Given Circumstances: Actors Play a Role in Academic Settings
Series

Given Circumstances: Actors Play a Role in Academic Settings

Series Part Two: Actor Simulations Help Train Future Doctors and More By Dara O’Brien How do you tell a parent that their five-year-old’s cancer is inoperable? Or a mother of five that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease? All doctors, whatever their specialty, will have to communicate traumatic news to some of their patients. In order … Continue reading

­­­­­­­Acting “As if” – Role Play Simulations in High Stakes Police Encounters­­­­­­­
From the Field / Series

­­­­­­­Acting “As if” – Role Play Simulations in High Stakes Police Encounters­­­­­­­

by Dara O’Brien PART ONE I once served as the General Manager of the Italian branch of a multinational financial services firm. I held the job for about five hours. The brevity of my tenure had nothing to do with my performance. It also had everything to do with it. Because I wasn’t a manager … Continue reading

VIEWPOINT: A Vote for the Outliers                                                                              by Magdalena Gomez
Viewpoint

VIEWPOINT: A Vote for the Outliers by Magdalena Gomez

Theater as activism is not a modern invention, nor is the need for pro-active civic engagement to sustain it. In 425 B.C. when Athenian playwright, Aristophanes, called out the bumbling power plays of magistrates and war mongers in his play, Archarians, he was essentially the (documented) founder of activist theater. The first documented public poet, … Continue reading

Grace and Wisdom
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT / Viewpoint

Grace and Wisdom

The Return of In-Person Oral History The League of Professional Theatre Women’s first Oral History Project of the season celebrated a return to in-person events on Monday October 17, as producer Pat Addiss shared wisdom and humor with two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, television anchor and theatre critic Roma Torre at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. … Continue reading

The State of Native Theater by Amanda Nita Luke
From the Field

The State of Native Theater by Amanda Nita Luke

I see a bright future for Native Theater in this country. A future where theater telling Native stories is a regular occurrence in communities around the country. Where communities can come together to experience each other’s stories to gain empathy about each other’s struggles and encounter each other’s joys onstage. Sharing lived experiences is a … Continue reading

Finding Meaning – The Art of Translation              by Martine Sainvil
Features

Finding Meaning – The Art of Translation by Martine Sainvil

American audiences don’t get access to many contemporary plays originally written in another language despite the burgeoning number of talented playwrights in the US and around the world who are creating work for the stage in languages other than English. Traditionally, classic European plays such as those written by Moliere, Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov … Continue reading

CELEBRATING 1,000 YEARS OF WOMEN WRITING PLAYS
Advocacy / Features

CELEBRATING 1,000 YEARS OF WOMEN WRITING PLAYS

by Alexis Greene Hrotsvitha and Alice Childress; Rachilde and Zora Neale Hurston; Ana Caro and Mrs. Harlow Phibbs. They lived centuries and continents apart, but they shared two enticing characteristics:  they were women and they were playwrights.         And now they are among the 250 dramatists who constitute “ON HER SHOULDERS: Celebrating 1,000 Years of … Continue reading