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A Day in the Life

by Jamie Ferguson Usually in college, people learn things like math, history, or science. They take lots of exams, do homework, and spend at least some time in the library. I, on the other hand, majored in acting. I spent four years learning how to figure out a character’s objective, how to appropriately apply fake facial hair, and how to slap somebody across the face. ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience, Take Two: Defining Audience

by Jason Rohrer Every year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reports on the artistically praiseworthy habits of each American region: Pacific residents go to a lot of straight plays; New Englanders are more apt to see a musical; East South Central dwellers don’t read as much as Mountain inhabitants. These divisions largely support the stereotype of cultured, elitist coastlines flanking a large, simple-minded heartland. Let’s, ...

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Community

by Jamie Ferguson I am a theater person. Surprising, I know, to find a theater person writing an article in a theater program, but anyway. I moved to Los Angeles recently, and I was a bit nervous about what I would find once I ventured into the theater community out here. I was afraid that in L.A., theater might get pushed to the side, marginalized ...

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Little Theatres, Big Effects: How Theatre Changed My Life (and what it can do for you)

By Hannah Logan The first live theatre I ever saw was a production of Princess and the Pea. As soon as the lights went down I was transfixed…the story, the costumes, the handsome prince and of course the GIANT MATTRESS held me in awe. This was not at all like the 6-8 hours a day of television I watched. This thing called “theatre” breathed, was ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience…

By Jason Rohrer According to Aristotle, theater is supposed to provide catharsis, a purging of negative emotion, resulting in a refreshed body and mind and, therefore, a more productive citizen. So when’s the last time you got all that out of a trip to the theater? In order to perform that valuable function, a play has to galvanize us, to make us think and feel ...

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