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I AM THEATRE

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“And it was a great experience because instead of just being a play that we put on, we were building a community around these kids.” – Adele Nadine Traub, I AM THEATRE There is something astonishingly powerful that happens when you bring people who have never experienced theater before, most often, low-income people, into a [...]

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“So – how do you make money?” -Sunil Vishnu K, I AM THEATRE  I spent the better part of a decade running theatre companies in NYC and working in restaurants to pay my bills. Theatre didn’t pay (not the kind of theatre I make) and restaurants did. So combine them. The last thing NYC needs [...]

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Call and Response: Ben Cameron

by Mark Valdez February 8, 2012 I AM THEATRE
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“Their very presence… said volumes to me about the power theater has and the difference it makes in peoples lives; and not only the potential we have as an artform, but the responsibility we shoulder when we seek to take a stage.” – Ben Cameron, I AM THEATRE About five years ago, very shortly after [...]

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Call and Response: Michael John Garcés

by Michael Rohd January 31, 2012 I AM THEATRE
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“I cut off my ponytail, grabbed a script, and jumped onstage. It was terrifying.” – Michael John Garcés, I AM THEATRE It’s not the most poetic thing Michael says in that video; its not the most connected to Cornerstone’s mission, to the decades of community engaged work that has had a profound impact on our national [...]

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Call and Response: Olympia Dukakis

by Sandra Delgado January 24, 2012 I AM THEATRE
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“Even I had to see that if I was to stay an actress I had to stop trying to win. I had to start playing again. I had lost that, which is of course a great pleasure. Never mind that the best work comes from it.” – Olympia Dukakis, I AM THEATRE The issue of [...]

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Call and Response: Torange Yeghiazarian

by Marcy Arlin December 28, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“Watching that performance [the immigrant children’s performance of their family stories] I realized how important it is for the kids to really claim their identity and be proud of it and be able to speak about it…The act of telling these stories actually gives value to the kids’ identity. Theatre gives us permission to talk [...]

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Call and Response: Daniel Gookin

by Valerie Narehood December 21, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“It keeps us on our toes, because it gets us to come up with new and creative ways to deal with the ideas they come up with.” – Daniel Gookin, I AM THEATRE Having made my bones as a technician in lower-budget regional theatre, I’m no stranger to the consternations endemic to converted houses. I’ve [...]

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Call and Response: Lynn Nottage

by Monica Byrne December 13, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“Oh my God. Who do you think got 32?” – Lynn Nottage, I AM THEATRE When I watched Lynn’s video, I groaned in sympathy. Anyone studying anything to do with biology has to take organic chemistry at some point. As my own professor put it drolly, “It tends to be…a watershed.” It was for me, [...]

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Call and Response: Michael Maso

by Janet Allen December 6, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“I’d see the next play he [August Wilson] was working on come to life in front of me as he started talking about the characters in his head and what they were saying and what he was discovering about them. . . I had the privilege of hearing these stories . . . before he [...]

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Call and Response: Nilo Cruz

by Jerry Ruiz November 22, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“…One day I had this urge to go to the theater. I went to the Coconut Grove and saw a play called “The Dresser.” The next day I was totally a transformed person. I felt like I couldn’t do anything else but surrender to the art form of theatre. I didn’t know whether I would [...]

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Call and Response: Joan Schirle

by Stacy Klein November 15, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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 ’The whole thing fell apart. It exploded. It wasn’t my fault”.  - Joan Schirle, I AM THEATRE Similar to the Big Bang, which ostensibly was responsible for the creation of our world, most important discoveries or events are created out of a loss, or an explosion, or a shock. Change is difficult, and seems to become much [...]

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Call and Response: Allen Lee Hughes

by Dawn Chiang November 8, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“One of the strengths of the regional theatre systems is that it does provide an artistic home for artists… That relationship builds stronger institutions and I know it builds stronger artists.”  -Allen Lee Hughes, lighting designer, I AM THEATRE Allen’s observations about strong relationships between artists and theaters got me thinking about what qualities do [...]

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Call and Response: Curt Columbus

by Jeff Church November 1, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“…As a Chekhov translator you could spend your whole life waiting for a person to have that kind of visceral response to Chekhov and never see it happen. I felt really blessed to be in the room to watch a young person hear Chekhov in a way that made her leap to her feet.” -Curt [...]

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Call and Response: Andres Munar

by Heather Simms October 25, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“I didn’t really have any experience in anything but the canon. You know, Shakespeare, the Lanford Wilsons, the David Mamets, that’s really what I knew. To see this guy and this piece about my experience as a Colombian, as a Cuban American, it just kind of shook me. You’ve put yourself essentially in a box - what kind of theatre artist [...]

