Recent Essays

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The Peaceful Warrior
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The Peaceful Warrior

What's Fabulous Got to Do with It

1 June 2011

The playwright James Still mueses on creativity, the role of the inner and outer creativity, and finding happiness in unlikely places in the journey of creating new work for his keynote adress at the Cohen New Works Festival at the University of Texas at Austin on March 28th, 2011. 

Civic Theater
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Civic Theater

29 May 2011

Part one of Michael Rohd's look at "How does the work we do impact, intersect with and contribute to a healthy, functional democracy?"

Portrait of David Dower.
I, Dramaturg
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I, Dramaturg

26 May 2011

David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, responds to P. Carl's article about finding one's creative voice in theater with charting how he, Dower, became the "creative" person he is, and how that lead him to dramatugy. 

Portrait of P. Carl.
Was I Born This Way?
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Was I Born This Way?

22 May 2011

P. Carl, the Co- Artisic Director of ArtsEmerson, narrates his evoultion of finding his place in the creatative field of theater, and the way the nature and expression of creativity in theatre is tied into the nature and nutrue philosphical arguement. 

Writing for the Moon (and other adventures in object theater)
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Writing for the Moon (and other adventures in object theater)

19 May 2011

Puppetry is the bastard nephew of so-called legitimate theater. Yet puppetry stubbornly persists, even flourishes, in our digital age as an intentionally Luddite approach to an emphatically live art.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Julie Taymor

15 May 2011

Todd London celebrates the vast scope of Julie Taymor's body of work which draws on influences from all over the world.

Portrait of Marisa Chibas.
Interview with Marissa Chibas
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Interview with Marissa Chibas

11 May 2011

Daniel Alexander Jones interviews Marissa Chibas, an actor and writer, on the need for aesthetic diversity on contemporary American stages.

Bad Influences
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Bad Influences

8 May 2011

Playwright Max "Bunny" Sparber attributes his playwrighting style to artists throughout history who use misbehaviors to captivate their audience.

Interview with Hal Brooks
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Interview with Hal Brooks

4 May 2011

Adam Szymkowicz interviews director Hal Brooks about his process and aspirations as a director.

Zombies Limping in Circles, or An Argument for a Taxonomy of NPD Technique
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Zombies Limping in Circles, or An Argument for a Taxonomy of NPD Technique

1 May 2011

Aaron Carter and Erik Ramsey suggest a taxonomy for new play development techniques to serve as a reference for playwrights and developers to avoid the "zombification" of new plays. 

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