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Audience (R)Evolution

 (Collage includes photos by Melissa Kobe, Melly Lee and The Pasadena Playhouse. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) While TCG’s grant is called Audience (R)Evolution, perhaps implying that the audience is transformed, in truth not only did this grant help us achieve that but it revolutionized The Pasadena Playhouse as [...]

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Building New Audiences Some sixteen months ago, Su Teatro received an Audience (R)Evolution grant from TCG and thus, we set out to build organic leadership among our youngest and newest participants – youth and young adults, whose parents came to the U.S. from Mexico, and who have primarily been exposed to Su Teatro as students [...]

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Sensory-Friendly Performance Initiative at Dallas Children’s Theater Receives Long-term Support

by Sandra Sessions-Robertson February 27, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Audience members delight in meeting actress Noelle Stanley from Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. Photo: Charles T. Wicker. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Dallas Children’s Theater’s pilot year of making theater accessible for children with developmental disabilities is complete, but I am so thrilled to tell you that [...]

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An Appetite for Engagement

by Kristen Jackson February 6, 2015 Audience (R)Evolution

We anticipated that adding a new position to Woolly’s Connectivity Department would enhance our ability to forge new partnerships and nurture relationships in order to represent the needs and interests of the community from the outside-in. At the same time, one of the most exciting developments of adding a Connectivity Associate has been the ability [...]

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To Boldly Go Where No Theater Has Gone Before

by Alice Hodge December 2, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) [To be read with Morgan Freeman’s voice] It’s not every day the 5,000 year old tradition of theater collides with the intensely modern, seemingly just-born world of smartphone apps. Theater has always reveled in equal parts past and present, imagination and thinking big. Really, [...]

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Cornerstone Theater Company: Cultivating community with Creative Seeds

by Daniel Penilla November 29, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Creative Seeds Community Connectors pictured with members of Urban Latin Dance Theater, Contra-Tiempo, during a performance of Full Still Hungry @ Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Photo by Keith Alvarez. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Maria Cano and I finished packing up the car after a Creative Seeds Art Break led by [...]

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Voices From the Homefront Project Update

by Tom Quaintance November 26, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Audience (R)Evolution (RE)Modeling program aims to change the way we do outreach to Fayetteville’s vast underserved military population at Fort Bragg by putting the military at the center of the artmaking experience. The first phase of our [...]

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Sensory-Friendly Performances Thrill Dallas Audiences

by Nancy Schaeffer November 26, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Photo by Karen Almond. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) The Dallas Children’s Theater’s first-year venture into making  theater accessible for  children with developmental disabilities is nearing a wonderfully successful close. While the movement for sensory-friendly theater environments continues to grow nationally and internationally, children with developmental [...]

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Always the Process… and then the Product

by Tanya Mote November 22, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Cohort members-Miguel Martimen Jozer Guerrero and Archie Villeda.  Photo by Arnold King. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Failure. Su Teatro’s biggest organizational lesson of the last fifteen years is to embrace failure. Our best learning and true organizational breakthroughs have hinged on failure…Cultural organizing is not for the weak [...]

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The Rapture of an Idea

by Hallie Gordon October 17, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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 (Civic arts leader and The Compass playwright Michael Rohd introduces a speaker for a Project Compass event, Paul Fagen, a clinical social worker, and explains the format for the afternoon’s conversation around decision-making, All photos by Lauren Sivak) (This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) As our team dives deeper into [...]

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What do you really want?

by Seema Sueko and Victor Vazquez September 30, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Community meeting on May 13, 2014. Community, arts and business leaders grapple with the question, “what do you really want?” Photo by Seema Sueko. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) What do you really want? “We want to revitalize our town, and we feel art is key.” Andrea Moreno, [...]

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Creating points of (R)Entry

by Michael Hoyt September 30, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(All images from I And This Mystery Here We Stand by artist Natasha Pestich. Screen prints 2014. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) The goings on: Our primary activities to date have been developing community engaged art installations and arts integrated curricula to both extend the theme of our mainstage productions into [...]

