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Alice Stanley Jr.

A Chicago native, Alice Stanley Jr. holds a degree in English from Principia College and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University. Her work has been seen from Alaska (Last Frontier Theatre Festival) to Maine (ImprovAcadia). Most notably she won the 2015 Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival and the 2014 New Play Bake-Off at the Goodman. A cast member of Second City Theatricals, she also performs around Chicago with the fully improvised musical Baby Wants Candy and Whirled News Tonight at iO. Other previous writer/performer credits include the Chicago Funny Women’s Fest, Chicago Sketchfest, Encyclopedia Show Arizona, and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other opinion essays have been published by The Second City Network, Redeye Chicago, The Bygone Bureau, Amazon, and Cengage Learning. Tweet or Instagram her @AStanJr.

Take My Theatre Ed Program…Please
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Take My Theatre Ed Program…Please

9 July 2017

Alice Stanley won a grant to conduct a young women's after school improv program for an underserved CPS school, but the program almost didn’t happen. Here she considers obstacles to launching the program and makes a case why the arts have to integrated into schools.

Letting High Schoolers Be the Playwrights They Want to Be
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Letting High Schoolers Be the Playwrights They Want to Be

18 May 2016

Alice Stanley talks about what she learned teaching high school students in underserved communities in Chicago.

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endofplay/7
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endofplay/7

Gender Stereotypes and Their Subversion

17 July 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. reviews Chris Danowski’s endofplay/7, a wild ride of gender exploration, narcissism, and longing

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Space Travel in Red Planet Respite
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Space Travel in Red Planet Respite

17 June 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. writes about Red Planet Respite by Katherine Harroff a play about "the first luxury space vacation to Mars in 2044" and the balance of its value as entertainment and as encouragement for audiences to engage with science and education

Rules and Rewards of Participatory Theatre
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Rules and Rewards of Participatory Theatre

The 7 Layers of Bastian Bachman, City Council Meeting, and Appointment.

27 May 2014

Alice Stanley Jr writes about three site-specific and interactive and/or immersive theatrical experiences.

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Should High Schoolers Perform The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
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Should High Schoolers Perform The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

24 April 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. writes about an event she attended, responding to the suspension of an Arizona high school drama teacher that included Albee's who in his curriculum.

Amnesia
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Amnesia

A Jewish Perspective on Anti-Latino Prejudice

27 March 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. discusses her experience at a workshop of Ariel Luckey's solo performance Amnesia, and the talkback which followed.

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Ground Floor of Experimental Theater in Phoenix
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Ground Floor of Experimental Theater in Phoenix

Blood Wedding

25 February 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. reviews Orange Theatre’s experimental production of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, which incorporated contemporary multimedia technology in its warehouse set.

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Homosexuality in Theater for Young Audiences
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Homosexuality in Theater for Young Audiences

Jester’s Cap

21 January 2014

Alice Stanley reflects on Binary Theatre Company's production of Jester's Cap, by Daniel Pennyway and making theatre that contains feminism and same-sex love for a possibly-conservative audience.

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The Mighty Vandals
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The Mighty Vandals

Historical Region-Specific Theater

19 December 2013

New Carpa Theater Company’s The Mighty Vandals puts a spotlight on Latino and Arizona lore, two cultures underrepresented in theater, by delving deep into the grain of Arizona culture and history.

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Learning About Compassion in A Good Death
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Learning About Compassion in A Good Death

3 December 2013

A Good Death examines how those who might be termed “professionals” of death matters (hospice care workers) strive to make the unthinkable into something good.

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The Harvey Girls
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The Harvey Girls

Absent Playwright in a Forgotten State

29 October 2013

Outside of Phoenix, the reading of Harvey Girls at Arizaon’s Performing Arts Center tackles the question of what, who and where is Arizona’s culture other than a "wasteland." 

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7 Minutes in Heaven
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7 Minutes in Heaven

No Holds Barred Content for the Theater

1 August 2013

Space 55’s lack of censorship and reminder of the “free-speech” aesthetic of the show promotes a spirit of liberation while providing an insurance policy for the theater company.

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"Improvised Book Club" & Asking Your Audience to Do Homework
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"Improvised Book Club" & Asking Your Audience to Do Homework

25 July 2013

Alice Stanley Jr. describes her experince at The Toch Theatre's "Improvised Book Club" and writes about how an audiences' preparation affects their involvement.

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The Encyclopedia Show Arizona
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The Encyclopedia Show Arizona

A Successful Community Theater Model

18 June 2013

The Encyclopedia Show Arizona, an offshoot of a national project started in Chicago, brings professionals and amateurs together with an audience under one topic to educate, laugh, and share.

The Affects of Disability Portrayal and Inclusion in soot and spit
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The Affects of Disability Portrayal and Inclusion in soot and spit

31 May 2013

Alice Stanley writes about experiencing Chuck Mee's soot and spit, an experimental play about the artist James Castle featuring deaf and cognitively challenged actors.