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The Final Act
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The Final Act

Sunsetting a Nonprofit Arts Organization

by Scott Artley
23 October 2018
Teach Them How to Say Goodbye
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Teach Them How to Say Goodbye

Howard Shalwitz and Carey Perloff in Conversation

by Howard Shalwitz, Carey Perloff
18 October 2018
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

by David Dower
14 October 2018
silhouette of performer playing guitar while audience watches, holding flashlights
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.

director giving an actor notes
Teach Them How to Say Goodbye
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Teach Them How to Say Goodbye

Howard Shalwitz and Carey Perloff in Conversation

18 October 2018

Howard Shalwitz, co-founder of Woolly Mammoth, talks with Carey Perloff, longtime director of American Conservatory Theater, about their decades-long tenures at their respective companies, covering everything from the throughline of founding manifestos, to the five- to six-year cycles companies go through, to how lonely it is to be an artistic director, and more.

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. 

Building Better Theatres
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Building Better Theatres

Success and Debriefs in America

17 October 2017

Michael DeWhatley talks to several theatres, including Trinity Rep and the Guthrie, about how they define success and the benefits of a feedback process for talking about a show after the production is complete with artists and audience.

Bringing Theatre to Torbay
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Bringing Theatre to Torbay

Doorstep Arts

16 May 2017

UK contributor verity healey looks at how Doorstep Arts is bringing access to the theatre arts to Torbay.

A poster that reads Your Comfort is My Silence.
How Can You Eat When Everyone Is Starving?
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How Can You Eat When Everyone Is Starving?

29 March 2017

In this political moment, Genée Coreno considers the need for industry reform in the theatre.

Hashtag Fair Wage in the Offices Near the Stage; Or, Wacky Ideas for Finding More Money So We Can Pay Theatre People More
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Hashtag Fair Wage in the Offices Near the Stage; Or, Wacky Ideas for Finding More Money So We Can Pay Theatre People More

16 December 2016

Rosalind Grush discusses why salaries for many arts administrators are lower than they should be, and offers some solutions.

Saved by my Audience
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Saved by my Audience

19 November 2016

Sean Daniels writes about the successes and challenges of his first year as Artisitic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre. 

Revolution in Theatre, Evolution in Staff
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Revolution in Theatre, Evolution in Staff

14 October 2016

Michael Whatley writes about the importance of early-career staff members at large theatrical institutions.

Democratizing the Arts, Aesthetic Practice, and the Relationship to Community Change
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Democratizing the Arts, Aesthetic Practice, and the Relationship to Community Change

A Conversation with Roberta Uno

14 April 2016

An interview with Roberta Uno, director of Arts in a Changing America, by P. Carl.

The Servant Economy
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The Servant Economy

12 April 2016

The keynote address delivered by Todd London at the Association of Performing Arts Service Organization on April 6, 2016.

An Interview with Bonnie Vorenberg, Founder of the Senior Theatre Resource Center and President of ArtAge Publications
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An Interview with Bonnie Vorenberg, Founder of the Senior Theatre Resource Center and President of ArtAge Publications

14 December 2015

Lynn Mullin interviews Bonnie Vorenberg about her role with Senior Theatre Resource Center and her passion for working with seniors.

Where is the Union for Arts Admin Workers?
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Where is the Union for Arts Admin Workers?

25 November 2015

Thom Dunn makes a case for union protection for the marketers and fundraisers and other theatre administrators who all play important roles, working long hours for little pay or glory.

Your New Diversity Officer
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Your New Diversity Officer

Enforcer or Social Visionary

13 November 2015

Piper Anderson discusses the dual roles of diversity officers and advocates the need for leadership training.

Don’t Depend on Ticket Sales
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Don’t Depend on Ticket Sales

18 October 2015

Seth Lepore discusses why artists and producers can’t depend purely on ticket sales for revenue, using one of his tours through the Midwest as an example. 

Promise Me You Won’t Start an Arts Nonprofit
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Promise Me You Won’t Start an Arts Nonprofit

28 August 2015

Seth Lepore lays out the pros and cons of fiscal sponsorship versus becoming a non-profit for small arts groups or individuals.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management
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Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management

An Exposé and Guide

20 May 2015

Elena Muslar offers her take on providing greater access to, creating more opportunities for, and showcasing arts administration as a viable career for people of color.

Welcome to Mississippi
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Welcome to Mississippi

17 March 2015

Carlton Turner's address on the state of the arts in Mississipi from the Mississipi Performing Arts Summit, held February 15-16, 2015 in Jackson, MS. 

Interview with Boston’s New Chief of Arts and Culture
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Interview with Boston’s New Chief of Arts and Culture

Julie Burros

11 January 2015

Boston’s new Chief of Arts and Culture, Julie Burros, took time recently to talk with P. Carl about her new role and the significance of being chief.

The cost of producing professional theatre.
Infographic
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Hidden Costs of Producing Professional Theater

20 February 2014

Cape May Stage is a small Equity theater in Southern New Jersey—about as far south as you can go before your hat floats. Geographically, we are isolated from our colleagues in neighboring cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Yet, because our audiences routinely come from those places, we are forced to compete with larger theaters with larger budgets. That demands a creative solution.

Romanian crest.
Theater management in Romania – A Mandatory Professionalization
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Theater management in Romania – A Mandatory Professionalization

10 December 2013

The fall of communism in 1989 ledway to the democratisation of art. Ioana Tamas gives the breakdown of how arts management had to be developed to make this transition successful.

A portrait of Andrew Roblyer.
Drinking from a Firehose
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Drinking from a Firehose

Trust and The High Dive—Part 4

29 November 2013

I have trust issues. This is an important realization for me, especially when I’m managing artistic and organizational development. So I’ve decided to dedicate this month’s blog to process my thoughts about how trust factors into my development of This Is Water Theatre.

On Becoming a Playwright-Producer
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On Becoming a Playwright-Producer

25 September 2013

Adara Meyers gives an overview of her artistic journey navigating as a producer and playwright. 

Zen and the Art of Leaving
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Zen and the Art of Leaving

24 July 2013

After working with Theater Mu for twenty-one years, Rick Shiomi reflects on the art of saying farewell. 

On Valuing Diversity, Managing Diversity, and the Difference
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On Valuing Diversity, Managing Diversity, and the Difference

7 June 2013

Clayton Lord shares insight on the value of diversifying theatre institutions.