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Audiences Can Fix the Diversity Problem in Hollywood

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Diversity is making headlines in both theatre and film. During an interview with Variety, “Mr. Pig” star Diego Luna offers a different take on the issues of diversity and responsibility, illuminating the widespread controversy as a topic not just generated by productions, casting or voting seasons. “Audiences also play a role in what’s reflected…”

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London’s National Theatre Commits to Gender Equality by 2021

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“Across the Pond” diversity is taking a front and center role as The Stage recently reported that National Theatre, South Bank London director, Rufus Norris, has just committed to ensuring to reach gender parity by 2021 for directors and living writers the venue employs.   The measure is part of a diversity drive at the South Bank theatre. “Gender balance across the whole organisation is massively important”. ...

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How Social Media is Pushing Hollywood to Fix Its Diversity Problem

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If you’ve been wondering what the value is for actively embracing and participating (posting, sharing, tweeting, retweeting, commenting) in social media and social media for the arts, this article from Fast Company should give you an idea about the power of its uses. Co.Create: Stars like Spike Lee, Snoop Dogg, and Jada Pinkett Smith have incited a revolution…and it started with an Instagram post. Impassioned ...

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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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