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 byKathryn 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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