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Build from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater with FoolsFURY Theater Company
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Build from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater with FoolsFURY Theater Company

Conversations and workshops about labor ethics and project finance reform, design and technology, education, accessibility, and equity and diversity from story selection and development to casting.

Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September 2020
United States
Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance
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Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance

by Emily C. A. Snyder
25 August 2020
Are Malawi Theatre Groups Underpricing Their Shows to Extinction?
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Are Malawi Theatre Groups Underpricing Their Shows to Extinction?

by Isaac Mafuel
10 August 2020
graphic hands holding letters B U I L D with title text
Build from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater with FoolsFURY Theater Company
Video

Build from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater with FoolsFURY Theater Company

Conversations and workshops about labor ethics and project finance reform, design and technology, education, accessibility, and equity and diversity from story selection and development to casting.

Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September 2020
United States

FoolsFURY Theater Company presented its national convening of ensemble theater makers BUILD from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September 2020.

two actors onstage
Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance
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Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance

25 August 2020

As artists and companies re-examine the failures of their infrastructures and unconscious biases, Emily C. A. Snyder argues that the lessons learned and challenges faced so far within the field of intimacy direction may be of particular value.

an audience
Are Malawi Theatre Groups Underpricing Their Shows to Extinction?
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Are Malawi Theatre Groups Underpricing Their Shows to Extinction?

10 August 2020

Isaac Mafuel shares a recent debate had amongst theatremakers in Malawi about how to best price shows, considering both that low prices are a way of coping with the circumstances of their economy and that art should claim its value.

a large group of actors onstage
Unblurred Lines
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Unblurred Lines

The Role of Consent in Immersive Theatre

8 July 2020

Blair Cadden explores how immersive theatre can adopt BDSM practices—including negotiations, safewords, and aftercare—to create safer experiences for both actors and audience members.

Photo of a white German man pouring whiskey for a Black Nigerian man.
I am Wole, I am Heiner
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I am Wole, I am Heiner

For a Fully Realized Representation of Brown Artists on Stage

27 May 2020

In this last installment of the Beyond the Western Canon series, Sadie Berlin questions how marginalized voices are represented on stage and calls for more experimental work by artists of color on Canadian stages.

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You Say You Want a Revolution…
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You Say You Want a Revolution…

National New Play Network's Continuing Commitment to Radical Change

26 January 2020

Nan Barnett, National New Play Network’s executive director, talks about the organization’s twenty-year evolution; the realization that, as a governing body, they were “really, really white”; and their commitment to turning the organization into a replicable model of a diverse and inclusive ecosystem.

an actor onstage
Protect the Body
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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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

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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.