Viviana Vargas

Responding to a wake up call

Arts Council England just released a statement on Monday Dec 8th about funding cuts for theatres that don’t show attempts to make their work more diverse. The week before also in Britain, Meera Syal a writer and actor interviewed with The Stage Magazine and talked about vast potential for diverse audiences, in particular Asian audiences, […]

Theatrical Experiences and Storytelling

HowlRound director, Polly Carl, came for a class workshop/discussion last week. One point that really stuck out to me was her broader outlook of theatre as storytelling; in this way, the confinements of what we think the allowed materials to make theatre performances are less ingrained. Going to see Sleep No More in New York […]

Coined “Czar” and it’s negative implications in our battle for The Arts

I understand that the term “Czar” for positions specific to tackle certain issues in all levels of government has become a coined term in the U.S….but can we just take a moment to notice that we are actually calling people czars? I guess once you’ve said it enough you forget what it feels like to […]

New Generation Latinos

The Latino Theatre Company who operates the LATC that housed “Encuentro 2014” produced Premeditation by Evelina Fernandez as their contribution to the festival. The plays seems like a good choice to present in order to appeal to all the different Latin American theatre artists at this festival, generation wise I mean. Since the inception of […]

Ayad Akhtar- Releasing Limitations

A week ago I started rehearsals for a project of a series of 10 minute plays all student directed and I was annoyed at myself that I didn’t know all the playwrights of the 3 plays I was in. We started this semester in Dramaturgy class talking about the importance of getting to know and […]

Theater Money

In relation to a topic we’ve been discussing in class, an article this week originally from The Wall Street Journal about financing local theater companies stuck out to me. In What It Takes to Keep Community Theater Running, Kevin Bass explores three examples of community theaters that have struggled but are remaining afloat and offer […]

Ivy League Arts

The Harvard Crimson recently posted about the new “Theater, Dance and Media” major or rather concentration to be offered for its students for fall of 2015. At first, being at BU in its B.F.A. Theatre Arts major, I think it can’t as good as our program because it’s so broad. I am proud of my […]

“Self Employed Professional”

A director’s appeal was recently accepted to a case where a group of actors asked for a minimum wage payment for a profit-share production. The controversy arose when two other actors were fired from the production. The director Gavin McAlinden and his company Charm Offensive Limited produced Pentecost by David Edgar in London in March […]


I was recently introduced to a website that has “the largest video collection of women’s stories”. For me, after watching a few videos especially those of female artists in film, comedy and writing, it was more than just “women’s stories” because of the reality of the difficulties that are embedded in the stories. Of […]

The “Other-ed” Theatre

After reading Victor Maog’s post on HowlRound elaborating on his own Asian American experiences and the “2014 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival”, I couldn’t help but think about my own experience with Latino theater and our movements to organize together. Specifically I was comparing what I’ve seen and witness so far in the […]

A Vincent Van Gogh Musical

The Huffington Post Arts & Culture recently published an article on their website about a new musical about Vincent Van Gogh called “Vincent”. The arts editors created a fake playbill satirizing the event and artistic creation. I found it intriguing to be exposed to this news in such a opinionated way so I tried to […]

This Is (in fact) Our Youth (of today)

In inspiration through a guest workshop with Bill Marx today, I look at this drama criticism article of “This Is Our Youth” directed by Anna Shapiro with star name Michael Cera in the role of Warren. This article posted on the Village Voice website utilized two voices of criticism “One Veteran, One Youth”. I understand […]

The Big Merge: Internet and Theatre

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Some will reject it all together, some will half-ass-idly try to incorporate it, many will fail, but sometimes and someday we will find a way, the way to merge the internet, social media and our smartphones with the staged theatre. An article on HowlRound explored different possibilities and […]

Recovering from Reality TV

An article on reported the closing of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway in early January. The article also highlighted the addition of actress NeNe Leakes to play the role of the Wicked Stepmother for the ending of the show. I understand the article used her previous credential “of The Real Housewives of Atlanta”  to offer […]