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One of the great joys of my 2013 at TCG was working with Jacqueline E. Lawton and Caridad Svich on the Diversity & Inclusion and Artistic Innovation blog salons, respectively. To say they went above and beyond the call would be an ungainly understatement, as attested to by the 100+ wide-ranging, provocative, thoughtful and heart [...]

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Last month we launched the first stage of the An Ideal Theater blog salon, responding directly to the essays, manifestos, letters and speeches from founding visionaries in Todd London’s An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art.  We’ve already shared responses from Anne Cattaneo on Lincoln Center Theater, and Sherrine Azab on Washington Square Players, and we’ll [...]

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An Ideal Theater Salon

by August Schulenburg December 11, 2013 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new TCG Circle blog salon responding to the entries and themes of An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, edited and introduced by Todd London. This documentary history of the American theatre movement  collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches from founding visionaries, each introduced [...]

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Iraq Theatre Book Donation for World Theatre Day

by August Schulenburg April 18, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Theatre Communications Group staff members Sandra Nance, Zach Chotzen-Freund, J.P. Smith, Jessica Lewis, Abby Lynch, Jacob Lasser, Kevin Bitterman, Laurie Baskin, Caroline Saudek, Amy Dorman.) As part of the World Theatre Day celebration, TCG partnered with Theatre Without Borders, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at [...]

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Timothy J. Shields to Lead Financial Adaptation Arc

by August Schulenburg April 16, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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We are thrilled to welcome Timothy J. Shields as the co-curator of the Financial Adaptation arc for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. To further focus our time June 6-8 together, we’ll organize breakout, affinity and plenary sessions into programmatic arcs. These arcs will offer a deep dive into these key areas—a [...]

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Welcome our Online Conference Curators

by August Schulenburg April 9, 2013 National Conference
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Oh man, oh man, am I excited to write this post? Yes, I am. Please join me in welcoming our amazing online Conference curators to the fray: Jacqueline E. Lawton, David J. Loehr, Caridad Svich and Adam Thurman. Now, I know what you’re thinking–what an awesome line-up! That’s practically the Fantastic Four of theatre right [...]

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Want To Help Kick-Off TCG’s National Conference?

by August Schulenburg April 2, 2013 National Conference
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Attendees of the 2012 TCG National Conference: Model the Movement in Boston may remember how it all began: the lights went down, the sweet beats of DJ Spooky began to groove, and then images and quotes from the rich legacy of our resident theatre movement played on the big screen. This was our opening video, [...]

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Learn Do Teach: Diversity

by August Schulenburg January 11, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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If you haven’t yet read Dafina’s post on Uniting the 1,200 Conferences, please do so first, as she lays out the basics of our 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas from June 6-9, and why you should drop what you’re doing and fill out our Conference Planning Form ASAP. Go on, give [...]

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Revving Up the Audience (R)Evolution

by August Schulenburg December 12, 2012 Audience & Community Engagement
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This Friday is the application deadline for our Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening from February 20-22, 2013, in Philadelphia. Convening 150 theatre, arts and cultural professionals at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, attendees will engage with the latest research, hear from dynamic speakers and connect with practitioners on the cutting edge of audience engagement. Ideas will collide, [...]

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Katori Hall’s Fall Forum Keynote Address

by August Schulenburg November 19, 2012 Fall Forum

The 2012 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge may be over, but our work has just begun. All of us–staff as well as attendees–left the Forum feeling charged with the responsibility of advancing diversity and inclusion in our own work and communities. To that end, we’ll be sharing videos and resources from the [...]

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Top 11 Most-Produced Playwrights of 2012-13 Season

by August Schulenburg September 20, 2012 American Theatre magazine
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Every year, the October issue of American Theatre features a list of the nation’s upcoming seasons, including which plays are slated to receive the most productions. That information will be released in October, but yesterday on the IM Wire and now here on the Circle we’re able to share another important piece of data – [...]

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Structures, Signals, Noise: The New Conference 2.0

by August Schulenburg June 21, 2012 National Conference
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You know the hype: the internet is the biggest thing to happen to communication since the printing press! Ah, the cognitive surplus! Praise the Facebook revolutions! Kickstarter and crowdsourcing and Pinterest, oh my! Here’s the thing: I believe in all that and then some. The revolution has been and will be tweeted. But when you [...]

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Getting In On The Act: Alan Brown’s Webinar

by August Schulenburg April 23, 2012 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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On Wednesday, May 2, Alan Brown will lead the A-ha! Leadership Webinar, Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation. This webinar is free for Member Theatres and will feature Alan’s  insights into present trends in audience engagement and the future of arts participation within our field. The deadline [...]

