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Protect the Body
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Protect the Body

Keeping Daring Depictions of Eating Disorders Safe for Actors and At-Risk Young Adults

by Clare Hennessy
26 November 2019
The American Theatre Was Killing Me
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The American Theatre Was Killing Me

Healing from Racialized Trauma in an Art Workspace

by Amelia Parenteau, Lauren E. Turner
18 November 2019
“But Does It Pay?”
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“But Does It Pay?”

Internship Culture and Diversity in Theatre Administration

by Brídín Clements
7 November 2019
an actor onstage
Protect the Body
Essay

Protect the Body

Keeping Daring Depictions of Eating Disorders Safe for Actors and At-Risk Young Adults

26 November 2019

Clare Hennessy discusses the challenges of developing a play that sheds light on eating disorders—depicting them accurately, avoiding triggers—and offers suggestions for other writers in a similar position.

lauren e. turner seated at a table
The American Theatre Was Killing Me
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The American Theatre Was Killing Me

Healing from Racialized Trauma in an Art Workspace

18 November 2019

Amelia Parenteau speaks with Lauren E. Turner about racialized trauma in American theatre, Lauren’s experience with it, and healing.

three seated people laughing
“But Does It Pay?”
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“But Does It Pay?”

Internship Culture and Diversity in Theatre Administration

7 November 2019

Brídín Clements talks about the accessibility of educational and professional programs, like internships, in theatre administration.

two actors onstage
Gravity and Responsibility in Film, TV, and Choreography
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Gravity and Responsibility in Film, TV, and Choreography

25 September 2019

Choreographer Malik Nashad Sharpe and film & TV director Liza Johnson talk gravity, abstraction and risk, ethics, and more.

two acting pedagogy textbooks
Whiteness, Patriarchy, and Resistance in Actor Training Texts
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Whiteness, Patriarchy, and Resistance in Actor Training Texts

Reframing Acting Students as Embodied Critical Thinkers

13 August 2019

Amy Steiger reflects on some of the classic acting texts—which are overwhelmingly written by cis white men and use colonialist, binary, and patriarchal language and narratives—and how teachers should be approaching them today.

four people posing
The Responsibility of the Artist-Critic
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The Responsibility of the Artist-Critic

1 August 2019

Kitty Drexel and Regina Victor, both artists and critics, talk about working through biases, accountability, transparency, and more.

politicians giving a press conference
The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
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The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project

30 July 2019

Karen Malpede argues that significant theatrical engagement with the climate crisis cannot occur in the United States without governmental intervention, and looks at the Federal Theatre Project as a model.

two doors and a wall with post-it notes and large paper notes
Drawing a Line
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Drawing a Line

Addressing Sexual Harassment in our Theatre Communities

17 July 2019

Dawn M. Simmons, John Meredith, and Jen Lewis, from New England’s StageSource, discuss where progress needs to happen to address harassment in the theatre industry.

two acting books
#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.

a group of people
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.

It Doesn't Have to be #MeToo
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It Doesn't Have to be #MeToo

Progress of Education and Prevention in The Theatre

Thousands of airplane icons covering the continents and oceans on a 2-D map of the world.
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