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(MTC Intern Supervisors hold a small group discussion during the Diversity and Inclusion Workshop led by Gwen Cochran Hadden. Photo: Amy Harris) I began by reflecting on the rewarding recruitment trips that I took this winter to Historically Black Universities and Colleges (chronicled in my May TCG Circle post) and wondering how I could continue [...]

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(Photo by Marc Pinate. The Barrio Stories project is supported by the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) The Barrio Stories project consists of three phases: Research, Development, and Production.  As project coordinator/class instructor, I was in charge of phase one, which was recently completed. This research portion of the project involved teaching a college level course, “Theatricalizing Oral Histories” to [...]

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Becoming Strangers to Ourselves (or Activating the Staff)

by Danielle Amato May 29, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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One of the major steps The Old Globe has undertaken in its AHA process so far is to engage and activate the staff of the theatre as important participants in the Think-It process. For many years, the staff and board of the theatre have felt that something should be done to activate our large outdoor [...]

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Planting Seeds and Learning Patience

by Amy Harris May 28, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(MTC Assistant Education Director Amy Harris in a mock interview with Bowie State University student. Photo: Professor Renee Charlow.) Manhattan Theatre Club’s Education Department has been working to remedy a lack of diversity within our internship program for several years.  At the onset of the A-Ha! grant, the department assessed the efforts we’d previously undertaken, as [...]

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Mixed Blood Theatre’s DISABILITY VISIBILITY project

by Jack Reuler & Aditi Brennan Kapil May 27, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Disability Visibility is made possible by the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) The Mixed Blood Theatre seeks an improvement in the relationship between the American theatre and disability. There is a canon of top-of-the-field theatrical literature that is under-produced, a talent pool that is underutilized and underemployed, and potential audiences in large numbers in every market in the [...]

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Post-launch thoughts on the new Playwrights’ Center website

by Jessica Franken April 21, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Image caption: pwcenter.org Through funding from the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, the Playwrights’ Center developed and launched a re-imagined online and mobile resource hub for playwrights. The project included enhancing functionality of the popular play submission opportunities listings and making it easier for member playwrights to connect locally and globally. We launched the redesigned pwcenter.org in [...]

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Staying Mindful Through the Practice

by Sean San José February 19, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

At Youth Speaks, we are continuing to move forward and make new discoveries around our dynamic initiative to reignite our Performance program and form a new performance company. The beginning of this initiative was marked by an open call in December through our local and national networks for applicants to our 3-year paid Fellowship program. [...]

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Wows, Wonders and Lessons From The 524 Project

by Brigitte Pribnow Moore January 23, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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About a year ago, YPT teamed up with Detroit-based arts educator InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) and DC documentary film company Meridian Hill Pictures (MHP) to create The 524 Project, a cross-country collaboration that connected a class at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC with one at Western International High School in Detroit. Named after the 524 miles separating DC and Detroit, The 524 Project brought the two [...]

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The Launch of Youth Speaks’ New Model for Multidisciplinary Performance Work

by Sean San José January 22, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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At Youth Speaks, we have just begun a new and dynamic initiative to reignite our performance program and form a new performance company. Our goal is to create a new company led by younger artists working and collaborating with all types of folks, including extensive creation and collaboration with many of the experienced and regarded [...]

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Barrio Stories Project: Preserving a neighborhood’s identity and heritage

by Marc David Pinate January 15, 2015 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Plaza Theatre in the 1950s, Tucson AZ, Photo Credit: Tucson Historical Society. This post is part of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) How do we get more Latinos to come to the theatre? That is the question we started with. I can tell you it’s not simply a matter of producing “Latino plays.”  Borderlands Theater, located in Tucson, [...]

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The Miracle of Birth: Catalyst at a Glance

by Sade Lythcott December 14, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo by Comfort Katchy. This post is part of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) It was like being pregnant…I swear that’s the best way to describe the process of creating Catalyst. First, it starts with this seed thought, an idealistic notion that you want to bring a life force into the world that will make a difference and [...]

