Organizational Models

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What If
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What If

The JUBILEE’s Vision of Unity and Action

by Rachel Grossman, Kirk Lynn
24 October 2018
Teach Them How to Say Goodbye
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Teach Them How to Say Goodbye

Howard Shalwitz and Carey Perloff in Conversation

by Howard Shalwitz, Carey Perloff
18 October 2018
Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences
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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences

Brendan Healy and May Antaki in Conversation

by May Antaki, Brendan Healy
17 October 2018
What If
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What If

The JUBILEE’s Vision of Unity and Action

24 October 2018

Rachel Grossman and Kirk Lynn announce the JUBILEE, a year-long nationwide festival in 2020/20201 that asks companies to commit to producing a season of work by artists who have been traditionally excluded from the American theatre.

director giving an actor notes
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.

A group of people sit in chairs in a circle
The Birth of a Theatre Commons
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The Birth of a Theatre Commons

HowlRound from 2009-2017

3 October 2018

Alexis Frasz and Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative share the case study they wrote on HowlRound. Alexis and Holly believe HowlRound’s story is particularly resonant for this moment in time, and has potential to influence thinking and shift practice in the theatre sector and beyond. This essay shares a few thoughts on why they think HowlRound’s story matters in today’s political and economic context.

The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze
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The Charmed Life of Rezo Gabriadze

Tbilisi’s Hottest Ticket

23 September 2018

Dominick DeGaetano takes us to Tbilisi, Georgia’s beloved marionette theatre, the Gabriadze, which was built and runs on the vision of single man, eighty-two-year-old Rezo Gabriadze.

We Need Theatre to Exist, and Maybe Research Can Prove Its Necessity
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We Need Theatre to Exist, and Maybe Research Can Prove Its Necessity

26 June 2018

Theatre artist and educator Robert Ruffin explores the idea of theatre being necessary for human survival and the research that needs to be undertaken to prove it. 

Embracing the Canoe
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Embracing the Canoe

How Does a Small Company Thrive?

17 June 2018

Olivia D’Ambrosio, Producing Artistic Director of Bridge Repertory Theater in Boston, Massachusetts discusses how the company's early ambitions led to challenges, and how they're learned to course-correct.

A Global Network That Protects and Defends Artists at Risk
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A Global Network That Protects and Defends Artists at Risk

17 May 2018

Julie Trébault and Laura Kauer García discuss the work that Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) has been doing to connect, defend, and protect artists worldwide.

Dance in the Extreme Southwest of Europe / Dançar no extremo sudoeste da Europa
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Dance in the Extreme Southwest of Europe / Dançar no extremo sudoeste da Europa

18 April 2018

Luísa Roubaud reflects on the history of Portuguese dance. /  Luísa Roubaud reflete sobre a história da dança portuguesa.

Towards Cultural Access and Participation in Portugal
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Towards Cultural Access and Participation in Portugal

29 March 2018

Maria Vlachou, Executive Director of Acesso Cultura | Access Culture, a not-for-profit that promotes access to cultural participation in Portugal, writes about work being done in the country to break down structural and geographical barriers to arts and culture.

A Blueprint for Risk-Taking
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A Blueprint for Risk-Taking

8 March 2018

Artistic Director Kristin Marting discusses how developmental programs can better meet the needs of artists and shares best practices from HERE’s multi-year artist residency program in New York City.

Photo from Blindfolded in the Bathroom with a Blood Orange.
Pop Theatre
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Pop Theatre

Revitalizing and Reimagining a Dying Artform

12 February 2018

Zach Donovan addresses the shortcomings of nonprofit theatre, the glut of self production, and considers Pop Theatre as an alternative theatrical vehicle.

Networks and New Works
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Networks and New Works

NNPN Turns Twenty

16 January 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of its founding, Nan Barnett reflects on the National New Play Network’s growth, and discusses the organization’s impact.

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood
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At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood

18 December 2017

Jack Reuler discusses nearly two decades of incorporating work about, for, or with people with disabilities or on issues of disability at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Beyond Demographics
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Beyond Demographics

A Different Approach to Segmenting Audiences

1 November 2017

In a second installment about results of a survey of theatregoers to consider best practices to market lesser-known plays, Meghan Randolph discovers commonly held assumptions about segmenting audiences are wrong.

Building Better Theatres
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Building Better Theatres

Success and Debriefs in America

17 October 2017

Michael DeWhatley talks to several theatres, including Trinity Rep and the Guthrie, about how they define success and the benefits of a feedback process for talking about a show after the production is complete with artists and audience.

Who Are These People? How the Staff of Z Space Sees Their Lives, Jobs, and Home
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Who Are These People? How the Staff of Z Space Sees Their Lives, Jobs, and Home

6 October 2017

Meet the staff of one Bay Area theatre company and see how their lives, jobs, and homes interact and affect the artistic ecology of the Bay Area.

When Disaster Strikes
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When Disaster Strikes

The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Houston’s Small Theatres

31 August 2017

Trevor Boffone writes about the effects Hurricane Harvey has had on the theatre community in Houston, Texas.

AsiaTOPA
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AsiaTOPA

Redefining Performing Arts Festivals

30 August 2017

Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, who attended the AsiaTOPA Performance Festival in Australia, reflects how as the United States devalues diversity and imposes restrictions on immigration, Australia recognizes the value of its relationship with its Asian neighbors, and of its own diverse population.

First Foray into St. Petersburg's Theatre Scene
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First Foray into St. Petersburg's Theatre Scene

20 August 2017

David Diamond, curator of the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia, visits St. Petersburg and presents a look at Russian theatre artists today.

How Arts Service Organizations Can Fill the Void in Arts Journalism
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How Arts Service Organizations Can Fill the Void in Arts Journalism

30 July 2017

Ruth Zamoyta reports on the Association for Performing Arts Service Organization's annual meeting, May 19, 2017, Asbury Park, NJ.

How Can You Turn Awareness into Action? A Roadmap Toward Economic Justice for Theatre Folk
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How Can You Turn Awareness into Action? A Roadmap Toward Economic Justice for Theatre Folk

29 June 2017

Matthew Clinton Sekellick discusses moving beyond awareness with action, advocating for theatre artists and administrators to join forces with existing social justice movements.

Let’s Get Lost
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Let’s Get Lost

Can Rock Tell a Story Onstage?

21 June 2017

Jessica Wallenfels considers the state of the new American musical.

Bringing Theatre to Torbay
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Bringing Theatre to Torbay

Doorstep Arts

16 May 2017

UK contributor verity healey looks at how Doorstep Arts is bringing access to the theatre arts to Torbay.

Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences
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Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences

14 May 2017

Meghan Randolph surveys theatregoers to consider best practices to market lesser-known plays.