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Interviews

(This post is part of a TCG Circle salon series connecting themes of Audience Engagement & Community Development, led by TCG’s Audience (R)Evolution program. If you would like to participate in any of these series, please email Gus Schulenburg.) When I tell people that I work at the Capshaw/Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice which houses [...]

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(This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions informed the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why?  CARLOS-MANUEL: Coming up with an answer for this question [...]

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Site-Specific Work en la frontera

by Dora Arreola July 30, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Playas de Tijuana- Friendship Park. Kenia Delgadillo as Antigona. Photo by Alejandra Villalba) The day before our TCG National Conference in San Diego, a group of about 100 U.S. theatre professionals crossed the border and travelled to Tijuana, México to meet with artists from Guadalajara, Mexico City and Tijuana in an unprecedented international Pre-Conference Encuentro.  We [...]

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“Why Not Us?”: Lisa Kron on 9/11 and In the Wake

by Julie Haverkate May 28, 2014 Interviews
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(Photo by Joan Marcus) Back in March, TCG published In the Wake by the Obie award-winning playwright of 2.5 Minutes and the book writer for the recent hit musical, Fun Home. In her newest published work, Lisa Kron takes on the big question of our country’s character with Ellen, a political junkie, who on the Thanksgiving [...]

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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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Intersecting Lives, One Hallway:
Adam Rapp on extending moments and digging deep

by Julie Haverkate April 29, 2014 Interviews
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Back in January, TCG published The Hallway Trilogy, a harrowing collection of plays by Adam Rapp that premiered, in rep, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. The plays – Rose, Paraffin and Nursing – weave tales of love, torment and redemption in one Lower East Side tenement hallway over the course of a century. Ever [...]

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Eric Bogosian: Let’s Talk About Sex

by Julie Haverkate April 9, 2014 Interviews
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Back in October, TCG published Sex Plays, a single volume of two new plays Eric Bogosian, one of America’s premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists. Skunkweed details the culture clash between a L.A. screenwriter and a working-class girl and her rural Florida clan in a hotel room. 1 + 1, which premiered at [...]

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Todd London Dreams of An Ideal Theater

by Julie Haverkate March 12, 2014 Interviews
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In September, TCG published An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, a wide-ranging documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by noted writer and [...]

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Melissa James Gibson: On Spaces and Bodies, and the Movement In Between

by Julie Haverkate January 2, 2014 Interviews
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Back in July, TCG published Melissa James Gibson’s This and Other Plays. The debut collection by the Obie Award-winning playwright includes This, an un-romantic comedy about a group of friends; Suitcase, an anxious verbal quartet about stalled dissertations and improbable romantics; [sic], in which three, young urban-failures navigate the slippery allegiances of their triangular friendship [...]

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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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Amy Herzog: On Family, Grief and Playwriting

by Julie Haverkate September 17, 2013 Interviews
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Back in June, TCG published Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles & After the Revolution. After the Revolution is a moving portrait of an American family forced to reconcile its thorny and delicate legacy, while in 4000 Miles, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a young man seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother in her New [...]

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Removing the Tags

by Debra Kim Sivigny May 8, 2013 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–Asian American Theatre series JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, tell me about the work you do [...]

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Respect, Love and Space: A Culture Revealed

by Anne Lambert April 17, 2013 Interviews
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(Photo by Gena J Photography. Pictures: Quentin Talley, founder and artistic director of On Q Performing Arts; Tom Gabbard, president & CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts; Emilya Cachapero, director of artistic programs/ITI-US, TCG; Lou Bellamy, founder & artistic director of Penumbra Theatre Company) An interview with theatre legend Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the [...]

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Fulbright Stories: Maureen Towey

by Jake Lasser April 15, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Brett Bailey) Between World Theatre Day, the Global Connections Round 2 Cycle B application deadline, and our delegation to Cuba, March was a big month for international theatre exchange here at TCG. Although TCG is always actively working towards facilitating cultural exchange for the artists and organizations in our family, it’s important to [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Christine Evans

by Marcy Arlin April 5, 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? The talented, gritty and brilliant people I’ve met, and the exuberance and amazing diversity of work being made.  Discovering the work of Latino/a writers in particular has been a [...]