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Learning Where to Start

by Amy Harris December 14, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(The Fall 2005 intern class meets with Stanley and Rita Kaplan who endowed the MTC internship program in memory of their son Paul. Photo credit: Andrea Gorzell Hickey. This post is part of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program.) I’ve overseen the internship program at Manhattan Theatre Club for almost a decade.  I’m proud to have worked [...]

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Building the digital tools for collaborative art-making

by Tim Jennings December 2, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Student designs for CTC’s production of Shrek the Musical, 2014; photo by Jamie Johansen.) In the opening weeks of our project, we sought to investigate broadly the field of crowdsourcing, as well as successful models for creating art in a public, digital sphere. We looked at numerous models and examples, ranging from simple platforms for delivering [...]

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What we learned from surveying playwrights

by Hannah Joyce-Hoven November 29, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo: Working on the information architecture for the new website. Through funding from the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, the Playwrights’ Center is developing and implementing a re-imagined online and mobile resource hub for playwrights. The project includes enhancing functionality of the popular opportunities listings and making it easier for member playwrights to connect locally and globally.) In [...]

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PROJECT ALO? – Simple Tools, Grand Ideals

by Torange Yeghiazarian November 22, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo by Rami Sameh. This post is a part of the MetLife/A-Ha!: Think It, Do It program.) It is easy to feel both hopeless and helpless when watching the daily news cycle about the Middle East. I don’t recognize the people I see on the news. The news never shows the people I recognize. I despise [...]

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Maintaining the Momentum

by Jesus A. Reyes October 15, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(All pictures by Center Theatre Group.) We knew early on that the pilot phase of The Shop initiative would be exciting and full of challenges, but we couldn’t have predicted all the little surprises. But, we sure were happy to embrace them. Working with community is very easy; getting to know our neighbors is very [...]

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Seventh Round Recipients of the A-ha! Program

by TCG News September 30, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the seventh round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which empowers TCG Member Theatres to take groundbreaking approaches to artistic, managerial, production and/or technological challenges and opportunities.  Six theatres were awarded grants totaling $200,000 to either research and develop new ideas, or experiment [...]

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An International Video Play!

by Fatima Zahra El Filali April 10, 2014 Global Citizenship
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While creating and refining the protocol for Project Alo?, two questions have continued to occupy my mind: How can we keep Alo? in the framework of theater art, rather than video art?           How much of a divide is between the two forms of expression? My background is in visual art. While I find myself [...]

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Getting Our House in Order

by Jesus A. Reyes April 9, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Local group, Elev8 for Life, a leadership and empowerment program that serves youth from Wyvernwood and Estrada Courts. The girls component of Elev8 for Life met in The Shop’s craft room and kitchen. Photos by Jesus A. Reyes. The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) Turning Our [...]

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Who to Invite

by Deadria Harrington April 9, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo Credit: Taylor Carter-Jones.) From August 4-7, 2014 in New York City, The National Black Theatre is hosting Catalyst: Moving the Black Theatre Legacy Forward, a 4-day intensive tackling the financial and structural crisis Black Theatres face nationwide. We’re now 5 months away from Catalyst and we’ve made a lot of progress; from gaining a hotel [...]

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From the Ground Up

by The 524 Project April 4, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

A few weeks ago, a group of students at Western International High School in Detroit, MI recorded a two minute scene with an iPad retrofitted with audiovisual technology and emailed it to classmates at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC. The video above was a part of a curriculum designed by DC-based nonprofits Young [...]

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Bag&Baggage is unique.

by Scott Palmer March 24, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo of Main Street in Hillsboro, OR. The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) We are the only professional theatre company in Hillsboro. We sit, literally, on the dividing line between urban/suburban Portland and the rural/agricultural west of Washington County, Oregon. Our Artistic Mission is to [...]

