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“Our art was to bring everything in, to include everything until we finally admitted that the world was our work.” -Charles Ludlam, from Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly, as quoted in An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art New Dramatists recently featured an event celebrating the publication of Todd London’s An [...]

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“Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming each and every one of them.”- New York Times We are thrilled to announce that Taylor Mac will be joining the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego, June 19-21! Many of you know Taylor’s work from the epic The [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Boards and Bogotá Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 24, 2014 Weekly Update
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From April 12-15 of this year, TCG will facilitate a delegation to the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá.  Staff of TCG Member Theatres who are interested in presenting or developing work with Latin American artists can register for the industry weekend of this international festival at the special rate of $500, which includes tickets, [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hill Visit Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 10, 2014 Advocacy
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(Photo: Tim Stanford, Playwrights Horizons; Heather Randall, New York Theatre Workshop; Senator Booker; Teresa Eyring, TCG; Marshall Jones, Crossroads Theatre Company; and Alissa Moore, TCG.) “I was a mayor. Believe me, I know how important the arts are!” –New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, at our TCG Hill Visits Last week, TCG’s Board of Directors held its winter meeting in [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Briefing: Radical Democracy Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 13, 2014 Weekly Update
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“Do we want more diversity in the very small amount of available jobs?  Or do we want to talk about radically democratizing the field…? -Michael John Garcés, quoted in Seema Sueko’s “Jump into the Gaps” 2013 was a big year. We held three conferences—the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening in Philadelphia, the National Conference: Learn Do [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hartford and Haiyan edition

by Teresa Eyring November 19, 2013 Weekly Update
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“But I realized I couldn’t do anything without the support of the insurance people. Many were helpful but I couldn’t get anywhere with Aetna and its head Olcott Smith. So I paid his chauffeur $20 just to let me sit in the back seat of his car and when Smith got in, there I was. [...]

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Teresa’s Closing Fall Forum Remarks

by Teresa Eyring November 15, 2013 Fall Forum
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(Photo by Sean Harris of Maverick Sean Photography. Pictured: Teresa Eyring at the 2013 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality) We’ve covered a lot of ground in our three days together, and I want to leave you with three short thoughts. First, after this Forum, I am ever more convinced that capitalization and diversity & inclusion [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Leadership as Process Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 22, 2013 Weekly Update
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Leadership, and the lack thereof, has been much on our cultural radar as our country finally voted to end our perilous government shutdown (Laurie Baskin has more here). We’ve been thinking about leadership here at TCG, as well, as we just announced our 2013 Cycle A recipients of our Leadership U[niversity]—Continuing Ed grants, and launched [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Without Walls Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 15, 2013 Weekly Update
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On October 3, TCG held our first ever Diversity & Inclusion Institute webinar. We were all deeply inspired by the concrete steps our participating theatres had already taken: developing inclusive hiring practices, deepening community partnerships and having complex internal conversations with board and staff members about the strategic value of diversity. Institute theatres will be [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Ruth Maleczech Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 8, 2013 Weekly Update
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“I do really celebrate New York. I love what it has meant to this little theatre company. I don’t think we could have done what we’ve done anywhere but here.” -Ruth Maleczech, “Mabou Mines: A Love Story,” April 2007 American Theatre magazine Last week saw the passing of Ruth Maleczech, the remarkable performer and co-founder [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: SPPA Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 3, 2013 Weekly Update
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The critical importance of data is fresh in the news with the release of the NEA’s 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. You may have noticed in particular these dismaying findings: “Musical play attendance saw the first significant drop since the 1985 SPPA: a 9 percent rate of decline from 2008 to 2012. [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Vision Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 23, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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Our six-point Diversity & Inclusion Initiative took a big step forward this week with the launch of our Leading the Charge Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship. This two-year Fellowship is equal parts leadership position—working to advance our Initiative—and professional development opportunity. Please share the Fellowship description far and wide before the application deadline of 10/7, and [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Centered Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 19, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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As I walked into the lobby of TCG’s office building last week, I was greeted by the wonderful surprise of a three-piece jazz band playing. This pop-up event was part of The September Concert, an annual celebration around September 11th of peace and humanity through free music events in unlikely locales. People eating nearby looked [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Happy Anniversaries Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 10, 2013 Weekly Update
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The theatre field is currently celebrating more major birthdays than a TGI Fridays on the weekend. TCG celebrated our own 50th two years back, and many major theatres founded in the 1960s are passing similar milestones. We’ll be highlighting some of those anniversaries in upcoming issues of American Theatre, but I wanted to extend a [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Language and Travel Edition