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Spotlight on a Community Connector

by Michael John Garcés May 30, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) “Michael!  I have something to tell you!”  Veronica, a participant in our Community Connector’s initiative, came towards me with a huge smile as she told me that she had made an appointment to speak with Father Greg, the leader of Homeboy Industries, an [...]

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Voices from the Homefront

by Tom Quaintance March 24, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) “I’m Tom, I’m the Artistic Director of Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and I feel terrified.” We are a few minutes in to our first workshop with Hidden Voices, the Chapel Hill based non-profit organization we are partnering with on our (Re)Modeling grant. On [...]

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The Gamification of Portland Center Stage

by Alice Hodge February 25, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.)   “Portland Center Stage (PCS) plans to elicit deeper engagement from our patrons by ‘gamifying’ participation in our community, education, and artistic programs. We will build an interactive reward system for participation in PCS activities and create an outreach to recruit new app users [...]

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Finding Our Compass

by Hallie Gordon February 24, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Pictured: Hallie Gordon. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) There can be no question that Steppenwolf Theatre has a multi-generational audience for its world-class programming. We offer thought-provoking productions for all theatergoers from the age of high school onwards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to simultaneously reach so many [...]

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Introducing Consensus Organizing for Theater

by Seema Sueko February 20, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Seema Sueko, Associate Artistic Director, The Pasadena Playhouse. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) The goal of The Pasadena Playhouse’s TCG Audience (R)Evolution grant is to re-imagine our Theatrical Diversity Project and build a new model of artistic co-creation between our institution and Latina/o artists and communities of the San GabrielValley. [...]

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Cornerstone’s Creative Seeds

by Cesar Ivan Ortega February 19, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(DJ FEELGOOD hosting Skid Row Internet radio station at Cornerstone. Featuring exclusive interviews from Skid Row community actors in Love on San Pedro. Photographer: Dave Gaw. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) One of my most memorable experiences with Cornerstone was sitting in the audience behind a mother who brought her [...]

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Part of the Neighborhood: Pillsbury House & Theatre

by Michael Hoyt February 10, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Pillsbury House & Theatre “House Values” developed by all staff through the PH+T internal cultural community hub institute session. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Racial Equity, Economic Justice, Authentic Community Engagement. These have traditionally been significant challenges faced by cities, policy makers, and government institutions. Recently, they have become thorny [...]

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Ripple Effects

by Jocelyn Prince February 7, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) The essential question we will explore with our Connectivity strategy during our 35th season is: How we can better tap into the zeitgeist of our local community?  Woolly’s audience members are unique, given our location in the nation’s capital.  Woolly patrons are made [...]

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The Very Tangible Present

by Tanya Mote February 6, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Su Teatro is embarking on a project to engage the youngest and newest members of our community as the most important leaders and stakeholders of our future. For forty years, Su Teatro has served Chicanos and Latinos in Denver: a city that was [...]

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Audience Revolution in Ashland, Oregon

by Freda Casillas February 3, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(Allen Elizabethan Theatre photo by T. Charles Erickson. This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) Leading with diversity and inclusion as a selling point for theatre? We often get funny looks from new group leaders with that opener.  At a theatre with Shakespeare in the name? Truth is [...]

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A Welcoming and Warm Change

by Nancy Schaeffer January 28, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(“Our first staff training”, photo credit: Rachel Wells. Left to right: Sandra Session-Robertson , DCT Senior Director of Communications & Philanthropy, Haylie Miller, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Robyn Flatt, DCT Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director, Pat Robbins, Texas Area Director for Autism Speaks.) Dallas Children’s Theater is so excited to be starting our [...]

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Audience (R)Evolution grant program 1st round recipients

by TCG News January 21, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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We are pleased to announce the first round of recipients for the Audience (R)Evolution grant program. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Audience (R)Evolution grant program will award ten grants for a total amount of almost $800,000, including total general operating support of over $118,000, through two initiatives: (Re)Modeling grants will support TCG [...]

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