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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 ...
WHY I LOVE JUNIE B. JONES (and Writing Plays for Young Audiences)
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park,  Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook is a hilarious and heartfelt new play about that old adage: "Finders keepers, losers weepers." In this guest blog post, playwright Allison Gregory explores the long-lasting appeal of Junie B. and why stories for young audiences are so important.

1.) She isn’t afraid to look bad.

Junie B. says what’s on her mind, tries things that she will fail at, and doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about how she comes off. She is blatantly, boldly flawed. I wish I ...
Production Spotlight: Abby Rowold on SHEatre’s Inauguration Day Reading of Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming”
Theater companies all around the country are taking playwright Lauren Gunderson up on her offer to stage a reading of her play, The Taming, for free on Inauguration Day. We asked Artistic Director Abby Rowold to talk with us about her experience putting together a reading of The Taming at SHEatre Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What does your company have planned for Inauguration Day?

SHEatre has a hyooge (huge) celebration planned! We have food donated from local businesses, signature drinks, art by local female art students, the reading ...
Blog Roundup: The Theatre Articles & News You May Have Missed in December
Happy new year! The holidays are a busy time, so if you're behind on your theatre news, we don't blame you! You’ve found the right place to catch up. In this monthly feature, we share our favorite theatre articles and news from around the web that you may have missed this month.

Best Theatre of 2016 Lists
It was December, so we saw a lot of best of lists! Here was the best theatre of the year according to the New York Times, TimeOut, Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian.

8 Teachers on the Benefits of Theatre Education
We talked to eight ...
8 Teachers on the Benefits of Theatre Education
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 how they feel students benefit from their involvement in theatre—after all, no one can witness the transformational power of theatre firsthand quite like a teacher. Here are some of their answers.

I have found that theatre brings out the best in kids—that they will say to me, “I’d really like to do the musical, but I can’t sing (or dance or acted before.)” Well, let me tell you! I have taught ...
6 Questions with Marshall Pailet
Playwright Marshall Palliet has two new plays out: the comedic cautionary tales Everyone Gets Eaten by Sharks and Everyone Gets Abducted by Aliens. We spoke with the playwright about the inspiration behind the plays, his advice for aspiring playwrights, and his deepest, darkest fears (hint: it's sharks).

What was the inspiration behind Everyone Gets Eaten by Sharks / Everyone Gets Abducted by Aliens?

I grew up on movies like Jaws, ET, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, so I’ve been obsessed with ...
Blog Roundup: The Theatre Articles & News You May Have Missed in November
Behind on your theatre news? You’ve found the right place! In this monthly feature, we share our favorite theatre articles and news from around the web that you may have missed this month.

Lauren Gunderson’s Inauguration Day Gift: A Free ‘Taming’
Lauren Gunderson offered free performance rights to groups wishing to stage her feminist political farce on Inauguration Day.

41st Humana Festival of New American Plays 
The Actors Theatre of Louisville announced the lineup for this year's Humana Festival, the premiere festival ...
We talk theatre education and puns with playwright Jim Peterson
Jim Peterson’s new play, The Importance of Being Ellie, is a teen-centric take on The Importance of Being Earnest with a Shakespearean twist. We talk with the playwright about the inspiration behind the play, the legacy of Oscar Wilde, the benefits of a theatre education, and puns.

What was the inspiration behind this The Importance of Being Ellie?

I have always been fan of Oscar Wilde, particularly The Importance of Being Earnest. Every once in a while, I’ll use it as a text to study acting in my high school ...
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