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Activism

(Listen to the archived recording of the Models of Activist Theatre Webinar, and read the context of the Webinar below. The following text was sent to the Webinar participants.) Models of Activist Theatre Webinar Thursday, February 26th, 2015 for Actors, Teaching Artists, Education/Outreach Directors & Community Organizations The purpose of this Webinar is to learn [...]

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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) In February 2014, I was interviewed by Melissa Dean, the artistic director of BAREtruth Theatre Company, to help her create a new show and to define the long term artistic strategy of the company. BAREtruth’s first show was based [...]

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UN ENCUENTRO: Theater of and for the Borderlands

by Barclay Goldsmith April 30, 2014 Activism
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(This post is part of both the Global Connections grantee salon and the World Theatre Day/Crossing Borders salon, curated by Andrea Thome.) OVERVIEW.  In 2012 Borderlands Theater (Tucson) and El Círculo Teatral (Mexico City) embarked on a transnational project to commission, develop and produce two plays. The two directors of El Círculo, Victor Carpinteiro (who [...]

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Thinking Outside The Box

by AmeliaParenteau April 24, 2014 Activism
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Last Tuesday night, I ventured into Brooklyn to see The Box: A Black Comedy by Marcus Gardley, produced by The Foundry Theatre at the Irondale Center. There, I had the rare experience, in my world of New York theater, of distinctly feeling my place as a minority in relation to the cultural world of the [...]

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Why this Philippines Benefit?

by Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza February 14, 2014 Activism
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(This post by Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, about the upcoming “Ma-Yi Theater Company & Playwrights Horizons present MGA KASABIHAN / WORDS OF WISDOM: a benefit for the Philippines.” Get your tickets here.) Moments of tragedy call for community-building, not just financial rebuilding. by Mike Lew When the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda [...]

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#Trayvon: Getting Off at Fruitvale Station

by Ralph Remington December 12, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: Work from Curiosity, not Judgement

by Khanisha Foster September 17, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: Go New, Go Hardcore

by John Prescod September 11, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: Race, Capitalism, and Black Bodies in America and Theater

by Al Heartley August 16, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: Facing Our Truth

by Keith Josef Adkins August 15, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: Protest silence. Protest absence. Tell the stories that go untold

by Kelundra Smith August 13, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: Cross-Cultural Dialogue & Tell-Tale Hearts

by Jocelyn Prince August 12, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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#Trayvon: The Artist Response, Role and Responsibility

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 7, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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Why I Won’t Play Florida

by Will Power August 6, 2013 Activism

(Ed. Note: The following open letter is shared here with Will Power’s permission. The TCG Circle will soon be hosting a series of posts responding to the Trayvon Martin murder and trial, and what those things mean to theatre artists and our culture at large. If you would like to participate in that series, please [...]

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The Surprising History of Eco Theatre

by Dillon Slagle July 24, 2013 Activism
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(Bread and Puppet Theatre – Photographed by Walter S. Wantman, Scanned and photoshopped by Samuel Wantman [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons) Contemporary Eco Theatre is dynamic, integrated, and necessary. As a holistic approach to performance, most companies and artists involved in the movement are not satisfied with merely raising awareness of ecological [...]

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“It’s a revolution, not a coup.”

by Erin B Mee July 8, 2013 Activism
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(Photo taken from video by Hazem Azmy) As TCG Circle readers know, Egypt has undergone a second revolution, begun and largely orchestrated by artists. In her upcoming TDR article “The Fire and the Frying Pan: Censorship and Performance in Egypt,” Nehad Selaiha outlines the history of artistic censorship in Egypt – both government-imposed, and self-imposed. [...]

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Artists in Egypt Update, July 1

by Dalia Basiouny July 1, 2013 Activism
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(For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here. Also read Cynthia Schneider’s article Opinion: Get ready for Egypt’s ‘second revolution’) Dear loop friends, Protests, marches and occupy are starting already  in many locations around Egypt. The air is full of energy, frustration, and hope. Mahala workers [...]

