Notes from TCG Session on 3xPlaygoing

06.26.13

On Saturday the 8th of June, I hosted a session of the Theatre Communications Group Conference in Dallas to prompt discussion of ideas to increase playgoing. It drew a great group of people who brought a lot of terrific ...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

06.10.13

This speech was presented at the opening session of the Audience Engagement track at this year's TCG Conference in Dallas, June 6-8, 2013. The conference was designed on an academic theme, so each track was considered a "major." Dear Majors ...

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Other Voices, Other Rooms

05.20.13

There’s been a lot of talk online recently about the need for women playwrights to be better represented, have more opportunities, and be, if you’ll excuse the vagary, more equal. That’s lovely. As a woman playwright, I am all for ...

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Layers and Layers of Nonsense: When Crowdfunding Cannot Get to the Crowd

05.12.13

Editor's Note: While recording a podcast interview about this post, approximately two hours after the post went live, Amazon Payments finally came through with their approval. Now, two days later, Kickstarter has come through and the project is open ...

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Spotlight: LaRonika Thomas, Dramaturg

04.02.13

We resume the Dramaturg Spotlight interviews today with words of wisdom from LaRonika Thomas. I admire LaRonika and her work, so I am delighted to present her voice in this forum. I enjoy when friends and colleagues share equal enthusiasm ...

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Watch This: Simple Gifts

03.25.13

Asking and giving. Three videos and a question. First, Peter Sagal on letting people access the joy of giving. Next, Amanda Palmer on the art of asking. And finally, Adam Thurman on the gift of giving. If these ideas speak to ...

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Move the Goal Line

03.19.13

If you have sat around a computer for any length of time over the last five years hashing out any of the ‘issues’ around (particularly) American Theatre you have found yourself invariably infuriated, sullen, and withdraw because the topics are ...

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Spotlight: Julie Felise Dubiner, Dramaturg

03.14.13

Julie Felise Dubiner is one of my heroes. I first heard about her advocacy, fantastic dramaturgical skills, and undeniable sense of humor in 2003 from a friend who had been her intern. I looked her up and was hooked. With the ...

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Is our moat too deep? (Reinvent Marketing idea)

03.08.13

Thesis: The American Theatre Movement has had a tendency to define itself partly by what it is not - distancing itself from community theatre and mere entertainment. This distancing should be reevaluated to determine whether its ...

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Spotlight: David Copelin, Dramaturg

03.07.13

Today we feature David Copelin, a renaissance man with international flair. David is a dramaturg, playwright, academic, story consultant, translator, and a citizen of both Canada and the United States. While working on his own plays, David also runs workshops ...

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Spotlight: Michael Evans, Dramaturg

02.28.13

I am based in the DC area, and for the past few weeks, every evening that I travel from the district into Virginia or vice versa, I enjoy the blue and purple tones reminiscent of the Northern Lights emanating from ...

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Spotlight: Hannah Daniel, Dramaturg

02.21.13

For many viewers, this week's episode of Smash was their first introduction to the word dramaturg. Unfortunately for the TV show's musical, Bombshell, (and for those of us who need to re-explain what we do to our friends and families) ...

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