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Still from Valley of the Heart
A Different Portrait of America
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A Different Portrait of America

31 January 2019

Carlos Morton discusses Luis Valdez’s latest play, Valley of the Heart, what the Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos calls la raza cosmica, and being part of a mixed-race family himself.

Actor covering another actor's mouth from behind
Who is Being Triggered? 
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Who is Being Triggered? 

Consent, Power, and Trauma in the Acting Classroom

30 January 2019

Scott Harman reflects on acting students’ increased sensitivity to traumatic material, how that plays out in classrooms, and what teachers can do to create safe spaces where their students can thrive.

An actor lying on the ground with another actor looking on
“A woman kept alive by the sound of her voice”
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“A woman kept alive by the sound of her voice”

The Femicides of Juárez in Isaac Gómez’s La Ruta

29 January 2019

Trevor Boffone examines Isaac Gómez’s new play La Ruta, which focuses on the feminicides in Mexico, and talks about the growing canon of Latinx theatre that dramatizes and theorizes on gendered violence.

Kinan Valdez and Jacob G. Padrón
Founding, Leading, and Carrying the Torch
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Founding, Leading, and Carrying the Torch

Kinan Valdez and Jacob G. Padrón in Conversation

27 January 2019

Kinan Valdez and Jacob G. Padrón talk about growing up in a theatre family, leadership in the Latinx community, the skills needed to be the artistic leader of a company, and more.

four performers in parkas performing outside
The Rise of Climate Refugees in This Sinking Island
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The Rise of Climate Refugees in This Sinking Island

24 January 2019

Maximilian Kempf discusses climate change theatre through the lens of the Anthropoligists’ show This Sinking Island.

group of actors posing onstage
Staging “the Document” at the Avignon Festival
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Staging “the Document” at the Avignon Festival

23 January 2019

Mona Merhi reflects on four productions at France’s 2018 Avignon Festival that were created based on real-life events, people, or documentary material and questions whether staging documents is an ethical process.

audience in darkness, except for flashlights
Making Light
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Making Light

22 January 2019

Daniel Jackson talks about creating an interactive DIY lighting system—that the audience partially controlled—for a recent production that took place almost entirely in the dark.

David Howse, Judith Batty, and Reginald Browne
Beginning to Walk the Walk
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Beginning to Walk the Walk

David Howse in Conversation with Judith Batty and Reggie Browne

20 January 2019

David Howse, ArtsEmerson’s executive director, talks to two board chairs, Judith Batty of Arena Stage and Reggie Browne of McCarter Theatre, about diversifying audiences, philanthropy and fundraising, intern programs to cultivate new talent, and more.

two people taking a picture of a wheelchair user
In Search of Authenticity
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In Search of Authenticity

Including Disability in Theatre

17 January 2019

Andrea Kovich talks about the importance of disability representation on Seattle’s stages and Sound Theatre Company’s recent work in that area.

Performer with microphone, raising their hand up
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

Daniel Alexander Jones

16 January 2019

Todd London celebrates the work of playwright and performer Daniel Alexander Jones.

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