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Announcing the Publication of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater
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Announcing the Publication of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

16 May 2019

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) announces the publication of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater, a new anthology of Latinx plays and performances that emerged from the Encuentro 2014 National Latina/o Festival.

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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval
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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval

15 May 2019

Farai Mabeza offers an overview of theatre in Zimbabwe, from the major theatre in the capital city, to smaller community theatres, to the country’s festivals.

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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love
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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

14 May 2019

Alix Rosenfeld talks about the difference between inclusion and belonging when it comes to working with the disability community, using the Philadelphia-based FringeArts production of A Fierce Kind of Love as an example.

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Responsible Theatremaking
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Responsible Theatremaking

Content Warnings and Beyond

13 May 2019

Sydney Isabelle Mayer discusses the importance of terminology when it comes to “trigger” warnings, how artists can best offer warnings for their shows, and what it means to create a responsible theatremaking process.

two Black actresses sit on a couch
The Gift
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The Gift

The Importance of Difficult Conversations Between Collaborators

12 May 2019

Playwright Pearl Cleage reflects on the power of truth-telling to find common ground and discusses how Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA is working to confront the legacy of Southern racism.

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Acknowledging Impact, Regardless of Intent
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Acknowledging Impact, Regardless of Intent

9 May 2019

Bri Ng Schwartz looks at the importance of companies doing the hard work when it comes to equity, diversity, and inclusion conversations and initiatives.

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Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre
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Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre

Reporting from Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival

8 May 2019

Howard Shalwitz, Karen Houppert, and Yury Urnov reflect on the productions they saw at this year’s Golden Mask Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russia.

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Exploring Colonization and Identity at Belgium’s New Theatre Festival
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Exploring Colonization and Identity at Belgium’s New Theatre Festival

7 May 2019

verity healey discusses themes and productions from Ghent’s new theatre festival called same same but different.

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What Does the Play Need?
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What Does the Play Need?

Why I Cancelled a Workshop in Favor of a Two-Week Trip Through Rural Alaska

6 May 2019

Playwright Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) reflects on her journey through rural Alaskan Native communities to reawaken the ancestral spirit of her work, Native Pride (and Prejudice).

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"Fighting Fire With Fire"
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"Fighting Fire With Fire"

The Intersection of Gun and Sexual Violence in Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday

5 May 2019

Sean Anthony Chia discusses Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday, placing it within what he calls “theatre of the unashamed.”

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