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Call and Response: Young Jean Lee

by Eliza Bent October 18, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“If you’re studying Shakespeare and you say you want to be a playwright and you have no experience playwriting it’s basically like, you know, being a veterinarian and saying you want to be a dog.” —Young Jean Lee, I AM THEATRE    I never wanted to be a dog. And I certainly never wanted to [...]

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Call and Response: Judy Rubin

by Kevin E. Moore October 11, 2011 Fall Forum
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“I’ve been a theatre groupie since day one… Being on the board of Playwrights Horizons has never ceased to be the most satisfying thing I’ve done.” – Judith O. Rubin, I AM THEATRE During my years at Arizona Theatre Company, I remember a particularly difficult time when management was asking the board to be a [...]

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Call and Response: Anthony Runfola

by Benjamin Hanna October 4, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“What I was able to witness was a room full of people that had walked in as strangers and were leaving as a community.  They realized that they weren’t alone.  And I think that really speaks to the power of theatre and what theatre can do.” -Anthony Runfola, I AM THEATRE In a world where [...]

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Call and Response: Maggie Arbogast

by Casey William Gallagher September 27, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“Theatre to me is freeing.  I love the variety that every day has.  I love the people that I work with, and I love the feeling that I get when I know that I have affected even just one person by the work that I’ve done or the work I’ve assisted to do to put [...]

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Call and Response: Kwame Kwei-Armah

by Molly Metzler September 20, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“The notion that I could actually come to work [at the National Theatre]—and be paid—and just think was unique and new to me, and opened me up to a whole new concept of what theatre was there for, of what art was there for, of what even subsidy for the arts was there for: creating [...]

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Call and Response: Devon Smith

by Laurie McCants September 13, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“It made me realize how important theatre was to how we process what’s going on right now– it got me really interested in what I call ‘non-fiction’ theatre– theatre that is about what’s happening right now in our world.” -Devon Smith, I AM THEATRE Wow. This really hit home. Considering what’s happening in my world [...]

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Call and Response: Sean Chang

by Alissa Moore September 6, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“With all this social media – Facebook, Twitter, texting – people in my generation are becoming increasingly disconnected with one another and with arts in general, and I think that’s sad when my friends can’t even hold a conversation with me face to face, and would much rather text it to me or Facebook message [...]

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Call and Response: Elisa Marino Alvarado

by Tara Bracco August 30, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“…in the midst of our fervor and our good work, there was much sexism. We had a theatre company that spoke of liberation and equality, but within our ranks it was definitely a double standard for women.” – Elisa Marino Alvarado, I AM THEATRE This honest quote acknowledges that there is a difference between intention [...]

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Call and Response: Don Shewey

by August Schulenburg August 23, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“I just saw writing about theatre in a different way, as a kind of dialogue with the artist, and that’s what’s really meaningful to me.” – Don Shewey, I AM THEATRE As the Artistic Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble, I’ve made a concerted effort to respond to most of the reviews written about our work [...]

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Call and Response: Mallory D. Pierce

by Dafina McMillan August 16, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“I had a pretty rude awakening when I realized that I was not going to make it as a dancer. I wasn’t very happy because I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with my life… It takes a whole lot of people to make art happen and I decided that what I [...]

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Call and Response: Mimi Lien

by Ruth Eglsaer August 9, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“Designing sets in traditional theatre spaces, I am designing a three-dimensional space but that three dimensional space is really only viewed from one side. I would love to actually design the space that the audience moves through and doesn’t just look at from one side because the experience of moving through space is actually one [...]

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Call and Response: Eric Bogosian

by Ruth Eglsaer August 2, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“…he was profoundly disinterested when I used the term “alienation effect.” He said, “Where did you learn that term… college?” So anyway – He said, “I heard you do this solo stuff, could you do some of that for me right now?” And I said, “Look, I didn’t come up here to audition.” Fortunately, there’s [...]

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Call and Response: Lou Bellamy

by August Schulenburg July 27, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“We were looking for a place to talk about issues that we knew to be important, to show the complicated nature of African-American life, and to see our grandmothers and grandfathers on stage, with dignity, telling stories that matter, stories that were only sporadically told in other theatres around the world.” -Lou Bellamy, I AM [...]

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From What If to What Next

by August Schulenburg July 20, 2011 I AM THEATRE

Leading up to our 2011 National Conference, we hosted a number of thoughtful essays imagining the future of theatre,These posts ranged from What If Disaster Relief Included An Arts Component to What If Theatres Partnered With The Local Food Movement, with Jim Hart’s What If Artists Were Trained As Entrepreneurs attracting the most attention. Overall, the [...]

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I AM THEATRE

by August Schulenburg July 14, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms” – Muriel Rukeyser All of us at TCG are thrilled today to launch I AM THEATRE, a video campaign that spotlights the stories of theatre practitioners in their own words. We’ll be releasing a 2 minute video each Thursday over the next 50 weeks, capturing pivotal moments in the lives [...]

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