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A person wearing blue and red holding out a stick.
The Refusal to be Disappeared: Lukas Avendaño’s Xibalbay
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The Refusal to be Disappeared: Lukas Avendaño’s Xibalbay

28 October 2021

María Regina Firmino-Castillo discusses the inspiration behind and implications of Lukas Avendaño’s Xibalbay, a multidisciplinary performance project that relates enduring stories of the Mayan underworld to contemporary forced disappearances of people in Mexico.

A woman holding a protest sign
Roma Identity: From Stigmatization to Reconstruction
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Roma Identity: From Stigmatization to Reconstruction

28 October 2021

Luiza Medeleanu discusses the importance and impact of Roma representation through her analysis of four Roma social plays.

Three people rehearsing in a theatre.
Cascade of Change: Transitioning in Crisis
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Cascade of Change: Transitioning in Crisis

Regina Victor and Kaiser Ahmed in Conversation

26 October 2021

Regina Victor, artistic director of Slideshow Theatre Company, and Kaiser Ahmed, artistic director of Jackalope Theatre Company, discuss the joys and challenges of stepping into their Chicago-based positions as theatres across the United States recalibrate their programming.

Three Actors are reflecting a Demonstrations, shouting toward an actor opposite of them in red.
Resurfacing Political Theatre: Sometimes in July
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Resurfacing Political Theatre: Sometimes in July

25 October 2021

Fumbani Innot Phiri Jr. speaks with Bright Chayachaya, the founder and director of Umunthu Theatre, about their production of Sometimes in July, a play based on the real-life demonstrations that occurred on July 20, 2011 in Malawi.

Seven people at a bar table.
Reimagining a Segregated World: Roma Heroes, European Dramas
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Reimagining a Segregated World: Roma Heroes, European Dramas

21 October 2021

Noémi Herczog discusses the need for greater Roma visibility on stage and introduces Roma Heroes: Five European Dramas, a new collection that anthologizes plays from the Independent Theater Hungary’s Roma Heroes International Theater Festival.

A woman cutting a girl's hair.
Exit Descartes: Reimagining Theatre Training Through an Embodied Lens
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Exit Descartes: Reimagining Theatre Training Through an Embodied Lens

18 October 2021

Eve Bernfeld discusses creating a culture of care in her Alexander Technique classes by paying attention to embodiment. She asks: What if we heal the false rift between mind and body in our theatre making and training?

Three actors sitting on white cubes onstage.
Gender Casting: Theatre Educators in the United States Need to Pay Attention to Title IX Developments
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Gender Casting: Theatre Educators in the United States Need to Pay Attention to Title IX Developments

14 October 2021

Kim Messer writes about the potential impact that anti-trans laws aimed at school athletics could have a broader impact on theatre students. To prepare themselves to advocate for students, theatre educators must deepen their own understanding of these policies.

Passing Into History
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Passing Into History

Dr. Megan Sanborn Jones on Pageants and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

13 October 2021

In this week’s Theatre History Podcast, Dr. Megan Sanborn Jones discusses the history of Mormons in theatre and the pageant tradition in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through her deep research on these pageants, Dr. Jones explores the unique fusion of faith, history, and performance in Mormon pageantry.

Four people on a Zoom call.
Arts Advocacy for Newbies: How to Break All the Rules and Create a New Paradigm
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Arts Advocacy for Newbies: How to Break All the Rules and Create a New Paradigm

12 October 2021

Brooke Ishibashi, performer and co-founder of Be An #ArtsHero, shares her experiences organizing with and advocating for arts workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Three men on stage in front of a projection of someone's eyes.
The Future Requires Faith: A Conversation on Trust, Transparency, and Transformation
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The Future Requires Faith: A Conversation on Trust, Transparency, and Transformation

8 October 2021

Rika Iino and Marc Bamuthi Joseph talk about the way trust and transparency have shown up in their work, both individually and as a duo, and how theatre practitioners and organizations can use those elements to work towards a more equitable future.

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