Recent Essays

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A house submerged in water. On top of it stand several people.
Theater Geek
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Theater Geek

19 June 2011

Responding to the From Scarcity to Abundance Convening, Jim Lasko questions the deeper problems of elitism and relevance theatres face today.

Portrait of Jonathon Moscone
Towards an Anxious Theatre
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Towards an Anxious Theatre

15 June 2011

Jonathon Moscone, an American theatre director, examines the question of what purpose do theatres serve, and advocates for the abandoning of fear in governing theatrical choices, and the embracement of unease, so that we can create theatre that takes the real time to listen to the current of our lives. 

Interview with Michael Ritchie
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Interview with Michael Ritchie

12 June 2011

Theresa Rebeck, playwright, interviews Micheal Ritchie, the Artistic director of the Center Theater Group about the delima between programming a theater season for subscibers and programing a theater to attract new audiences. 

Interview with Annie Baker
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Interview with Annie Baker

9 June 2011

Hal Brooks interviews playwright Annie Baker about her recent work and playwriting process.

My Body, My Words
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My Body, My Words

6 June 2011

Tracing the family she's created artistically and socially, Virginia Grise writes about art-making as a process of survival, self-actualization, and community building.

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.

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