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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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(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? GREG REINER: One formative experience for me was back in [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day Three

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 5, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni. Yes, we did have a donut truck for breakfast on Saturday. Yes, it was yummy.) On the final day of the conference, I woke up thinking about the powerful stories from StoryCorps. The simplicity of a single image, two voices, and a strong narrative had me completely transfixed. I thought about the [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day Two

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 4, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) Day Two of the Conference began bright and early at 8am with a number of events, including the the Theatres of Color Breakfast, which was facilitated by Randy Reinholz (Artistic Director, Native Voices and Professor, San Diego State University) and Alison De La Cruz (multi-disciplinary theatre artist, arts educator, and cultural organizer,) who [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day One

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 3, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) It’s Thursday morning. Day One of the National Conference, my 4th, TCG’s 25th. I scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feeds. #CharlestonShooting was trending. I turned on the news. Six black women and three black men were worshipping at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, when they were [...]

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2015 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Institute Report Out

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 3, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) Arrival in Cleveland: Go Cavs! #BlackLivesMatter I arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday. The city was at a fever pitch as the Cavaliers geared up for Game 5 of the NBA National Championship. Unfortunately, King James and team weren’t able to break the curse, but it was thrilling to get swept away in [...]

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Theatre: The Face of Our Ever Evolving Nation

by Seth Gordon July 30, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? SETH GORDON: The most game changing production I [...]

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Embracing Empathy

by Kelvin Dinkins Jr. July 16, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? KELVIN DINKINS, JR.:  HAMILTON:  I am pretty sure [...]

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Represent Our Voices

by Molly Smith July 9, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE E. LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen or created, and why? MOLLY SMITH:  A real game-changer that Arena [...]

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Entry Points into Creation

by Debra Kim Sivigny June 23, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? DEB SIVIGNY: It sounds a little cliché because [...]

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Seeking Diverse Theater Designers and Technicians

by Megan Sandberg-Zakian June 23, 2015 National Conference
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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.) This list emerged from a moment of exhaustion. We all know that our productions are at their best when we have an inventive and diverse group of collaborators who can inspire and challenge each other. As [...]

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Break the Addiction to the Familiar

by Mary Kathryn Nagle June 22, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? MARY KATHRYN NAGLE:  Sliver of a [...]

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We Come After

by Isaac Butler June 22, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? ISAAC BUTLER: One production is hard. But I [...]

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Rooted in the Structure

by LaTeshia Ellerson June 22, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: Who was the most game-changing theatre leader/artist you’ve met, and what do you carry forward from their example? LATESHIA [...]

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This Storytelling Machine

by Deena Selenow June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo of Deena Selenow at 2014 Fall Forum on Governance by Isaiah Tanenbaum. This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most game-changing production you’ve seen [...]

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The Courage to Lead from an Authentic Place

by Nelson Eusebio III June 22, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo of Nelson Eusebio at the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Institute Pre-Conference in Cleveland by Roger Mastroianni. This post is part of the blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2015 TCG National Conference: Game Change. The following questions will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) JACQUELINE LAWTON: What was the most [...]

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Embrace the Useful Tension

by Shirley Serotsky June 22, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? SHIRLEY SEROTSKY: This question brings me back to [...]

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Empathy, The Core of What We Do

by Melissa Hillman June 17, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? MELISSA HILLMAN: That’s an interesting question. I think [...]

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The Constant Dance of Service

by Hannah Grannemann June 16, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? HANNAH GRANNEMANN: Seeing Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in [...]

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An Endeavor of Endurance

by Regan Linton June 16, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) Before I was an actor, I was an athlete.  As a kid, I played soccer, softball, and anything else I had [...]

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Four Lessons for Changing the Game

by Lisa Portes June 16, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? LISA PORTES: The most game-changing production I’ve [...]

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Game-Changers Accumulate

by Rachel Grossman June 16, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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?  Rachel Grossman: “Most” questions paralyze me. That line [...]

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Emerging In a New Era

by Katie Christie June 16, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? Katie Christie: Recently, the most game-changing production I’ve seen [...]

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Getting Out of the Living Room

by Tom Quaintance June 15, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? TOM QUAINTANCE: I’m going to go with two [...]

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Expanding Audience Imagination

by Paula Cizmar June 15, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? PAULA CIZMAR: I couldn’t possibly narrow this [...]

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Observation to Interpretation to Action

by Suzanne M Cohen June 15, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? SUZANNE M. COHEN: Wow, it’s really challenging to [...]

