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Artistry & Artistic Innovation

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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) These few observations come about following my experience working upon two productions of texts translated into Welsh; Dynas Ddela Leenane – an adaptation of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh) which I directed whilst at the helm of [...]

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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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Wendy MacLeod’s SETC Keynote Address

by Wendy MacLeod July 14, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(The following keynote address was originally presented at the 65th Annual SETC Convention and is reposted here with her permission.) “Whether we’re writers or actors, what really counts is not dreaming about fame and glory–but stamina” (Nina in THE SEAGULL) When I was a graduate student at Yale Drama School, another playwright and I did [...]

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The Incubator Arts Project Says Goodbye

by Samara Naeymi May 28, 2014 American Theatre magazine
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(The following post is adapted from an email sent announcing the closing of the Incubator Arts Project. We publish it here with their permission.) As of July 1 2014, the Incubator Arts Project will close its doors at St Mark’s Church. It has been a long and wonderful ride in support of emerging work, dating back [...]

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Cross-national theatre: coupling American and Argentine icons

by Anisa George May 23, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) Today is my last day in Buenos Aires. I came here a couple of weeks ago with the aid of a Global Connections Grant to embark on a new creation with an old collaborator, Natalia Chami (now co-director and founder of the company LindaLinda). The day [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Lucie Pohl

by Marcy Arlin May 13, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I met Lucie Pohl when she auditioned (and got the part) in a new play by Ruth Margraff, Three Graces, which we performed at the Ohio Theatre Ice Factory a couple of years ago. Since then we have worked together on readings from Eastern [...]

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Alice Tuan’s 2013 Radar LA Manifesto

by Alice Tuan February 28, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Voraciously Curious, Socially Conscientious

by Irma Mayorga February 18, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Remain Open

by Tatiana Suarez-Pico February 3, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Increase Our Cultural Currency

by Michael Mejias January 16, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Art, Action, Resistance and a Bit of Play

by Caridad Svich January 14, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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From Where I Stand

by Joseph Haj January 10, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Halfway Between the Church and the Whorehouse

by Oliver Mayer January 8, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Arias of Languages

by Alejandro Morales December 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Authentically Rendered Selves

by Amparo Garcia-Crow December 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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: [...]

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Blasted Thurber

by AmeliaParenteau October 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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 [...]

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Theatre Beyond the Stage

by Tamilla Woodard September 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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 [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Dmitry Troyanovsky

by Marcy Arlin September 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Caridad Svich’s Opening Remarks on Artistic Innovation

by Caridad Svich September 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Toward a Neo-Cubist Alamkara Vocal Art for Playwriting

by Ruth Margraff September 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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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 [...]

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Somatic Thoughts on Artistic Innovation

by Rachel Bowditch September 10, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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The Director’s Place

by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya August 19, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Sontag Reborn

by AmeliaParenteau August 16, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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Fornes and Artistic Mentorship

by Anne Garcia-Romero August 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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The Way Forward Is Vision

by Tameka Cage Conley August 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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 [...]

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An Educated Gamble

by Daniel Gallant August 7, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). What is innovation? Intelligent persistence. An educated gamble. When the gamble fails, an innovator learns why and gambles smarter the next time. In 2002, I was between jobs and rebounding from an ACL [...]

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Hand in Hand

by Catherine Coray August 6, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). In her excellent kick-off essay for the TCG Salon, Caridad Svich writes: “Form for form’s sake, however, does not innovation make. It need go hand in hand with content.” In the many years [...]

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On the Heels of an Encuentro, Part 2 – Contemporary Latina/o Theatre

by Jesus Reyes August 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). Read “On the Heels of an Encuentro, Part 1 – Mentorship” I’m a sucker for just hanging out. I believe in bringing people into a room, even if they’re kicking and screaming, add [...]

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Arts Entrepreneurship: You are closer than you think.

by Jim Hart and Gary D. Beckman August 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

(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). “My second conclusion is that attributes of creative individuals and attributes of entrepreneurs are so similar that even attempting to define a set of predetermined characteristics is a futile exercise.” (Bygrave & Zacharakis [...]

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The audience: Friend, foe, or innocent bystander? Or, questions about the intersection of art and community.

by Leila Buck July 30, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). I think a lot about the audience when I write. In fact, I’m thinking about you right now. Well maybe not you specifically, but my ideas of who you might be. What made [...]

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Witness and Responsibility

by Stacie Chaiken July 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). Innovation is not so much about making something brand new or finding new ways of making things as it is about changing ourselves and our audiences through the creation of an experiential transaction [...]

