Essays, Practice, Opinions

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.
  • Queering The Room: Some Beginning Notions For A Queer Directing Practice Will Davis
    This method of working through the unknown and working with a bit of grace with the imperfect is the only way I have managed to arrive at a sense of self in my life. I’ve had to learn to listen to the impulse inside me that says, “just cross the threshold, I have no idea why or what will happen but just do it and we’ll sort it out on the other side.” That was true when I changed my name, it was true when I started making physical changes to my body, and it is true today.
  • Just Say Yes Annie Danger
    …you begin with hope. Not dependence on false hopes. Not faith in some distant heaven. But real, hard, daily belief that we can make the drastic, bone-deep changes necessary to make our world a better place. Every morning, every evening, rising and resting with hope in our hearts is the only way we can make it through the lifetimes of hard work we have ahead of us as people committed to a better world.

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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.
  • Mu Performing Arts' Lost and Found Middle Brother Chris Garza
    The night I saw the show, members of Gazillion Voices, a magazine for adoptees, were also in attendance. At the talk back, a Korean adoptee in the audience revealed, "I didn’t want to come tonight because this is such a close issue to my heart. I didn’t want to sit in an audience with non-Korean adoptees who might laugh at something that is so personal and painful to me."
  • Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival: A Big Little Festival Martha Steketee
    There are many theater festivals and conferences that select participants and winners carefully behind closed doors. Some of these programs have public performances, and some have readings only for theater insiders and participants after the selection has occurred. The Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival provides something different—a blend of private reading and ranking that continues into a public vetting stage with the prize of publication. With a bit of elimination round talent competition flavor, finalist playwrights from around the country bring a production of their play to New York City for juried performances that serve as the final stage of the selection process.

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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 howlround.tv 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.
  • Notes from the Latino American Underground Julián J. Mesri
    The painful step, though, is realizing that to exorcise those demons is to perhaps challenge the very notion of an identity. Perhaps the solution is to do away with trying to consistently define ourselves as Latina/o theater, and merely say we are Latinas/os or Latin Americans who make work.

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