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An Evening with David Henry Hwang

by August Schulenburg April 18, 2012 TCG Books
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Lovers of conversatin’ playwrights, gather round for happy news! We’re thrilled to announce that the next installment of our TCG Playwrights in Conversation series on Monday, May 7th at 7pm EST will feature David Henry Hwang. As you no-doubt know, he is the author of the Tony Award–winning M. Butterfly, a finalist for the 1988 [...]

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A Conversation with Anne: The Shock of Recognition

by August Schulenburg March 30, 2012 Interviews
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Since 2002, Anne Bogart has conducted a series of interviews with major artists and cultural thinkers at her SITI Company studio in New York City before live audiences. TCG’s recently published book, Conversations with Anne, collects and documents these remarkable conversations between Bogart and the artists and thinkers she most admires, including Zelda Fichandler, Richard [...]

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Model the Movement: How A Theme Begins

by August Schulenburg March 26, 2012 National Conference
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I remember this: we were not in the TCG office when the lightning began to strike in our 2012 National Conference brainstorm. I don’t remember why – it could have been that all of the meeting rooms were full, or perhaps one of us had simply forgotten to eat until the stomach rumblings could not [...]

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The Future of Engagement

by August Schulenburg March 21, 2012 Interviews
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On Wednesday, April 4, Shane D. Hudson will lead the A-ha! Leadership Webinar, The Future of Engagement: Social Media and Your Audience. This webinar is free for Member Theatres and will feature Shane’s  insights into the future of digital engagement within our field. He will discuss the latest trends in social media, the future of [...]

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Deadlines: National Conference Scholarship and Award Nominations

by August Schulenburg March 16, 2012 National Conference
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Today, March 16, is the deadline for Scholarships to the 2012 TCG National Conference: Model the Movement, so if you were thinking of applying, now is the moment. It is also the deadline for Award Nominations, and our Early Bird Deadline is rapidly approaching, so please read on for more information, and apply, nominate and [...]

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Model the Movement: The First Two Speakers

by August Schulenburg March 14, 2012 National Conference
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We are thrilled to announce the first two plenary speakers for the 2012 TCG National Conference – Model the Movement. Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and Howard Shalwitz match-up perfectly with our conference’s theme of transforming a field into a movement, one new model at a time. DJ Spooky “Talk to 35-year-old New Yorker [...]

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SHINSAI at Cooper Union

by August Schulenburg March 6, 2012 Events
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Participation in SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan has now grown to almost 70 organizations, with over twenty states represented! As we celebrate this now international fundraising event for the Japanese theatre community affected by the March 11 disaster, I want to focus for a moment on the theatres that started it all, and their event at the Cooper [...]

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The Personal Political

by August Schulenburg February 10, 2012 Activism
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“There’s a kind of weird idea that politics isn’t about psychology, or that politics isn’t about family, or that politics isn’t about daddies, and mommies, and brothers. Of course, politics is just another aspect of human behavior. And I think one of the great things about American democracy is the way in which it has carved out space in [...]

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Let It Ripple, or The Arts As A Public Good

by August Schulenburg November 4, 2011 Fall Forum
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Heading into our 2011 Fall Forum on Governance: Capitalizing an Art Form, we wanted to provide a more in depth look at some of our speakers. We’re thrilled that our closing speaker, Margy Waller, took a moment out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Margy Waller is a Senior Fellow [...]

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A Hinge of History

by August Schulenburg November 2, 2011 Edgerton New Plays
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“I think what is particularly poignant about LBJ, and tragic about his story, is that he could see, actually, what was happening in Vietnam, but couldn’t find from his own political standpoint a way out, and he knew it would be the destruction of his domestic program which is all he really cared about, but [...]

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The Color of Sugar

by August Schulenburg October 28, 2011 Edgerton New Plays
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(Photo: Craig Schwartz. Pictured: Angela Lewis, J. Mallory McCree) To better tell the stories of the Edgerton grantees, we’ll be sharing details from the plays and productions. In a recent discussion with Stephen McCormick, the Director of Education and Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse, I learned about a particularly fascinating post-show conversation surrounding their production of Kirsten [...]

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The Music of Rebuilding

by August Schulenburg October 26, 2011 Edgerton New Plays

“I really wanted to tell a story that did justice to the work of rebuilding after that kind of disaster.” -Dan Dietz, Playwright, Clementine in the Lower 9 To better tell the stories of the  extraordinary Edgerton grantees, we’ll be sharing details from the plays and productions. We’re thrilled to begin by sharing this video [...]

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Second Round of 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards

by August Schulenburg October 25, 2011 Edgerton New Plays
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We are pleased to announce the second round of 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards! Granted to TCG member theaters across the U.S., the awards, totaling $762,000, allow 22 theaters extra time in the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the play after its first run. [...]

