Education Coalition.) On my second day at Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), I was asked to attend a conference at the National Harbor. I [...]

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NEA Announces Second Round of FY15 Art Works Grants

by Miranda Cornell July 31, 2015 Advocacy
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The NEA has announced the second round of funding for Fiscal Year 2015 totaling $25,599,000 awarded through 960 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. In this round of funding, 56 Art Works grants were awarded to TCG Member Theatres totaling $1,520,000. Art Works funding is awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations and supported projects [...]

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Theatre: The Face of Our Ever Evolving Nation

by Seth Gordon July 30, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? SETH GORDON: The most game changing production I [...]

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Veteran Performance in “A Female Philoctetes”

by Michael Castelblanco July 29, 2015 Global Citizenship
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There’s something very intimidating about performing an Ancient Greek play in Athens. If anyone, these people would be the greatest critics, the ones who would know that you’d gone too far with “creative liberties,” or whether your version of these ancient stories does justice to the originals. Perhaps it was a positive thing, then, that [...]

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STATION ATHENS WORKSHOP leading to the STATION ATHENS GROUP

by Yolanda Markopoulou July 29, 2015 Global Citizenship
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After completing my studies in Boston University Communications School in Film in 2003 I came back to Greece.   I started working in theatre in 2005 as an assistant director for Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek, Stella etc.) and Stathis Livathinos (National Theatre Artistic Director).   I decided to direct my own performances a few years later.  [...]

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Serving Soul Repair: Bringing our own hands to bear

by Krista DeNio July 16, 2015 Blue Star Theatres
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(This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. California Shakespeare Theater is the grant recipient of the following Blue Star Theatres project, Land Home Hero.) Veterans know service; were trained for service; are of service. Whatever one carried into the military, one comes out [...]

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Embracing Empathy

by Kelvin Dinkins Jr. July 16, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? KELVIN DINKINS, JR.:  HAMILTON:  I am pretty sure [...]

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PUSH! Real Athletes. Real Stories. Real Theatre.

by Sara Zatz July 15, 2015 Global Citizenship
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Sometimes making theater can feel more like an endurance test than like making art. We sit in the theater for a 10 out of 12. We go to rehearsal night after night, not seeing our friends or families until the show is done. But you know what is really an endurance test? Swimming across Lake [...]

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A Son’s Voice

by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr July 13, 2015 SpotlightOn
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(For the 25th National Conference in Cleveland, TCG is highlighting the current recipients of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship and the SPARK Leadership Programs. These programs are unique to the field, and provide critical support and mentorship for the future leaders of our art form. In honor of our longstanding commitment to professional development across the field, we feel [...]

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Making Space for Women’s Voices: Angela Astle

by Abby Ellis-Angell July 13, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo: Athena Project’s staff and board. 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.) Denver theater director Angela Astle is on a mission to ensure that the voices of women in the arts are heard. Three years ago, when she read the [...]

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Represent Our Voices

by Molly Smith July 9, 2015 National Conference
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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE E. LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? MOLLY SMITH:  A real game-changer that Arena [...]

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