two acting books
#MeToo and the Method
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#MeToo and the Method

13 June 2019

Holly L. Derr looks at the history of the Method, where it deviates from Stanislavsky’s System, and the connection between the Method and the behavior called out by #MeToo.

four actors onstage
Directing and Embracing Open Texts
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Directing and Embracing Open Texts

11 June 2019

Kate Bergstrom investigates the open text, looking at how theatremakers approach the form, the balance between respect for the script and unique interpretation, and more.

an actor against a projection of rain
Modes of Media in Digital Performance
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Modes of Media in Digital Performance

5 June 2019

David Z. Saltz—director, installation artist, and teacher of digital performance—talks about the early days of digital media in theatre and the six main roles it plays in live performance.

performer dances in front of chairs onstage
Responsible Theatremaking
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Responsible Theatremaking

Content Warnings and Beyond

13 May 2019

Sydney Isabelle Mayer discusses the importance of terminology when it comes to “trigger” warnings, how artists can best offer warnings for their shows, and what it means to create a responsible theatremaking process.

eight actors surrounding another
TILTing Perspectives
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TILTing Perspectives

Approaches to Devising New Work Alongside Actors with Disabilities

11 April 2019

Adam Roberts talks about the devising process used at TILT, a performance company in Austin, Texas, that celebrates the creative work of adult actors with disabilities.

group in a circle
Harm Reduction in the Storefront Theatre Community
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Harm Reduction in the Storefront Theatre Community

27 February 2019

Tara Branham talks about the importance of harm reduction in the rehearsal hall and shares tools she uses in her practice to reduce risk and manage it if it arises.

audience in darkness, except for flashlights
Making Light
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Making Light

22 January 2019

Daniel Jackson talks about creating an interactive DIY lighting system—that the audience partially controlled—for a recent production that took place almost entirely in the dark.

performer in white dress sits in the fiction section of the library
Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues
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Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues

10 December 2018

Theatremaker Callie Nestleroth discusses devising a show for a library space and shares the process she developed when approaching new site-specific projects.  

 

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.

Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1
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Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1

29 July 2018

David Dudley explores the story behind John Cage’s Theater Piece No. 1 and discuses SITI Company’s recent production of it, which was conceived and directed by Anne Bogart.

Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre
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Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre

23 July 2018

Rob Neill, founding ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, shares his thoughts on the company’s process, devising work, and creating rituals in theatre.

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.

Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness
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Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness

2 July 2018

Dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad reflects on workshopping Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn as a part of UMass Amherst's New Play Lab in December 2017.

Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 

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Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 


25 June 2018

Georgia-based theatremaker Corey Bradberry reflects on lessons learned after creating an immersive murder mystery play in a four-story historical theatre, and muses on how large institutions sharing resources with smaller companies can lead to new and innovative creative partnerships.

Mad-Lib Theatre
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Mad-Lib Theatre

Making Plays with Audience Stories

24 June 2018

Director Meggan Gomez reflects on working with her youth ensemble based in New Mexico to create _____ Historias, a play that is created in real-time in response to stories shared by the audience.

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.

"Positation" in Action
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"Positation" in Action

Director Erin Ortman’s Multi-Year Journey with the Arabian Nights

2 May 2018

Director Erin Ortman loves musical theatre, new plays, theatre families, and William Ball’s idea of “positation” that celebrates the “yes” in artistic collaborations. The development process for One Thousand Nights and One Day produced by Prospect Theater Company in New York City provides a view of Ball’s philosophy in action.

The Care and Feeding of Playwrights in Nashville
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The Care and Feeding of Playwrights in Nashville

23 April 2018

Nate Eppler shares how Ingram New Works Lab in Tennessee is helping playwrights build a creative home that both feeds the soul and the stomach.

The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”
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The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”

12 April 2018

Ana Dinger explores theatre as a “place of listening” through the work of Mónica Calle and Rui Catalão.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles
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Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles

28 March 2018

US director and health and wellness educator Molly Schenck describes five useful rehearsal techniques for ensembles to adapt when creating work around difficult topics. 

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.

Does Laughter Have a Place Here?
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Does Laughter Have a Place Here?

19 March 2018

Aysan Celik talks about the ways she’s found laughter to be a catalyst for honest conversations with her students about Climate Change.

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. 

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.