Posted: October 1st, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Artists, Arts Education, Event Announcements | No Comments »
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Wollman Hall (B500), Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street, New York, NY &
Jonah Bokaer is the author of 32 choreographies, designed for stage, gallery, museum, and screen. His work has been produced internationally throughout theaters in the Americas, Europe, and Asia since 2002, and is often the result of collaborations with artists and architects. Recent collaborators include Daniel Arsham, Anne Carson, Merce Cunningham, Robert Gober, Tino Sehgal, and Robert Wilson.Art Work is ongoing series that hosts innovative artists who speak about the artistic process on special evenings at Lang. Students gain access to the intimate workings of some of the most influential artists practicing in the city today. In an intimate setting, the artists detail their creative process, speak about new productions, and examine their most famous works. The series curated by Bonnie Marranca, professor of Theatre at Eugene Lang College.
Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Artists, Arts Education, DIversity, Event Announcements | No Comments »
An Extraordinary Event! All-star readings of all of August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays, & special talks on the topic. Watch the live streams from The Greene Space in NYC. August 26 – September 28
August Wilson’s celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. Join WNYC & the Greene Space to hear an extraordinary cast of actors & directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to read all 10 plays & make the first-ever recording of the full Century Cycle, along with special talks.
Scroll down for links to the live streams!
The series kicks off Monday, August 26, bringing together many longtime Wilson collaborators & interpreters, including the project’s Artistic Director & Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Associate Director & Tony Award-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson; Directors include Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon; Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad; Michele Shay; & Marion McClinton. The readings will feature many actors reprising the roles they performed on stage, including Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams; Drama Desk & Obie Award-winner Anthony Chisholm; Obie Award-winner Brandon Dirden; Russell Hornsby; Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson; Emmy Award-winner Keith David; Ebony Jo-Ann; John Earl Jelks; Roslyn Ruff; S. Epatha Merkerson; Wendell Pierce; Jesse L. Martin, Harry Lennix & Taraji P. Henson.
The readings will be scored with original music by Grammy-nominated composer Bill Sims, Jr. & other composers who worked with Wilson. The plays will be presented in the order in which they premiered, with the recordings shared with institutions around the U.S.
The Greene Space will also host a companion Talk Series, giving audiences a deeper look at Wilson’s works and the historic relationships he formed with his artistic collaborators.
About the Plays
Wilson’s 10-play cycle chronicles the African American experience in the 20th century with each play set in a different decade. The cycle begins in the early 1900s, when wounds from slavery and the Civil War were still fresh, & closes in the 1990s, when even a large & increasingly influential black middle class would not escape persistent racial tensions. Two of the plays, Fences & The Piano Lesson, were recognized with Pulitzer Prizes.
Watch Live Video Webcasts
Not in NYC? Missed your chance for tickets? Follow the show links below to watch live video webcasts of all performances right here on our website!
All events take place at The Greene Space and begin at 7pm, except for two special matinee presentations at 12pm on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. Check out The Greene Space at http://www.thegreenespace.org/ to buy tickets for the live events or click the titles below to watch the Live Streams.
|Monday, August 26
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
|Wednesday, August 28
|Thursday, August 29
||Talk: The Lloyd Richards Effect
|Wednesday, September 4
||Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
|Thursday, September 5
||Talk: August Wilson’s Women
|Friday, September 6
||Talk: Music and Dance
|Monday, September 9
||The Piano Lesson
|Wednesday, September 11
||Two Trains Running
|Friday, September 13
|Monday, September 16
|Tuesday, September 17
||Talk: Bringing Black Works to Broadway
|Thursday, September 19
||Talk: Religion, Spirituality and Africa
|Saturday, September 21
||King Hedley II (Matinee Presentation)
|Saturday, September 21
||King Hedley II
|Tuesday, September 24
||Gem of the Ocean
|Wednesday, September 25
|Saturday, September 28
||Radio Golf (Matinee Presentation)
|Saturday, September 28
Special permission for this project is provided by the Estate of August Wilson. For more information, please visit www.samuelfrench.com
The Greene Space: http://www.thegreenespace.org/articles/thegreenespace/2013/jul/01/august-wilsons-american-century-cycle/?utm_source=local&utm_media=treatment&utm_campaign=carousel&utm_content=item0
Posted: June 27th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Artists, Event Announcements, General | No Comments »
2013 Conference Keynote
Watch the opening session of the 2013 LMDA Conference from Vancouver, Speaking of Change, Thursday June 27 8pm PT/11pm ET on HowlRound TV:
Speaking of Change brings together 5 compelling leaders to share short, personal true stories on a revelatory transformation or adaptation to change in their lives & work in a format is inspired by PechaKucha & The Moth.
