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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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Not in Our Theatre: The Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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American Theatre – The Chicago advocacy organization Not in Our House (NIOH) joins theatres across the country in combatting sexual harassment. “The theatrical unions’ and guilds’ existing processes for addressing this kind of unacceptable behavior are inadequate. There is a sense that the response from unions and theatres has been non-existent or insufficient. In addition, the unions and guilds take the position that if an ...

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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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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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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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Jennifer Lawrence: Why Do These Dudes Make More Than Me?

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Lenny Letters: “It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks , I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself.”  ~Jennifer Lawrence

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Real Women of East LA Are in the Palisades and Pasadena

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LAObserved: Center Theatre Group calls itself “L.A.’s Theatre Company,” yet continues to demonstrate virtually no interest in LA stories. Fortunately two of the area’s larger theaters are compensating for CTG’s apathy toward its home town with productions about “real women” Eastside garment workers, for starters.  http://bit.ly/1MFOtxx    

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What Lies Beneath: The Truth About Unconscious Bias

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AMERICAN THEATRE – Do men write better plays than women? We think we know that’s not true. So why does the disparity persist?  What is the truth about unconscious bias?  http://bit.ly/1LLF0Sg

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Glenda Jackson Laments Lack of Key Acting Roles for Women

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The Guardian: Five months after standing down from her Hampstead and Kilburn constituency, Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson is acting again, featuring in a radio adaptation of the 20-volume cycle Les Rougon-Macquart by Émile Zola. But the former Labour MP’s reaquaintance with the industry has left her profoundly unimpressed with the dearth of roles for older women and an absence of lead roles for female ...

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Sienna Miller Quits Play After Being Offered Half the Wage of Her Male Co-star

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Stylist Magazine: Sienna Miller has revealed that she refused the Broadway role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret in New York when she discovered she was offered only half the wage salary of her male co-star.  The issue of gender inequality among actors has been a hot topic of late, as many have come out to whistle blow the sexism they encounter on a regular basis ...

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