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More Conversation, Less Controversy: Plays for Teens and Their Communities
If you teach drama, you have a unique perspective on the issues teens face, and the opportunity to use theatre as a tool to talk about them. But when part of a school community, it isn’t always the easiest for everyone to agree on what level of content teenagers are ready to handle. It’s often a grey area when it comes to appropriate language and exploration of mature themes with any group. It’s the perennial struggle: How do you start tough conversations without swear words stealing the spotlight from the thematic content and relevance?

So what titles does one turn to ...
Teacher Spotlight: Melissa Chin-Parker of Hartnell College
We bring you another installment of our Teacher Spotlight series, where we chat with teachers from around the country, picking their brain about their theater program and the art of teaching theater. This month, we talked to Melissa Chin-Parker of Hartnell College, fresh off their run of Miss Electricity by Kathryn Walat.

What made you decide to teach theater?

I have two teaching credentials, but even before that I think I always enjoyed teaching. As a youth I was a summer camp counselor / Recreation Leader and was always ...
The Making of a Musical: ‘Like You Like It’ (Part 2)
In this three-part series, Sammy Buck and Daniel Acquisto discuss how their Shakespeare-’80s mashup musical Like You Like It  came to be. Read Part 1 here.

Part 2: The Totally Awesome Music

I have a confession: When Sammy and I started writing Like You Like It, it wasn’t Shakespeare that I was excited about. I didn't know too much other than reading a couple plays by the man. I didn’t hate his work, but the truth was I didn’t really care either way about it. Adapting As You Like It sparked my interest in ...
6 Questions with Dean O’Carrol, Author of the “Sally Cotter” Series
Dean O'Carroll's Sally Cotter and the Quest We Follow, the third in a trilogy of satirical plays about fandom, fantasy, and a certain magical book series, was published last month. We sat down with the author to talk Harry Potter, high school theatre, and the art of writing parody.

What was the inspiration for this series of plays?

I was a Harry Potter fan from fairly early on. I had been writing children’s plays for a few years, always based on fairy tales or books that were in the public domain. I wanted to do a straightforward ...
9 Playwrights on the Theatre That Excites Them
Over the years, we’ve had the chance to speak with numerous writers about their craft. One question we love to ask playwrights is what type of theatre excites them--after years of being so closely involved in theatre, what work feels fresh and inspiring to them. Here are there answers.

Theatre that is urgent and bold. Theatre that doesn’t recycle tired tropes. Theatre that feels like a shared secret. Theatre that is muscular, aggressive, that dares to reinvent structure to fit the story. I love story. I love being asked to encounter it in new and surprising ...
Blog Roundup: The Theatre Articles & News You May Have Missed in February
Behind on your theatre news? We got you. In this monthly feature, we share our favorite theatre articles and news from around the web that you may have missed this month.

Theatre Dreams: Imagining a Better, More Inclusive Theatre
As Black History Month drew to a close, Idris Goodwin reflected on the lessons to carry over, sharing his vision for a better, more inclusive theatre for all.

9 Theatre Superstitions Explained
We learned the origin of all the crazy rituals we do as theatre people.

Once the Place for a Paycheck, TV Is Now ...
Theatre Dreams: Imagining a Better, More Inclusive Theatre
As Black History Month draws to a close, playwright Idris Goodwin reflects on the lessons to carry over, and lays out his vision for a better, more inclusive theatre for all.

One of the most frustrating myths drawn from American history goes like this: Martin Luther King Jr gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 and all the bad racist white people’s hearts grew like the Grinch’s in Whoville. The subsequent five years of King’s increasing radicalism, until he was assassinated, are often omitted.

The mass proliferation of the ...
7 Educators on Why They Decided to Teach Theatre
Over the years, we’ve had the chance to speak with numerous educators, picking their brains about the art of teaching theatre. One question we love to ask is why they decided to start teaching theater. From the longtime theater geeks, to those inspired by a teacher of their own, to those who stumbled into it, every story is different. Here are their answers.

Theatre literally saved me. I had a rough upbringing, and when I found theatre my junior year in high school, I had come home. Theatre took me off a very dodgy path, and fueled my creativity, and gave me a ...
Blog Roundup: The Theatre Articles & News You May Have Missed in January
Behind on your theatre news? We got you. In this monthly feature, we share our favorite theatre articles and news from around the web that you may have missed this month.

In Case You Missed It at BroadwayCon
BroadwayCon was on everyone's mind this month.

9 Tricks for Tackling Shakespeare
Backstage gave us this handy little cheat sheet for mastering Shakespeare.

The Radical Inauguration Day Readings Of Lauren Gunderson's The Taming
Over 45 theater companies around the country took playwright Lauren Gunderson up on ...
Chiara Atik Reflects on HBO’s “Girls” and Her Play “Women” Four Years Later
HBO's Girls returns this month for its sixth and final season. We spoke with playwright Chiara Atik about her 2013 mashup play Women, the ongoing legacy of the landmark series, and writing.

What inspired you to explore the parallels between Girls and Little Women? How was your play, Women, born?

I think mostly the enduring “four women” archetype: we saw it in Little Women, we saw it in Sex and the City, and then again in Girls. And it’s a model that ...
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