Journalin-depth stories

  • Boston Theater Board Leaders Forum Joan Lancourt
    Having been an executive coach in a Kennedy School Executive Development program, I had found the Chait, Ryan and Taylor "Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards" model to be a useful way for boards to become more proactive partners in leading their organizations. Deeper board and staff conversations about: purpose vision and business models; building stronger relationships with communities; legislative advocacy for the arts; and new forms of collaborations among and between theaters, all point to the need for an expanded role for theater boards based on genuinely strategic thinking.
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Writing a Musical: A Conversation with Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould Polly Carl, Carson Kreitzer, Matt Gould
    Recently, I spent two days in a convening learning, among other things, about the partnership between Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould. I was enchanted by their collaborative energy and I thought their discussion of what it takes to make a new musical these days was pretty instructive. Carson and Matt kindly took some time to talk with me about their new musical, Lempicka, and what it takes to get made.

NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Fighting for Love: John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Nuyorican Poets Café Emma Wiseman
    Founded in 1973 by a group of poets, playwrights, and musicians of color whose work was underrepresented in the mainstream arts community of New York City, the Nuyorican Poets Café is a fitting haven for Shanley’s outcast protagonists. Both characters have a secret that fills them with self-loathing, and though each may think they want to drink alone, both eventually are seduced by the redemptive power of telling their stories.
  • Citizen Theater: Anne Hamburger on Basetrack Live Bertie Ferdman
    I made the show to bring people who have served together with people who know nothing about war, beyond what they read in the papers. What we wanted to do with "Basetrack Live" is not focus on the people who lost limbs necessarily, but who had lost peace.

Blognews, trends, insights

  • Livestreaming Network of Ensemble Theaters' Intersection: Ensembles + Universities—Fri, Oct 31-Sun, Nov 2 HowlRound TV
    The Network of Ensemble Theaters presents Intersection: Ensembles + Universities livestreaming from LaMama and New School University in New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, 2014. In Twitter, use #newplay to share conversation.
  • Interweaving Theory and Practice: the Post Natyam Collective's Web-based Collaborative Process Cynthia Ling Lee
    Over the past seven years, the Post Natyam Collective’s creative practice has transitioned from in-person collaboration to web-based collaboration. Often our process is deeply informed by scholarly engagement, including feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, and subaltern histories of Indian classical dance forms. Collective members often develop promising seeds from our shared processes into diverse products: dance-for-camera pieces, art installations, lecture-demonstrations, performance works, and scholarly papers.

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