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Here I am during the Theater That Matters session at this year's Aspen Ideas Fest. Photo by Dan Bayer I closed out June and kicked off July at the Aspen Ideas Festival , which is just what it sounds like: a convening of leading thinkers in particular subjects. It’s an exchange of ideas---...
Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, photo by Scott Suchma "[Y]ou have to be as uncompromising as you possibly can about who you think you are, and to fight for that, in bad times and good times." --- Michael Kahn Having established himself as a premier artistic...
At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman;...
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang While an undergraduate at Stanford University, David Henry Hwang’s first play, FOB , was produced in the glamorous setting of his dormitory. The play, whose title is shorthand for “fresh off the boat,” examined the lives of recent Chinese...
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...

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