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We Got 99 Problems and Here’s Another One

Recently, the Actors Equity Association has proposed a change to the current 99 seat theatre contract which stipulates that 99 seat theaters are required to pay their actors minimum wage. Currently the plan states that actors can work for as little as seven dollars and the California state minimum wage is about to raise to […]

Magic in the Theatre

“There hasn’t been a show in long time,” my friend said as we exited the theatre, “that surprised me like this one did.” I’m struggling to put into words my thoughts on Kneehigh’ s Tristan and Yseult which played in Boston via Arts Emerson, for I left the theater not with words, but with images […]

A Way to Respond

This week I read Lauren Yee’s wonderful Ching Chong Chinaman, and in my research of the play stumbled across a video that blew up the internet in 2011.   Alexandra Wallace a student at UCLA posted a three minute long rant about how disruptive Asians in the library are to her hard work during finals […]

Support Your Sisters

Howlround contributor Catherine Treischmann recently wrote an article entitled Playwriting and Parenting: The Boyfriend Plot. Part of a series on Playwrighting and Parenting, this article explores her opportunity to teach playwrighting to her daughters girl scout class and her subsequent discovery that the large majority of the girls’ monologues revolved around, you guessed it – […]

Peter, Puppets and Personality

Shockheaded Peter. What a name. What a world I entered into for an hour and a half. Company One’s production of Shockheaded Peter is a steamCRUNK musical that uses a Victorian era manners book, Struwwelpeter, for children as a jumping off point to explore what it means to care for and cultivate a child’s imagination. […]

The Moral of the Story

Last night I saw a performance of Castle of Perseverance, a medieval morality play that had been infused with pop songs and contemporary stylings. I left with a lot more questions about theatre than I did about the sake of Mankind’s Soul. Castle of Perseverance is the earliest full length play we have in record. […]

The Space Case

One of the things artists struggle with is to find a place to do their work. Somewhere they can create and rehearse and dream. Real estate, especially in large cities is difficult to find and expensive when you do. You need money to rent a space, you need a space to create things that will […]

A Father Comes Home from the Wars and Hopefully He is Here to Stay

Renaissance philosopher Sir Phillip Sidney writes in his “In Defense of Posey,” that art can’t ever lie because it is the one thing in life that never claims to be fact. I was thinking about this a lot while watching the first three parts of Susan-Lori Park’s new soon-to-be nine part play cycle, Father Comes […]

The Future of Storytelling

I recently read an article in The Atlantic titled, Death of the Artist – Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur. This article argues that the artist as a solitary ‘genius,’ slaving over their work to eventually create something worthy of the label ‘masterpiece,’ is dead. Or at the least, outdated. Instead we have come to a […]

Steps to Creative Collaboration

I just closed up shop working on this year’s Directors Project. This project has brought me so much closer to myself as an artist and a collaborator.  I was fortunate enough to direct the gorgeous The Winged Man by Jose Rivera and act in the hilarious Deer Play by Mary Louise Wilson. Most importantly I […]

My Attempt to Fill the Gap

I wrote a blog post at the beginning of the semester about not being apprehensive of creating theatre for a teenage audience. I stand by my ideas and finding myself returning to these thoughts and being able to articulate why I find it so important to make theatre available for emerging adults and artists. Last […]

Proposing Something Brief and Beautiful

This weekend I had the pleasure of watching Proposals, a student directed show comprised of five proposal scenes from a variety of plays.   This event to me was a success. Along with a couple of amazing performances, the craft of the evening was conducive to an extremely pleasant audience experience.   William Ball in, […]

A Love Affair with Theatre

Today a group of young theater artists are gathered on the fourth floor of Boston University’s College of Fine arts about to audition for the School of Theater. They are nervous and excited and right at the precipice into their journey as theatre artists. I had the pleasure this summer of working at Boston University’s […]

Witness Uganda

It’s taken me three days to figure out how to write this blog post, so knowing there is no way to articulate how much Witness Uganda meant to me, I think it’s time to just go for it. On Wednesday Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould (an alumni of BU) came to BU to share some […]

UP WAKE

  “We are not here to question the possible, we are here to challenge the impossible.” Something that I find so amazing about Ted Talks is that the presenters are so passionate and eloquent that I can’t help but to be completely wrapped up in what they are saying. These presenters demand attention. (For those of you […]

Thoughts on the Nightingale and “Color-Blind” casting

  I have recent stumbled upon the controversy over La Jolla Playhouse’s recent production of Nightingale. Nightingale is a musical adaptation of a Hans Christian Anderson short story set in Ancient China. Only two out of the eleven cast members are Asian. They’re not Chinese either. The multiracial cast features a white man as the […]

Art for Communication

For dramaturgy I’ve been working on writing hypothetical program notes for Cherylene Lee’s Antigone Falun Gong. I don’t quite have the words to describe what I have been through these past two weeks. It has alerted me to the decade long persecution of Falun Gong practitioners that has been in severe violation of human rights; […]

Patience is a Virtue

When I graduate I want to start a theater company. When I graduate I wanted to start a theater company? When I look around at theater around me and when I am with a group of peers riffing on our ideas of a dream theatrical experience I can hardly stop myself from bouncing off the […]

Theatre for Young Adults, Theatre for Young Artists

 Last year I was bombarded by classes that asked me to question myself as an artist. Overwhelmed, sitting on my bed, rereading a beloved teen novel for comfort I turned to my roommate and said, “Everything I do, I want to do for thirteen year old me.” It’s true, though. When I was thirteen I […]