by Teresa Eyring August 27, 2013 Weekly Update
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Where can you go from staying “over there” past a “burn” to see “R&G” “up the hill”? That lingo belongs to the American Players Theatre of Wisconsin, where I’m currently taking in a rotating rep of 11 classic plays amidst the stunning scenery. As I engage with the staff and core group of 37 actors [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Beyond Breakeven

by Teresa Eyring August 13, 2013 Weekly Update
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In my July/August column of American Theatre, I imagined a to-do list for our theatre field with a couple of long-standing challenges that we may never fully check-off.  One more topic to add to that list: the need for theatres to achieve proper capitalization for organizational vitality. Jump back with me fifteen years. I’m facilitating [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hybrid Theatre

by Teresa Eyring August 5, 2013 Weekly Update
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Last week we launched Round 3 Cycle A of Global Connections (GC), and I encourage you to look over the guidelines and apply. Read about past recipients’ projects to learn the many different ways American theatre artists are collaborating with their international colleagues. Here on the Circle, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) recent post about their [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Advocacy Blitz Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 30, 2013 Advocacy
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This week, I’d like to focus your attention on important developments on Capitol Hill affecting the arts. We need your help, and I hope you’ll take action and spread the word. Last week, you may have received an action alert from the Performing Arts Alliance: a nearly 50% cut to the NEA’s funding has been [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Post-Verdict Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 22, 2013 Weekly Update
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Last week, the news of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the trial for killing Trayvon Martin resulted in widespread shock and confusion about how our system could fail to deliver justice for this young person. It elicited questions on what the verdict says about our laws, the continuing racial tension in our country, and the suspicion, [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Human Rights Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 1, 2013 Weekly Update
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Today, as we sat in our weekly TCG leadership team meeting, Managing Director Kevin E. Moore announced that history was in the making. His phone had just buzzed with news of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and their dismissal of Proposition 8’s appeal. When the Defense of Marriage Act [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Virtuous Circle Edition

by Teresa Eyring June 24, 2013 Weekly Update
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We ended last week with the celebration of the summer solstice, which serves as both the gateway to summer’s growing season and the launch of daylight’s march toward fall.  It reminds us that every beginning is a journey towards an end, and that every end flows into another beginning. I was part of several celebrations [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Designers & Playwrights Edition

by Teresa Eyring May 6, 2013 Weekly Update
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“I think that as a playwright, if I detail that environment, then I’m taking away something from them [designers]. I’m taking away their creativity and their ability to have input themselves, not just to follow what the playwright has written. So I do a minimum set description and let the designers create within that.” -August [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: D.C. Blue Star Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 23, 2013 Arts and the Armed Forces
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Last week, I was powerfully reminded of theatre’s ability to heal. We gathered at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. for a press event celebrating the now 90 participating Blue Star Theatres. Across 35 states, these theatres have dedicated programming towards recognizing the profound contributions of service families, seeking [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Advocacy & Boston Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 16, 2013 Weekly Update
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“As we experience the enormous pain and loss that is felt by so many victims of violence in our city’s neighborhoods and around our world every day, we renew our commitment to creating theatrical work that builds liberation and a non-violent movement against all oppression.” -Abe Rybeck, The Theater Offensive Yesterday, as I was getting [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Roger Ebert Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 8, 2013 Weekly Update
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“’Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Actors Fund Edition

by Teresa Eyring April 1, 2013 Weekly Update
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TCG’s vision statement and strategic realignment point us towards harnessing the power of partnerships, and so I am particularly pleased to share that I have joined the board of The Actors Fund. Over the Fund’s long history—it was founded in 1882—their programming has come to the aid of theatre people in need of emergency financial [...]

