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Caridad Svich

About a year ago, I started working on a piece called Sanctuary (American Psalm), which will be seen in work in progress showings January 28-31st, 2016 at Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series in Washington D.C At the time, it was a series of poems that had no ostensible home. I was in the midst of [...]

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(This essay was written for the 2015 TCG Circle Audience Revolution blog salon after the 2015 TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening March 25-27, 2015 in Kansas City.) Tell me what you want. Please Please Please Tell me what you want so that I can get what I want   I will make something Precisely For your want [...]

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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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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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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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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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Art, Action, Resistance and a Bit of Play

by Caridad Svich January 14, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo from the Repertorio Español premiere of Caridad Svich’s In the time of the butterflies/En el tiempo de las mariposas. Caridad’s play Archipelago is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. This post was originally shared on the NoPassport blog. After you read the interview, sign up to participate in the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme!) ELAINE AVILA: What is 30/30 [...]

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Caridad Svich’s Opening Remarks on Artistic Innovation

by Caridad Svich September 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo: Caridad Svich addressing the Artistic Innovation homeroom, by Michal Daniel. Editor’s note: Caridad’s remarks have been available as an archived video courtesy of HowlRound.TV since soon after the National Conference ended. However, the extraordinary series of essays she curated continued for months afterwards, and so we now offer the text of her opening remarks [...]

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Bridging Dallas

by Caridad Svich June 24, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Click-through to read her thoughts on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Conference). On this the last day of the live 2013 TCG Conference, thoughts turn to social bridging, free memberships to [...]

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Dissonant strands

by Caridad Svich June 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). A mild day in Dallas, Texas on the 7th of June brought forth spirited discussion amongst Will Power, Kevin Moriarty, Wendy MacLeod and Ed Sobel, Tim Bond and I on a panel on [...]

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days of rain, days of light

by Caridad Svich June 8, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). a deluvial morning led to a breezy, calm evening of Tex-Mex food, pink drinks and yuzu lemon bars. throughout the day talk of making things happen, infrastructures that get [...]

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Hybrid Artistry

by Caridad Svich May 27, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Latina/o Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as a [...]

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Aligning the Vision

by Caridad Svich April 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is the first post of the Artistic Innovation arc #TCG13 blog salon–learn more here). Making new work for live performance demands every bit of fiber and muscle, sinew and strength, heart and mind just to make happen. Sometimes as an artist you wish to speak to the now; sometimes you wish to speak [...]

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A Spark of Resistance/Toward Healing

by Caridad Svich September 26, 2012 Activism
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In the twilight of a waning late summer day, thoughts turn quite naturally toward the upcoming US Presidential election, and what is certainly a contest of idols on the blue and red sides of the US’ mainstream political parties. Much empty rhetoric has filled the media-waves over the last year, and this summer has been [...]

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An Environment for Change?

by Caridad Svich May 8, 2012 Activism
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(Photo from Univ of Pretoria, South Africa reading of THE WAY OF WATER. Courtesy of Univ of Pretoria.) “Oh, environmental plays,” a UK playwright-colleague said to me during a Winter Writers Retreat at the Lark Play Development Centre this past, mild December in NYC, “they’re bloody hard to write.” A few weeks later another UK [...]

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Toward a Visible Theatre

by Caridad Svich March 13, 2012 Generation Without Borders
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(Generation Without Borders is an essay series created by TCG for the 50th Anniversary of World Theatre Day. ) How does one write a life? Where does the will to intervene socially and politically in culture begin? Certainly, not every playwright’s path is marked by an activist intent. Some writers choose what may be deemed a [...]

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