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Marshall Botvinick

Marshall Botvinick is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Department of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is the author of Jonson: Volpone and the editor of Staging Ben: A Collection of Essays on the Theatricality of Jonson's Plays. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University. He is a founding ensemble member of Bulldog Ensemble Theater in Durham, North Carolina. Other theater companies he has worked with include PlayMakers Repertory Company, American Repertory Theater, and Burning Coal Theatre Company.

two graphs: Are at least half the characters specified as females by the playwright. Are at least half of the characters specified as non-white by the playwright?
What Our New Plays Really Look Like
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What Our New Plays Really Look Like

A Statistical Guide to US World Premieres in the 2019–20 Season

21 October 2019

Marshall Botvinick shares the results of the research he undertook about new plays premiering across the United States in the 2019–20 season: who is being produced, what characters are appearing on stage, and what forms and themes are common.

Making Theatre in the Season of Trump
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Making Theatre in the Season of Trump

3 April 2016

Marshall Botvinick contemplates how the theatre community can respond to Donald Trump’s political rise.

The Limits of Tolerance
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The Limits of Tolerance

Engaging with Morally Repugnant Artists

23 December 2013

Marshall Botvinick asks the question: do you have to be a good person to make good art? And what do we do with bad people who make beautiful work?

Theater and the War Against Youth
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Theater and the War Against Youth

2 August 2012

Marshall Botnivick illimunates three concerns facing youth in the realm of theatre.

Why Am I Afraid to Write African American Characters?
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Why Am I Afraid to Write African American Characters?

9 January 2012

Marshall Botvinick investigates his personal fear of writing African- American characters. 

How Going Local Can Revitalize American Theatre
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How Going Local Can Revitalize American Theatre

24 August 2011

Marshall Botvinick traces the history of theatre’s connection to community and advocates that theatre artists and companies to go local.