- Vancouver-based, award winning theatre artist Carmen Aguirre
- Curator, producer, director, actor & interdisciplinary artist Norman Armour. co-founder & executive director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
- Native Earth Performing Arts Artistic Director Tara Beagan.
- Liz Engelman, freelance dramaturg, LMDA past president & board member, NNPN advisory board member & member ITI New Project Group.
- Rebecca Novick, director of the Triangle Lab, a joint program of Intersection for the Arts & the California Shakespeare Theater aimed at changing who participates in theater-making & how they participate.
More information: http://lmda.org/events/conference-2013-vancouver/lmda-conference-2013-vancouver
Watch on HowlRound TV: http://www.livestream.com/newplay/
Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Event Announcements, General | No Comments »
Chicago’s One-Minute Play Festival:
Livestreaming 100 plays, 80 actors from Victory Gardens Theater via HowlRound TV
Tuesday June 18, 5:30PT/7:30CT/8:30ET
Follow on Twitter: #1MPF #newplay
Posted: June 7th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Advocacy, Artists, Arts Education, DIversity, Event Announcements, General | No Comments »
Watch Live Stream on HowlRound TV June 6 & 7
Friday June 7, the following 6 national theatre sessions will be live streamed:
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET:
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM ET:
- Community Participation in Professional Process with Erin Washington, Lisa Mount, Peter Howard
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET:
- A Conversation with: Ayad Akhtar & Gabriel Greene
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET:
Establishing Latino Theater Alliances within Texas & Across the Nation—Dallas Latino Cultural Center
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET:
A Conversation With Luis Valdez, Founding Artistic Director Of El Teatro Campesino
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET:
Latinos in Theatre: A National Movement with Anne Garcia-Romero, David Lozano, Kinan Valdez, Olga Sanchez, Tlaloc Rivas
Follow the TCG National Conference at #TCG13
For more information on the Theatre Communications Group Conference: http://www.tcg.org/events/conference/index.cfm
For more information on HowlRound TV: http://www.livestream.com/newplay/
Posted: May 8th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Event Announcements, General | No Comments »
The Opera America Annual Conference, OPERA OUT OF BOUNDS,
is taking place May 8-11 in Vancouver.
Even if you can’t make it to Vancouver, you can join in via livestreams & twitter.
TWITTER: Follow the conversation at #OperaConf
LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE:
Join the following sessions via livestream at
Wednesday, May 8
New Works Forum 9:00 AM — 12:30 PM, May 8 2013
Opening Keynote Address 2:00 PM — 3:15 PM, May 8 2013
Don M. Randel will give the keynote address that will launch Opera Conference 2013 with a powerful articulation of the value of the arts. Randel is the former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a musicologist and scholar, former president of the University of Chicago, and one of our field’s most eloquent spokespersons.
Harnessing the Power of Learning 3:30 PM — 5:00 PM, May 8 2013
Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal and dynamic Opera Conference 2012 keynote speaker, returns to lead a participatory session that will demonstrate the power of crowd-sourced learning to inform and engage audiences at all levels of experience. His presentation will introduce the latest in open-source technology and distance learning
Thursday, May 9
Opera Out of Bounds in the Opera House 9:00 AM — 10:30 AM, May 9 2013
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 3:30 PM — 5:00 PM, May 9 2013
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase is a biennial program offered as part of OPERA America’s continuing effort to foster promising opera artists. Working from a diverse list of American operas, emerging director-designer teams were asked to submit a production proposal including narrative, research images and/or design sketches. The finalists listed below received a stipend to create more complete renderings and models for their concept. Finalist teams will present their proposals and models during this special session. After the presentations, the creative teams will be available to answer questions and network with conference registrants.
