Artistic Direction

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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences
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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences

Brendan Healy and May Antaki in Conversation

by May Antaki, Brendan Healy
17 October 2018
Punching Up
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Punching Up

Stephanie Ybarra and Maria Goyanes in Conversation

by Stephanie Ybarra, Maria Goyanes
16 October 2018
Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like
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Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like

Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah in Conversation

by Hana Sharif, Kwame Kwei-Armah
15 October 2018
actors hugging onstage
Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences
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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences

Brendan Healy and May Antaki in Conversation

17 October 2018

May Antaki speaks with Brendan Healy, the new artistic director of Toronto’s Canadian Stage, about leadership changeovers happening across Canada, how his approach to being an AD has shifted over the years, his desire to cultivate curiosity inside audiences, and more.

Punching Up
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Punching Up

Stephanie Ybarra and Maria Goyanes in Conversation

16 October 2018

Stephanie Ybarra and Maria Goyanes discuss their similar artistic journies and their goals for the future.

Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like
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Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like

Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah in Conversation

15 October 2018

Artistic directors Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah discuss transitions in leadership in the US and UK and how they've helped define success in their respective institutions.

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. 

Diversity for Dummies Part Two
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Diversity for Dummies Part Two

Why The Best Intentions Sometimes Fail

9 October 2018

Director Ralph Peña writes about the importance of beginning every project from a place of inclusion, rather than relying on retroactive "diversity initiatives."

The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze
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The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze

Tbilisi’s Hottest Ticket

23 September 2018

Dominick DeGaetano takes us to Tbilisi, Georgia’s beloved marionette theatre, the Gabriadze, which was built and runs on the vision of single man, eighty-two-year-old Rezo Gabriadze.

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

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.

Embracing the Canoe
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Embracing the Canoe

How Does a Small Company Thrive?

17 June 2018

Olivia D’Ambrosio, Producing Artistic Director of Bridge Repertory Theater in Boston, Massachusetts discusses how the company's early ambitions led to challenges, and how they're learned to course-correct.

Coloring Music City's Theatrical Landscape
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Coloring Music City's Theatrical Landscape

26 April 2018

Artistic Director Shawn Whitsell talks about the importance of Nashville, Tennessee's black theatre community.

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.

Shaping the Future of the Directing Field
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Shaping the Future of the Directing Field

27 February 2018

Jennifer Onopa interviews Sanaz Ghajar, Rebecca Martínez, and Nicole A. Watson about their experience in the field as directors and women of color.

Feast of Crispian
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Feast of Crispian

Shakespeare with Veterans

15 February 2018

An interview with Nancy Smith-Watson of Feast of Crispian and Tim Schleis, an army veteran and one of FOC’s actors.

Networks and New Works
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Networks and New Works

NNPN Turns Twenty

16 January 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of its founding, Nan Barnett reflects on the National New Play Network’s growth, and discusses the organization’s impact.

Seven Years in
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Seven Years in

HowlRound Theatre Commons Evolves

9 January 2018

HowlRound staff articulate HowlRound's mission, vision, and values, and discuss how folks can participate in creating the commons. 

Interview with Werewere Liking of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock / Interview avec Werewere Liking du Village Ki-Yi M’Bock
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Interview with Werewere Liking of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock / Interview avec Werewere Liking du Village Ki-Yi M’Bock

8 January 2018

An Interview with Werewere Liking founder of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock in Côte d’Ivoire. / Une interview avec Werewere Liking, la fondatrice du Village Ki-Yi M'Bock en Côte d’Ivoire. 

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood
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At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood

18 December 2017

Jack Reuler discusses nearly two decades of incorporating work about, for, or with people with disabilities or on issues of disability at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Gender Parity in Northeast Ohio Community Theatre
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Gender Parity in Northeast Ohio Community Theatre

5 December 2017

Christine Wright, member of the Northeast Ohio community theatre community, analyzes gender parity in recent Northeast Ohio community theatre seasons.

Two Years After Launching Mosaic, Ari Roth Reflects
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Two Years After Launching Mosaic, Ari Roth Reflects

12 September 2017

An interview with Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theater Company in Washington, DC.

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

Emily Mann on Mindset and Living with Multiple Sclerosis

11 September 2017

Dramaturg Sara Brookner kicks off a new series of interviews with theatremakers with chronic illnesses.

A Conversation with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins
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A Conversation with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins

23 June 2017

Elaine Avila talks with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins about their work. 

A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre
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A Few Considerations When Programming Bilingual Theatre

23 May 2017

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez discusses the rise of bilingual, Latinx plays produced in Seattle, Washington, advocating for hiring bilingual, Latinx artists involved in the programming and decision-making for these shows.

P. Carl In Conversation with Martha Lavey
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P. Carl In Conversation with Martha Lavey

26 April 2017

P. Carl talks with former Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey who passed away on April 25, 2017. This interview was originally published on February 15, 2015.

Subpoetics International
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Subpoetics International

A Boat Constructed While on Water

22 February 2017

Seth Baumrin, artistic director of Subpoetics International, discusses the history, process, and journey of a company working with the stories of refugees and displaced peoples to find their way.

Staging a Conflict
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Staging a Conflict

Israel, Palestine, and the American Theatre

5 February 2017

Jamil Khoury writes about curating a series of six staged readings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that power of theatre to speak to controversial issues.