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Against the New Play
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Against the New Play

(or, What Is Theatre For?)

3 December 2018

Rob Onorato talks about boredom as an audience member, the uninspired play, what film has going for it that theatre does not, and more.

On Neo-Futurism
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On Neo-Futurism

15 August 2018

Writer and performer Rob Onorato explores what makes the Chicago Neo-Futurists so special.

Mad-Lib Theatre
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Mad-Lib Theatre

Making Plays with Audience Stories

24 June 2018

Director Meggan Gomez reflects on working with her youth ensemble based in New Mexico to create _____ Historias, a play that is created in real-time in response to stories shared by the audience.

The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”
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The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”

12 April 2018

Ana Dinger explores theatre as a “place of listening” through the work of Mónica Calle and Rui Catalão.

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

7 November 2017

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

“The Play’s the Thing”
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“The Play’s the Thing”

Is Theatre our Ideal Empathy Workout?

27 August 2017

Maia Kinney-Petrucha examines the theoretical and applied science of creating empathy through theatre

How the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Partners with Communities
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How the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Partners with Communities

13 August 2017

Joan Schirle, Founding Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International, presents an overview of the history of Dell’Arte’s Rural Residency Program and the program’s relationship to community engagement in Northern California.

Invitation to Interpret
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Invitation to Interpret

An Audience Makes Meaning Together

29 May 2017

What can we learn about audience engagement and how and why audiences make meaning out of experimental theatre from a twenty-four-year performance experiment?

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.

Kindness and Community Are My Ideal World
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Kindness and Community Are My Ideal World

Broken Bone Bathtub and A Modern Theatre of Empathy

30 March 2017

Emily Cordes considers how Siobhan O’Loughlin’s immersive solo show Broken Bone Bathtub is a vehicle for audiences to find each other’s common humanity in a collaborative bath.

Feed the Hunger for Conversation in Your Community
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Feed the Hunger for Conversation in Your Community

30 March 2017

Lojo Simon writes about creating a reading and conversation series for her community.

Impressions on the Neo-Futurists’ Take on The Great American Drama
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Impressions on the Neo-Futurists’ Take on The Great American Drama

7 March 2017

Cherry Lou Sy shares her experience seeing the Neo-Futurists’ The Great American Drama, which examines perceptions of the American dream and success in theatre.

Not Just a Chair
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Not Just a Chair

Considering Design Choices

18 February 2017

Professor James Ogden explores what it means to put a chair on stage, considering how design informs character choices.

Radical Empathy is the Theatre Artist’s New Job
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Radical Empathy is the Theatre Artist’s New Job

8 February 2017

Tiffany Antone makes a case for why we have to reconsider how/why we engage audiences, and why it is now every artist’s job to be out on the frontlines, cultivating radical empathy and civil discourse.

Video Games as an Art Form Part 3
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Video Games as an Art Form Part 3

Bringing Games to Life

27 January 2017

In this last installment, Rick Stemm shares the production process—from idea to execution—for Heroes Must Die.

Elements of Oz
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Elements of Oz

Pay Attention to the Men Behind the Curtain

17 January 2017

Amelia Parenteau deconstructs the use of technology in The Builders Association’s production of Elements of Oz, an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, presented at 3LD in New York City.

Open Your Mind
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Open Your Mind

Theatre Space, Performance, and Audience

6 January 2017

verity healey considers the Battersea Arts Centre’s new Courtyard theatre space and inviting an audience to participate in the performance through interaction with the performance space.

What Comes Next?
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What Comes Next?

Theatre and Posttraumatic Growth After the 2016 Election

4 January 2017

Emily White writes about how her research on posttraumatic growth informs her belief that theatre can be an important tool to help America unite and heal.

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. 

“We're Not Learning History...We're Living it
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“We're Not Learning History...We're Living it

” Underground Railroad Game and the Resurgence of the History Play

17 November 2016

Rosa Schneider reflects on history plays, history, and pedagogy in Undergound Railroad Game created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special playing at Ars Nova in New York City.

My Tension Experience, Part 2
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My Tension Experience, Part 2

2 November 2016

In this second installment, Megan Reilly discusses her participation in Ascension, the second phase of The Tension Experience, and reflects on agency for audience members in this immersive experience.

Audience Engagement in a Dolphin Costume
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Audience Engagement in a Dolphin Costume

28 October 2016

Travis Amiel shares his experience of engaging audiences in Company One Theatre’s production of The T Party by Natsu Onoda Power.

To Fear or Not to Fear
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To Fear or Not to Fear

Community and New Play Producing

14 October 2016

In this piece, Triple Play project leads Tory Bailey and Brad Erickson respond to selections of a conversation between playwrights Laura Jacqmin and Jacqueline Lawton.

Courtroom Drama
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Courtroom Drama

the Politics and Poetics of One Community Immersion Experience

13 October 2016

Karen Hartman describes the process of immersing herself in a community in order to tell their story on stage, in this installment of the Triply Play series.

A Space Where People Can Be Their Bravest Self
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A Space Where People Can Be Their Bravest Self

12 October 2016

In this installment of the Triple Play series, Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian shares Golden Thread Productions' process for creating space for conversations with artists and audiences both about identity in and representation of the Middle East.