Silent Night (Kevin Puts/Mark Campbell)
Director: George Cederquist
Set & Costume Designer: Marianna Csaszar
Lighting Designer: Sarah Hughey
Elmer Gantry (Robert Aldridge/Herschel Garfein)
Director: Stephanie Havey
Set Designer: Patrick Rizzotti
Costume Designer: Megan Spatz
Lighting Designer: Brandon Mitchell
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht)
Director: Walker Lewis
Set Designer: David Meyer
Costume Designer: Grace Trimble
Susannah (Carlisle Floyd)
Director: Mo Zhou
Set Designer: Tim Brown
Costume Designer: Lisa Loen
Lighting Designer: Yi Zhao
Friday, May 10
Achieving Boundless Impact 9:00 AM — 10:45 AM, May 10 2013
Adaptive changes should be integral to the work of every organization. Learn from a wide variety of leaders from within and outside the arts, who have extended civic impact, built customer loyalty and explored the very nature of innovation itself. With these powerfully honed presentations, expand your thinking about what is possible for your company.
Saturday, May 11
Closing Keynote Address 9:00 AM — 10:30 AM, May 11 2013
The conference concludes with a closing breakfast and keynote address by San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley, a dynamic leader of one of the nation’s most important companies. Gockley’s dedication to making opera relevant to the broadest possible public continues to expand the impact of the art form. Members will learn from his powerful ideas and join together to recognize the accomplishments of leaders in the field who are celebrating their 10th and 25th anniversaries.
More information or to tune in to livestreams: operaamerica.org or
Posted: April 15th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Advocacy, General | No Comments »
A provocative blog post making one case for a National American Theater -
Magda Romanska posts a wide-ranging, historic, international perspective on American theater vs. national theater traditions. Here’s an excerpt, read the full post here:
“…. In the U.S., theatre’s function as a marker and maker of national identity has been mostly taken up by Hollywood …. In the popular imagination, theatre remains either a form of commercial entertainment or a function of private expression. Yet, with the increased balkanization of our social and linguistic sphere and the increased bifurcation of our political landscape, an all-inclusive, national theatre, because of its liveness and physical propinquity, can provide the kind of much-needed Socratic dialogue of sustained compromise that’s absent from our public spaces, both actual and virtual.
Without the heavy subsidies that made that dance possible for European theatres, American theatre institutions (by which I mean most – not all – regional theatres) have been confounded by their own contradictions. Freed from the responsibility to speak for the people, they have mostly dissolved into stratified corporate structures, whereas the vision of the artistic director has become the singular vision demanding to be supported by the state and its audiences. Without a history of heavy state funding of its performing arts, and thus, without a history of negotiating the relationship between its artistic interests and the state’s national interests, American theatre is caught in a cognitive loop, demanding, on the one hand, funding from the state and, on the other, the freedom to exist in opposition to the state, while simultaneously preserving the Romantic allure of the theatre artist as the spiritual leader and conscience of the nation. As a result, while aspiring to reconcile these mutually exclusive objectives vis-à-vis a free market economy, American theatre find itself suspended in a stratified corporate structure, whereas the theatre’s implicit mission is to be an extension of the voice and vision of its artistic director, who expects and demands the kind of support – financial and otherwise – of his voice and vision once afforded by the royal likes of Louis XIV.
The best example of this phenomenon is the recent short-lived outburst over Guthrie’s all-male, all-white season, so much at odds with its much-lauded explicit mission of cultural diversity, yet barefacedly demanding to be supported by its audiences and taxpayers. Since there is no tradition of national theatre as such, Guthrie’s government support comes without any implicit or explicit obligation to express the national identity and the voice of the people. Since the government funding is insufficient to bribe the artists into submission, there is no tacit agreement of any kind between the theater and the state. Thus, it’s only logical that the artistic director feels fully entitled to treat the theatre in his care as an extension and expression of his own white, male identity….”
Read the full post here:
The Case for a National Theater by Magda Romanska
Magda Romanska is an award-winning writer, theatre scholar, & dramaturg. A former exchange scholar at the Yale School of Drama & fellow at the Mellon School of Theatre & Performance Research at Harvard University, Romanska teachers courses in Theatre History, Theory, & Dramaturgy at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a research associate at Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, a member of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, & a recipient of the 2011 Aquila Polonica Article Prize & the 2010 Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize.
Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Advocacy, Artists | No Comments »
Yo Yo Ma’s 2013 Hanks Lecture Speech Now Available
Yo Yo Ma’s rousing speech, delivered April 8, 2013
Art for Life’s Sake:A Roadmap from One Citizen Musician
The entire Nancy Hanks Lecture presentation is available for archival viewing on the Americans for the Arts YouTube channel.
The speech as written is now available for download. [PDF, 160 KB]
From Americans for the Arts
Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Advocacy, Event Announcements, General | No Comments »
Arts Advocacy Day is a day to let your elected representatives know that the Arts matter!
Americans for the Arts makes it easy! If you can’t be in DC you can still join in:
CONTACT your representatives through the Americans for the Arts Action Center:
WATCH livestreams on the Americans for the Arts YouTube channel
* Monday April 8 6:30pm ET, The Nancy Hanks Lecture
* Tuesday April 9 10:30am ET, Yo Yo Ma Google Hangout – join or watch livestream
FOLLOW the action on Twitter with hashtag #AAD2013
More info: http://www.artsusa.org/events/2013/aad/default.asp
Posted: February 20th, 2013 | Author: vabrash | Filed under: Event Announcements | No Comments »
From February 20 – 22, 2013, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) will livestream sessions from their Audience (R)Evolution convening. Join the 150 theatre, arts & cultural professionals who are gathering in Philadelphia & explore successful audience engagement.
Via livestream, you can:
• learn from practitioners with track records of successful audience engagement;
• hear findings from TCG’s ongoing assessments & research of the field;
• explore current audience engagement & community development models in the field;
• hear from dynamic speakers; &
• ask questions & share successful strategies.
Wednesday, February 20
|5:30pm – 6:00pm
Speaker: Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, TCG
Introductions & Interactive Working Session
Facilitator: Lisa Mount, Director, Artistic Logistics
|6:00pm – 6:05pm
Speaker: Michael Rohd, Founding Artistic Director, Sojourn Theatre
|6:05pm – 7:00pm
“Using Gamification Strategies to Engage Audiences”
Speaker: Gabe Zichermann, Founder & CEO, Gamification Co.
Thursday, February 21
|9:00am – 9:30am
||Welcome Back & Interactive Working Session
Facilitator: Lisa Mount, Director, Artistic Logistics
|9:30am – 9:35am
Speaker: Donna Walker Kuhne, President, Walker International Communications Group
|9:35am – 10:45am
“Building a Culture of Hospitality”
Speaker: David Steffen, Client Advisor, Hospitality Quotient
|11:00am – 12:15pm
Speaker: Kevin E. Moore, Managing Director, TCG
AMS Planning & Research Presentation/Discussion Session
Friday, February 22
|9:00am – 9:30am
||Welcome Back and TCG Grant Program Overview
Speaker: Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic & International Programs, TCG
|9:25am – 9:30am
Speaker: Anthem Salgado, Founder, Art of Hustle
|9:30am – 10:30am
“Digital Engagement and Civic Leadership”
Speaker: Rich Mintz, Executive Vice President, Blue State Digital
|2:30pm – 2:35pm
Speaker: Trish Santini, External Relations Director, Guthrie Theater
|2:35pm – 3:30pm
“Measuring the Impact of Audience Engagement Strategies”
Speakers: Brad Erickson, Theatre Bay Area and Tom Kaiden, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
|3:30pm – 3:50pm
||Town Hall Wrap-Up
Facilitator: Lisa Mount, Director, Artistic Logistics
|3:50pm – 4:00pm
||Closing Remarks, Teresa Eyring
Audience (R)Evolution is a multi-year program designed by TCG and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to study, promote and support successful audience engagement and community development models across the country. This new initiative encompasses four phases unfolding over three years: research and assessment; a convening; grant-making; and widespread dissemination of audience engagement models that work.
Audience (R)Evolution builds upon TCG’s longstanding commitment to audience engagement with programs such as Free Night of Theater and New Generations: Future Audiences, as well as continued conversations and programming at TCG’s annual National Conference.
Livestream: https://www.tcg.org/events/ar/livestream.cfmInfo: https://www.tcg.org/events/ar/