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MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program Round 7 Application Launch

by TCG News February 13, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo of Arely Diaz-Loza as Mia in Lunch Lady Courage, Cornerstone Theatre Company’s 2013 A-ha! project. Photo by Photo by Kevin Michael Campbell.) Online Registration & Application Postmark Deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014, 11:59pm EST TCG is now accepting applications for MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It.This grant program supports theatres to dare to try new approaches [...]

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Answering Questions We Never Thought We’d Be Asked

by Scott Palmer January 3, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) My first indication that my assumptions were likely to be seriously challenged came while eating a homemade maple bar in front of a deli case on a Tuesday morning in Gaston, Oregon. Gaston is a small town in Washington [...]

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You Over There, Let’s Work Together!

by Fatima Zahra El Filali December 9, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Golden Thread Productions is America’s first theatre company dedicated to developing and producing plays from and about the Middle East. When creating Middle East inspired theater outside of its geographical boundaries, one cannot help but pause and ask: What are THEY doing over there? How are THEY doing it over there? Where are THEY doing [...]

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Building an online toolkit for playwrights

by Jeremy B. Cohen November 25, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Forty-two years ago, when the Playwrights’ Center was founded, the Internet was still ten years from takeoff and the first handheld mobile phone had yet to debut. Today, our 1300+ member playwrights rely on these technologies to learn the craft of playwriting, find opportunities to submit their plays, and connect with other writers or potential [...]

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Let Me Introduce – Catalyst: Moving the Legacy of Black Theatre Forward

by Jonathan McCrory November 21, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Barbara Ann Teer in front of the National Black Theatre (1988). Photo by Dennis Caruso.) Founded in Harlem in 1968 by visionary artist and entrepreneur, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, the National Black Theatre [NBT] is the oldest Black Theatre in New York City and the first revenue-generating Black arts complex in the country. NBT is [...]

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Crowdsourcing Kidcentricity

by Tim Jennings November 20, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo from CTC’s 2013 production of Alice in Wonderland, part of the Kidcentricity initiative. Photo by Dan Norman.) The core question that drives our project is a seemingly simple one: how can Children’s Theatre Company make the best work possible for a multigenerational audience that is increasingly interested in creating, not just responding to, art? [...]

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Please Steal Our Ideas

by Brigitte Pribnow Moore October 31, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Young Playwrights’ Theater, InsideOut Literary Arts Project And Meridian Hill Pictures Are Launching a Big, Bold, Risky Project (And We Want You to “Do It”, Too) “If you never do anything that scares you, or makes you uncomfortable, you will never know what you are actually capable of.” – Josh, Published YPT Playwright Young Playwrights’ [...]

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Talking Shop: CTG Experiments with Community Programming in Boyle Heights, CA

by Leslie K. Johnson October 15, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

(The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) Not often enough, CTG Production Department Operations Director Dawn Holiski and I have lunch at Border Grill to catch up and “talk shop”. Inspired by the work of many theatres, recent research and national conversations about audience engagement and [...]

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Listening to Our Neighbors

by Scott Palmer October 7, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo of Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro, Oregon. The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) Bag&Baggage Productions was founded in 2005 as a touring theatrical production company, producing work in small communities throughout Oregon without a resident professional theatre. In 2007, the company was invited to become [...]

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Sixth round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It

by TCG News August 21, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the sixth round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which empowers TCG Member Theatres to take groundbreaking approaches to artistic, managerial, production and/or technological challenges and opportunities.  Seven theatres were awarded grants totaling $250,000 to either research and develop new ideas, or experiment [...]

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Accepting Apps for MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It

by TCG News January 23, 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for the next round of MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It. This program for TCG Member Theatres supports creative thinking and action in two ways: Think It grants ($25,000) give theatre professionals the time and space for research and development; Do It grants [...]

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Staging Success – 9th Grade

by Nick Luckenbaugh December 18, 2012 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) Nick Luckenbaugh here from Atlantic Theater Company in NYC! This year – with the help of the MetLife/TCG A-Ha! Program alongside other amazing supporters – we’ve [...]

