Tag Archives: Theatre

Teresa Rebeck’s $50K

I am really pleased that the University of Delaware was able to commission Teresa Rebeck to write a play specifically for its professional REP Company and PTTP students.  But as today’s article in the NY Times makes clear, that commission … Continue reading

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Supply, Demand, and Rocco Landesman

Robin Pogrebin reported in the Arts Beat column today and online yesterday on NEA chairman Rocco Landesman’s remarks at Arena stage earlier in the week.  He “addressed the problem of struggling theaters. “You can either increase demand or decrease supply,” … Continue reading

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Bricks and Mortar

An article in yesterday’s NY Times about Arena Stage’s new “Cradle” for new play development and a tour I had this morning of the newly renovated Chandler Center for the Arts are reminders that sometimes infrastructure for the arts is … Continue reading

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Mama LaMaMa

Sometimes, a person singlehandedly builds the infrastructure for artistic creativity and innovation.  We lost such a person yesterday.  I only met Ellen Stewart once, in the mid 1980s.  I was working with Paul Zimet’s company, The Talking Band, and we … Continue reading

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“Peaceful Assembly”

President Obama delivered a tender, inspiring, and thoughtful speech last night in memory of the victims of the recent shooting in Tucson.  At first blush, one might wonder what the speech has to do with infrastructure for the arts. It … Continue reading

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A Performance — and a Shooting — in the Desert

I live in Arizona.  I’m a transplant to the desert from the east coast by way of Wisconsin.  I mention this because, like each of us, I have a unique reaction to the events of Saturday.  There are 300 million … Continue reading

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Experiential learning at PHX:Fringe

Most entrepreneurship educators will agree that experiential learning is a critical component of the education of the young entrepreneur.  I’m fortunate to have been involved with the Phoenix Fringe Festival since its inception (with the help of a seed grant … Continue reading

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Design training and an uncertain future

I got into a facebook discussion yesterday with Randy Gener, senior editor of American Theatre Magazine about a piece my colleague Richard Isackes wrote about theatre design curricula.  While I agree with much of which Richard writes, he – and … Continue reading

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Hey, Where’d Your Creativity Go? (a personal answer)

Over the past eight years, I’ve found myself designing fewer and fewer plays and instead devoting more and more professional time to administration/leadership/management and to research, all by my own choice.  It has now been two years since I last … Continue reading

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Compete Less, Cooperate More

I was catching up over the weekend on the December issue of American Theatre magazine, which had accidently gotten buried under a stack of guidebooks to Prague and Vienna.  I was struck by a short news piece about the new … Continue reading

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