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Walking Narrative-Subverters
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Walking Narrative-Subverters

Joyce Rosario and Meiyin Wang in Conversation

by Joyce Rosario, Meiyin Wang
21 October 2018
How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

by Abraham Johnson
6 September 2018
Casting An Actor with Albinism
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Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

by Julie Taiwo Oni
2 August 2018
woman, smiling and holding a mic, addresses audience
Walking Narrative-Subverters
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Walking Narrative-Subverters

Joyce Rosario and Meiyin Wang in Conversation

21 October 2018

Joyce Rosario, interim artistic director of the PuSh Festival, and producer and curator Meiyin Wang sit down to talk about whether the next crop of leaders is being set up for success, working across differences with colleagues, their respective transitions, and more.

How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

6 September 2018

Playwright Abraham Johnson reflects on the 2018 Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat, and the importance of supporting emerging Queer playwrights.

Casting An Actor with Albinism
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Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

2 August 2018

Playwright and scholar Julie Taiwo Oni reflects on the experience of casting an actor with albinism for her play Chisel, and discusses why authentic casting is worth the work.

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.

The Why of Theatre
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The Why of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

9 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.

How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre
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How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre

20 June 2018

LA arts administrator David Mack explores the topic of labor law, proposing that complying with it will help create and sustain a more equitable theatre community—both in his city and across the country.

Building Understanding between Veterans and the Community through Playwriting
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Building Understanding between Veterans and the Community through Playwriting

14 June 2018

Leilani Squire explores the healing power of writing through her experience of working with veterans to write a play about their time at war and sharing their stories with the community.

Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad
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Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad

Modeling Decolonized Practices/Las Practicas Hacia La Descolonización

31 May 2018

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian talks with representatives of organizations which are intentionally working towards decolonized practices.

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. 

Fantômas
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Fantômas

Revenge of the Image and the Wuzhen Theatre Festival

28 January 2018

Artistic Director Travis Preston on the cross-cultural collaboration of bringing Fantômas: Revenge of the Image from CalArts to the Wuzhen Theatre Festival.

Coming Full Circle
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Coming Full Circle

the 2017 LTC International Convening

21 December 2017

Carla Della Gatta and Marci R. McMahon look back on the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas International Theatre Festival that took place 2-12 November at the Latino Theatre Center in Los Angeles, California.

How to Launch a Latinx New Play Festival
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How to Launch a Latinx New Play Festival

20 December 2017

Maria Patrice Amon describes how she developed and produced San Diego Repertory Theatre’s first Latinx New Play Festival. 

Estamos Juntos / We are Together
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Estamos Juntos / We are Together

Report-Outs from the Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening

20 November 2017

Olga Sanchez reflects on Day Four of the Encuentro de las Américas International Convening on 12 November, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Encuentro de las Américas Manifesto / El manifiesto del Encuentro de las Américas 
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Encuentro de las Américas Manifesto / El manifiesto del Encuentro de las Américas 

13 November 2017

Jose Luis Valenzuela delivers an Encuentro de las Américas Manifesto as a part of the 2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening in Los Angeles, California.

The Circle Then, The Circle Now
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The Circle Then, The Circle Now

The Latinx Theatre Commons at Four Years

12 November 2017

An overview of the history and progression of the Latinx Theatre Commons by Brian Herrera, as the LTC enters its fifth year of cross-cultural collaboration and lifting up and strengthening Latinx and Latin American Theatre.

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.

Undocumented Stories Have Always Mattered / Las Historias Sobre Los Indocumentados Siempre Han Importado
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Undocumented Stories Have Always Mattered / Las Historias Sobre Los Indocumentados Siempre Han Importado

15 October 2017

A conversation between Alex Alpharaoh, David Lozano, and Karen Zacarías about the inspiration for and impact of their works that center the stories of people who are undocumented.

A Chicana Heroine Redirects El Movimiento
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A Chicana Heroine Redirects El Movimiento

12 October 2017

Marci McMahon reflects on how Diane Rodriguez’s The Sweetheart Deal breaks gendered stereotypes about the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and ’70s. 

Who Are These People? How the Staff of Z Space Sees Their Lives, Jobs, and Home
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Who Are These People? How the Staff of Z Space Sees Their Lives, Jobs, and Home

6 October 2017

Meet the staff of one Bay Area theatre company and see how their lives, jobs, and homes interact and affect the artistic ecology of the Bay Area.

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.

How a Commons Becomes a Selection Committee
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How a Commons Becomes a Selection Committee

2017 Encuentro de las Américas / Cómo un 'Commons' se convierte en un comité de selección: 2017 Encuentro de las Américas

1 August 2017

Abigail Vega writes about the process for choosing shows for the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas festival. / Abigail Vega escribe sobre el proceso de selección de obras para el festival Encuentro de las Américas 2017. 

Ordinary Magic
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Ordinary Magic

Where Hip-Hop Theatre Meets Opera

27 July 2017

Maelsha Taylor talks with Ise Lyfe and Gill Sotu about their spoken-word opera Ordinary Magic

Simply María
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Simply María

Audience Development and Community Based Theatre

13 July 2017

Carlos Morton on the revival of Simply María, or The American Dream by Josefina López in Los Angeles.

Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution
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Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution

The state of funding for Latinx Theatre Companies in the City of Angels

7 June 2017

In this first installment of a three-part series, Armando Molina writes about funding for theatres in Los Angeles, California.

Writing in the Woods
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Writing in the Woods

The Djerassi Playwrights Initiative

24 May 2017

Andrew Saito, participant in the Djerassi Playwrights Initiative, speaks to his experience at the residency.