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Journeys Taken, Journeys to Go

by Barclay Goldsmith July 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). Community Activism in the Arts, Arts Activism, Theater of PLACE, and other contemporary phrases which attempt to engage us more fully in the arts or to awaken relevance for our work in general, [...]

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Beyond the “Dead Playwright” Approach

by Mariana Carreño King July 17, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). “I like working with dead playwrights,” a director once told a colleague whose play he was directing. The implication was clear: shut up and get out of my rehearsal; your job is done [...]

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EMBRACING THE NEW: INNOVATIVE CREATORS + INNOVATIVE THEATERS = ARTISTIC INNOVATION (WHICH MEANS NEW AUDIENCE! WHICH MEANS THEATRE IS INNOVATIVE!!)

by Crystal Skillman July 16, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). Artistic Innovation is all about the new. That’s what we’ve all been discussing here thanks to Caridad Svich inviting us as theater artists to share here on this wonderful TCG forum. As a [...]

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Life/Art Lessons from the Trenches

by Charlotte Meehan July 15, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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).   A little over a decade ago when I was studying in Brown University’s MFA playwriting program, a celebrated playwright visited for a week and told me I’d have to decide whether I [...]

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Innovation: An Unlikely Incubator for New Work

by Alice Reagan July 12, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(“The Egg-Layers” by Lauren Feldman, Directed by Alice Reagan; Barnard College/Columbia University (2012); Scenery- Sandra Goldmark; Lights- Lenore Doxsee; Costumes- Roxana Ramseur; Sound- Jane Shaw; Photo Credit- Stephen Yang) (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). Here’s one way of [...]

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Agents of Change

by Dominic DAndrea July 12, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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A professor in graduate school offhandedly asked me a question one day, which changed my life. That question was a seemingly simple one: “What is your business?” Without knowing what she was getting at, I replied, “Well, I’m a director, and I run a small national theatre festival.” She said to me, “No, you see, [...]

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Let There Be Light

by Doug Howe July 11, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). On October 10, 1881, the Savoy Theatre in London opened its doors for the first time with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.  Though the popularity of their comedic operas cannot be [...]

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An Interview with Morm Sokly

by Catherine Filloux July 10, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo of Morm Sokly taken from video interview featured below. 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.). An Interview with Morm Sokly, Cambodian theater artist and author of the new play, The Tooth of Buddha – By Catherine Filloux In this [...]

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Artistic Innovation Essay

by E.M. Lewis July 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). All my characters are trying to wrestle the narrative away from each other right now. When it first happened, when I was working on “True Story,” it was disconcerting, kind of shocking and [...]

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Innovation Takes Time; Time Takes Money

by Andrea Lepcio July 9, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). I tend to introduce myself as a playwright or I might say I write plays. Caridad’s invitation to write on innovation and my response to reading the essays that come before mine, TCG’s [...]

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Innovation/Collaboration

by Michael John Garces July 3, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). “The Shock of the New”, right? The attempt, the desire, the struggle to make something new, in the hope that it will shock others, and even (especially?) ourselves, into response. Authentic, unmediated response. [...]

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Performance Theater and the Politics of Inclusion

by Jose Torres-Tama July 3, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). Those who try to separate theater from politics try to lead us into error – and this is a political attitude.  –Augusto Boal, from Theater of the Oppressed My mentors in the performance [...]

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Occupying Opera

by Joseph Keckler June 28, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo credit: Gian Maria Annovi) (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). Prating on about my own work, much of which is already somehow autobiographical, feels like shining a light on a palimpsest of self-involvement, or whipping up a triple-narcissism [...]

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Against Mastery

by David Herskovits June 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). Over the past many years I have developed a variety of techniques in what I have come to call “forced failure.” Essentially these are strategies that force the performer to fail by setting [...]

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Geographies of Language: An interview with John Jesurun

by John Jesurun June 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). CARIDAD SVICH: I think if you were to ask people on the street what they thought of when they heard the word “innovation,” the response might be something along the lines of something [...]

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Innovation in the Writing

by Octavio Solis June 26, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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). When I think of innovation in the theatre, I can’t help but summon up writing examples, which is understandable, since I am first and foremost a playwright myself. I’m always struggling to keep [...]

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If Someone Calls My Name: Innovation in Theatre

by Zac Kline June 25, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo Credit: Blair C. Baker. 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). Innovation says yes. Innovation looks you straight in the eye, like a boxer going in for the kill and unapologetically knocks you out. Innovation says: “How do you do? [...]

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Bridging Dallas

by Caridad Svich June 24, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(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. Click-through to read her thoughts on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Conference). On this the last day of the live 2013 TCG Conference, thoughts turn to social bridging, free memberships to [...]

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