Site-specific Theatre

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Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway
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Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway

Virginia Grise’s Stage Adaptation of Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them

by Manuel Muñoz
17 March 2021
A Summer on Fire, a Harvest Moon
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A Summer on Fire, a Harvest Moon

by Caroline Sprague
8 February 2021
Fire Season
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Fire Season

Making Site-Specific Theatre About Climate Change that Could Be Threatened by Climate Change

by Alice Stanley Jr.
17 December 2020
four actors posing for a photo
Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway
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Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway

Virginia Grise’s Stage Adaptation of Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them

17 March 2021

Manuel Muñoz reflects on Virginia Grise’s adaptation of Their Dogs Came with Them, which took place in fall 2019 under the colossal concrete freeway ramps of the I-10 freeway that dissect South Tucson from the edge of the Sonoran Desert.

an actor kneeling onstage
A Summer on Fire, a Harvest Moon
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A Summer on Fire, a Harvest Moon

8 February 2021

Caroline Sprague reflects on Shey Rivera Ríos’s recent piece, Fire Flowers and a Time Machine, transformative justice, the nonprofit industrial complex, and more.

a person standing behind a table with multiple handheld two-way radios
Fire Season
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Fire Season

Making Site-Specific Theatre About Climate Change that Could Be Threatened by Climate Change

17 December 2020

Playwright and environmentalist Alice Stanley Jr. shares her experience of Capital W’s newest immersive theatre piece, Fire Season—a play about climate change that took place in the Santa Monica Mountains during this year’s wildfires.

exterior of a theatre space
Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

a group of people with their hands raised
Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire
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Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire

24 June 2019

Several months after Pittsburgh’s Quantam Theatre programmed The Gun Show, there was a mass shooting at a synagogue in the city. TJ Parker discusses how the company responded to the crisis, both through the play and through community engagement.

three panelists
Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre
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Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre

Reporting from Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival

8 May 2019

Howard Shalwitz, Karen Houppert, and Yury Urnov reflect on the productions they saw at this year’s Golden Mask Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russia.

actors onstage
The Why and How of Site-Specific
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The Why and How of Site-Specific

From Then to Now

2 May 2019

Anne Hamburger, founder of En Garde Arts, talks about the beginnings of her company, and, with it, the beginnings of site-specific theatre in New York City.

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.

a set piece with cutouts of people on it
Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

5 August 2018

Georgina Young-Ellis looks at the history of the innovative Mexican theatre company Teatro Línea de Sombra, its connection to Portland, Oregon, and two of their projects: Amarillo and Rebuilding Small Territories.

Using Storytelling and Dance to Transform a Community Space
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Using Storytelling and Dance to Transform a Community Space

1 May 2018

Caroline Prugh discusses Kaimera Productions’ SPACES, a site-specific performance weaving together storytelling and dance that took place in June 2017 at the Harlem Arts Festival in New York City.

Fantômas
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Fantômas

Revenge of the Image and the Wuzhen Theatre Festival

28 January 2018

Artistic Director Travis Preston on the cross-cultural collaboration of bringing Fantômas: Revenge of the Image from CalArts to the Wuzhen Theatre Festival.

How a Pop-up Theatre Company is Working to Redefine the Boston Fringe Scene
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How a Pop-up Theatre Company is Working to Redefine the Boston Fringe Scene

4 August 2017

Justin J. Sacramone interviews Artistic Director Kyler Taustin about Black Box Theatre Project’s influence on Boston’s fringe theatre scene.

Theatre Without a Theatre
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Theatre Without a Theatre

On Found Spaces and Creativity in the Twin Cities

6 May 2017

Cassandra Snow writes about the challenges and opportunities involved in producing theatre in non-traditional spaces.

My Tension Experience, Part 2
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My Tension Experience, Part 2

2 November 2016

In this second installment, Megan Reilly discusses her participation in Ascension, the second phase of The Tension Experience, and reflects on agency for audience members in this immersive experience.

These Rooms
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These Rooms

A Dynamic Theatrical Event Reveals Ireland’s Hidden Histories

26 October 2016

Talya Kingston on These Rooms, devised and directed by David Bolger and Louise Lowe, at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Double Edge Theatre’s Latin American Cycle Builds Bridges Across Massachusetts
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Double Edge Theatre’s Latin American Cycle Builds Bridges Across Massachusetts

20 October 2016

Josh Platt on Double Edge Theatre’s Latin American Spectacle in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Cada Luna Azul / Once a Blue Moon in Ashfield, Massachusetts, and the Springfield Spectacle, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Staging Local, Staying Small
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Staging Local, Staying Small

25 September 2016

Kyna Hamill and Brianna Randolph discuss crafting Letters to Medford, a theatre performance by Two Roads Performance Projects in Massachusetts. 

My Tension Experience, Part 1
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My Tension Experience, Part 1

Exploring Extreme Immersive Theatre

16 September 2016

In this first installment, Megan Reilly shares her experience with the first phase of The Tension Experience, a project that’s a cross between immersive theatre and an Alternate Reality Game.

Conversation with Colleen Rua
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Conversation with Colleen Rua

17 August 2016

Playwright and producer Samantha Mueller talks to director and educator Colleen Rua about their mutual passion for immersive theatre.

Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories
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Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories

3 June 2016

In this second installment, Milta Ortiz discusses her role as the project’s coordinator, and overviews the production process of Barrio Stories.

Cat-Calling and Crashing the Set
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Cat-Calling and Crashing the Set

Performers Sound Off About Street Harassment

10 April 2016

Carey Pucell reports on the harassment faced by women street performers in NYC and the preponderance of street harassment of women in our society.

Stage Managing Immersive, Site-Specific, and Participatory Theatre
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Stage Managing Immersive, Site-Specific, and Participatory Theatre

8 March 2016

Erin Mee explores the role of stage manager and shares Stage Manager Sophia Lana Cohen’s perspective on working with This is Not a Theatre Company.

Immersive Theatre, Defined
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Immersive Theatre, Defined

Five Elements in Sleep No More, Then She Fell, and More

9 February 2016

Jonathan Mandell explores five common elements in immersive theatre, and what makes immersive theatre successful.

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.

Pop Up Performance in a Dictatorship? No Problem!
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Pop Up Performance in a Dictatorship? No Problem!

13 January 2016

verity healey offers an overview of pop up performances by Belarus Free Theatre’s studio Fortinbras, highlighting the treatment of disabled citizens in Belarus.