GRADUATION CONTRACT MANIFESTO
I, Kyra Teresa Tantao Upon graduating with a (motha-fuckin’) BFA from Boston University AM HERBY CONTRACTED TO: Take up lots of space – as much as humanly possible But always leave room for others. I promise I will always have my voice heard & to make lots of noise. And I will make sure […]
Another year of design
As many of you know, I work in the School of Theatre office as a marketing assistant, with my main job being the creator of posters for our season of shows. This position is also a part of my self-designed concentration, Graphic Design and Advertising For the Arts. It’s a study focused on how to create […]
MY Fornés Story
Last weekend, Línda shared a post about how the Latinx Theater Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium at Princeton University is collecting Fornés stories to be archived as a part of their “Living Legacy Installation.” Fornés’ writing has stuck with me strong the past several years, so I became very excited at the prompt. When I was in high […]
Things You Should Know About: Charcoal Magazine
Charcoal Magazine is the first and only of it’s kind at Boston University: a student-run art publication created by and for artists of color that explores and celebrates the intersections of identity and art that features writing, illustration, photography, and subject profiles. “Going to BU as a person of color at a predominantly white institution, […]
A Celebration of Damon Albarn
Just a few days ago, on March 23, the brilliant and multi-talented Damon Albarn turned 50 years old. Albarn is a musician in every aspect of the word: singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. In his short lifetime he has created a deep universe of beautiful and stimulating work in a range of different forms. He […]
Cynthia Nixon, Go Get ‘Em.
Today, via twitter, Cynthia Nixon, best known as Miranda Hobbs on ‘Sex and the City’ announced that she would be running for New York Governor. A lot of eyes were rolled as another celebrity enters a political race. TIME notes, “she has never run for, or held office before,” but also, “the actress has been politically […]
A List Of The First 10 Stereotypical Latinx Characters That I Could Think Of Off The Top Of My Head
As a Latina actor about to enter the workforce, I’ve been trying to find the types of roles I fit into and the actors that I can compare myself to. In the process, I’ve found an overwhelming amount of characters that would not be as beloved or entertaining to most mainstream audiences if not for […]
super chill 😎
showcase is in 7 days but its super chill. or as the great michael kaye coined it, “supah” chill. its so super chill that im currently eating handfuls of shredded mexican cheese and its getting all over the couch and my shirt but its ok bc its supa chill and im going to continue 2 […]
I was deleting and rummaging through old files on my computer over the weekend after my computer warned me that I only had 5GB of space left. I stumbled upon a speech I wrote my senior year of high school. My high school held a “blind senior speech writing competition” for anyone who may have […]
Opportunity vs. Integrity
*CW: Sexual assault *This post refers to information I’ve received and things I’ve been working on in the past 24 hours. Please correct me if I’ve made any errors or have shared incorrect info. I’m still working on gathering more sources and reaching out to people who know more about this than I do. Please […]
Is this ok?
Brenna and Molly, a young couple living in Bushwick host an “all-female, politically minded meet-up” with their closest friends, which are mostly cis, white, lesbians. At the meet-up party, there were women decorating protest signs, making giant vaginas that have multiple vulvas out of fabric in “52 shades of magenta,” and drinking wine and beer. […]
Hype Me Up
I don’t like art that tells me what to do. I don’t like the preachy-preachy the-world-is bad-and-it’s-all-your-fault plays. Do I like political theatre? Hell yeah. Scream and fucking curse, make my blood boil, make my stomach hurt, drown me in guilt to the point where I’m inspired to do something. Aha! Inspiration. This weekend I had […]
Hold me to this.
When I took Dramaturgy in the fall of 2016, I had wrote blog post entitled “None of my assignments are done, but I sure am.” in which I try to turn my blog post homework into an opportunity to publicly complain about how tired I am, as if I’m the only one in the School of […]
None of my assignments are done, but I sure am.
Getting a BFA is hard. Theatre school is hard. Being at the College of Fine Arts is not easy. It is a choice to take on the work load and stress that this program demands. The learning standards are rigorous and the expectations are very high. The hours lean on superabundant. The line between personal life […]
A Minstrel Show Within a Musical. Or, A Minstrel Show Musical.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of the Kander and Ebb musical, The Scottsboro Boys. It was fantastically done, and it was a pleasure to watch my Musical Theatre professor, Maurice Parent, shine. From the talent of the wonderful cast, to the breath-taking choreography and excellent artistic design, to […]
Today we rest, tomorrow we fight.
Whatever happens in the future, near and far, the day Donald Trump was elected will always remain a painful, potent memory to me. I fell asleep in front of the television before I could hear the news announced. When I woke up, the first CNN update I saw on my phone was actually, “Vladimir Putin wants […]
A practice in mission statements.
I’m getting really passionate about starting a theatre company based on the things I value most about art and theatre-making, so this week I created a fictional theatre company. Refer to this post for context. Could I ever make this a reality? Company Reject is a New York City-based punk theatre company, conveniently located on Rivington Street […]
I am an employee of Boston University’s School of Theatre office as a marketing assistant. My primary role in this position is the design and creation of the show posters for each quarter. Each marketing assistant is assigned three to four posters per quarter that best matches their design talents and theatrical interests. (As someone […]
As Quarter 2 is approaching, I’ve had some thoughts about casting on the brain. We should be expecting cast lists fairly soon, which should be something exciting to anticipate. However, to some, it’s a dreaded task to sign onto the bridge and find out their fate. Because the School of Theatre has guaranteed casting, the […]
Sex and Violence, Beyond the Script
I recently found an article written in March of last year by Patrick Healy called Sex and Violence, Beyond the Script. It covers a scenario in which an offstage incident between Marin Ireland and Scott Shepherd in a production of “Troilus and Cressida” was brought into the rehearsal room when Ireland walked in one day with a […]