“theatre is “a white invention, a European invention and white people go to it””

Acclaimed British actress and director Janet Suzman probably wishes she could rewind back to the time where she said "Theatre is a white invention, a European invention, and white people go to it. It’s in their DNA. It starts with Shakespeare." Talk about a shit show. As someone who has worked doing marketing and public relations for non-profit theatres, I…

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“Protest Silence. Protest Absence.”

Theatre Communications Group, which is the national governing organization for professional theaters, is hosting a salon series on its TCG Circle Blog called ‪#‎Trayvon‬. The series aims to see if, or how, we as theater artists and administrators can curb the hatred (on all sides) that has come as a result of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman…

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“What can be said about an artist who makes it his life’s work to complete a project and then passes when that work is done?”

"For the songs, rituals and folklore that were lost in slavery's middle passage, his plays are those forgotten songs remixed for the struggles of adapting to these shores" Playwright/director/actor Chadwick Boseman, who recently portrayed Jackie Robinson in the movie 42, wrote an article for the LA Times about the playwright August Wilson. Wilson's legacy, the thing he set out to…

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Nontraditional directing

"but now they would also be tinged by a context in which black dreams were sparked and then doused" Diversity in the American theater is a topic that theater artists and administrators have been having serious (though often ineffective) conversations about for the past 30 years. We've gone through phases of multicultural casting, color-blind casting, casting (insert race) actors in…

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