A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia
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A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia

12 September 2018

Pax Ressler looks at both the successes and challenges for non-binary theatre artists in Philadelphia.

Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre
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Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre

an American Psalm

29 August 2018

Playwright Caridad Svich reflects on the economic reality of working in theatre.

The City of Brotherly Love Presents
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The City of Brotherly Love Presents

The Empathy Project

12 July 2018

Amelia Parenteau explores the value of bringing theatre and the humanities into the medical field through the collaboration between Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater Company and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Representation Matters
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Representation Matters

The Monologue Project

8 April 2018

Gab Cody reflects on the birth of The Monologue Project, an initiative that started in Pittsburgh, USA and Dallas, USA to increase the canon of audition-length monologues for women of African Descent.

Theatre History Podcast #55
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Theatre History Podcast #55

Examining the Controversial History of the “Mummers Wench” with Dr. Christian DuComb

24 January 2018

Dr. Christian DuComb of Colgate University joins us to talk about Philadelphia's Mummers Parade and how the figure of the "Mummers wench" has its roots in the history of blackface minstrel shows.

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.

Invitation to Interpret
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Invitation to Interpret

An Audience Makes Meaning Together

29 May 2017

What can we learn about audience engagement and how and why audiences make meaning out of experimental theatre from a twenty-four-year performance experiment?

Fish Soup, Mourning, and Hope at the End of the World
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Fish Soup, Mourning, and Hope at the End of the World

18 April 2017

Dramaturg Walter Bilderback writes about the production of and audience engagement around Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Wilma Theater.

Absurd is “the new Normal” in 2017
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Absurd is “the new Normal” in 2017

Interview with Tina Brock, artistic director of IRC, Philadelphia’s only surreal theatre

3 February 2017

Henrik Eger interviews Tina Brock about how her company is responding to the current political climate in the US, and what she feels that absurdist theatre has to offer.

Getting on the Radar in Unexpected Places
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Getting on the Radar in Unexpected Places

3 January 2017

Rick Shiomi discusses the Philadelphia Asian Theater Project, sharing his process working with local theatre companies and organizations to promote Asian American theatre artists.

“We're Not Learning History...We're Living it
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“We're Not Learning History...We're Living it

” Underground Railroad Game and the Resurgence of the History Play

17 November 2016

Rosa Schneider reflects on history plays, history, and pedagogy in Undergound Railroad Game created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special playing at Ars Nova in New York City.

Courtroom Drama
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Courtroom Drama

the Politics and Poetics of One Community Immersion Experience

13 October 2016

Karen Hartman describes the process of immersing herself in a community in order to tell their story on stage, in this installment of the Triply Play series.

Using Theatre to Teach STEM Classes to Youth
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Using Theatre to Teach STEM Classes to Youth

2 September 2016

Dramaturg and Physicist Lina Pulgarin-Duque shares her experience working with Attack Theatre, and their approach to teaching science and math to young students in Pittsburgh, PA.

Philly Leaps into Today
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Philly Leaps into Today

24 May 2016

Chicagoan Aaron Hunt visits Philadelphia and reflects on some of its theatrical offerings, including He Who Gets Slapped, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Nether, An Octoroon, and Sex With Strangers.

Myths and MFAs
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Myths and MFAs

Matt Pelfrey, Point Park University

14 May 2016

Izzi D’Esposito talks with Matt Pelfrey, head of the low-residency MFA program at Point Park University.

Myths and MFAs
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Myths and MFAs

an Introduction

26 March 2016

Isabella D’Esposito kicks off a new series by discussing the common myths she’s heard repeated while she works toward an Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting.

“Theatre Is a Great Equalizer”
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“Theatre Is a Great Equalizer”

Alzheimer’s, Humor, and Actors Who Stutter

28 February 2016

Henrik Eger looks at a musical about Alzheimer’s in Philadelphia with actors with speech impediments.

The Immersive Actor
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The Immersive Actor

14 February 2016

In this last installment, Producing Artistic Director Tami Dixon reflects on the role of the actor’s relationship with audience members in immersive theatre. 

Creating and Managing a Deep Structure and a Responsive Surface
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Creating and Managing a Deep Structure and a Responsive Surface

1 February 2016

In this installment, Hannah Nielsen-Jones shares her process for stage managing OjO in Pittsburgh and San Diego.

Alacrity
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Alacrity

Writing for Immersive and Site-Informed Experiences

20 January 2016

In this installment, Gab Cody discusses her writing process for both iterations of OjO in Pittsburgh and San Diego.

Who Am I? Casting the Audience in OjO
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Who Am I? Casting the Audience in OjO

19 December 2015

In this third installment, Sam Turich discusses the question of identity and its relationship to audiences in Pittsburgh and San Diego.

“If any of you drop dead before the next performance, I’ll kill you!”
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“If any of you drop dead before the next performance, I’ll kill you!”

Interview with Robb Hutter on Working With Seniors in Retirement Communities

17 December 2015

Henrik Eger interviews Robb Hutter about his work with Philly Senior Stage. 

O Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See
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O Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See

Combatting Censorship as a Christian Theatre Artist

9 November 2015

Playwright Joseph D’Ambrosi advocates the need for Christian theatre artists to reevaluate censoring plays for the sake of faith-based themes.

Full of Grace, a Catholic Docudrama
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Full of Grace, a Catholic Docudrama

4 November 2015

Henrik Eger reports on the trajectory of the Catholic docudrama Full of Grace from vision of the late Bishop Joseph Sullivan of Brooklyn to the stage in Philadelphia.

The Blind Leading the Blind
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The Blind Leading the Blind

The OjO Experience in Pittsburgh

4 November 2015

In this first installment, Artistic Director Jeffrey Carpenter discusses the origins of Bricolage’s OjO: The Next Generation of Travel performance.