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Healing Wars vs Inspiration Porn

by Kate Langsdorf June 15, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? KATE LANGSDORF: Last summer, I had the privilege [...]

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Art Creates Wealth

by Vickie Ramirez June 15, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? VICKIE RAMIREZ: For me, it was Dry [...]

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Beyond the Aristocratic Theater

by Holly L. Derr June 14, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? HOLLY L. DERR: The most game-changing production I [...]

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People Know What’s Good

by Monet Noelle Marshall June 14, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? MONET NOELLE MARSHALL: Fresh out of undergrad [...]

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Don’t Rest On Your Laurels

by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni June 13, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? FANSHEN COX DIGIOVANNI: The plays I participated in [...]

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Change In The Classroom

by Jules Odendahl-James June 12, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? JOJ: The Laramie Project. Since its premiere in [...]

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A Seat at The Table

by Nelson Eusebio III June 12, 2015 National Conference
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For the 25th National Conference in Cleveland, TCG is highlighting the current recipients of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship and the SPARK Leadership Programs. These programs are unique to the field, and provide critical support and mentorship for the future leaders of our art form. In honor of our longstanding commitment to professional development [...]

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Providing the Platform: Politics, Authenticity, and Self-Determination

by Ralph Remington June 12, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? RALPH REMINGTON: The British site-specific company, Punchdrunk’s SLEEP [...]

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Off Limits, On Stage

by Madeline Sayet June 12, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? Madeline Sayet: When I saw Deborah Warner’s The [...]

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Identity Nation

by Jamil Khoury June 11, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform the final plenary session, “Artistic Leadership: How We Change the Game.”) Jacqueline Lawton:  What is the most significant challenge—or opportunity—facing the world, and what difference can theatre make? Jamil Khoury:  I don’t think [...]

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Sustaining the Theater Workplace

by Devra Thomas June 11, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? DEVRA THOMAS: Most recently, watching a group of [...]

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See Around the Corner

by David Stewart June 11, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? DAVID STEWART: I had the privilege of being [...]

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Seamlessly Interweaving

by Talleri McRae June 9, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? TALLERI A. MCRAE: One of the most striking [...]

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Our Collective Passion and Providence

by Oliver Mayer June 9, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? OLIVER MAYER: ZOOT SUIT by Luis Valdez at [...]

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Diversity Will Move Us Forward

by Al Heartley June 9, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? AL HEARTLEY: Seeing the Kent Gash directed production of [...]

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Equity: A Game Changing Opportunity

by Larissa FastHorse June 8, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? LARISSA FASTHORSE:  I hate to be on a bandwagon, [...]

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We Can Astonish

by Ray Dooley June 8, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? RAY DOOLEY: Looking back over more than 45 [...]

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Direct the Light of Reason

by Diane Glancy June 3, 2015 National Conference
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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 will inform 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? DIANE GLANCY:  In January – February, [...]

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Art First, Profit Second

by Dan Hutton August 19, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.)  Financial models supporting the creation and dissemination of art should not try to emulate those of the business world. In private industry, laws ensure that the amassing of profit is the ultimate purpose, safeguarding shareholders and ensuring [...]

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Parallel Universes

by Kay Matschullat August 14, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre| Technology} blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) An author writes the text, a director maps the journey, a producer provides the needed funds, the creative process moves from staging to production, the audience is to be gathered and a couch fills center stage. Sound like [...]

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They Call Me a Hero

by Guillermo Reyes August 12, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) “How did you come up with this story?” has become a common question in the audience talk backs that some theaters subject us playwrights to as if to further scrutinize our process.  With this new play, “They Call Me [...]

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IN SEARCH OF TOSTONES: Finding my authentic, Dominican voice in a Latino market that promotes anything but!

by Marco Antonio Rodriguez August 12, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive| Thrive} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) My talent agents can’t be bothered: “It’s Spanish! It all sounds the same!” My family cares even less: “Ya cállate con todo ese thee-ate-her artist crap and pass the adobo for the pernil!” Rejection is routine in this crazy [...]

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Russian-language, Ukrainian Playwrights Cope with the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

by John Freedman August 8, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich. Pictured: Maksym Kurochkin speaking at an anti-war rally in Moscow on April 13, 2014. Photo: John Freedman.) There is a phrase in Russian that declares “the muses are silent when tanks are thundering.” Fortunately it’s not always true. [...]

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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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