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Sarah Ruhl on adaptations and delving into the minds of masters Chekhov and Woolf

by Julie Haverkate April 3, 2013 Interviews
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Later this month, TCG will publish Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Woolf’s Orlando, a pairing of adaptations: Anton Chekhov’s classic of ennui and frustration and Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending, period-hopping novel. Sarah will be at Vassar College on April 10 to read her recent work: a series of micro-essays about theatre-making, being [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Andrew Guilarte

by Marcy Arlin March 27, 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? Well, for one thing you never know what you’re going to get here. I’ve been severely disappointed and I’ve been wonderfully surprised, sometimes, both, in the same show.  I’ve [...]

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Meditation for Actors – An Interview with Parlan McGaw

by Amanda Quaid March 26, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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I saw a sign at Michael Howard Studios in NYC advertising Meditation for Actors.  I had tried meditation several times, sitting reluctantly on my rug like a naughty child in time-out, trying to think of nothing at all in an effort to, somehow, improve my connection to the present moment.  My legs cramped, my mind [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Cosmin Chivu

by Marcy Arlin March 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I don’t remember when I first met Cosmin, but I have always admired his tenacity, good humor, intelligence and directing talent; he directed for Immigrants’ Theatre Project’s Czech Plays series way back when. He is a tremendous supporter of colleagues, students and excellence [...]

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Interview with Lloyd Nyikadzino

by Jessica Lewis November 20, 2012 Global Citizenship
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(Photo of the University of Zimbabwe by Brezhnev Guvheya) Cross-cultural conversations between theatre artists are the mainstay for the International Theatre Institute (ITI) , which has centers all over the world.  TCG, which serves as the U.S. Center of ITI, recently facilitated this interview with our colleague Lloyd Nyikadzino, Coordinator of the Zimbabwe Center of [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Daniel Jáquez

by Marcy Arlin November 6, 2012 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? I like that in NYC you can see small experimental work and big Broadway productions as well as theatre from all over the world. But I love theatre in [...]

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Fulbright Stories:Emily Mendelsohn

by Jake Lasser October 23, 2012 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Emily Mendelsohn. Pictured:  COOKING OIL workshop at Ishyo Art Center, Kigali, Rwanda, August 2011. ) The main goal of TCG’s Fulbright Stories is to dispel the common myth that the Fulbright Program exists only for scholars. On the contrary, the Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers opportunities to artists [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Abraham J. Amkpa

by Marcy Arlin October 17, 2012 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? I love theatre because it gives me the opportunity to flex a different kind of acting muscle. I love live performance because it bends and morphs reality in the [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Lanna Joffrey

by Marcy Arlin October 11, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) 1. How have you combined, in your work, your country’s culture? I have several countries/cities/states I identify/connect with: Iran, Albuquerque, London, Germany, Colorado, New York… Many places seep into us in various ways. And since my work as an actor and writer are [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Tony Naumovski

by Marcy Arlin June 26, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) These days, I think Tony is one of the hardest-working actors in town: film, TV, readings, shows, classes. He can play a thug, a G-man, or a romantic despot, and can sing these beautiful, sad, haunting ancient Balkan tunes that can stop a [...]

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Golden Veil

by Eliza Bent June 12, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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The National Theater of the United States—or NTUSA—might sound like some kind of governmental organization, but in fact it is a New York City-based troupe made up of seven members, and countless other artist-collaborators, whose aim, according to its website, is to “exist for your entertainment, enlightenment and greater glory” with shows that “dazzle, repel [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Natalia de Campos

by Marcy Arlin June 8, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I met Natalia when she first came to the U.S. and we worked together on a couple of early ITP projects at the Tenement Museum and HERE. After all this time, it is inspiring to read about her innovative international work. Interactive Brazilian/U.S. [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Henry Ong

by Marcy Arlin May 30, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) Henry Ong cares very much about the subjects of his play and writes beautifully about tough topics: Cambodian holocaust survivors, Thai garment workers, torture survivors. When we worked on a show together in New York a couple of years ago, I found him [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Gloria Zelaya

by Marcy Arlin May 22, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) In 1983 I went to a theatre festival, El Segundo Encuentro de Teatro Latinoamericano, held in Nicaragua. There I met director Gloria Zelaya, who also lived in NY. We meet every few years, most recently at a FELT workshop. Her theatrical work based [...]