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Why I Joined The Actors Fund Board

by Teresa Eyring March 28, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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From 2009 through 2011, I served as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee and one of my co-nominators was Joe Benincasa, the president and CEO of The Actors Fund. While I’d been aware of The Fund for years, I learned so much more about The Fund’s work from my conversations with Joe. As we [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Cuba Part One Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 25, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Last week concluded TCG’s Cuba Exploratorium trip, which brought nearly 20 TCG Member Theatre staffers and artists to Cuba as pasrt of our World Theatre Day programming.  Arts officials in Cuba believe ours is the largest delegation of U.S. theatre professionals to ever visit their country! We visited with theatres like Teatro de los Elementos, an [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Tupac Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 19, 2013 National Conference
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“And I love Shakespeare. He wrote some of the rawest stories, man. I mean look at Romeo and Juliet…You got this guy Romeo from the Bloods who falls for Juliet, a female from the Crips, and everybody in both gangs are against them. So they have to sneak out and they end up dead for [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: The (R)Evolution Continues

by Teresa Eyring March 4, 2013 Weekly Update
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Last week, we returned from our Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening in Philadelphia, and our minds and hearts are still revving from all the ideas, connections and (not one but two) banjo-songs written expressly for the Convening by our facilitator extraordinaire, Lisa Mount! We heard from experts on the cutting edge of gamification, hospitality and digital [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Post-Board, Pre-Rev Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 11, 2013 Uncategorized
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Last week, TCG held our winter board meeting here in New York City. We were joined by the National Council for the American Theatre, our advisory council of theatre trustees. While the board is charged with the overall governance of TCG, including fiscal oversight and strategy development, we always make time to identify emerging field-wide [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Time and Times Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 4, 2013 Weekly Update
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From Beckett’s beats to Pinter’s pauses, from places to curtains, time in theatre is measured as much by the pulse of the heart as the tick of the second. Great theatre can make hours disappear, and expand a single moment into a lifetime. I was reminded of theatre’s relationship to time in three recent shows [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update, Tenderness Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 28, 2013 Weekly Update
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“The way I view life is very connected to the way I grew up in Cuba. It’s a certain quality—like a tender pity for things.” – María Irene Fornés in an interview with Lucia Mauro, Performink That tenderness—always present within the fierce curiosity of Fornés’ plays and her legendary work as teacher and mentor—is returning [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Residency Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 15, 2013 Weekly Update
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“This grant gave me more than memories; it gave me a crucial experience that is formative to all writers: the ability to perceive that we become writers in exile, where what we write is the only link across distance and time…I became a Maryland writer because the community of Juneau took me in.” -Paula Vogel, [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: 2013 Edition

by Teresa Eyring January 7, 2013 Weekly Update
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Happy 2013! The 113th Congress is sworn in, not-for-profits are evaluating our swerve from the fiscal cliff and artists are going beyond the stage to advocate as citizens. Here at TCG, we’re working through the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening applications and reading what folks want to Learn Do Teach at the National Conference in Dallas. [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Poland, Part I

by Teresa Eyring December 17, 2012 Weekly Update
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I write to you now from Poland, where I’ve been a guest of the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival in Krakow. I’ve attended 12 shows and engaged in conversation with Polish theatre-makers about aesthetics, funding, national histories, local context and more. I will depart with much food for thought, especially concerning TCG’s strategic plan’s focus [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Home Is Where Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 10, 2012 Weekly Update
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But there’s always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself. Now I’ve found that what’s most valuable about that place is not the place itself but the other people; that through other people you can find a recognition of each other. I think that’s where the real [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Thanksgiving Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 5, 2012 Weekly Update
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I wanted to call your attention to some important resources now posted on our website. If you missed the Fall Forum on Governance—or attended and would like to refresh your memory—we now have video recordings of the main sessions and the Forum resources that we hope will be instrumental in your own communities. This year’s [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Our Changing World Edition

