From the category archives:

Artistry & Artistic Innovation

Post image for Alice Tuan’s 2013 Radar LA Manifesto

(The following manifesto was delivered by Alice Tuan at the Radar L.A. Festival 2013. With her permission, we have reprinted it here.) Manifesto Radar LA 9.26.13 A LIFE STANCE—Alice Tuan From Cocks Crow Chan:  I want to love you, America, But you are acting like a cock— Eating pills to make you hard, harder, hardest [...]

{ 1 comment }

Post image for Voraciously Curious, Socially Conscientious

(Irma’s play Cascarones 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!) CARIDAD SVICH: A false (i think) divide has been erected in some art-making circles between what is called “devised” work and “text-based or [...]

{ 1 comment }

Remain Open

by Tatiana Suarez-Pico February 3, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Remain Open

(Tatiana’s play Profit 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!) CARIDAD SVICH: a false (i think) divide has been erected in some art-making circles between what is called “devised” work and “text-based or [...]

Read More

Increase Our Cultural Currency

by Michael Mejias January 16, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Increase Our Cultural Currency

(Malik Ali, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Sean Carvajal (left to right),  from the Dramatic Question Theatre Company’s premiere of Michael Mejias’ GHETTO BABYLON at 59E59 Theaters (Photo: Lisa P. Silberman). Michael’s play 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 [...]

Read More

Art, Action, Resistance and a Bit of Play

by Caridad Svich January 14, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Art, Action, Resistance and a Bit of Play

(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 [...]

Read More

From Where I Stand

by Joseph Haj January 10, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for From Where I Stand

(The following address was given by Joseph Haj on Thursday, January 9th for the Under the Radar 2014 Symposium.) My father and I fought tooth and nail about my desire to go to graduate school to become an actor. Partly, because my parents were immigrants from Palestine. And there are only three jobs for the children [...]

Read More

Halfway Between the Church and the Whorehouse

by Oliver Mayer January 8, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Halfway Between the Church and the Whorehouse

(Photo by Michal Daniel of Oliver Mayer’s play, Fortune is a Woman. Oliver Mayer’s play Dark Matters is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. The same interview questions have been sent to each playwright taking part in the scheme by Caridad Svich. This post was originally shared on the NoPassport blog. After you read the interview, sign up to [...]

Read More

Arias of Languages

by Alejandro Morales December 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Arias of Languages

(Photo of Alejandro Morales’ play, Marea. Alejandro Morales’ play On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. The same interview questions have been sent to each playwright taking part in the scheme by Caridad Svich. This post was originally shared on the NoPassport blog. After you read the interview, sign up to participate in the 30/30 US [...]

Read More

Memory Training for Actors: Close To The Tipping Point

by Garrett Ayers December 16, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

It was the summer of 2010. A few months earlier, I had been awarded a year-long fellowship at an award-winning regional theatre.  Before the gig started, I was invited by the theatre’s artistic director to observe rehearsals for the premiere of a play she was directing in New York. Of course, I said yes. As [...]

Read More

Authentically Rendered Selves

by Amparo Garcia-Crow December 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Authentically Rendered Selves

(Amparo Garcia-Crow’s play The Bonobos is part of the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport reading scheme. The same interview questions from Caridad Svich have been sent to each playwright taking part in the 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!) CARIDAD SVICH: [...]

Read More

Blasted Thurber

by AmeliaParenteau October 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Blasted Thurber

As a very fresh freshman at Sarah Lawrence College, the first play that I saw with my “Far-Off, Off-Off, Off- and On-Broadway” class was Lucy Thurber’s Killers and Other Family at the Rattlestick Theatre. Talk about plunging into the thick of it. Or rather, jumping in with both feet, out of the frying pan and [...]

Read More

Theatre Beyond the Stage

by Tamilla Woodard September 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Theatre Beyond the Stage

Theatre is moving out of theatres. Or more accurately some play makers are moving their work out of the traditional structures named theatres. I have done this. I am actually quite obsessed with making theatre out of theatres. This “movement” is, by no means new or even innovative. The desire to have a different relationship [...]

Read More

Artist, Immigrant: Dmitry Troyanovsky

by Marcy Arlin September 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Artist, Immigrant: Dmitry Troyanovsky

(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) What do you love about theatre in the U.S. for yourself and in general? At its best, American theatre brings together people who take a lot of pride in their craft.  I love the feeling of walking through the backstage areas of a busy [...]

Read More

Caridad Svich’s Opening Remarks on Artistic Innovation

by Caridad Svich September 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Caridad Svich’s Opening Remarks on Artistic Innovation

(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 [...]

Read More

Toward a Neo-Cubist Alamkara Vocal Art for Playwriting

by Ruth Margraff September 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Toward a Neo-Cubist Alamkara Vocal Art for Playwriting

A writing practice for working-class operatic cadence, character vibrato, and richer palettes of emotion When I first started writing electric and hysteric operettas1 with punk bands down in Texas, I tried to draw what I thought language could sound like onstage. I came up with the illustration “Back of the Dollar Latin”2 because I was worried about how [...]

Read More

Somatic Thoughts on Artistic Innovation

by Rachel Bowditch September 10, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Somatic Thoughts on Artistic Innovation

(The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich. Directed by Rachel Bowditch. School of Theatre and Film, Galvin Stage, Arizona State University, 2012.) (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).  “Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein. I [...]

Read More

The Director’s Place

by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya August 19, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for The Director’s Place

(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). Kochi, India, July 2013. I travel the backwaters on a decorated raft. Among passages, largely unpopulated areas, the end of villages, fireflies. It is the green I had seen from the plane at [...]

Read More

Sontag Reborn

by AmeliaParenteau August 16, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Sontag Reborn

(Photo by Joan Marcus of “Sontag:Reborn” at New York Theatre Workshop, featuring Moe Angelos). In my first weeks of New York City living, trying on the title of “young playwright” as opposed to “Sarah Lawrence student,” I have been making good use of my most valuable graduation present: a newly minted, finely tuned pair of [...]

Read More

Fornes and Artistic Mentorship

by Anne Garcia-Romero August 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for Fornes and Artistic Mentorship

(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). Artists need mentors to expand understanding of craft and notions of artistic innovation in their field. Mentors can empower a younger generation by sharing approaches to hone and develop artistic voice. I studied [...]

Read More

The Way Forward Is Vision

by Tameka Cage Conley August 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
Thumbnail image for The Way Forward Is Vision

(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). How can someone be born when they are old? Nicodemus asked.  How, he must have wondered, can that which is old—a sort of “has-been”—be made new? How, too, can innovation occur—ever, in anything?—when [...]

Read More