Recent Essays

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Confessions of a Sexist Playwright
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Confessions of a Sexist Playwright

25 July 2019

Jerrod Bogard talks about sexism, theatre, and unpacking his invisible knapsack.

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Activating the Audience
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Activating the Audience

How Directors Can Intentionally Craft Spectatorship

24 July 2019

Dani Wieder looks at the objectification inherent in theatre and the importance of artists crafting engaged performer-spectator relationships.

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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival
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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival

23 July 2019

verity healey examines the concept of theatrical space as it applies to two shows that were presented at Germany’s Our Stage festival in May: Invited and A Doll’s House.

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Provoked and Triggered
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Provoked and Triggered

Content Warnings and Student Spectators

21 July 2019

Professor Christin Essin talks about problematic staging of gendered violence at a production she recently brought her students to and the importance of content warnings and taking care of survivors in theatrical works.

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“To the heart, she led them there”
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“To the heart, she led them there”

Native Theatre, Inclusion, and Shakespeare on the Great Plains

18 July 2019

Robert Hubbard discussions Madeline Sayet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the South Dakota Theatre Festival.

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Drawing a Line
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Drawing a Line

Addressing Sexual Harassment in our Theatre Communities

17 July 2019

Dawn M. Simmons, John Meredith, and Jen Lewis, from New England’s StageSource, discuss where progress needs to happen to address harassment in the theatre industry.

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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

Octavio Solis

16 July 2019

Todd London celebrates one of the most prolific and prominent Latino playwrights in America, Octavio Solis.

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Nothing is an Answer, Everything is a Signal
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Nothing is an Answer, Everything is a Signal

On NYC’s the Shed and the Institution of Novelty

15 July 2019

Zach Donovan discusses how the Shed—the state-of-the-art arts complex in New York City’s recent real estate development, Hudson Yards—has become a point of contention in the downtown theatre community.

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The Basics of Theatre Criticism
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The Basics of Theatre Criticism

The Parking Lot Rule

14 July 2019

Danielle Rosvally looks at the importance of theatre criticism, explores the idea that everyone’s a critic, and talks about the parking lot rule.

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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

11 July 2019

Sharanya shares her thoughts on restaging gendered violence, including how the representation of sexual violence has the power to be scripted and also to script, the importance of de-spectacling violence, and more.

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