by Teresa Eyring November 19, 2012 Fall Forum
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This season of giving is also a season of change. The election gave us our first Hindu Representative in Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii); our first Asian-American Senator, Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) became the first openly LGBT woman elected to the Senate; Mark Takano (D-CA) became the first openly LGBT person of color elected as [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: After the Storm Edition

by Teresa Eyring November 2, 2012 Weekly Update
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Our hearts go out to all those struggling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. What an apt phrase that is: Our hearts go out. Yesterday, we reached out to our Member Theatres and Affiliates in the path of the disaster, and while some were hard hit and others mostly spared, all voiced a similar concern [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Open Generosity Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 29, 2012 Weekly Update
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“I can tell you, after having served for 30 years and having seen the worst conditions around the world, that this is a wonderful country, and it is because of our culture, our openness and the generosity of people like this, that I am able to serve and know it is appreciated. I look forward [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Legacy of Leadership Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 22, 2012 Weekly Update
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Forging connections, creating an equitable future, building livable communities and providing effective leadership; these were the key themes of the 2012 Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Conference in Miami. As a grant-maker, TCG is an active member of GIA, and last week I had the good fortune of presenting in two different sessions. The first [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: My America Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 15, 2012 Weekly Update
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Perhaps we’ll look back on the first half of the twenty-first century and see a revolution of process, with deeper collaborations among theatre artists leading to an explosion of innovation. Perhaps that revolution will get us closer to resolving the contradiction between, “the advance of theatre as an art form and the discovery of new [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Rev or Ev Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 9, 2012 Audience & Community Engagement
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You say you got a real solution / Well, you know / We’d all love to see the plan. -“Revolution,” The Beatles It’s been over a year since Occupy Wall Street began, and nearly two since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire and ignited the Arab Spring. While some movements continue to struggle against violence [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Just the Facts Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 25, 2012 Diversity & Inclusion
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In our current political maelstrom, everyone seems to have their own set of facts, twisted and spun to support the confirmation biases of their opinions. This can sometimes be true of our own theatre movement, where differing methodologies have us comparing apples to horses. This is what makes Theatre Facts such an invaluable asset to [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: The Difference Words Make

by Teresa Eyring September 17, 2012 Fall Forum
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We must love one another or die. W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939″ (1940) We must love one another and die. W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939″ (1955) What a difference a word makes. Last week I took in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon Baines Johnson, All The Way, and thought about [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Penumbra Edition

by Teresa Eyring September 10, 2012 Diversity & Inclusion
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I hope everyone had a happy Labor Day weekend, and took a moment amongst the barbecues and beach days to reflect on the ongoing importance of the labor movement. Watching Lily Ledbetter’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, I was struck by her acknowledgement that when there is inequality in the workplace, “what we lose [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Leading the Charge Edition

by Teresa Eyring August 27, 2012 Weekly Update
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One of the most urgent conversations to emerge from the 2012 National Conference in Boston concerned the perennial theme of diversity. However, we noticed that the frame of that conversation had shifted from challenge to opportunity and the dialogue had evolved from should we do this to how do we do this? To further this [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Kentucky Edition

by Teresa Eyring August 20, 2012 Weekly Update
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The weekend before last, I had the pleasure of participating in two memorable events in Kentucky. In Lexington, I was a keynote speaker at the conference of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), hosted locally by TCG Member Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre.  I joined approximately 400 theatre practitioners, educators, researchers and arts education [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Our Town Edition

by Teresa Eyring August 13, 2012 Weekly Update
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“Very ordinary town, if you ask me.” Mr. Webb, Our Town by Thornton Wilder On July 12, the NEA announced the 2012 Our Town grant recipients, and whether or not Wilder’s eponymous paean to small town life served as inspiration, theatres were well represented. In fact, if we were to call forth our own Professor [...]

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