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A student leaps during a dance workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi, held by Ailey II member Shirley Black Brown (seated). Photo by Panny Mayfield With a long history of poverty, poor education levels, and dismal health statistics, the Mississippi Delta region is accustomed to making do with meager...
For a guy who likely never advanced beyond grammar school, who made up words, and was once called an "upstart crow" by a critical peer, Shakespeare's done pretty well for himself. Almost certainly the most produced playwright of all time, and likely the most quoted as well, the Bard...
Girlstories Leadership Theatre participants perform their summer production of The Dream We Dare. Photo by Fran Powers The first time we featured Girlstories Leadership Theatre (GLT) on the Art Works blog , the Tampa-based organization had just received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program...
Steppenwolf Theatre Company members, circa 1980
In 1974, a plucky group of young actors in suburban Illinois who rehearsed in a borrowed church basement decided, "Hey, let's start a theater company!" What may sound like the...
Holland Taylor. Photo by Linda Matlow/PIXINTL "Art makes everything else in life work. Without art, we are broken." --- Holland Taylor You may not recognize her name, but you'll definitely recognize her face and that distinctive voice. Over a decades-long career Holland Taylor has...
This week's podcast presents Aditi Brennan Kapil whose play, Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Story was selected in 2010 for the NEA’s New Play Development Program. Set in a large, unnamed American city, the play explores the experiences of a Liberian home-care provider, a former Bulgarian...
Edited by Paulette Beete Cherise Booth and Russell Hornsby in Signature Theatre's production of August Wilson's King Hedley II . Photo by Carol Rosegg "I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us in all areas of...
The full cast of The Laramie Project. Directed by Kirsten Brandt, set design by Dennis Jones, and lighting design Joanna Hobbs. Photo courtesy of Sierra Repertory Theatre, Rich Miller Photography In many ways, the Sierra Repertory Theatre boasts that type of dream big, work hard, all-American story...
Julie Taymor
Whether directing for the stage or screen, Julie Taymor has consistently defied cultural expectations and tested technological limits, reinventing storytelling in the process. She is perhaps best known for her...
Used courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. In looking for the perfect Thanksgiving quote, it was no surprise that I found the answer in Shakespeare. To be precise, in Act III, sc iii of Twelfth Night in which Sebastian responds to Antonio's act of companionship with, "I can no other...

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