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Navigating the Visa & Taxation Process for Artists from Abroad

by Kevin Bitterman May 17, 2012 Interviews
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On Tuesday, June 5,  Jonathan Ginsburg, artist immigration attorney and author of the visa section of artistsfromabroad.org, along with his fellow artist immigration and entertainment attorneys Brian Taylor Goldstein, Andi Floyd and Robyn Guilliams, will host the Leadership Teleconference Navigating the Visa and Taxation Process for Artists from Abroad. This teleconference is $35 for Member Theatres and University [...]

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A Preoccupation with Vermont

by Julie Haverkate May 16, 2012 Interviews
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At TCG, we’re absolutely thrilled to have just published the first collection of plays by Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker. Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, Nocturama and Body Awareness have been gathered in her debut volume, The Vermont Plays. If you happened to be at St. Mark’s Bookshop in NYC last night, you would have [...]

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“Proud” To Be Canadian

by Rob Weinert-Kendt May 9, 2012 American Theatre magazine
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In early February, Canadian theatres felt a chill quite apart from the nip in the winter air: It was then that Michael Healey, a leading Canuck playwright best known for his three-hander The Drawer Boy, resigned from his residency at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, taking with him a play called Proud, which Tarragon had refused to [...]

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LaMaMa Umbria

by Lauren Saunders May 7, 2012 Global Citizenship
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Founded in 1990 by the late Ellen Stewart, La Mama herself, La MaMa Umbria is an exciting and enriching retreat located in Spoleto, Italy, that offers symposiums and master workshops dedicated to the artist’s growth. In light of TCG’s core values of Global Citizenship and Artistry, Stewart’s legacy and her dedication to cultural exchange and [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Andreas Robertz

by Marcy Arlin May 4, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) To practice theatre, as director and teacher, Andreas Robertz crosses boundaries, cultures, genres, and venues. His generosity and good spirits make working or collaborating with Andreas (as I did in Germany) a pleasure and a joy. What do you love about theatre in [...]

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International Music Theatre Now

by Jessica Lewis May 4, 2012 Global Citizenship
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(“Unsichtbare Land” by composer Helmut Oehring. Produced byTheater Basel. Photo copyright Sebastian Hoppe.) It’s always nice to have an e-mail conversation with an inspiring female theatre leader thousands of miles away in Germany to gain insight on an excellent, incredible, fantastic opportunity for music theatre artists.  The International Music Theatre Committee (MTC), one of 12 [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Teresa Yenque

by Marcy Arlin April 12, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I know Teresa from television and films, and a reading she did at the Tenement Theatre years ago. In many of her appearances on television, film and theatre, she is the paradigm of tragic motherhood, or the long suffering domestic, or the stoic [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Mahmood Karimi-Hakak

by Marcy Arlin April 2, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) Mahmood Karimi-Hakak is a colleague of mine in Theatre Without Borders and I’ve heard great things about an amazing project he did; where he, Motti Lerner, Roberta Levitow and Torange Yeghiazarian told each other stories. Motti then wrote a play from the group [...]

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A Conversation with Anne: The Shock of Recognition

by August Schulenburg March 30, 2012 Interviews
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Since 2002, Anne Bogart has conducted a series of interviews with major artists and cultural thinkers at her SITI Company studio in New York City before live audiences. TCG’s recently published book, Conversations with Anne, collects and documents these remarkable conversations between Bogart and the artists and thinkers she most admires, including Zelda Fichandler, Richard [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Handan Ozbilgin

by Marcy Arlin March 23, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) Handan’s graciousness, talent as a director, and spirit of inclusiveness are rare! I first met her when I was teaching theatre at CUNY LaGuardia. Handan was our liaison when we presented a readings series of Plays about Religion in the welcoming Little Theatre. She [...]

