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I'm Tired of All This Drama!
Video

I'm Tired of All This Drama!

A Gathering to Discuss Contemporary Comedy in the American Theatre

Wednesday 17 October - Thursday 18 October 2018
Emerson College, Boston, USA
Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright
Podcast

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright

by Michael Lueger
24 September 2018
two performers hiding under a table
I'm Tired of All This Drama!
Video

I'm Tired of All This Drama!

A Gathering to Discuss Contemporary Comedy in the American Theatre

Wednesday 17 October - Thursday 18 October 2018
Emerson College, Boston, USA

A gathering bringing playwrights from around the US to talk about craft and the state of comedy in our field today.

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright
Podcast

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright

24 September 2018

In this week's Theatre History Podcast, Dr. Derek Miller joins us to talk about the origins and development of theatrical copyright.

Working Like a Mother
Essay

Working Like a Mother

11 September 2018

Playwright Rachel Bonds reflects on being a working artist since the birth of her son, and maps out tips for theatres working with other parent-artists. 

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.

Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre
Essay

Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre

an American Psalm

29 August 2018

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

Tilikum and Wading into Better Criticism
Essay

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.

Denver
Essay

Denver

Where Playwrights Love Playwrights (and Actors, Directors, and Producers)

23 August 2018

Leslie C. Lewis looks at how playwrights are working together and building community with Rough Draught Playwrights in Denver, Colorado.

What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre
Essay

What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre

22 August 2018

Ishmael Hope (Tlingit) writes about why we need to support Native playwrights.

Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities
Essay

Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities

20 August 2018

Playwright Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq) reflects on navigating expectations of Western theatre while also balancing his Inupiaq traditions and community responsibilities.

Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age
Essay

Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age

19 August 2018

Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) introduces the series on Alaskan theatre through the lens of Alaska Native performance and storytelling.

How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution
Essay

How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution

16 August 2018

Using three different plays—M. Butterfly, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, and QPH—playwright Massi Monfiletto examines theatre’s revolutionary potential.

On Neo-Futurism
Essay

On Neo-Futurism

15 August 2018

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

The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
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The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

14 August 2018

Katherine Swimm discusses New Rep Theatre’s Boston production of Ripe Frenzy, and the innovative collaboration between playwright Jennifer Barclay and projection designer Jared Mezzocchi.

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.

Casting An Actor with Albinism
Essay

Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

2 August 2018

Playwright and scholar Julie Taiwo Oni reflects on the experience of casting an actor with albinism for her play Chisel, and discusses why authentic casting is worth the work.

The How of Theatre
Essay

The How of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

24 July 2018

Playwright Lauren Gunderson offers other writers lessons on dramatic structure, building characters, and crafting a powerful ending.

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.

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion
Essay

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. 

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.

Red Hills and the Question of Who Gets to Tell What Stories
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Red Hills and the Question of Who Gets to Tell What Stories

15 July 2018

Bertie Ferdman looks at En Garde Arts’ production of Red Hills, which explores the question: “Who has the right to tell what stories?”

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.

Learning About Modern Indonesian Theatre with Dr. Cobina Gillitt
Podcast

Learning About Modern Indonesian Theatre with Dr. Cobina Gillitt

10 July 2018

Dr. Cobina Gillitt joins the Theatre History Podcast to introduce us to the work of Putu Wijaya and his Teater Mandiri and to explain how modern Indonesian theatre has developed amid the turmoil of its recent history.

The Why of Theatre
Essay

The Why of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

9 July 2018

Playwright Lauren M. Gunderson add to her video series "Why Theatre?" by discussing why theatre still matters in the age of filmed storytelling.

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
Essay

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.