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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway
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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway

14 November 2018

Arizona State University student Ricky Quintana talks about taking his education into his own hands—by devising his own show—after a school production was cancelled earlier this year due to unforeseen circumstances.

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re:ROUTES—the 2018 Network of Ensemble Theaters' National Gathering & Symposium in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona
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re:ROUTES—the 2018 Network of Ensemble Theaters' National Gathering & Symposium in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona

Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 4 November 2018
Tempe, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona, USA

The Network of Ensemble Theaters presented re:ROUTES—the 2018 Network of Ensemble Theaters’ National Gathering & Symposium in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 4 November 2018.

Outside the Mainstream
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Outside the Mainstream

Working with Student-Run Theatres

11 June 2018

Playwright Paco José Madden explores what it means to be produced by student-run theatre companies: the pros and cons, what factors to consider, and how a playwright can make the best of their experience in a similar setting.

Ignited
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Ignited

Healing Activist Trauma in Su Teatro’s Production of Milta Ortiz’s Más

29 July 2017

Marci R. McMahon shares Su Teatro's production of the docudrama Más, a piece where teachers, students, and community members are trying to keep the Mexican American Studies program alive in Tuscon.

Standing with Saguaros
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Standing with Saguaros

Radio Podcasting as Performance Research and Species Stewardship

28 January 2017

In this second installment of her series on the Standing with Saguaros project, Kimi Eisele writes about integrating radio into her performance project.

The Sacred Theatre of Barrio Stories
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The Sacred Theatre of Barrio Stories

4 November 2016

Director Marc David Pinate discusses his process for Barrio Stories, reflecting on how the production is an example of sacred theatre.

Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats
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Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats

8 October 2016

Summer Banks talks with Jaclyn Backhaus about bringing the story of Men On Boats to life on stage without any men.

Standing with Saguaros
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Standing with Saguaros

Intimate Theatre and Intimate Environmentalism

10 June 2016

Kimi Eisele writes about a new engagement piece presented by Borderlands Theater in partnership with Saguaro National Park.

Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories
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Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories

3 June 2016

In this second installment, Milta Ortiz discusses her role as the project’s coordinator, and overviews the production process of Barrio Stories.

La Esquinita
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La Esquinita

Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

27 May 2016

In this installment, Scenic Designer Tara Houston shares her journey to discovering her career and offers advice on lessons that she’s learned along the way.

The Three Touchstones of Performing Research
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The Three Touchstones of Performing Research

7 May 2016

Phil Weaver-Stoesz discusses Liz Lerman’s Animating Research class at Arizona State University and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Getting Down with Barrio Stories
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Getting Down with Barrio Stories

Introduction

17 March 2016

In this first installment, Milta Ortiz discusses the backstory of Barrio Stories, while playwrights Virginia Grise, Martín Zimmerman, and Elaine Romero talk about their collaboration for this project.

“Imma let you finish, but…”
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“Imma let you finish, but…”

Interrupting Children’s Theatre

9 January 2016

Teresa Simone wraps up her Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series by explaining why she seeks to interrupt children’s theatre in her work.

The Borders of Theatre for Youth
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The Borders of Theatre for Youth

6 October 2015

In the fifth installment of her Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series, Teresa Simone addresses the borders of TFY and work pushing those borders in Arizona.

Cafecito
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Cafecito

Milta Ortiz

18 September 2015

Emily Aguilar Thomas interviews Milta Ortiz about the inspiration for her play Más and thoughts on the future of American theatre.

Respecting Hip Hop in Rising Youth Theatre’s production of antonia
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Respecting Hip Hop in Rising Youth Theatre’s production of antonia

a latina hip-hop Antigone

7 September 2015

Playwright José Casas discusses Rising Youth Theatre’s process for incorporating hip-hop in its upcoming project for theatre for young audiences.

Immersion, Coercion, and Mutiny
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Immersion, Coercion, and Mutiny

How do we set rules for the audience?

15 June 2015

Phil Weaver-Stoesz describes an immersive theatrical experience where the audience took control of the narrative, and asks what rules, if any, we should set for audience members in non-traditional works.

Clobberation
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Clobberation

Clobbering through a Collaboratively-Built Touring Show

17 August 2014

Ashley Laverty and Rivka Rocchio reflect on maintaining relationships during a theatre production

Dreams of Resistance, Action, and Empowerment at ATHE 2014
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Dreams of Resistance, Action, and Empowerment at ATHE 2014

7 August 2014

Association for Theatre in Higher Education pre-conference attendees made their way to Scottsdale, Arizona via bus, through a carefully planned route that covered important sites connected to SB 1070, labor history, and immigration. Through this tour, participants acquired a richer understanding of contemporary Arizona immigration policy and its implementation.

endofplay/7
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endofplay/7

Gender Stereotypes and Their Subversion

17 July 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. reviews Chris Danowski’s endofplay/7, a wild ride of gender exploration, narcissism, and longing

Space Travel in Red Planet Respite
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Space Travel in Red Planet Respite

17 June 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. writes about Red Planet Respite by Katherine Harroff a play about "the first luxury space vacation to Mars in 2044" and the balance of its value as entertainment and as encouragement for audiences to engage with science and education

Rules and Rewards of Participatory Theatre
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Rules and Rewards of Participatory Theatre

The 7 Layers of Bastian Bachman, City Council Meeting, and Appointment.

27 May 2014

Alice Stanley Jr writes about three site-specific and interactive and/or immersive theatrical experiences.

Should High Schoolers Perform The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
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Should High Schoolers Perform The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

24 April 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. writes about an event she attended, responding to the suspension of an Arizona high school drama teacher that included Albee's who in his curriculum.

Amnesia
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Amnesia

A Jewish Perspective on Anti-Latino Prejudice

27 March 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. discusses her experience at a workshop of Ariel Luckey's solo performance Amnesia, and the talkback which followed.

Ground Floor of Experimental Theater in Phoenix
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Ground Floor of Experimental Theater in Phoenix

Blood Wedding

25 February 2014

Alice Stanley Jr. reviews Orange Theatre’s experimental production of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, which incorporated contemporary multimedia technology in its warehouse set.