Recent Essays

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Crazy for Theatre
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Crazy for Theatre

Mental Illness and Theatremaking

12 December 2018

Jacob Juntunen, who has bipolar disorder, speaks with several other artists who struggle with mental illness about the realities and challenges working in the field.

What’s Problematic, the Play or the Process?
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What’s Problematic, the Play or the Process?

Pushing Back on Traditional Post-Play Discussion Models

11 December 2018

Maddie Gaw examines the idea of the “problematic” play and Z Space’s inaugural Problematic Play Festival, which aimed to investigate why certain plays cause gatekeepers to turn away from them in favor of other material.

performer in white dress sits in the fiction section of the library
Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues
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Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues

10 December 2018

Theatremaker Callie Nestleroth discusses devising a show for a library space and shares the process she developed when approaching new site-specific projects.  

 

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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes
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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes

Sarah Bellamy and Jamil Jude in Conversation

9 December 2018

Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Saint Paul’s Penumbra Theatre, talks to Jamil Jude, incoming artistic director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, about learning from the founders, the funding disparity between predominantly white institutions and theatres of color, and more.

Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

5 December 2018

Lydia Milman Schmidt, founder of the advocacy group Parents in Chicago Theatre, looks at the progressive policies Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has in place when it comes to working with parent artists on production.

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Filk on Stage
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Filk on Stage

How the Underground Sci-Fi Folk Genre Found a Home Off-Broadway

4 December 2018

Jen Gushue explores the emergence of filk theatre, a niche genre that uses a folk-concert frame as a basis for storytelling.

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Against the New Play
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Against the New Play

(or, What Is Theatre For?)

3 December 2018

Rob Onorato talks about boredom as an audience member, the uninspired play, what film has going for it that theatre does not, and more.

How To Prep A Staff For An Organizational Pivot
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How To Prep A Staff For An Organizational Pivot

Rob Orchard and Susan Medak in Conversation, Part 2

2 December 2018

Susie Medak, managing director of Berkeley Rep Theatre, talks to Rob Orchard about how to best prep staff for a major leadership change, how an outgoing artistic director can work with the incoming one, and more.

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Hope in the Shadows
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Hope in the Shadows

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me

29 November 2018

Jenifer Schmidt examines Heidi Schreck’s new solo play that speaks to women’s political, cultural, and social history in the United States.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Four: Part 4

28 November 2018

Porsche McGovern wraps up Phase Four of her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers.

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