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Diversity & Inclusion

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(Photo by Jacqueline E. Lawton. As part of the Diversity & Inclusion Institute’s meeting at the 2014 Fall Forum, we engaged in ally skills-building around scenarios inspired by real-life incidents. Please note that these scenarios are composites of multiple incidents, and were not intended or treated as criticisms of specific events.) During the Diversity & [...]

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(This post was originally shared  by Robert Schenkkan on his Facebook page, and is reprinted here as part of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Diversity & Inclusion salon with his permission.) It has taken me some time to frame a response, delayed by my emotions and the fear that whatever I say runs the risk of trivializing events [...]

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White Guys with Beards

by Chanel Glover November 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Where do you live? [...]

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Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America

by Leigh Wilson Smiley November 28, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo of Collidescope by Dan Singleton. This post is part of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Diversity & Inclusion blog salon.) In response to the seemingly perpetual killings of young black men in America, internationally acclaimed auteur Ping Chong and noted director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks created Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America in collaboration with [...]

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Diversity & Inclusion Institute at the 2014 Fall Forum

by Jacqueline E. Lawton November 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Dafina McMillan.) On Friday, before the start of TCG’s 2014 Fall Forum, members of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute convened for a fourth time. At the start of each convening, we review our group discussion guidelines and agreements. We’re a large, diverse, and passionate group. We’re committed to this work and we have a [...]

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Let’s Talk: #Ferguson at Penumbra Theatre

by Jacqueline E. Lawton November 26, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo courtesy of KARE. This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) On September 10, 2014, Penumbra Theatre invited the community for “Let’s Talk: Ferguson”, a discussion about the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the resurgence of activism around racial equity fifty years after Freedom Summer. The [...]

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How is We Americans?

by Margaret Kemp October 21, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement

(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) If there is democracy in you, that is where it will be shown.
this is the only way we is americans. this is the only truth that can be told.
otherwise there is no future between us but war. and we [...]

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Including Alterity

by Emily Mendelsohn October 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) In writing about the word “inclusion”, I wonder if it implies a defined and binary territory. [...]

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Why Should We Support Grassroots Theater

by Lenka Belkova October 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Art can serve as a poignant example of crossing cultural boundaries, as an offering space for personal transformation. It is a moment of deeper recognition of the other, an insight into different cultural expressions and mutual emotional connections. Let’s say that art has the power to build bridges across communities and facilitate dialogue across cultures. [...]

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Spirits Of Another Sort Workshop Journal #4 – An Assumption Of Competence

by Jan Valle October 3, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Editor’s Note: This series originally appeared on The Apothetae website http://www.theapothetae.org/ and  is being reposted with permission of Artistic Director, Gregg Mozgala.) After a week off, this past Monday we began rehearsals with the entire ensemble of “Spirits of Another Sort.” If you missed our last post about the casting of this project, you can check it [...]

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Envisioning Change: An Introduction

by Mark Duncan September 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(On Day 3 of the 2014 National Conference, TCG hosted a powerful, charged, and inspiring session, “All Hands on Deck: A Progress Report on Field-wide Equity,” which brought together six national theatre service organizations and unions to share actions steps, learnings and discoveries from the past year. Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater [...]

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On Gender Parity in Theatre and What Might Be Broken, Part II: Fighting for a Female Sentence

by Rita Anderson September 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre This is the second of two [...]

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Gender Parity in the American Theatre

by Rachel Bykowski September 24, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, research shows that approximately 17% of all plays produced in the United [...]

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On Gender Parity in Theater and What May Be Broken

by Rita Anderson September 23, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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This year I bought an anthology of Contemporary Plays by Women: Outstanding Winners and Runners up (1978-1990) for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (prize deadline was September 15th). In its preface, Editor Emilie S. Gilgore wrote what is now a damning statistic: “We got in touch with Lillian Hellman and asked her to join us [...]

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Local Resources: Diversity and Inclusion in Cleveland

by Al Heartley September 23, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

When I left the TCG National Conference in Dallas in 2013, I left with many different ideas and thoughts to mull over on my trip back to Ohio.  However, one idea in particular stuck with me.  One incessant thing was becoming very clear to me.   After spending three days seeped in conversations around diversity and [...]

