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Todd Brian Backus

Literary Manager at Portland Stage, Co-Producer of Dungeons + Drama Nerds, and Co-founder of PowerOut theater company.

Todd Brian Backus (co-creator) is a director/producer/illustrator and now critic interested in juxtaposing the poetic and the mundane. He is Portland Stage's Literary Manager, co-producer of the Dungeons + Drama Nerds podcast, and the co-founder of PowerOut and its webseries Hot Pepper Theater.

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Theatre of the Mind
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Theatre of the Mind

A Dramaturgical Perspective on Tabletop Role-Playing Games

29 September 2020

Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak and Nicholas Orvis—three dramaturgs and gamers—talk about what theatremakers can learn from the collaborative storytelling techniques employed in tabletop role-playing games.

Our Spiciest Year, or How We Accidentally Became Theatre Critics
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Our Spiciest Year, or How We Accidentally Became Theatre Critics

12 January 2016

The development and origin of Hot Pepper Theater, spicy hot and succinct theatre reviews.