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Daniel Robert Sullivan

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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 [...]

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(This post is part of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships and Fox Fellowship Circle salon.) We sit in a circle at Roundabout Theatre Company and I ask questions. “Why are you laughing so much? You’re quiet today; is something wrong? Here’s a news article; what’s your opinion on it?” That’s a baseline, but sometimes the questions have [...]

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How Many Scenes Does It Take to Connect to a Character?

by Daniel Robert Sullivan February 14, 2014 Fox Fellowships
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(This post is part of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships and Fox Fellowship Circle salon.) A vignette play is easy to conceive, easy to rehearse, and easy to produce. Don’t believe me? Ok, pick a theme or location. Now, brainstorm ten stories or events that are connected to that theme or that place. Use [...]

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Can A White Guy Write Black Characters?

by Daniel Robert Sullivan January 22, 2014 Fox Fellowships
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I’m a privileged dude, no question. White privilege, male privilege, class privilege – I’ve got it all, so I’ve got to be careful how I use or abuse it. In a thousand barely recognizable ways, I have advantages that are difficult to recognize while they are happening. Looking back over a day, however, I can [...]

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Is No Choice Better Than Bold Choice?

by Daniel Robert Sullivan December 17, 2013 Fox Fellowships
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As a Fox Foundation fellow, I’ve been working with a group of teenagers in New York City to devise a new play that deals with both the minutia and the epic themes of their daily school lives. Twice a week for the last two months we’ve met in a Roundabout Theatre Company studio to talk, [...]

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A Wild Ride

by Daniel Robert Sullivan November 19, 2013 Fox Fellowships
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“In my Earth Science class we’re supposed to learning, but that’s like everybody’s confession session. So this one kid told this other kid who is black, ‘You should be Django for Halloween.’ The black kid says, you know, ‘You’re mad ignorant,’ and then I responded, and I was like, ‘How can you say that to [...]

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