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Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ Announces National Tour

LA Times: Deaf West Theatre’s revival of the musical “Spring Awakening” is closing Sunday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after more than 130 performances on Broadway. Producers have announced plans for a national tour in 2017 but declined to reveal more details Thursday. The musical began previews in New York on Sept. 8 and opened on Sept. 27. Members of the Broadway cast, including Oscar- and ...

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Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater

Sheldon Epps has been the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. He came to that position with a great many credits, including being the Assistant AD at the Old Globe, the founder of several theatre companies, and a noted director on and off Broadway. His television credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood.  We talked just before his announcement to step down ...

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More on Mother Courage and #BlackPerspectivesMatter

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Tonya Pinkins walking out of the Off-Broadway production, Mother Courage and Her Children, has made clear the difficulties that can occur when artists of varying perspectives collaborate, particularly when sensitive topics like diversity are part of the mix.  As further proof of the nuances involved, Michael Potts, another actor from the production, recently gave his behind-the-scenes perspective about what happened during the rehearsal process: I’ve ...

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The Diversity Conversation Lands on Broadway

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Broadway World:  2015 saw a rise in the discussion about diversity, the way that different members of society are portrayed in mainstream art and have access to mainstream art creation.  Whether focused on gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, or physical disability, the conversation that mainstream art must represent the whole of society – in both subject and artistic participants – has attracted widespread attention.  Locally, StageRaw.com ...

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What Would An American National Theater Look Like?

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Playbill believes it knows how an American National Theater should look… and why America needs one: …unlike most nations (the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, and India among many others), the U.S. has no government-sponsored dramatic company and no single building that houses America’s brand of theatre. Why? What would a national theatre look like in America? Or, are we better off without one? Many ...

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Theatre Communications Group Takes Official Position on Color-Conscious Casting

Theatre Communications Group, the publisher of American Theatre, has taken an official position on color-conscious casting.  You can co-sign this letter by going to their web form. December 2, 2015 Over the past several weeks, we’ve witnessed two troubling examples of university productions disrespecting a playwright’s intent in regard to casting. Clarion University in Pennsylvania had to cancel their production of Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in ...

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Report: Stage Raw Symposium on Diversity in Theater

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Stage Raw: The third and final in a series of recent Stage Raw symposia was held Monday.  It focused on the hot topic of diversity: During the post-symposium questions, a discussion erupted over Howlround’s Jubilee. The general consensus was dismissive.  

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Video: 99 Seat-to-Broadway Production of Spring Awakening at White House

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As part of the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cast of Deaf West’s 99-seat-to-Broadway production of Spring Awakening  was invited to perform at the White House on November 18, 2015. The program officially recognized the origins of this production in a 99 seat theater with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts: This is the start of the Spring Awakening  portion ...

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Dramatists Guild President on Writer’s Rights

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Dramatists Guild of America President, Doug Wright, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding playwright Lloyd Suh’s decision to prevent Clarion University from producing his play, Jesus in India, over casting issues: November 18, 2015 Recently, issues of casting and race have arisen in our national conversation about theater. While the Dramatists Guild applauds these necessary, rigorous and heartfelt conversations, it seems to us ...

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Los Angeles County Supervisors Seek to Formally Improve Diversity in the Arts

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SUBSTITUTE MOTION BY SUPERVISORS HILDA L. SOLIS AND MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS NOVEMBER 10, 2015 Improving Leadership, Work Force, Programming and Audience Diversity in Los Angeles County Cultural Institutions As the County of Los Angeles (County) is recognized around the world as a leader in the performing and visual arts, its Arts Commission should be at the forefront of encouraging a constructive County-wide conversation about ways to ...

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