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Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like
Essay

Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like

Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah in Conversation

by Hana Sharif, Kwame Kwei-Armah
15 October 2018
Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr
Podcast

Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr

Theatre History Podcast #68

by Michael Lueger
8 October 2018
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
Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like
Essay

Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like

Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah in Conversation

15 October 2018

Artistic directors Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah discuss transitions in leadership in the US and UK and how they've helped define success in their respective institutions.

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Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr
Podcast

Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr

Theatre History Podcast #68

8 October 2018

Why is Mary Ann Yates the greatest actress you've never heard of? Dr. Elaine McGirr introduces us to this eighteenth-century star and recounts her fascinating career.

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.

Community Legacy is “Inherited” in Matthew Lopez’s Play
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Community Legacy is “Inherited” in Matthew Lopez’s Play

21 June 2018

Scholar Emily Garside explores the ideas at the heart of Matthew Lopez’s play The Inheritance and the way in which the story acts as a response to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

Eating the Rich
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Eating the Rich

Sweeney Todd’s Vicious Capitalism

18 June 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about the anti-capitalist narrative present in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the significance of producing the musical in 2018.

A Major Challenge of Being an Emerging Artist
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A Major Challenge of Being an Emerging Artist

3 June 2018

UK-based theatremaker Naomi Joseph looks at a problem many emerging theatre creators face: that artist development opportunities for them have upper age limits.

Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange
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Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange

23 May 2018

Caitlin Cassidy discusses ten principles and practices she's learned as an artist working at the intersection of arts and cross-cultural exchange, and as one of Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics Fellows.

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

3 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.

Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?
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Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?

18 March 2018

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week’s series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change by suggesting that women in the arts may be our planet’s best bet for survival.

Opening Space for Collaboration and Change
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Opening Space for Collaboration and Change

5 March 2018

Director Amy Clare Tasker on how the organizing practice of Open Space has revolutionized her work.

More Life for Angels in America
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More Life for Angels in America

25 February 2018

Scholar Emily Garside looks at the significance of the revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and asks how a play about 1980s America and the AIDS epidemic fits in our current theatre scene.

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

Theatre History Podcast #56
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #56

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

6 February 2018

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

“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.

Theatre History Podcast #53
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #53

Rediscovering Sheridan’s Smash Hit Pizarro with Dr. Selena Couture & Dr. Alex Dick

10 January 2018

Dr. Selena Couture and Dr. Alexander Dick discuss their new Broadview edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's landmark 1799 melodrama Pizarro.

#52PlaysbyWomen
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#52PlaysbyWomen

An Advocacy Action Introspection

19 December 2017

Laura Shamas reports on the successes and challenges of launching the year-long social media campaign #52PlaysbyWomen.

Theatre History Podcast #51
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #51

Death-Defying Acts with Amy Meyer

5 December 2017

Amy Meyer joins us to talk about acrobatic accidents in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as what they tell us about our appetite for risky entertainment.

On Minority Artist Development Programs
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On Minority Artist Development Programs

4 December 2017

Asif Majid addresses some of the flaws in minority development programs and suggests some tips for how to improve such programs.

Giving Birth
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Giving Birth

International Debates in Theatrical Form

26 November 2017

Talya Kingston reports on the BIRTH project, a UK-based initiative that features plays about reproductive justice written by an international group of women.

Business per Usual
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Business per Usual

Enterprise

22 October 2017

Enterprise is a satire of American business-speak that is also a critique of capitalism.

Contemporary Ethnographic Performance Methodologies
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Contemporary Ethnographic Performance Methodologies

8 October 2017

Alej Bustillos, Jr. discusses documenting and translating his lived experience in the field of theatre arts and performance studies by referencing scholars in the field and his own ethnographic scholarship methodologies.

Sustainability in Inclusive Theatre
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Sustainability in Inclusive Theatre

27 September 2017

Clarie Glubiak talks with several theatre companies at the forefront of the inclusive theatre industry asking about sustainability.

Can We Really Tell Whose Butts Are In Our Seats?
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Can We Really Tell Whose Butts Are In Our Seats?

1 September 2017

Producer, dramaturg, and grant writer Heather A. Beasley writes about the challenges and ethics of collecting audience demographic data, and offers a radical proposition.

Theatre History Podcast #45
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #45

Rethinking Amateur Theatricals with David Coates

29 August 2017

David Coates talks about his research into amateur theatricals in the nineteenth century.

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.