Breaking Away from the Institution
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Breaking Away from the Institution

How to Take Control of Your Education

5 September 2018

Theatre student Abigail Warhus talks about feeling stuck at university and taking her education into her own hands.

Tilikum and Wading into Better Criticism
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Tilikum and Wading into Better Criticism

28 August 2018

Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel talks about the importance of “good” criticism through the lens of Kristiana Rae Colón’s play Tilikum.

On Neo-Futurism
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On Neo-Futurism

15 August 2018

Writer and performer Rob Onorato explores what makes the Chicago Neo-Futurists so special.

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

Curating Courage and the Future of Latinx Theatre / Valentía Curatorial y el Futuro del Teatro Latinx
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Curating Courage and the Future of Latinx Theatre / Valentía Curatorial y el Futuro del Teatro Latinx

1 August 2018

Playwright Georgina Escobar reflects on the curation of the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New Latinx Work: ¡ConeXión!, which took place 19-21 July 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. / Escritora Georgina Escobar refleja sobre la curación del 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval de Obras Nuevas, cual fue el 19-21 de Julio del 2018 en Chicago, Illinois.

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion
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Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion

Welcome to the Carnaval of New Latinx Work

19 July 2018

Lisa Portes' remarks from the opening of the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work in Chicago, Illinois. 

Talking about Protest with the Language of Actor Training
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Talking about Protest with the Language of Actor Training

17 July 2018

Actor and literature/theatre professor Courtney Bailey Parker talks about national anthem protests, performance as activism, and theatre artists as mediators.

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.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Announcing the Six Playwrights Selected for the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work
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Announcing the Six Playwrights Selected for the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work

24 May 2018

The Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work announces the six plays featured in this year's festival!

ConeXión! The LTC Announces Twenty-four New Latinx Plays as Finalists for Carnaval 2018
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ConeXión! The LTC Announces Twenty-four New Latinx Plays as Finalists for Carnaval 2018

3 May 2018

Announcing the twenty-four finalists for the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which will be held 19-21 July 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. 

the​ ​parasite​
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the​ ​parasite​

​ ​An​ ​Alternate​ ​Reality​ ​Game​ ​for​ ​Orientation

7 January 2018

For Orientation at the UChicago 2017, an alternate reality game was created by faculty, designers, and students that engaged social media, virtual reality and real life to encourage students to explore campus and build relationships with one another.

Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists
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Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists

10 December 2017

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL founder, kicks off the parent advocacy in the arts series with an overview of the history of PAAL and a rationale for family-friendly practices in the theatre.

Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and Disabled
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Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and Disabled

15 August 2017

Aaron Sawyer and Terri Hudson reflect on what they learned from the Access Auditions, and offer tangible steps theatres can take to become more accessible to performers who are d/Deaf and disabled.

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.

P. Carl In Conversation with Martha Lavey
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P. Carl In Conversation with Martha Lavey

26 April 2017

P. Carl talks with former Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey who passed away on April 25, 2017. This interview was originally published on February 15, 2015.

Ways of Knowing
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Ways of Knowing

the Work of Honey Pot Performance

14 April 2017

Meida McNeal writes about the ethos and processes of creative collective Honey Pot Performance.

Igniting a Transgender Revolution in Chicago
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Igniting a Transgender Revolution in Chicago

12 April 2017

Artist Delia Kropp discusses the state of transgender theatre in Chicago, Illinois and shares current initiatives to produce work by and for trans and gender-variant artists. 

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color
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The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color

7 April 2017

Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor discuss the lack of theatre critics of color, and issues surrounding agency and consent for theatre artists of color.

What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment
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What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment

21 March 2017

Cheryl Davis defines sexual harassment and hostile working environments, offering tips to both artists and administrators. 

Six Months In
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Six Months In

Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s Residency at Adventure Stage

13 March 2017

Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and Playwright in Residency Carlos Murillo discuss how Carlos’ perspective has affected the company’s goals and operations.

The Christians Invites Political and Intellectual Humility
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The Christians Invites Political and Intellectual Humility

3 March 2017

Kyle Whalen explores the “moments of the unknowable” in the Steppenwolf production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians in Chicago, Illinois.

Challenging Perspectives on Auditions for the Differently Abled
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Challenging Perspectives on Auditions for the Differently Abled

20 November 2016

Aaron Sawyer and Sidney T. Smith write about Unified Access Auditions at Red Theater in Chicago, IL.