Saturday, September 18, 2021

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THEATRE

Wanted: Theatre Directors Without Vision

"The laser focus on a director’s vision is problematic. It sets the director up as a prophet rather than a leader. It focuses on a destination, an imagined end goal, and not on the journey." - Howlround

“The Theatrical Arm Of The Civil Rights Movement”

The Free Southern Theater was founded by members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to travel around 1960s Mississippi, performing for poor Black farmers to let them know about the battle to secure their right to vote. - American Theatre

Broadway Power Brokers Sign On To Transformative Diversity Reforms

The agreement commits Broadway and its touring productions not only to the types of diversity training and mentorship programs that have become common in many industries, but also to a variety of sector-specific changes. The New York Times

Delta Variant Scores Its First Major Fall Theatre Cancellation

Yeah, hello, déjà vu: "Signature Theater, a prominent Off Broadway nonprofit, has postponed its return to the stage over concerns about the persistent coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first major New York theater to take such a step." - The New York Times

Teaching Acting To 90-Year-Olds During The Pandemic

It's a surprisingly great life choice for one otherwise out-of-work actor. - Washington Post

Theatre Needs Help With Resilience As Much As With Fight Choreography

"We love trauma onstage. But while we have long understood that expertise is necessary to keep performers physically safe, the mental aspects of our craft have been largely unsupported. ... In a profession that prides itself on unprecedented emotional feats, we have yet to apply this same principle to the mental health of our artists." - American Theatre

Folger Theatre Gets A New Artistic Director

Karen Ann Daniels, 45, has been director of the Public Theatre’s Mobile Unit since 2019 and before that had similar audience-engagement responsibilities for six years at the Old Globe Theatre in her hometown of San Diego. - Washington Post

“Pass Over”, Broadway’s First Play Since Lockdown, May Be In Trouble

One unnamed producer says, "The show is bleeding money," and not all of the initial capitalization had been raised when previews began on Aug. 4. Opening night is now three weeks earlier than previously announced, perhaps so reviews can spur more ticket sales. - Forbes

Actors, Get Your Damn Shots Or Get Off The Damn Stage: L.A. Times

Charles McNulty: "Whatever excuses you may have for not doing everything in your power to avoid taking up a scarce hospital bed or putting a friend, family member, colleague or perfect stranger into one, I don't want to hear them." - Los Angeles Times

The Most Exciting, Original Streamed Theater Of The Pandemic Happened In A 2x4x8-Foot Closet

Jesse Green says that Joshua William Gelb's Theater in Quarantine "offered the best argument by far for the artistic promise of streaming theater. So I wanted to see how they were made, and especially where." - The New York Times

Will Streaming Theatre Still Be Viable Once Stages Reopen?

“In the last few months, the requests for either virtual or digital performances from streaming have really dropped off dramatically. They’re still happening, but it’s maybe 10 percent of the requests that we get.” - The New York Times

Director Of Salt Lake City’s Largest Theatre Company Resigns After Lies On His Résumé Are Caught

Christopher Massimine came to the Pioneer Theatre in 2019 after seven years at National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, where he doubled the budget and oversaw the hit Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof. You'd think that would be enough — but Massimine did not. - The New York Times

National Company Of “Wicked” Hires “Director Of Social Responsibility”

Working closely with labor unions and other production partners, Christina Alexander will implement strategic procedures related to hiring practices to identify qualified candidates from underrepresented communities. - Playbill

Theatre’s Employment Problems

The harsh reality of layoffs and rehiring has sparked much confusion and pain among theatre workers, especially the technicians whose shops have sat empty for over a year and a half but now need to be filled with skilled practitioners. - American Theatre

Broadway Ticket Sales, Including For Hamilton And Wicked, Are Slow

Broadway isn't back, baby. Thanks, Delta. - CNBC

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