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Catching the Pass

by August Schulenburg October 7, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Photo: Gerry Goodstein. Pictured: Amy Staats and Lynette Freeman from WAKING UP by Cori Thomas, directed by Tea Alagić) Having previously featured the ACTpass in Eliza Bent’s April 2011 Strategies column in American Theatre, we were excited when Ensemble Studio Theatre’s ESTpass press release crossed our transom. Was this an idea with legs? How would [...]

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Call and Response: Don Shewey

by August Schulenburg August 23, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“I just saw writing about theatre in a different way, as a kind of dialogue with the artist, and that’s what’s really meaningful to me.” – Don Shewey, I AM THEATRE As the Artistic Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble, I’ve made a concerted effort to respond to most of the reviews written about our work [...]

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Call and Response: Lou Bellamy

by August Schulenburg July 27, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“We were looking for a place to talk about issues that we knew to be important, to show the complicated nature of African-American life, and to see our grandmothers and grandfathers on stage, with dignity, telling stories that matter, stories that were only sporadically told in other theatres around the world.” -Lou Bellamy, I AM [...]

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From What If to What Next

by August Schulenburg July 20, 2011 I AM THEATRE

Leading up to our 2011 National Conference, we hosted a number of thoughtful essays imagining the future of theatre,These posts ranged from What If Disaster Relief Included An Arts Component to What If Theatres Partnered With The Local Food Movement, with Jim Hart’s What If Artists Were Trained As Entrepreneurs attracting the most attention. Overall, the [...]

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I AM THEATRE

by August Schulenburg July 14, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms” – Muriel Rukeyser All of us at TCG are thrilled today to launch I AM THEATRE, a video campaign that spotlights the stories of theatre practitioners in their own words. We’ll be releasing a 2 minute video each Thursday over the next 50 weeks, capturing pivotal moments in the lives [...]

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Leaving More Than A Rack Behind

by August Schulenburg July 1, 2011 Interviews
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(All photos by Lee Butz. Pictured: Christopher Coucill, Rachael Joffred) At first glance, photography and theatre appear to be arts in opposition. Audience cameras aren’t allowed in the theatre, after all, and no photograph can capture the exchange of energy between actor and audience that is a play’s ephemeral essence. To what end, then, does [...]

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National Conference: Day 1 Round Up

by August Schulenburg June 17, 2011 National Conference

“You are not going to be able to see everything you want to see or attend every session that peaks your interest” – Teresa Eyring “Revolutions are a fertile time period for the artist, because people are more willing to pay attention.” – Mona Eltahawy These two quotes, both from the opening Keynote, captured the [...]

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Live Streaming The Conference

by August Schulenburg June 16, 2011 National Conference

It’s time. After a lovely informal welcome party last night, the attendees (over 1,100 strong!) are registering, downing coffee, mulling over last night’s Radar LA show, and preparing for the Conference to begin. We’re going be sharing as much of it as we can, giving roundups here on the Circle, and on Twitter @TCG with hashtag [...]

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National Conference: Welcome Engine28

by August Schulenburg June 15, 2011 National Conference

The TCG staff has now landed safely in Los Angeles, and we’re dashing about the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel readying the space for the arrival of over 1,000 theatre leaders for the 2011 National Conference. We’ll be doing our level best to cover the excitement here on the Circle, on the TCG Facebook page, and [...]

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What If…?

by August Schulenburg April 14, 2011 National Conference

What if theatre weren’t seen as a luxury, but as central to the fabric of our country? What if artists and other theatre leaders talked openly about art and aesthetics? What if theatres committed to hiring more people of color in leadership positions? From June 16–18, in Los Angeles, the 21st TCG National Conference will kick off [...]

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Global Connections Begins

by August Schulenburg March 24, 2011 Global Citizenship
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In the spirit of World Theatre Day on March 27th (have you watched Jeffrey Wright’s moving message?), we’re sharing a more in depth look at our recent Global Connections grantees. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a teleconference meeting where the participating artists shared the genesis of their plans, with a contagious enthusiasm building [...]

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Creative Thinking In Action

by August Schulenburg March 8, 2011 Interviews

On Monday, March 14th from 2-3:30PM EST, Kevin Gillese, Maria Striar and Seema Sueko  will lead the next installment of  our A-ha! Leadership Webinar series, “Creative Thinking In Action.” They kindly took a break from their busy schedules to answer some anticipatory questions about the themes of the Webinar,  including how the creative process can cross [...]

