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Talya Kingston

Talya Kingston is a theatre writer, dramaturg, and educator with a particular interest in new play development and theatre for social change. She was the Education Director at Hartford Stage and a long-term Visiting Professor at Hampshire College. She is originally from Britain and returns each summer to co-teach a University of Massachusetts course at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Talya’s writing on theatre has appeared in Theater Journal, The Moving Voice, HowlRound, and the Valley Advocate. Her professional dramaturgy credits include: the premiere of Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets at Hartford Stage/Variety Arts Theatre, the US premiere of Helmet by Douglas Maxwell at the New York Fringe Festival, an immersive production of The Lonely Soldier Project by Helen Benedict, Seriously... What Did You Call Me? written and performed by Onawumni Jean Moss at the Ko Festival and Late Style, a stage adaptation of conversations between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim featuring performances by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. 

Giving Birth
Essay

Giving Birth

International Debates in Theatrical Form

26 November 2017

Talya Kingston reports on the BIRTH project, a UK-based initiative that features plays about reproductive justice written by an international group of women.

These Rooms
Essay

These Rooms

A Dynamic Theatrical Event Reveals Ireland’s Hidden Histories

26 October 2016

Talya Kingston on These Rooms, devised and directed by David Bolger and Louise Lowe, at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Scottish Independence Debate at the Edinburgh Festival, Part Two
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The Scottish Independence Debate at the Edinburgh Festival, Part Two

16 September 2014

Talya Kingston continues her look at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival and diologue on the Scottish independence referendum, here she writes about Rona Munro's triology of James plays.

The Scottish Independence Debate at the Edinburgh Festival, Part One
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The Scottish Independence Debate at the Edinburgh Festival, Part One

28 August 2014

Talya Kingston writes about plays and events at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival which address the possibility of Scotland's independence from the UK.

Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe, Part Three
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Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe, Part Three

A Controlled Escape

26 August 2013

In the midst of the fringe festival, Kingston escapes to site-specific theatre coming face to face with the lines of audience participates and affects.

Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe, Part Two
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Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe, Part Two

Bearing Witness

17 August 2013

Talya Kingston shares her experiences with  NirbhayaQuietly, and The Events at Edinburgh Fringe in the second installment of this series focusing on the idea of witnessing.

Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe, Part One
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Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe, Part One

Feast or Binge

13 August 2013

In this first installment, Talya Kingston struggles to figure out the best way to choose from all of the possible selections to see at Edinburgh Fringe.

Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe 
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Dispatch from the Edinburgh Fringe 

Talya Kingston documents her experience attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.