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The Three Sisters
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The Three Sisters

Lessons on Inspiration, Appropriation, and Design

by Valerie St. Pierre Smith
1 November 2018
The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
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The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

by Katherine Swimm
14 August 2018
ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

by Regan Postma-Montaño
6 August 2018
The Three Sisters
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The Three Sisters

Lessons on Inspiration, Appropriation, and Design

1 November 2018

Costume designer Valerie St. Pierre Smith explores the major issue of cultural appropriation in costume and fashion design, touching on every aspect of the production process, from research to execution.

The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
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The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

14 August 2018

Katherine Swimm discusses New Rep Theatre’s Boston production of Ripe Frenzy, and the innovative collaboration between playwright Jennifer Barclay and projection designer Jared Mezzocchi.

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

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.

Designer as Playwright, Images as Text
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Designer as Playwright, Images as Text

Expanding Meanings and Breaking Boundaries with Deb Sivigny

9 October 2017

DC based playwright Annalisa Dias interviews fellow The Welders collective member Deb Sivigny on the world premiere of her new play, Hello My Name Is....

Farid ud-Din Attar
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Farid ud-Din Attar

The Conference of the Birds

28 July 2017

In this installment, Tom Block explores the work of Sufi poet Farid un-Din Attar.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

20 July 2017

In his latest installment, Tom Block explores how Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work could impact theatre. 

Hiring a Fight Director
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Hiring a Fight Director

18 July 2017

Fight director Michael Jerome Johnson lays out how and when to hire a fight director.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Three

7 July 2017

Porsche McGovern discusses the third phase of her study on LORT theatre designers.

Theatre History Podcast # 31
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Theatre History Podcast # 31

Exploring the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s New Jo Mielziner Acquisitions with Annemarie van Roessel

15 May 2017

Michael Lueger talks with curator Annemarie van Roessel about scenic designer Jo Mielziner’s work.

Chuang Tzu
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Chuang Tzu

Mysticism of the Absurd

11 May 2017

Tom Block writes about how Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu's ideas can provide inspiration for theatre artists.

La Esquinita
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La Esquinita

Jesse Portillo

29 March 2017

In this installment, Lighting Designer Jesse Portillo discusses his background, design process, and work with a couple Utah theatre companies.

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.

Looking Backwards to Move Forward with Paleo Theatre
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Looking Backwards to Move Forward with Paleo Theatre

17 February 2017

Em Piro images what a Paleo theatre practice would involve.

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.

Sound and Media Design
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Sound and Media Design

13 January 2017

In this installment, Daniel Fine discusses the intersections of sound and media design departments, offering a template for productive workflow.

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.

Design Meeting
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Design Meeting

My Old Man (and Other Stories)

26 November 2016

Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo discuss design questions for Jess’s play My Old Man (and Other Stories) and the recently increased interest in trans artists.

A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design
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A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design

23 November 2016

Chicago-based costume designer, textile designer, and wardrobe stylist Elsa Hiltner considers the division of labor and allocation of technical support within theatrical design.

A Sound Designer on The (Remarkable) Encounter
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A Sound Designer on The (Remarkable) Encounter

22 November 2016

Sound designer Victoria Deiorio reflects on her experience of Complicite’s The Encounter and its ingenious use of sound. 

Lighting and Media Design, Part 2
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Lighting and Media Design, Part 2

8 November 2016

In this installment, Daniel Fine continues his discussion on the intersection of lighting and media design.

On the Need for a Technological Theatre
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On the Need for a Technological Theatre

17 October 2016

Zachary Small calls for theatre to move beyond the living room play and explore the technological realm.

The Teachings of Treefall
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The Teachings of Treefall

24 September 2016

Scenic Designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz shares her process for designing Henry Murray’s Treefall, which inspired her to work on HeatWave, a project connecting environmentalists and theatre artists.

Lighting and Media Design Part 1
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Lighting and Media Design Part 1

5 September 2016

In this installment, Daniel Fine discusses working with lighting designers, explaining how color temperature and palette, and brightness of projections impact the media design for a production.

The Language of Objects
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The Language of Objects

A Puppeteer in Five Acts

25 July 2016

In this installment of La Esquinita, puppeteer Stephanie Diaz shares her journey to puppetry and discusses her creative process.