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#MeetMems: 3 New Member Theatres!

by August Schulenburg March 7, 2011 Meet the Members

Whether they’re bringing some heat to St. Louis, or the Bard to Upstate, or blurring the boundaries of media from BAM to Bogota; we’re thrilled to welcome three new Member Theatres to TCG! The Builders Association 453 Broome St, #4C New York, NY 10013 Marianne Weems, Artistic Director Erica Laird, Managing Director Sharon Connelly, Board [...]

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#MeetMems: South Coast Repertory

by August Schulenburg March 3, 2011 Meet the Members

As part of our regular series, Meet the Members, TCG’s staff will be sitting down with South Coast Repertory’s David Emmes and Paula Tomei to talk about their work. We will be live tweeting this conversation @tcg using the hashtag #meetmems, so if you’re on Twitter, please join us at 3PM, EST. Here are the [...]

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State of the Artists Survey

by August Schulenburg February 17, 2011 Events

Last night, HERE Arts Center hosted a town hall (and live streamed it!) as part of our Town Hall series, joining theatres like Jobsite Theater, New Georges, Playwrights Horizons and Westport Country Playhouse in advancing the conversation surrounding the Artist-Institution relationship. Now we’re taking the next step of our Field Conversations by soliciting the opinions of [...]

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#NEA365

by August Schulenburg February 16, 2011 Advocacy

“While no government can call a great artist or scholar into existence, it is necessary and appropriate for the Federal Government to help create and sustain not only a climate encouraging freedom of thought, imagination, and inquiry, but also the material conditions facilitating the release of this creative talent.” – U.S. Code § 951. Declaration of [...]

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Demystifying Technology: Meet the Players

by August Schulenburg February 14, 2011 Social Media

On February 28th at 12Noon, Chad Bauman and Brad Stephenson will lead the next installment of  our A-ha! Leadership Webinar series, “Demystifying Technology: Marketing and Publicity in the New Economy.” They kindly took a break from their busy schedules to answer some anticipatory questions about the themes of the Webinar,  including how theatres can use new [...]

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Pictures From The Protest

by August Schulenburg January 19, 2011 Advocacy
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(Photo by Kevin Bitterman. Pictured: Tony Kushner) Supporters of the Belarus Free Theatre gathered in front of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations Belarus Embassy at 12 Noon today to protest the recent oppressive actions of Alexander Lukashenko’s government. They were joined by Amnesty International USA and our own Teresa [...]

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Service for Ellen Stewart

by August Schulenburg January 14, 2011 Events
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We joined with the rest of the theatre community yesterday in mourning the passing of Ellen Stewart, the legendary founder of La MaMa E.T.C. Our condolences go to Ellen’s entire family and the La MaMa community, even as we celebrate her life and profound impact on the field. The New York Times obituary lists many [...]

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Town Hall Discussions: The Artist-Theatre Relationship

by August Schulenburg January 12, 2011 Events

How can we breakdown the boundaries between artists and administrators? How can organizations grow without losing flexibility? How do artists balance finding an artistic home with keeping creative independence? These were just some of the questions raised in our recent Round Table Discussions held in the fall of 2010 as part of our Field Conversations.  [...]

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GreatNonprofits’ Arts Appreciation Campaign 2011

by August Schulenburg January 6, 2011 Advocacy
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We’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with GreatNonprofits to help launch their 2011 Arts Appreciation Campaign. We’re joining with other partner organizations like GuideStar, The New 42nd, St. Inc., and Arts and Creativity for Healing to better recognize nonprofits working on issues in the arts sector. What is GreatNonprofits? As CEO Perla Ni writes on [...]

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Statement from Belarus Free Theatre

by August Schulenburg January 3, 2011 Advocacy
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These photos were taken by actor Michael Laurence at a demonstration in front of the Belarus Embassy of London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre. Michael worked with BFT Artistic Directors Natalya Kolyada and Nikolai Khalezin at the Lark Play Development Center in September, and is a part of the groundswell of support trying [...]

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Pictures (and a 1000 Words) from Wallace Shawn Event

by August Schulenburg December 29, 2010 TCG Books
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(Photo by Jared Rodriguez) For those who read my post on The Plays and Essays of Wallace Shawn event at CUNY, you no longer have to take my word for it. WNYC has now posted a podcast of the event, so you can hear Wallace Shawn and friends speak for themselves. Give a listen to [...]

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A Petition for Hungary

by August Schulenburg December 28, 2010 Advocacy

Last week, Teresa posted about the free speech issues affecting Belarus and Hungary, including a link to a petition of support for Belarus Free Theater. Since that time, the Trust for Mutual Understanding contacted us with a petition that addresses the tightening of government control over media and artistic expression in Hungary. To learn more [...]

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