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The Making of a Musical: ‘Like You Like It’ (Part 1)
In this three-part series, Sammy Buck and Daniel Acquisto discuss how their Shakespeare-'80s mashup musical Like You Like It (soon-to-be published!) came to be.

Part 1: Clubs, Breakfast, and Drama

Our little show can drive now. Yup, 16 years ago, we presented our first song at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (“Easy Way Out.”) And now with the arrival of our Studio Cast RADcording and the publishing of the script and score, we fondly look back at how this baby grew up (often singing “Sunrise Sunset” to ourselves as that ...
6 Questions with Lia Romeo
Lia Romeo’s new play, Connected, is a funny, heartbreakingly real look at love and friendship in the age of social media. We spoke with the playwright about the inspiration behind the play, writing, and the importance of a good day job.

What was the inspiration behind Connected?

Connected was commissioned by HotCity Theatre in St. Louis, and they wanted a play that dealt with social media and technology in some way. So the subject matter was inspired by the commission itself, and when I first heard what the theater wanted, ...
Blog Roundup: The Theater Articles & News You May Have Missed in August
Behind on your theater news? We got you. In this monthly feature, we share our favorite theater articles and news from around the web that you may have missed this month.

45 Plays Premiering This Fall
New season = new plays (and pumpkin spice). We got excited anticipating the plays premiering this fall.

What I’ve Learned As An Actor Who Also Does Crew
TheatreNerds reflected on what you can learn by experiencing the other side.

Frugal Fantasy: Making Magic on a Less Than Fantastical Budget
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Frugal Fantasy: Making Magic on a Less Than Fantastical Budget
In this guest blog post, playwright Hillary DePiano shares her tips for low-budget stage magic.

There’s a part in The Green Bird where, poof, a colorful grotto appears where before there was only a dark forest. When the script first came out, some panicked directors contacted me worried about how they were going to pull off that effect. As they threw out lists of complicated ideas for making this magic, I found myself asking, “Wouldn’t it be simpler just to turn on the lights?” For the audience, revealing a colorful grotto where there was only a dark ...
Teacher Spotlight: Molly Rice of St. Stephens High School
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 spoke with Molly Rice of St. Stephens High School Tractor Shed Theatre program about her recent production of Jeremy Bloom's Peter/Wendy, where she finds design inspiration, and the importance of presentness in both theater and life.

What made you decide to teach theater?

Theatre literally saved me. I had a rough upbringing, and ...
We chat with Nicholas C. Pappas about his new play, ‘Including Shooter’
Told through a series of interweaving scenes and monologues, Including Shooter explores the context of a fictional shooting in three parts. We talked with the playwright, Nicholas C. Pappas, about the inspiration behind the play, the theater that excites him, and his advice for aspiring writers.


Q: What was the inspiration behind Including Shooter?

A: At a certain point, I started feeling like I couldn’t turn on a television without hearing about a mass spree shooting somewhere in the world. Often it was in the U.S. and ...
Blog Roundup: The Theater Articles & News You May Have Missed in July
In this monthly feature, we share our favorite theater articles and news from around the web that you may have missed this month. Enjoy!

Like Magic, New Harry Potter Play Disappear From Bookstores
Muggles went gaga for Harry Potter this month!

The State of Our Theatre Nation
TCG gathered with more that 1,000 theater folk to discuss where theater is now and where it's heading.

On the Magic of Radio Plays
Playwright Steve Cleberg contemplated the uniqueness of radio plays as a form of storytelling.

6 Questions with Playwright Mark Dunn
Mark Dunn's new play Happily Ever After: A Wedding Comedy is a family-friendly farce with a Texas twang and plot twists aplenty in the tradition of classic Kaufman and Hart. We spoke with the playwright about the inspiration behind the play, his advocacy for new work, and the literary charm of the South.

What was the inspiration behind Happily Ever After: A Wedding Comedy?

I’ve been writing for the amateur theater market for over thirty years and tend to tailor my work toward the needs and interests of community theaters, ...
Teacher Spotlight: Danielle Filas of Village Academy
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 spoke with Danielle Filas of Village Academy about cross-curriculum collaboration, taking "the note," and her recent production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins.

What made you decide to teach theater?

The huge salary, the fame, the glamour, and the massive public respect. Sure, the paparazzi can feel overwhelming at times, ...
On the Magic of Radio Plays
In this guest post, playwright Steve Cleberg discusses the uniqueness of radio plays as a form of storytelling, and how his own “radio play-within-a-play” Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode came to be.

About 25 years ago, I was working in the theatre building set for an upcoming production of Three Men on a Horse. As I worked, I listened to various recordings from the 1930s to help me get a feel for the time period of the play. I was struck by an old LP I that found in the college library entitled “The Golden Age of Radio.”

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