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#MeToo and the Method
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#MeToo and the Method

13 June 2019

Holly L. Derr looks at the history of the Method, where it deviates from Stanislavsky’s System, and the connection between the Method and the behavior called out by #MeToo.

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How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators
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How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators

1 May 2019

Carl(os) Roa offers thoughts on how organizations can create healthier workspaces, weaving in ideas from artists at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Applied Mechanics.

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What’s Your Vision for a Post-Carbon Arts Sector?
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What’s Your Vision for a Post-Carbon Arts Sector?

17 April 2019

Within the context of the new emergency climate change deadline of 2030, Vijay Mathew encourages the nonprofit arts sector to completely divest from fossil fuels by no longer using air travel for conferences, shows, or any other programming while offering models and solutions to help our thinking about transitioning to a post-carbon arts future.

Can We Really Tell Whose Butts Are In Our Seats?
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Can We Really Tell Whose Butts Are In Our Seats?

1 September 2017

Producer, dramaturg, and grant writer Heather A. Beasley writes about the challenges and ethics of collecting audience demographic data, and offers a radical proposition.

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Say it Anyway
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If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Say it Anyway

22 July 2017

Abbey Fenbert encourages people to speak out when they are in uncomfortable situations, even if it feels challenging. 

The N-Word on Stage
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The N-Word on Stage

9 February 2017

In light of a recent controversy at a New Jersey high school, Jonathan Mandell talks to theatre artists about their views on using or not using the n-word in shows.

Guns Onstage are a Model for Guns Offstage
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Guns Onstage are a Model for Guns Offstage

7 November 2016

Charlotte Canning discusses gun violence in theatre, and film, taking a close look at safety policies and regulations for firearms on set.

Six Hundred and Ninety-Two Million
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Six Hundred and Ninety-Two Million

On Art, Ethics, and Activism

22 October 2016

Theatre practitioner Caridad Svich on art and activism and After Orlando.

How to Handle Microaggressions in Theatre
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How to Handle Microaggressions in Theatre

2 July 2016

Actor Lashad Beck shares his tips for dealing with cultural microaggressions during a production.

Independent Contractors and the American Theatre
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Independent Contractors and the American Theatre

10 November 2015

Daniel B. Thompson addresses the common practice of theatre companies misclassifying their workforce as independent contractors for tax purposes.

O Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See
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O Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See

Combatting Censorship as a Christian Theatre Artist

9 November 2015

Playwright Joseph D’Ambrosi advocates the need for Christian theatre artists to reevaluate censoring plays for the sake of faith-based themes.

Theatre in a Fly-over State
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Theatre in a Fly-over State

Seeking Consent in Theatrical Places

12 October 2015

In his third installment, Eli Keel discusses the ethics of seeking consent from actors in theatre settings.

On the merits of Yellowface
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On the merits of Yellowface

why casting the “best” actor for the role is actually just a selection of bias in a racist system

9 October 2015

Nelson T. Eusebio III addresses the argument that the “best” actor must always be cast in a role, regardless of race.

History Is Not Just For The British
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History Is Not Just For The British

6 October 2015

Playwright Rehana Lew Mirza argues that those who defend producing The Mikado using yellowface on the basis of its “historical significance” are supporting centuries of imperialism and oppression.

Before Resilience
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Before Resilience

The Ethics of Theatre Production

17 April 2015

Adam R. Burnett looks at resilience in theatre, how artists seem to forget where they’ve been, and the ethical responsibilities in the production of production.

A Conversation with Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power
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A Conversation with Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power

8 September 2013

P. Carl talks to Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power about politics, diplomacy as artists, and the lines they will or will not cross

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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay
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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay

"Realism: Friend and Foe"

22 July 2013

The Weekly Howl is a peer-produced, open-access discussion about theater culture and contemporary performance that happens in real-time on Twitter using the hashtag #newplay.*

Join us Thursday, July 25 for the Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay at 11am PDT – 12pm PDT (Los Angeles) / 1pm CDT – 2pm CDT (Austin) / 2pm EDT – 3pm EDT (New York) / 18:00 GMT – 19:00 GMT / 7pm BST - 8pm BST (London) / 8pm CEST - 9pm CEST (Berlin). Click here for an automatic conversion into your local time.

 

This week's topic: "Realism: Friend and Foe"

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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay
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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay

How do current social and political events impact our role as artists?

15 July 2013

This week's topic is: How do current social and political events impact our role as artists? and will be moderated by Dominic D'Andrea @DominicDAndrea and Gus Schulenburg @GusSchulenburg. 

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"Vulgarians," "Vigilantes," and the Great Cell Phone Smashing of 2013
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"Vulgarians," "Vigilantes," and the Great Cell Phone Smashing of 2013

12 June 2013

After an upset theatregoer throws another audience members phone across the theatre, questions were raised about what behaviors are considered respectable in the theatre

Does the American Theater Have the Same Problem as the GOP?
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Does the American Theater Have the Same Problem as the GOP?

23 May 2013

By examining audience and leadership demographics, Rebecca Stevens draws a comparison between the GOP and American theatre. 

The Not-So-Bountiful Trip to Broadway
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The Not-So-Bountiful Trip to Broadway

24 April 2013

Alisa Solomon shares the complex history of A Trip to Bountiful's journey to Broadway.

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Critics’ Love for Sale
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Critics’ Love for Sale

Why Journalism’s Demise Is Bad for Theater

3 April 2013

John More talks about why the fall of the newspaper intudusty is bad news for the theatre community

One for All and All for One and Every Man for Himself
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One for All and All for One and Every Man for Himself

27 March 2013

Todd London's keynote address at the NoPassport Conference in New York City, March 1st 2013.

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, January 24
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, January 24

Guns and Your Aesthetics and Ethics as a Theatremaker and Culture Producer

22 January 2013

This week's Howl questions the relationship between guns and violence in theatre, and violence in the real-world 

The Guns in My Plays
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The Guns in My Plays

21 January 2013

Playwright Tammy Ryan talks about the role of guns in her older and more recent plays.