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Spirits Of Another Sort Workshop Journal #3 – Where Are All The Actors?

by Gregg Mozgala September 16, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Editor’s Note: This series originally appeared on The Apothetae website http://www.theapothetae.org/ and  is being reposted with permission of Artistic Director, Gregg Mozgala.) We finished up an incredible three weeks of workshops and rehearsals with the Rude Mechanicals this past week. Our full ensemble joins us for our first rehearsal on August 4th. If you missed our [...]

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#Ferguson, 1 Week in St. Louis, Part 2

by Danny Bryck September 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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 (Telling our stories, then telling them back to each other, at the #FergusonMoment Artists Gathering, Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, August 24) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a [...]

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#Ferguson: 1 Week in St. Louis, Part 1

by Danny Bryck September 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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 (Memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive, August 20) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and [...]

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#Ferguson: Ferguson Streetpoem

by Claudia Alick September 9, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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TCG Announces Participants in the SPARK Leadership Program

by TCG News September 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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We are pleased to announce the ten participants in the SPARK Leadership Program, one of the programs in TCG’s Leading the Charge: Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, SPARK will create a more diverse theatre landscape by supporting the professional development of exceptional rising leaders of color who aim to take on executive leadership positions in artistic, management or [...]

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#Ferguson: Rebuild and Unite

by Jacqueline Thompson September 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2.5 – “How Now…”

by Gregg Mozgala September 4, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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In our last post we discussed the auditions for the Rude Mechanicals and gave some insight into that rehearsal process with teaching artists, Sara Buffamanti and Becky Leifman. If you missed it, feel free to check it out here- Spirits Of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2- Same/Different In this follow up post, Becky Leifman recently sat [...]

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#Ferguson: A St. Louis School’s Response

by Jennifer Wintzer September 4, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Production photos by J David Levy from last 2013’s Streets production titled Old Hearts Fresh, based on The Winter’s Tale, and 2012’s Streets production The New World, based on The Tempest) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, [...]

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#Ferguson: Choosing to Take a Stand

by Rebecca Martinez August 29, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you would like to participate in this series, [...]

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Inspiring Generations to Explore the Wonder of Their World

by Hannah Grannemann August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do as a theatre artist or [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop Journal #2 – Same/Different

by Gregg Mozgala August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Whenever I share the concept for “Spirits of Another Sort” with  people I am usually met with one of two responses; fear mixed with great anxiety or excitement and total support. The former response is one I am familiar with, having spent years being part of various “Disability Theatre” productions, and it also interests me [...]

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Writing Plays for Young Audiences

by Gabriel Jason Dean August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity and Inclusion Blog Salon: Theatre for Young Audiences JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the [...]

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#Ferguson: They Who Have the Guns Have the Power

by Holly L. Derr August 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Torie Wiggins as Mimi, Meggy Hai Trang as Anita, Keisha Kemper as Harry, Burgess Byrd as Shilo, Ken Early as Maddox, Darnell Benjamin as Knox, Jon Kovach as Overseer Jones, and Sola Thompson as Vivian. Photo by Daniel R. Winters) (Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding [...]

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#Ferguson: The Ferguson Moment

by The Ferguson Moment August 21, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Michael Brown’s death and the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO. This series grew out of a series of discussions between Oregon based theatre-makers Claudia Alick, Mica Cole and Massachusetts based theatre-maker Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and myself. If you [...]

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White Allies for Equality at OSF

by Catherine Foster & Katherine Gosnell August 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo credit is Jenny Graham. Pictured: (left to right): Christine Norton-Cotts, Liz Peck, Laura Shrewsbury, Rick Anderson, Catherine Foster, Emily Ehrlich Inget, Elib Crist-Dwyer, Katherine Gosnell.) (This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating [...]

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Spirits of Another Sort Workshop – Origins

by Gregg Mozgala August 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Last September, The Apothetae was invited to participate in The Shakespeare Society’s, Shakespeare Works Residency Series. We explored A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a group of talented actors and artistic advisers including, acclaimed vocal coach, Krisitn Linklater, actor, Jay O. Sanders and professor, Richard McCoy. The residency culminated in a sold out presentation at The Public Theatre [...]

