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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Blog Roundup: The Theatre Articles & News You May Have Missed in September
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.

3 Steps to Making Experimental Theatre that Sells Out and Gets Great Reviews
Neo-Futurist alum and 44 Plays For 44 Presidents author, Andy Bayiates, shared his tips for experimental theatre success.

Postscript: Edward Albee, 1928-2016
Rest in peace, Edward Albee.

The Top 20* Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2016-17 Season
American ...
Teacher Spotlight: Gay Brasher of Leland 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 Gay Brasher of Leland High School about the school's award-winning speech and debate team, what makes a good competition piece, and celebrating her 50th year as a teacher.


What drew you to speech and debate?

I always enjoyed performing in front of an audience, but there weren’t many opportunities available to me in ...
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