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Artists in Egypt Update, June 16

by Erin B Mee June 20, 2013 Activism
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(For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here.) Performances outside the Ministry of Culture continue: on 15 June  there was a street theatre performance, a Les Miserables sing-a-long in Arabic, the revolutionary repertoire of Ramy Essam, and a circus performer balancing high above the crowd. Shawn Lent, [...]

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Attempt to Disperse Artists in Egypt Fails

by Erin B Mee June 12, 2013 Activism
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(Photo of Nesma Abdel Aziz from video by Hazem Azmy. For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here.) On 11 June Islamist supporters of Egyptian Minister of Culture Alaa Abdel-Aziz made a failed attempt to forcibly disperse a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture, which began [...]

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Update on Trouble for Artists in Egypt

by Nehad Salaiha June 10, 2013 Activism
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(Dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company performed excerpts from Zorba the Greek on the street outside the Ministry of Culture in Zamalek to protest the attack on arts and culture.) (Ed. note: To learn more about the evolving trouble facing artists in Egypt, and how you can help, read the original post and letter, and Dr. [...]

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Trouble for Artists in Egypt

by Erin B Mee June 8, 2013 Activism

The Egyptian government is targeting artists, intellectuals, and journalists. To learn more, please contact the U.S. State Department to register your concern. To add your name to the letter below, which has been sent to The New York Times, The Guardian, and Democracy Now, email Erin B. Mee. On 5 June, The Guardian ran an [...]

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100 Cats on Fire

by Jocelyn Kuritsky April 28, 2013 Activism
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“You sit down with these Senators, and you sit down with their staff, and you tell exactly what happened on December 14th . . . and you tell them all in excruciating detail so they have that picture in their mind when they’re casting their vote. And for them just to look at you . [...]

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Pretty in Pizza

by AmeliaParenteau October 19, 2012 Activism
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The personal is political. A well-known rallying cry from the Second Wave American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, those words were ringing in my ears in a higher pitch after a striking theatre experience this past weekend. How have we changed, from now to then, when those words were first pronounced? Do contemporary [...]

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We Are Theatre: Guerilla Girls on Tour at the Cherry Lane

by AmeliaParenteau October 3, 2012 Activism
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It had been a long time since I had walked into a roomful of strangers and felt such an immediate sense of camaraderie and kinship. That was exactly my reaction upon entering the West Village’s Cherry Lane Theatre, at 7:00 pm last Monday night for We Are Theatre: Guerilla Girls on Tour hosting “a theatrical [...]

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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 Intern’s Perspective on Arts Advocacy Day

by Ian Boley May 9, 2012 Activism
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L to R: Ian Boley-Theatre Communications Group, David Wolber-Performance Network Theatre, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Kim Dabbs-Michigan Youth Arts Association, Jackie Parker-Deputy Legislative & Senior Policy Director for Sen. Levin In the week and a half since attending Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and for the first time ever trying my hand at congressional [...]

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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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Start Something From Nothing

by Katy Rubin May 7, 2012 Activism
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(Katy Rubin, Global Connections: On the Road, NYCEDC and NYFA Video/Blog, April 20, 2012) Today I am the Artistic Director of a small but quickly growing nonprofit arts organization, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. Two years ago I was an individual artist and freelancer, using Theatre of the Oppressed (which I learned in Brazil, working [...]

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Sustainability in Theater Conference

by Leah Cooper April 20, 2012 Activism
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Sustainability in Theater conference April 30-May 1, 2012 – why you should care about sustainable practices in your theatre. Earth Day seems an auspicious time to reflect on the common inspiration between making theatre and the sustainability movement. Theatre connects individuals and communities around our shared experience as humans. As nonprofit institutions entrusted with community [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Agony and Ecstasy Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 30, 2012 Activism
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“But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” -Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie “And tonight—we know the truth.” Mike Daisey, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs When we asked Mike Daisey to [...]

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The Perpetual Foreigner of American Theatre

by Diep Tran February 24, 2012 Activism
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(Christine Toy Johnson, Pun Bandhu and Angel Desai at the roundtable. Photo: Bruce Alan Johnson) Where are all the Asians? That seemed to be the question at hand last Monday, Feb. 13, during the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) roundtable, with a pun-filled title: “RepresenAsian: The Changing Face of Theatre,” at Fordham University. The [...]

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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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