Recent Essays

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Tony Kushner giving a speech in front of an NYU Tisch podium
Grad School Admissions
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Grad School Admissions

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda?

13 July 2011

Why is it that we who wish to write the next wave of American theatrical masterpieces are so desperate to get into grad school?

A portrait of Kirk Lynn
Prayer for a Bad Performance
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Prayer for a Bad Performance

10 July 2011

A poem on being the perfect audience.

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Interview with Jason Loewith
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Interview with Jason Loewith

8 July 2011

Dramaturg Margot Melcon interviews Jason Loewith about the new play development sector, and opportunities theatres can take advantage of.

A Different Kind of Professional
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A Different Kind of Professional

3 July 2011

Martin Zimmerman, an American playwright, discusses the use of the word "professional" as used in the theater community, and asks wheather this is indeed the right term to describe having a level of expertise in the theatrical world. 

 

A man in a green shirt stands and points at another man.
The Black Box
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The Black Box

30 June 2011

What is the difference between an artistic and scientific process? One may seem unstructured and the other deductive, but playwright Monica Byrne finds they both work the same way.

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Getting Over Ourselves
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Getting Over Ourselves

27 June 2011

Reflecting on the 2011 TCG Conference, P. Carl asks “What if we could get over ourselves?” at both the individual and institutional level.

Photo of Culture Clash.
A Manifesto
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A Manifesto

22 June 2011

Richard Montoya, of the theater group Culture Clash, delivers his theatrical manifesto; one of outside the lines, in every way. 

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. 

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