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What is taking so long?

by Joshua Bastian Cole August 5, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion posts on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion Salon–Trans* Theatre Artists JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you [...]

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Being Female is Inherent to My Work

by Catherine Weingarten July 28, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, research shows [...]

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Notes from the Playing Field: On Diversity, Identity, and Mosaics

by Kim Peter Kovac July 22, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity and Inclusion Blog Salon: Theatre for Young Audiences The deep darkness of a very early [...]

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Building Alliances Across Communities

by Andrea Assaf July 17, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG Online Conference Salon: Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Middle Eastern American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON:  First, tell me about the work you [...]

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The Tipping Point

by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos July 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after year, research [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Peter C. Brosius

by Peter C Brosius July 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Peter C. Brosius delivering his“To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) We are all storytellers. And that’s an exciting statement to make, because stories have power. Whose story we’re telling matters. The point of view through which we tell the story matters and those who are [...]

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Imagination is seeing things differently

by Michael J Bobbitt July 14, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity and Inclusion Blog Salon: Theatre for Young Audiences JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the [...]

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Equity in Theatre: Launching A New Canadian Initiative

by Laine Zisman Newman and Rebecca Burton July 8, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion

(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) Introducing the Project: The under-representation of women in key creative positions in theatre and the arts is a systemic, global problem, not at all unique to North America, yet increasingly present here. In a Canadian context, the problem has [...]

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2014 Diversity and Inclusion Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 3, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) (photo by Michal Daniel) The Arrival On Tuesday, I arrived in beautiful, sunny San Diego for the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders.  I flew in from Baltimore by way [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Sarah Bellamy

by Sarah Bellamy June 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Sarah Bellamy delivering her “To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) Opening: To the mountaintop. With this title, we pay tribute to the vision and courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The speech he gave in Memphis to the sanitation workers is one of his [...]

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Remembering We Exist

by Elaine Romero June 25, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre I was going to write [...]

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To The Mountaintop: Kristoffer Diaz

by Kristoffer Diaz June 25, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Kristoffer Diaz delivering his “To The Mountaintop” remarks at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.) A couple of years ago, I was at the Conference in Los Angeles. Jack Reuler from Mixed Blood in Minneapolis — you all know Jack, I’m sure — came over, pulled me [...]

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Cross the Body Boundary

by Regan Linton June 12, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)  “Crossing borders.” When theatre people hear or read this term, my hunch is that many may have the initial reaction of thinking about geography or culture.  “We’re crossing borders by collaborating with an exotic troupe halfway around [...]

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No Gents of Verona; or, Let’s Dude This

by Christiana Clark Sofia Jean Gomez Sarah Rasmussen June 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre “As a director, I love [...]

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In Response to Lynn Nottage’s NYT Opinion Post: Women are Missing from Tonys and Broadway

by Jason Aaron Goldberg June 9, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg. *This post has been edited slightly since its original posting.*  Read the Lynn Nottage New York Times opinion [...]

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Gender vs. Race: A False Dichotomy

by Carmen Morgan June 4, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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It’s interesting. I’ve never really thought of myself as just “woman” or just “black.”  Long before I ever had a feminist or womanist thought, I knew myself to be both “woman” and “black,” and a few other identities as well.  It never occurred to me that I could parse out what it means to be [...]

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Relaxed Performances, “Crip Time,” and Access for All

by J.J. El-Far May 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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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 case you missed it in your Facebook newsfeeds, Emily Colson and her 23-year-old autistic son Max made news in January when they went to see the “Muppets Most Wanted” in a suburban Boston cinema. As the movie started, Max [...]

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How will this gender disparity affect the future?

by Eleanor Holdridge May 28, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after [...]

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Creating the Space

by Dafina McMillan May 22, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel of the Intergenerational Leaders of Color Meeting at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas.)  As we move closer to the National Conference in San Diego (four week countdown!), we’ve been working on ways to expand our framework of how groups come together based on similar interests outside of our [...]

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