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The Future of Engagement

by August Schulenburg March 21, 2012 Interviews
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On Wednesday, April 4, Shane D. Hudson will lead the A-ha! Leadership Webinar, The Future of Engagement: Social Media and Your Audience. This webinar is free for Member Theatres and will feature Shane’s  insights into the future of digital engagement within our field. He will discuss the latest trends in social media, the future of [...]

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Fulbright Stories: Roberta Levitow

by Jaki Bradley March 15, 2012 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Roberta Levitow in Istanbul) March 27th is World Theatre Day, but TCG is celebrating the values of WTD throughout the month of March. Leading up to the 50th Anniversary of World Theatre Day, TCG is launching Fulbright Stories on the TCG Circle. In this series, we’ll be speaking with theatre practitioners who received a [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Yussef El Guindi

by Marcy Arlin March 12, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) Yussef and I just worked together on a reading of his sweet and moving play, PILGRIM MUSA AND SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD, at Queens Theatre in the Park. Strangely this is the first time we met in person, as ITP presented a [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Irina Kruzhilina

by Marcy Arlin March 9, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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The United States is a multicultural nation, and nowhere is that truer than in the arts. However, the full range of the diverse cultures working in the arts often occurs out of the spotlight. As Artistic Director of Immigrants’ Theatre Project I have worked with immigrant theatre artists from over ninety nations, including the Native American nations, [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Chiori Miyagawa

by Marcy Arlin March 2, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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The United States is a multicultural nation, and nowhere is that truer than in the arts. However, the full range of the diverse cultures working in the arts often occurs out of the spotlight. As Artistic Director of Immigrants’ Theatre Project I have worked with immigrant theatre artists from over ninety nations, including the Native American nations, [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Jojo Gonzalez

by Marcy Arlin February 22, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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The United States is a multicultural nation, and nowhere is that truer than in the arts. However, the full range of the diverse cultures working in the arts often occurs out of the spotlight. As Artistic Director of Immigrants’ Theatre Project I have worked with immigrant theatre artists from over ninety nations, including the Native [...]

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Other Within The Other

by Julie Haverkate November 29, 2011 Interviews
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We’re thrilled here at TCG to have recently published David Adjmi’s Stunning and Other Plays. This new collection includes Stunning, set in an insular Syrian-Jewish community, where Lily, a teenage bride’s world is disrupted by her intellectual gay African-American housekeeper, Blanche; The Evildoers, about the collapse of two privileged couples and Elective Affinities, a post-9/11 [...]

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Interview: David Henry Hwang

by Dafina McMillan November 8, 2011 Fall Forum
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(Editor’s Note: David Henry Hwang will be the Friday Night Keynote Speaker at our 2011 Fall Forum on Governance: Capitalizing an Art Form. He was kind enough to sit down with Dafina McMillan and answer some Forum – and Chinglish – inspired questions). 1. You are one of the few playwrights moving fluidly between the [...]

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U.S./México Playwright Exchange

by Jessica Lewis November 8, 2011 Global Citizenship
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(Playwright:  Xavier Villanova. Director: Mariana Carreño King) So many thoughts are rushing through my head as I walk into my interview with Andrea Thome, Director of U.S./México Exchange, and Lisa Rothe, Director of Off-site Programs and Partnerships, at the Lark Play Development Center. This marks the sixth year of their  program, where U.S. playwrights translate [...]

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Let It Ripple, or The Arts As A Public Good

by August Schulenburg November 4, 2011 Fall Forum
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Heading into our 2011 Fall Forum on Governance: Capitalizing an Art Form, we wanted to provide a more in depth look at some of our speakers. We’re thrilled that our closing speaker, Margy Waller, took a moment out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Margy Waller is a Senior Fellow [...]

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Catching the Pass

by August Schulenburg October 7, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Photo: Gerry Goodstein. Pictured: Amy Staats and Lynette Freeman from WAKING UP by Cori Thomas, directed by Tea Alagić) Having previously featured the ACTpass in Eliza Bent’s April 2011 Strategies column in American Theatre, we were excited when Ensemble Studio Theatre’s ESTpass press release crossed our transom. Was this an idea with legs? How would [...]

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