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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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Award Winning 99 Seat Show now en route to White House

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Broadway World: It’s been an extraordinary journey for Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening.  First produced in a 99 seat theater, it was then remounted in the larger Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  From there, the production next moved to the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway where it became a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.  Along the way, both  Los ...

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New Plays Explore Modern Gay Life

The New York Times:  “As a closeted teenager and then as an out adult, [Mark] Gerrard had defined himself by his difference. “I sort of come from the generation where my gayness, at least to me, was the most interesting thing about me,” he said. Suddenly it didn’t seem so interesting. “Who am I now if I’m not an outsider, if I’m not special any ...

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The 180-Degree Decision to Stage Shakespeare With Only Women

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Playbill: “[Director Phyllida] Lloyd was inspired to direct an all-female production in reaction to the fact that for every job available to a woman in the theatre, there were two available for men. While the statistics were applicable across the industry, she focused on the actors, saying, “I was fed up with the young people – teenagers – being subjected again and again to nights ...

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Special Section in American Theatre Magazine covers Artists with Disabilities

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The November 2015 issue of American Theatre Magazine includes a special section covering theater artists with disabilities and associated topics: Deaf and disabled theatre artists have been claiming a place on American stages for their stories and their bodies for some time now. The larger field is—perhaps too slowly, if not too late—recognizing these as the newest fronts in representing full human diversity onstage.

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Keep Your Hands Off of My Kimono, White People

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AMERICAN THEATRE: On Monday, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced they would mount a production of The Mikado at the NYU Skirball Center next January with an almost all-white cast, using Japanese backdrops, props, clothing, and wigs. Following playwright Leah Nanako Winkler’s perceptive blog post about the show, the hashtag #saynotoMikado was created. It was only last year that Seattle’s Gilbert & Sullivan ...

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Celebration Theatre: Welcome to the Hood!

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Within 15 minutes of Celebration Theatre announcing the location of its new home, the Lex Theatre at Lexington Ave & McCadden, Hollywood Theatre Row, artistic director Michael Shepperd was immediately greeted by a welcome email from Jon Imparato at the Los Angeles LGBT Center right down the street. He very subsequently also received a direct order:  “Come to one of my shows…(expletive)!” — a largely ...

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What is Diversity?

I wake up every day, well most every day, with the same ambitions and expectations of myself that I had when I was 25. Of course, the moment I move I’m immediately reminded that I am no longer 25, nor have I been near that age in decades. But my perspective on life, my ambition to explore my environment and my nature don’t feel any ...

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Multicultural

Theatre was born the moment one being tried to express a story to another. It’s as simple as that.  Given that every culture anywhere in this world has some form of theatre, it can easily be claimed that theatre is a universal art form. In some cases it looks like dance, in others it looks like religious ceremony. In some it is the ritualized process ...

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