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Howard Mandel
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Katie Birenboim
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Margy Waller
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Paul Levy
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Theatre Unmasked: Navigating Post-Pandemic Challenges and Innovations

President of Actors’ Equity Kate Shindle and the NEA Director of Theater & Musical Theater Greg Reiner discuss the current challenges, strategic innovations, and the evolving landscape of American theater.  Shindle...

“Ripeness Is All” — Is the South Dakota Symphony’s Mahler Really Better than Klaus Makela and the Oslo Phil?

Many readers have responded to a series of recent blogs in which I’ve pondered the bewildering appointment of Klaus Makela, age 28,

Charles Plymell Takes Stage for New and Selected Poems

Plymell has as much in depth to say about death as Hemingway did and a lot more to say about it in terms of the present generation stillborn into a world that can offer nothing. — William S. Burroughs Plymell and his friends inventing the Wichita Vortex contribute to a tradition stretching back from Lamantia […]

For Live, Functioning Artists, The End Comes Not With a Bang, But an Email

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Kathy Schuman talks about the importance of setting when presenting the arts

Kathy Schuman, Vice-President & Artistic Director of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, talks about the importance of setting when presenting the arts.

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In this episode, we review findings from a study of postsecondary degree-holders in the arts, with a focus on career outcomes, including satisfaction with...

Here to Entertain You

My staff of thousands is curious to know whether the music is actually being played or dubbed.

Nonprofit Arts Organizations: Water Is Wet. And Cultural Crossover Doesn’t Work Unless You Center Your Full-Time Intent Downstage of the Footlights.

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Classical Music has Lost a Generation. Blame the Metadata (in part)

Classical music has lost a generation’s worth of music lovers beginning in the late-90s with the rise of file-sharing and Napster. A significant part of the reason might be: metadata. Metadata are the tags that travel with every audio recorded track. For a piece of music or a recording to be found, it needs to […]

Arts presenters need to show some spine

In class I’ve told students I don’t like the phrase “cancel culture” since it is never quite clear what the speaker means by it....

A New Biography Ponders the Controversial Director of “Porgy and Bess”

 My Wall Street Journal review of Kurt Jensen’s new Rouben Mamoulian biography takes stock of a unique near-genius, perhaps the least known and

Nita Baxani talks about how the creative arts transform children

Nita Baxani, Chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Colburn School, talks about the transformative impact of the creative arts on children.

Recalling the Fierce Beliefs of Oriana Fallaci

The widespread episodes of pro-Palestinian antisemitism on American college campuses calls to mind an old blogpost about European antisemitism. “I find it shameful,” Fallaci begins, “that in Italy there should be a procession of individuals dressed as suicide bombers who spew vile abuse at Israel, hold up photographs of Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they have drawn the swastika, incite people to hate the Jews. ...”

Playwright and Director Psalmayene 24: Staging Stories

Playwright and director Psalmayene 24 discusses his career trajectory from his unique approach to theater, his recent direction of the world premiere of Tempestuous Elements at Arena Stage and...

Nonprofit Arts Success: Out of Hand Theater Shakes the Trees of Social Justice

And they’re changing Atlanta for the better every minute. Ariel Fristoe (center), Thomas Brzzle (to the left from our POV), ...

‘There he was in a dream . . .’

"He gives me a manuscript on elegant stationery with a letterhead of raised black lettering in typeface rare & delicate. He’s terminal. We both know it. ..."

The Met’s Off-Key Gala: Tone-Deaf in a Discordant World

Today is Met Gala day. So why am I not feeling particularly celebratory? Partly because it’s also the day when

When “Vacuum Cleaner for Babies” Beat Taylor Swift: Fixing the Music Streaming Problem

"Content" is a Silicon Valley weasel word that suggests that nothing has any intrinsic worth or quality -- every digital byte is equal and interchangeable -- until it draws attention as measured and defined by popularity algorithms.

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