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A portrait of playwright Gwydion Suilebhan.
Losing My Insomnia
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Losing My Insomnia

10 August 2011

Playwright Gwydion Suilebhan discovered that his insomia created oppertunity to get writing done, but as his schedule changes he wonders how his writing will be affected.

A portrait of playwright August Wilson
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

August Wilson

7 August 2011
Two video characters talking to each other.
The Gaming Challenge to Theater for Young Audiences
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The Gaming Challenge to Theater for Young Audiences

3 August 2011

Playwright John Olive looks at what theatre for young audiences (TYA) can learn from video games.

A man in red lighting with the word "revolution" behind him.
The Bill of Rights for Dramaturgs
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The Bill of Rights for Dramaturgs

31 July 2011

Dramaturg Julie Felise Dubiner, rewrites all of America's constitutional amendments for the world of new play development.

Riding the Hype Cycle
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Riding the Hype Cycle

28 July 2011

Dissecting his playwriting process and the self-criticism that goes with it, Chuck O'Connor offers the "Gartner Hype Cycle" as an antidote for creative angst.

Portrait of P. Carl.
Social Skills and the Theater
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Social Skills and the Theater

25 July 2011

P. Carl describes the social traps that befall those who work in non-profit theater, and advocates for the introduction of more breathing and thinking time into insitutions.

A man with white hair and ragged clothing
Interview with Steve Epp
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Interview with Steve Epp

20 July 2011

Playwright Cory Hinkle interviews Steve Epp to discuss his process devising performances which are often rooted in an exploration of history.

The Zen of Llamaturgy
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The Zen of Llamaturgy

17 July 2011

Liz Engelman has turned to nature and the outdoors for inspiration and respite, finding joy and greater authenticity in her dramaturgical work.

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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