David Dower and David Howse sit 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

05 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

08 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

09 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

08 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"

05 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

07 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

08 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

04 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.

Notes to the Note-Givers; or, Embracing the Paradox
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Notes to the Note-Givers; or, Embracing the Paradox

05 February 2018

Playwright Catherine Trieschmann lists useful suggestions for giving feedback on new plays.

Does Your Theatre Department Have a Patriarchy Problem?
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Does Your Theatre Department Have a Patriarchy Problem?

17 December 2017

Director and theatre professor Holly Derr gives advice on how to identify whether your theatre department might be ripe for sexual harrassment, and offers tangible steps for professors to change the culture of their departments.

Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts
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Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts

15 December 2017

Adriana Gaviria speaks on how entertainment industry unions and institutions in the US can step up to better advocate for parent artists. 

Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment
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Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment

11 December 2017

Devon Berkshire lays out some tangible steps for decision-makers on creating a more family-friendly work environment. 

On Minority Artist Development Programs
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On Minority Artist Development Programs

04 December 2017

Asif Majid addresses some of the flaws in minority development programs and suggests some tips for how to improve such programs.

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

Confronting Denial with Robbie McCauley

03 December 2017

Sara Brookner talks to playwright and performer Robbie McCauley about her one-woman show Sugar, and the power of sharing our stories.

Theatre-ing While Disabled—Audience Edition
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Theatre-ing While Disabled—Audience Edition

07 November 2017

Kate Langsdorf finishes the series by reflecting on her experience attending different shows as an audience member in Los Angeles, California.