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Eli Keel

Eli Keel is a freelance journalist and playwright, based in the blossoming art scene of Louisville, Kentucky. Nationally he’s written for Salon.com, The MarySue.com, HowlRound.com, and Pointe Magazine out of New York.

Locally he’s written for Louisville Public Radio’s news division, both the radio and the web (wfpl.com), Insiderlouisville.com, LEO Weekly and Leoweekly.com. He’s also contributed to Louisville Magazine, The Voice Tribune, Modern Louisville, Churchill Downs Magazine, arts-louisville.com, and thecoffeecompass.com.

Competitive Air Guitar on Stage at Humana
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Competitive Air Guitar on Stage at Humana

13 May 2017

Airness uses air guitar to ask what is real. The answer: the families we make.

Theatre in a Fly-over State
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Theatre in a Fly-over State

Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling

6 February 2016

In this installment, Eli Keel discusses Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling and its non-traditional approach to live theatre.

Failure
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Failure

Why Taking Risks is Still Essential

2 December 2015

Eli Keel discusses his experience performing in Phillip Dawkins’ play Failure: A Love Story and shares the timely lesson he learned.

The Gift of Shakespeare
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The Gift of Shakespeare

25 October 2015

Actor and writer Eli Keel reflects on his introduction to Shakespeare and advocates translation for new audiences.

Theatre in a Fly-over State
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Theatre in a Fly-over State

Seeking Consent in Theatrical Places

12 October 2015

In his third installment, Eli Keel discusses the ethics of seeking consent from actors in theatre settings.

How to Tour Theatre Like a Punk Band
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How to Tour Theatre Like a Punk Band

28 September 2015

Eli Keel discusses Rough House Theater and their strategies for touring their work like a punk band.

Theatre in a Fly-over State
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Theatre in a Fly-over State

The Racial Divide

14 September 2015

In the second installment of his series, writer and actor Eli Keel discusses the lack of representation for artists of color in Louisville’s theatre scene.

Theatre in a Fly-over State
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Theatre in a Fly-over State

Playwriting

31 August 2015

In the first installment of his series, writer and actor Eli Keel discusses the state of new work in Kentucky and some of its key players.

I Do Community Theatre
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I Do Community Theatre

9 August 2015

Writer and actor Eli Keel describes how his relationship with the terms “professional” and “community” theatre has evolved throughout his life. 

Theatre in a Fly-over State
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Theatre in a Fly-over State

This series focuses on theatre and film in a fly-over state like Kentucky that is struggling to not only join, but also lead in the twenty-first century.