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#MeToo and the Method
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#MeToo and the Method

by Holly L. Derr
13 June 2019
Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre
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Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre

by D.R. Baker
22 May 2019
Responsible Theatremaking
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Responsible Theatremaking

Content Warnings and Beyond

by Sydney Isabelle Mayer
13 May 2019
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#MeToo and the Method
Essay

#MeToo and the Method

13 June 2019

Holly L. Derr looks at the history of the Method, where it deviates from Stanislavsky’s System, and the connection between the Method and the behavior called out by #MeToo.

an actor onstage
Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre
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Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre

22 May 2019

D.R. Baker examines some of the realities of artists working in the American theatre and explores how empathy can be harnessed to make the industry a more positive place to work.

performer dances in front of chairs onstage
Responsible Theatremaking
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Responsible Theatremaking

Content Warnings and Beyond

13 May 2019

Sydney Isabelle Mayer discusses the importance of terminology when it comes to “trigger” warnings, how artists can best offer warnings for their shows, and what it means to create a responsible theatremaking process.

three people sit at a table reading
Listening and Finding Common Ground
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Listening and Finding Common Ground

Chris Coleman and Marya Sea Kaminski in Conversation

28 April 2019

Artistic directors Marya Sea Kaminski, of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Chris Coleman, of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, talk about board relationships, connecting with new audiences, budgets as moral documents, and more.

three concentric circles with the text "why" "how" and "what"
Now What?
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Now What?

Finding the "Why" in a Leadership Transition

14 April 2019

David Dower, artistic director of ArtsEmerson, reflects on the many recent leadership changes in North American theatre and asks, “What now?”

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Buy a Scone, Feed a Playwright
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Buy a Scone, Feed a Playwright

9 April 2019

Mora V. Harris offers suggestions for what organizations can do if they can’t afford the travel costs associated with bringing an artist from out of town.

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The Final Act
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The Final Act

Sunsetting a Nonprofit Arts Organization

23 October 2018

Scott Artley talks about the decision to wind down activities of Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis after over thirty years on the scene and details the steps taken to “sunset” the organization in a respectful, beautiful way.

David Dower and David Howse stand next to each other.
A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre
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A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre

14 October 2018

David Dower, artistic director of ArtsEmerson, introduces the leadership series with thoughts and advice from his past experiences with major leadership transitions over his thirty-year career. 

The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice
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The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice

20 September 2018

Annalisa Dias discusses her work with the newly formed Groundwater Arts Collective, and suggests ways that other theatremakers committed to climate justice can adopt the framework of a Just Transition.

Working Like a Mother
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Working Like a Mother

11 September 2018

Playwright Rachel Bonds reflects on being a working artist since the birth of her son, and maps out tips for theatres working with other parent-artists. 

Breaking Away from the Institution
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Breaking Away from the Institution

How to Take Control of Your Education

5 September 2018

Theatre student Abigail Warhus talks about feeling stuck at university and taking her education into her own hands.

Getting Out The Vote
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Getting Out The Vote

Theatres and Civic Responsibility

8 August 2018

Tiffany Antone writes about Get Out the Vote initiatives at US theatre companies of various sizes.

The How of Theatre
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The How of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

24 July 2018

Playwright Lauren Gunderson offers other writers lessons on dramatic structure, building characters, and crafting a powerful ending.

Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre
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Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre

23 July 2018

Rob Neill, founding ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, shares his thoughts on the company’s process, devising work, and creating rituals in theatre.

The Why of Theatre
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The Why of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

9 July 2018

Playwright Lauren M. Gunderson add to her video series "Why Theatre?" by discussing why theatre still matters in the age of filmed storytelling.

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.

How to Respond to a "Casting Controversy"
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How to Respond to a "Casting Controversy"

5 July 2018

Director Lavina Jadhwani summarizes conversations about casting she's been involved with in the past, and offers advice to artists and producers who find themselves facing criticism for their choices.

Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 

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Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 


25 June 2018

Georgia-based theatremaker Corey Bradberry reflects on lessons learned after creating an immersive murder mystery play in a four-story historical theatre, and muses on how large institutions sharing resources with smaller companies can lead to new and innovative creative partnerships.

Writing a Play Begins with Listening
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Writing a Play Begins with Listening

13 June 2018

Playwright Renée Darline Roden talks about her travels to Israel and Palestine to gain inspiration for a new play and encountering what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls “the danger of a single story.”

Body-Shaming
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Body-Shaming

The Epidemic Plaguing Collegiate Theatre Programs

7 May 2018

Rachel Bykowski speaks up about body-shaming in the theatre industry, and its effect on students in collegiate programs.

Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles
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Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles

28 March 2018

US director and health and wellness educator Molly Schenck describes five useful rehearsal techniques for ensembles to adapt when creating work around difficult topics. 

Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”
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Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”

14 March 2018

For the fourth installment of the Chronic Theatremaker series, Sara Brookner interviews playwright Lisa Kenner Grissom about living with lupus and learning to balance her health practice with her writing practice. 

A Blueprint for Risk-Taking
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A Blueprint for Risk-Taking

8 March 2018

Artistic Director Kristin Marting discusses how developmental programs can better meet the needs of artists and shares best practices from HERE’s multi-year artist residency program in New York City.

Try Acting for a Change
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Try Acting for a Change

4 March 2018

Educator and actor Gary Sloan on teaching theatrical techniques to incarcerated adults and young men to provoke and inspire change.

Not In Our Schools
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Not In Our Schools

Creating Self-Advocating Artists Starts in the Classroom

26 February 2018

Elizabeth Horn reflects on how in the aftermath of #MeToo, it is more important than ever to teach the next generation of theatremakers ideas of consent, respect, and how to advocate for themselves as artists.