Reflections after attending the National Critics Institute

I spent the past two weeks at the O'Neill Theatre Center in New London, Conn. at the National Critics Institute-- the only writing workshop for early and mid-career theatre critics. In a cottage in New England I pondered about the state of theatre, the state of journalism, writing about people of color, how to incorporate dining content into theatre journalism,…

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Pearl Cleage revisits “Blues for an Alabama Sky”

I had the opportunity to meet playwright/novelist Pearl Cleage for the first time while I was a contractor for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. At the time, I was helping the theatre re-imagine its community engagement programs, and Pearl was hosting a series called "Page to Stage with Pearl Cleage." "Page to Stage" was a pre-show talk Pearl conducted with…

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Q&A with Rain Pryor

I interviewed actress, singer, and comedian Rain Pryor, daughter of famed comedian Richard Pryor, about her one-woman show Fried Chicken and Latkes. Here's a taste of our conversation: ArtsATL: Do you remember your first school play? Rain Pryor: The first school play I ever did was Winnie the Pooh and I played the ass Eeyore, because — this should be…

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“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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What makes you come alive?

In 2006 I was a senior in high school and I attended the annual Thespian Conference, which was a chance for drama nerds from all around the state to gather and feel less awkward. The theme of Thespian Conference that year was "Alive" based on Howard Thurman's quote "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and…

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Arts attendance among American adults is declining

"Danced at a wedding? Crocheted a sweater for your niece? Posted a photograph on Facebook? Then you participated in “art making” or “art sharing,” according to the survey. Listened to music on an iPod or a radio? Then you’re among the 71 percent of Americans who consumed the arts through electronic media, by far the most popular activity recorded." New…

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