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Existence and Persistence
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Existence and Persistence

Spaces for Theatre Artists in Atlanta

23 January 2020

Frankie Mulinix speaks with Rob Mello, owner of Atlanta’s Rob Mello Studios, about the city’s artistic spaces, governmental and organizational support, the lack of arts coverage, and more.

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Made With Soul in Atlanta
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Made With Soul in Atlanta

22 January 2020

Porter Grubbs discusses the importance of artistic spaces in Atlanta for the independent performing arts scene, focusing specifically on the Bakery and Mammal Gallery.

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A Look at Atlanta's DIY Performance Scene
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A Look at Atlanta's DIY Performance Scene

21 January 2020

Frankie Mulinix and Porter Grubbs introduce the three-part Atlanta series with a conversation about the city’s performance scene, building audiences, the importance of affordable spaces, and more.

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Playwrights Nurturing Cultural Community
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Playwrights Nurturing Cultural Community

Pearl Cleage and Vera Starbard in Conversation, Part II

15 January 2020

In part two of their conversation, Vera Starbard and Pearl Cleage—playwrights-in-residence at Juneau, Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre and Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre, respectively—talk about different cultural practices, the white gaze, moving away from anger, and more.

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Vocalizing Difficult Issues as Playwrights in Residence
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Vocalizing Difficult Issues as Playwrights in Residence

Pearl Cleage and Vera Starbard in Conversation, Part I

14 January 2020

In part one of their conversation, playwrights Vera Starbard and Pearl Cleage talk about their respective residencies—at Juneau, Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre and Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre, respectively—race and representation at their institutions, not writing for a white audience, and more.

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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young
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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young

29 July 2019

Alex Ates reflects on the Toddler Takeover at Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre and shares what the growing field of theatre for the very young can teach adult theatremakers about their craft.

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No Screens with Ariel Fristoe of Out of Hand Theater
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No Screens with Ariel Fristoe of Out of Hand Theater

From the Ground Up Episode #13

22 July 2019

On this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Ariel Fristoe of Out Of Hand Theatre talks about how their unique games and creation process translates from free experiences for audiences all over Atlanta to corporate training.

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The Gift
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The Gift

The Importance of Difficult Conversations Between Collaborators

12 May 2019

Playwright Pearl Cleage reflects on the power of truth-telling to find common ground and discusses how Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA is working to confront the legacy of Southern racism.

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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

6 September 2018

Playwright Abraham Johnson reflects on the 2018 Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat, and the importance of supporting emerging Queer playwrights.

The Dancer-Citizen Live 2018
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The Dancer-Citizen Live 2018

MOVING THE MAP

Sunday 24 June 2018
Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, United States; Hamburg, Germany

The Dancer-Citizen presented MOVING THE MAP livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 24 June starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 10:30 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11:30 a.m. EDT (New York) / 17:30 GMT+2 (Hamburg)

three people in a theatre
Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 

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Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 


25 June 2018

Georgia-based theatremaker Corey Bradberry reflects on lessons learned after creating an immersive murder mystery play in a four-story historical theatre, and muses on how large institutions sharing resources with smaller companies can lead to new and innovative creative partnerships.

The NEH Institute 2018: Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies
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The NEH Institute 2018: Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies

University of Georgia

Monday 18 June - Thursday 28 June 2018
Athens, GA, United States

The University of Georgia’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies presented the NEH Institute 2018: Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies livestreamed from commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 18 June - Thursday 28 June 2018.

A Ritual for the Alliance Theatre at Almost Fifty
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A Ritual for the Alliance Theatre at Almost Fifty

5 May 2017

Playwright Pearl Cleage shares her ritual at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alliance Theatre’s new theatre space on March 30, 2017. 

Rage in Context
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Rage in Context

23 July 2016

Play recommendations from playwright Pearl Cleage for contextualizing the current anger felt by many Americans.

Pearl Cleage
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Pearl Cleage

Making a Life in the Theatre

4 June 2016

Playwright Pearl Cleage discusses growing up in a politically active family, the challenges faced by actors and directors of color, and the need for truth in theatre.

Why Pearl Cleage, Why Alliance Theatre?
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Why Pearl Cleage, Why Alliance Theatre?

15 March 2016

Artistic Director Susan Booth and Resident Playwright Pearl Cleage discuss their working relationship at the Alliance.

The FAQs of Senior Theatre, Answered by Past Prime Players
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The FAQs of Senior Theatre, Answered by Past Prime Players

13 December 2015

Monciella Elder, director of Past Prime Players, answers some common questions about Senior Theatre.

Black Lives Matter, Ferguson, and Troy Davis
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Black Lives Matter, Ferguson, and Troy Davis

Writing about a Moving Target

6 November 2015

Playwright Lee Nowell talks about the development of Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project and speaks with playwrights Gabrielle Fulton and Phillip DePoy about creating work today that deals with race.

The 4th Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival
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The 4th Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival

Tuesday 9 June 2015
Atlanta, GA, United States

 

The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) and Actor's Express presented The 4th Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 9 June at 4:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

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Emerging Writers and Harold Pinter’s Legacy: A Conversation at Theater Emory
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Emerging Writers and Harold Pinter’s Legacy: A Conversation at Theater Emory

Friday 31 October 2014
Atlanta, GA, United States

Theater Emory, the professional producing organization of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, presented a panel discussion on Harold Pinter in conversation with contemporary artists as a part of their semester-long celebration of the playwright’s work, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 31 October at 20:00 GMT (London) / 4 p.m. EDT (Toronto) / 3 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 1 p.m. PDT (Vancouver). In Twitter, use #howlround to chat.

Oh, the Feels! Or, What Is the Collision Project?
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Oh, the Feels! Or, What Is the Collision Project?

17 September 2014

Anne Towns shares an overview of the Alliance Theatre Collision Project. 

Twentieth Anniversary Production of Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky
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Twentieth Anniversary Production of Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky

4 August 2014

This season, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre will present a twentieth anniversary production of "Blues for an Alabama Sky" by playwright in residence Pearl Cleage. The Alliance premiered the play during their 1995 season.

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3rd Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival at Actor's Express
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3rd Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival at Actor's Express

Monday 9 June 2014
Atlanta, GA, United States

Actor’s Express and One-Minute Play Festival present The 3rd Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 9 June at 5 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 8 p.m. EDT (Atlanta). 

Soul Serenade #3
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Soul Serenade #3

A Few Words on Scrooge and Santa

17 December 2013

Pearl Cleage writes about color-conscious casting in productions of A Christmas Carol, and the importance of representation during the holidays and beyond.

Soul Serenade #2
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Soul Serenade #2

The Challenge of Vera Stark

2 December 2013

The day after the opening, I get an email from a lawyer friend who says: “Okay, Pearl, you’re the expert. Explain the second act of that play we saw last night.” I sigh and put on the coffee. My hands hover over the keys. I’m not sure what to say or how to say it. Not sure where to find the intersection of honest critique, institutional loyalty and sisterhood solidarity, I plunge in, hoping for the best.