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.

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.

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.

Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas
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Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas

28 June 2018

Shelby-Allison Hibbs interviews director Marianne T. Galloway and theatre administrator and actor Sherry Jo Ward about representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and what it’s like to create theatre with their unique physical challenges.

The Ground on Which We Stand
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The Ground on Which We Stand

10 June 2018

Playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson and director Claire Syler discuss their collaboration on The Green Duck Lounge, a play that delves into Kansas City, Missouri’s civil rights history.

"Positation" in Action
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"Positation" in Action

Director Erin Ortman’s Multi-Year Journey with the Arabian Nights

2 May 2018

Director Erin Ortman loves musical theatre, new plays, theatre families, and William Ball’s idea of “positation” that celebrates the “yes” in artistic collaborations. The development process for One Thousand Nights and One Day produced by Prospect Theater Company in New York City provides a view of Ball’s philosophy in action.

Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles
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Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles

28 March 2018

US director and health and wellness educator Molly Schenck describes five useful rehearsal techniques for ensembles to adapt when creating work around difficult topics. 

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.

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.

Transformation through Training
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Transformation through Training

Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart on the Suzuki Method

3 September 2017

Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart in conversation at the Symposium on the Suzuki Method with SITI Company—New York City, June 3, 2017.

Valuing Process Over Product
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Valuing Process Over Product

Producing Theatre in Educational Settings

1 July 2017

Director and educator Ashleigh Worley talks about process versus product, advocating for giving students opportunities to grow as artists.

Finding My Place as a Director
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Finding My Place as a Director

Getting Out of the Way of the Work

3 June 2017

Zach Weinberg writes about discovering his role as an adaptor, collaborator, and director.

How Do You Define Success?
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How Do You Define Success?

27 May 2017

Alyssa White writes about being an early career director in Chicago, and re-discovering her love of the work.

On Diversity Hiring
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On Diversity Hiring

Choosing the “Best” Person for the Job

20 May 2017

Director Carol Ann Tan explores her reaction to the question of whether it's easier for her to get work because she's Asian.

Reclaiming Miss Julie
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Reclaiming Miss Julie

on Interpreting Classic Drama

17 May 2017

Director Andrew Watkins writes about getting to the heart of Strindberg's problematic classic. 

Theatre Without a Theatre
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Theatre Without a Theatre

On Found Spaces and Creativity in the Twin Cities

6 May 2017

Cassandra Snow writes about the challenges and opportunities involved in producing theatre in non-traditional spaces.

A conversation with director Garry Hynes
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A conversation with director Garry Hynes

10 February 2017

Ramona Ostrowski speaks with director Gary Hynes about Druid Theatre Company, revisiting Beauty Queen of Leenane twenty years after its first production, and new political movements within Irish theatre.

Theatre and Meaning at Kakuma Refugee Camp
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Theatre and Meaning at Kakuma Refugee Camp

30 November 2016

Director and educator Jessica Bauman writes about her experience teaching theatre in a refugee camp in Kenya.

The Sacred Theatre of Barrio Stories
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The Sacred Theatre of Barrio Stories

4 November 2016

Director Marc David Pinate discusses his process for Barrio Stories, reflecting on how the production is an example of sacred theatre.

Interview with Thando Doni
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Interview with Thando Doni

15 October 2016

In this last installment, Paul Adolphsen interviews South African theatremaker Thando Doni about his artistic use of language and physical theatre.

No Pictures, Please
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No Pictures, Please

Queer Theatre in Beirut /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

9 October 2016

Raphael Khouri writes about creating a work of queer Arab theatre in secret.

It Can Happen Here
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It Can Happen Here

5 October 2016

David Dower talks with Tony Taccone about his adaptation of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Rep, and what it means for an institution to program a new work that speaks directly to our present moment.

History Repeats Itself
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History Repeats Itself

Hallie Flanagan in the Twenty-first Century

4 October 2016

Amy Brady interviews Michael Arve about Dangerous Theatre, a piece he’s directing based on Hallie Flanagan’s 1938 testimony to the Special Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities.

The Case for Hiring Asian American Directors
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The Case for Hiring Asian American Directors

1 October 2016

Director Lavina Jadhwani shares her experience as an Asian American director, advocating the need for more spaces and opportunities for Asian American theatre artists to collaborate together. 

Is Art the Best Way to Tell the Truth? /الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية
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Is Art the Best Way to Tell the Truth? /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

28 September 2016

Wael Qadour describes creating a piece of theatre with young people living in northern Jordan.