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Announcing the 5th Round A-ha! Recipients

by TCG News August 23, 2012 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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MetLife Foundation and TCG are thrilled to announce the fifth round of recipients for the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which supports the creative thinking and action of TCG Member Theatres with the goal of impacting the larger theatre community. Five theatres were awarded grants totaling $225,000 to either research and develop new [...]

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Getting In On The Act: Alan Brown’s Webinar

by August Schulenburg April 23, 2012 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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On Wednesday, May 2, Alan Brown will lead the A-ha! Leadership Webinar, Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation. This webinar is free for Member Theatres and will feature Alan’s  insights into present trends in audience engagement and the future of arts participation within our field. The deadline [...]

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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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Accepting Applications for MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It

by TCG News January 25, 2012 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

TCG Now Accepting Applications for MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It A program for TCG member theatres that supports creative thinking and action in two ways: Think It grants ($25,000) give theatre professionals the time and space for research and development; Do It grants ($50,000) support the implementation and testing of new ideas. Online [...]

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A Greater Perseverance

by Perseverance Theatre November 1, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.)   By Ruth Kostik, Producing Director Since this is our first blog post on the Aha! Think It, Do It blog, it seemed appropriate that it [...]

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Ask and You Shall Recieve

by Center Theatre Group July 8, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Patricia Garza, Center Theatre Group We made huge strides recently in our research for this grant by actually talking with students! We gathered 12 [...]

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Asking the Right Questions

by Clubbed Thumb July 7, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(These posts were originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By SuperLab playwright Erin Courtney, as part of Clubbed Thumb’s collaboration with Playwrights Horizons Working with Maria Striar and Adam Greenfield on a Superlab of my [...]

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Dad’s Garage TV Is Live

by Dads Garage May 23, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Kevin Gillese Things are very exciting around Dad’s Garage these days. Our horror musical Scarlett’s Web is doing so well that we’ve extended it for [...]

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Breaking Down Barriers

by Center Theatre Group May 20, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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Sitting down for breakfast with Leslie Tamaribuchi, Associate Dean of School of Theatre at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) opened us up to a non-traditional approach of arts management. CalArts has three management tracks in their program: Producing, Stage Management, and Production Management. The two most closely aligned with some of the other programs [...]

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The Lorax and Deepwater Horizon

by Southern Rep May 12, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This posts were originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Gamal Chasten, Education Director & Marieke Gaboury, Managing Director It has been a great month of developing ideas and writing with the class. After [...]

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What Makes Play Development Work?

by Clubbed Thumb May 6, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(These posts were originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By SuperLab playwrights Madeleine George (SuperLab #1) and Tanya Saracho (SuperLab #5), as part of Clubbed Thumb’s collaboration with Playwrights Horizons April 22, 2011 - Madeleine George [...]

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Observations and Goals for Year 2

by Northlight Theatre April 28, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Devon de Mayo As we reflect on and assess the first year of the after-school Northlight On Campus program, we look back at the [...]

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Little Moments That Are Giant Leaps

by Southern Rep April 13, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Gamal Chasten & Marieke Gaboury We’ve had our best classes yet in the past month. We were talking through some of our favorite moments the [...]

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Your Past Is Your Future

by Center Theatre Group April 1, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Patricia Garza, Center Theatre Group Isn’t it always the case that you return to the place you know the best to learn new things? [...]

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Pick Your Price

by Pillsbury House Theatre March 31, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Alan Berks, Director of Communications, Pillsbury House Theatre We opened Nathan Louis Jackson’s Broke-ology this month. We’re three weeks into the run with two [...]

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Northlight On Campus Has Its First Performance

by Northlight Theatre March 30, 2011 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(This post was originally posted on Think It, Do It, Blog It as part of  The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program. We’re cross-posting on the Circle to better highlight the work of our grantees.) By Elise Walter (Education Intern) and Amanda Jane Dunne (Education Associate) Friday, March 11 was the culmination of the Northlight On Campus residency with middle [...]

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