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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 ...
Holiday Gift Guide for Theatre Lovers
Find something special for the theater geek in your life!

Humana Festival 2015: The Complete Plays

This collection brings together all nine scripts from the Actors Theatre of Louisville's  2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays. This unique compilation features a thrilling array of work by some of the freshest voices in the American theatre, from the boisterous inner-city Philadelphia family coping with its matriarch's dementia (Dot), to the surreal birthday celebration for legendary writer and spiritual thinker Thomas Merton (The Glory ...
Stage a reading of Lauren Gunderson’s THE TAMING on Inauguration Day for free
A message and special Inauguration Day offer from playwright Lauren Gunderson.

With the sea change in America already swirling I thought “Write, girl! Write!” But then I thought “I think you already wrote about this. And Playscripts already published it. And it’s called The Taming.” In 2013 I wrote The Taming, an all-female political farce for Crowded Fire Theatre to unpack the deep frustration of a divided and obstructionist patriarchy, to laugh with the painful truth about extremism on both sides, to toy with our country’s history and ...
Blog Roundup: The Theatre Articles & News You May Have Missed in October
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.

The new claim that Shakespeare collaborated with Marlowe is more complicated than it looks
The editors of The New Oxford Shakespeare announced that they’ll be listing Christopher Marlowe as the co-author on several Shakespeare titles. Here's how to make sense of the news.

PBS' Hamilton's America
PBS' documentary about Hamilton premiered this month. If ...
Teacher Spotlight: David Boone of White Station 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 David Boone of White Station High School in Tennessee about how he keeps teaching fresh, the many ways theater benefits students, and his recent production of Nora’s Lost.

What inspired you to become a theater educator?

I was inspired by the work of Stephen Slaughter at Bossier Parish Community College. Stephen started the ...
Why Age-Appropriate Roles for Teens Are Important, and How to Write Them
In this guest blog post, playwright Jonathan Dorf discusses the importance of creating more opportunities for teens to play characters in which they can see (and find) themselves.

We’ve all seen it: a 17-year-old with a fake beard, hair sprayed gray, affecting a voice and some strange stoop or waddle walk. Or just completely ignoring it and playing a 50-year-old as if there’s no difference whatsoever. I get it. There are lots of great plays out there, plays that are important for young actors (and anyone else with an interest in theatre) to know. Whether that’s ...
We Talk with Kirsten Greenidge about BALTIMORE, Her Black Lives Matter-Inspired Play
In Kirsten Greenidge's new play Baltimore, a racially-charged incident divides students on a college campus, and reluctant resident advisor Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray. We spoke with the playwright about the inspiration behind the play, the Big Ten Theatre Consortium, and her advice for aspiring writers.

What was the inspiration behind Baltimore? Why this play now?

When Alan MacVey, the Chair of the Theatre Department at the University of Iowa, approached me about the Big Ten commission, we talked about what the ...
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