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A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia
Essay

A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia

by Pax Ressler
September 12, 2018
Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama
Podcast

Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama

by Michael Lueger
September 04, 2018
Decolonizing Theatre
Essay

Decolonizing Theatre

an Introduction

by Annalisa Dias, Madeline Sayet
May 27, 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia
Essay

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.

Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama
Podcast

Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama

04 September 2018

How do you depict pregnancy when you're working with an all-male cast? Dr. Sara BT Thiel joins us to discuss this and other issues connected to pregnancy on the Stuart stage.

Decolonizing Theatre
Essay

Decolonizing Theatre

an Introduction

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

How R.Evolución Latina is Reinventing the Bard
Essay

How R.Evolución Latina is Reinventing the Bard

21 May 2018

Jose Solís explores R.Evolución Latina’s production To Be or Not to Be, the culminating project of the company’s spring 2018 workshop, which brought Latinx artists from all over to New York to create a piece based on Shakespeare’s texts.

Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century
Podcast

Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Nora Williams and Measure (Still) for Measure

03 April 2018

Dr. Nora Williams joins us to talk about Measure (Still) for Measure, a devised theatre project in the US that revises Shakespeare's infamous "problem play" in order to engage with issues such as sexual consent.

Theatre History Podcast #58
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #58

What We Think About When We Think About Casting: Dr. Amy Cook’s Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting

06 March 2018

Dr. Amy Cook of Stony Brook University joins us to discuss her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.

Try Acting for a Change
Essay

Try Acting for a Change

04 March 2018

Educator and actor Gary Sloan on teaching theatrical techniques to incarcerated adults and young men to provoke and inspire change.

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?
Essay

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?

21 February 2018

Kaite O’Reilly considers how Richard III has been portrayed on stage, the alignment of atypical embodiment with evil and suffering, and her inspiration with The Llanarth Group to create a new staging of Richard III.

Feast of Crispian
Essay

Feast of Crispian

Shakespeare with Veterans

15 February 2018

An interview with Nancy Smith-Watson of Feast of Crispian and Tim Schleis, an army veteran and one of FOC’s actors.

Theatre History Podcast #56
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #56

How to Succeed in (Early Modern Show) Business: Dr. David Nicol’s Philip Henslowe Blog

06 February 2018

Dr. David Nicol talks about his project to turn early modern theatre manager Philip Henslowe's "diary" into a daily blog.

Questioning the Casting and the Hump
Essay

Questioning the Casting and the Hump

29 January 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III and questions why we still see able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities.

“These are not natural events”
Essay

“These are not natural events”

Ariel’s Technodramaturgy in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest

11 January 2018

Anchuli Felicia King explores use of motion capture and the construction of an embodied and artificial Ariel in the RSC’s version of The Tempest.

Williams and Shakespeare
Essay

Williams and Shakespeare

The 12th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

05 November 2017

Williams and Shakespeare at The 12th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

A Brazilian Coriolanus in the Age of CEO-Politician Heroes
Essay

A Brazilian Coriolanus in the Age of CEO-Politician Heroes

10 October 2017

What is the significance of staging Coriolanus in Sao Paulo where the new mayor is a businessman who was the host of two seasons of the Brazilian version of TV show The Apprentice?

Theatre History Podcast #46
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #46

Reimagining Shakespeare’s Legacy with Madeline Sayet

14 September 2017

Madeline Sayet joins us to talk about how she's producing Shakespeare's work with Native American artists to place them in a new, more diverse context.

A Game at Chess
Essay

A Game at Chess

The Most Controversial Play You’ve Never Heard Of

10 August 2017

Following the controversy around the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park Julius Caesar production, Nora Williams provides a parallel story about a play that was censored and caused the Globe to be shut down in 1624 because it depicted living monarchs unfavorably.

Shooting Shakespeare
Essay

Shooting Shakespeare

The Art of Taking Plays from the Stratford Stage to a Theatre Near You

21 July 2017

Lou Harry interviews Antoni Cimolino and Barry Avrich of The Stratford Festival to discuss the process of recording productions of each of Shakespeare's plays.

Still Smarting
Essay

Still Smarting

Women, Shakespeare, and Processing Emotion

28 June 2017

Emily C. A. Snyder considers the differences in how women and men actors approach Shakespeare. 

Women Take Over The Tempest
Essay

Women Take Over The Tempest

10 January 2017

Hailey Bachrach reflects on Phyllida Lloyd’s The Tempest, the final installment of her Shakespeare trilogy featuring all-female casts, produced by the Donmar Warehouse at London’s King’s Cross Theatre.

How to Cure a Plague
Essay

How to Cure a Plague

21 December 2016

Matthew Minnicino discusses what canonical works of theatre we can turn to in light of the current political situation in the US.

Theatre and Meaning at Kakuma Refugee Camp
Essay

Theatre and Meaning at Kakuma Refugee Camp

30 November 2016

Director and educator Jessica Bauman writes about her experience teaching theatre in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Alienating Our Audiences Early
Essay

Alienating Our Audiences Early

18 November 2016

Playwright Mia McCullough discusses how teaching classic plays in high school alienates future young audiences, and advocates for contemporary playwrights to craft comprehensive anthologies of their work. 

Summer’s Lease
Essay

Summer’s Lease

Shakespeare’s Monopoly on the Magic of Free Outdoor Theatre

04 October 2016

Shari Caplan on Love’s Labour's Lost as performed by The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice
Essay

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice

01 October 2016

Josh Platt on The Merchant of Venice directed by Tina Packer in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew
Essay

Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew

29 August 2016

Maegan Clearwood on the all-male production of Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.