Interviews

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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes
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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes

Sarah Bellamy and Jamil Jude in Conversation

by Sarah Bellamy, Jamil Jude
9 December 2018
How To Prep A Staff For An Organizational Pivot
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How To Prep A Staff For An Organizational Pivot

Rob Orchard and Susan Medak in Conversation, Part 2

by Rob Orchard, Susan Medak
2 December 2018
How To Prep A Board For An Organizational Pivot
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How To Prep A Board For An Organizational Pivot

Rob Orchard and Susan Medak in Conversation, Part 1

by Rob Orchard, Susan Medak
25 November 2018
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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes
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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes

Sarah Bellamy and Jamil Jude in Conversation

9 December 2018

Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Saint Paul’s Penumbra Theatre, talks to Jamil Jude, incoming artistic director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, about learning from the founders, the funding disparity between predominantly white institutions and theatres of color, and more.

How To Prep A Staff For An Organizational Pivot
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How To Prep A Staff For An Organizational Pivot

Rob Orchard and Susan Medak in Conversation, Part 2

2 December 2018

Susie Medak, managing director of Berkeley Rep Theatre, talks to Rob Orchard about how to best prep staff for a major leadership change, how an outgoing artistic director can work with the incoming one, and more.

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How To Prep A Board For An Organizational Pivot
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How To Prep A Board For An Organizational Pivot

Rob Orchard and Susan Medak in Conversation, Part 1

25 November 2018

Susan Medak, managing director of Berkeley Rep Theatre, speaks with Rob Orchard about a board’s involvement with changing leadership, reevaluating a company’s artistic mission in the lead up to hiring someone new, and more.

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"I Only Do Work that Terrifies Me"
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"I Only Do Work that Terrifies Me"

Rebecca Novick and Marissa Wolf in Conversation

11 November 2018

Director, dramaturg, and founding AD of Crowded Fire, Rebcca Novick, speaks with Marissa Wolf, the new AD of Portland Center Stage—and former AD of Crowded Fire as well—about knowing when you’re ready for change, leaving communities you’ve helped build, parenting in the arts, and more.

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Regional Stories, Regional Artists, Regional Audiences
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Regional Stories, Regional Artists, Regional Audiences

A Conversation about Place-Based Theatre

6 November 2018

Lauren Smith sits down with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane and PlayMakers Repertory’s Vivienne Benesch to talk about regionalism in theatre.

Two women in white dresses on stage
Aristide Tarnagda and Theatre in Burkina Faso / Aristide Tarnagda et le Théâtre au Burkina Faso
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Aristide Tarnagda and Theatre in Burkina Faso / Aristide Tarnagda et le Théâtre au Burkina Faso

5 November 2018

Heather Jeanne Denyer speaks with Burkina Faso playwright Aristide Tarnagda about the inspiration that comes from where we live, the Récréâtrales Festival in Ouagadougou, women in Burkinabé theatre, and more. / Heather Jeanne Denyer discute avec le dramaturge burkinabé Aristide Tarnagda à propos de l’inspiration qu’on sort de là où on habite, du festival Les Récréâtrales à Ouagadougou, et des femmes dans le théâtre au Burkina Faso.

An actor and a puppet on stage
What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?
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What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?

Kim Whitener and Mara Isaacs in conversation

4 November 2018

Kim Whitener, the former executive director of HERE, and theatre producer and consultant Mara Isaacs sit down to talk about moving from institutions to the freelance world (and vice versa), the generosity of other theatre creators, work-life balance, and more.

Roadside Theater's Living Library
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Roadside Theater's Living Library

29 October 2018

David Dower sits down with Roadside Theater’s Dudley Cocke and Amy Brooks to talk about Appalachian theatre, the power of culture to foster positive social change, how we understand our shared history, and more.

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Teach Them How to Say Goodbye
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Teach Them How to Say Goodbye

Howard Shalwitz and Carey Perloff in Conversation

18 October 2018

Howard Shalwitz, co-founder of Woolly Mammoth, talks with Carey Perloff, longtime director of American Conservatory Theater, about their decades-long tenures at their respective companies, covering everything from the throughline of founding manifestos, to the five- to six-year cycles companies go through, to how lonely it is to be an artistic director, and more.

actors hugging onstage
Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences
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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences

Brendan Healy and May Antaki in Conversation

17 October 2018

May Antaki speaks with Brendan Healy, the new artistic director of Toronto’s Canadian Stage, about leadership changeovers happening across Canada, how his approach to being an AD has shifted over the years, his desire to cultivate curiosity inside audiences, and more.

Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like
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Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like

Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah in Conversation

15 October 2018

Artistic directors Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah discuss transitions in leadership in the US and UK and how they've helped define success in their respective institutions.

Puerto Rico, Politics, and the Diaspora in Magdalena Gomez's Dancing in My Cockroach Killers
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Puerto Rico, Politics, and the Diaspora in Magdalena Gomez's Dancing in My Cockroach Killers

22 July 2018

Noe Montez interviews ensemble members from New York's Pregones Theatre on Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, which ran from 7 June to 1 July 2018 at the GALA Theatre in Washington, DC.

Playwright Edouard Elvis Bvouma on Cameroonian Theatre / Le dramaturge Edouard Elvis Bvouma discute du théâtre au Cameroun
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Playwright Edouard Elvis Bvouma on Cameroonian Theatre / Le dramaturge Edouard Elvis Bvouma discute du théâtre au Cameroun

16 July 2018

Heather Jeanne Denyer interviews Cameroonian playwright Edouard Elvis Bvouma about the country’s theatrical landscape, touching on topics like the low number of companies that regularly produce work, female artists in the field, and building public interest in the art form. / Dans cet entretien, Heather Jeanne Denyer discute avec le dramaturge camerounais Edouard Elvis Bvouma de la scène théâtrale dans son pays, en abordant des sujets tels que le manque de compagnies, la création par les femmes, ainsi que le développement et l’intérêt du public pour cet art.

“The Camera is My Beloved”
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“The Camera is My Beloved”

Michelle Memran Creates Documentary Art with María Irene Fornés

12 June 2018

Journalist and filmmaker Michelle Memran reflects upon the easy beginning, the messy middle, the focused concluding months, and MOMA premiere screening of her documentary dreamscape film The Rest I Make Up about her great friend, the beloved playwright and teacher María Irene Fornés.

The Rise of Women in Chilean Theatre
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The Rise of Women in Chilean Theatre

6 June 2018

Elana Gartner, founding co-chair of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, interviews Chilean playwright Sally Campusano about women in theatre in her home country.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras

29 May 2018

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

Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives/Reclamando Nuestras Narrativas
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Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives/Reclamando Nuestras Narrativas

El Giro Decolonial en el Proceso Creativo

28 May 2018

Robert Goodwin and Mary Kathryn Nagle discuss decolonizing Western theatre, linear narrative structures, the historic silencing of underrepresented voices, Shakespeare, and more.

Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood
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Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood

24 May 2018

Mihaela Drăgan interviews Sandra and Simonida Selimovic of Mindj Panther about their show Roma Armee, and the activist work they are doing in Austria to fight against Roma oppression.

Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland
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Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland

10 May 2018

Pamela McQueen talks to Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan about the political nature of her work, her creative process, and how she's sustained a prolific career as a female playwright.

Shifting the Leadership Paradigm
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Shifting the Leadership Paradigm

the Berkshire Leadership Summit and Beyond

9 April 2018

Sara Brookner interviews the steering committee of the Berkshire Leadership Summit, which brought together a hundred present and future US and Canadian women leaders to discuss equity and advancement in the theatre field.

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry
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Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry

25 March 2018

Yan Chen talks with poet, performer, and playwright Kit Yan about the intersections of genre and intersections of identity in his work.

Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”
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Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”

14 March 2018

For the fourth installment of the Chronic Theatremaker series, Sara Brookner interviews playwright Lisa Kenner Grissom about living with lupus and learning to balance her health practice with her writing practice. 

Writing Theatre into the Culture
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Writing Theatre into the Culture

An Interview with Dan Kois

28 February 2018

Catherine Trieschmann interviews Dan Kois, the co-author of an oral history of Angels in America.

Shaping the Future of the Directing Field
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Shaping the Future of the Directing Field

27 February 2018

Jennifer Onopa interviews Sanaz Ghajar, Rebecca Martínez, and Nicole A. Watson about their experience in the field as directors and women of color.

Baldwin’s Back in France
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Baldwin’s Back in France

An Interview with Elise Vigier / Retour de Baldwin en France : Une interview avec Elise Vigier

18 February 2018

An interview with Elise Vigier who staged her adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1979 novel, Just Above My Head at the Maison des Arts de Creteil near Paris. / Une interview avec Elise Vigier, qui a monté son adaptation d’un roman de 1979 de James Baldwin, Harlem Quartet, à la Maison des Arts de Creteil, près de Paris.