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Pep Montserrat for The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe has a feature on Boston’s new artist-in-residence program:
Imagine a dancer working with police officers to better interpret a suspect’s gait. Or a musician teaching a city parking clerk how to listen deeply. Or an abstract painter rearranging a tangle of contradictory street signs. That’s the idea behind Boston’s new artist-in-residence program, which will embed local artists inside city departments to promote creative thinking about municipal government.
StageSource Executive Director (and recent C1 PlayLab guest speaker!) Julie Hennrikus wrote an editorial for the ARTery about arts space and funding in Boston:
We are in the midst of a social revolution right now, and cultural equity is part of it. Cultural equity requires acknowledging, addressing and dismantling the systemic and social inequities that are built into the fabric of our society. We can’t achieve what is possible unless we acknowledge that even in the arts, which are supposed to be a great equalizer, inequity persists.
Do we really care about cultural equity? That is an important conversation, and speaks to Boston’s history and its future. We have to care. The arts community has the opportunity to be a leader on this front in a way that would change the city. Could different funding streams help? When companies rely on ticket sales to the degree that they do in Boston, fear of change becomes ingrained. Rethinking offerings, audiences, locations, art forms — all of that requires change.
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This post was written by Obehi Janice, who joined Company One’s staff as a resident actor last fall — we’ll be spending some time at our upcoming staff meeting chatting about what it means to be a resident actor at C1, and how Obehi can intersect with the various departments of the company through her work as a TCG Fox Foundation Fellow.
I first learned I was one of six actors nationwide to receive a Fox Foundation Fellowship through Theatre Communications Group in August 2015. In October 2015, I began attending weekly C1 staff meetings as part of the collective and contributing thoughts to the general decision-making model. In the midst of all this rapid change, and weeks prior to receiving the grant, I was cast in An Octoroon and We’re Gonna Die.
I would be lying if I didn’t say that my life has completely changed in a short amount of time. Never in my career did I think that I would have the opportunity to be a “resident actor”. C1’s belief in me as a growing actor, as well as their trust in me to be around the table week after week, signifies that even though we should all celebrate this unique opportunity, it is also a time for the collective to take a step back and ask, “What should this look like?”
photo credit: Bi Jean Ngo
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These are recaps written by playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton of the second and third days of the 2014 TCG conference in San Diego, CA. Read the second day recap and third day recap.
This article talks about the works of three different playwrights, including C1 artist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors), that explore narratives outside of their own racial backgrounds. Read the article here.
This article by Diep Tran talks about the high amount of debt those who go to college for theatre incur, the struggle artists have to repay that debt, and how colleges can better prepare and talk to their students about the cost of their education. Read the article here.
At the TCG Conference in San Diego this past June, playwright Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) gave remarks at the To the Mountaintop plenary. The session dealt with the future of diversity and inclusion in theatre. Read Diaz’s speech here.
This American Theatre article by Eliza Bent shows how Seattle’s TeenTix have lured more teens into buying theatre tickets and what strategies work and what doesn’t. Read the article here.
This article by Scott Palmer, artistic director of Bag&Baggage in Hillsboro, OR, talks about how their recent grant from Met Life/TCG’s A-Ha Program: Think It, Do It, enabled them to connect with communities unaccustomed to theatre. They discovered how the language they use to talk about their company is hitting their rural neighbors to the west in addition to other discoveries they’ve made in their research. Read the article here.
In this TCG article, writer Keith Josef Adkins discusses the Trayvon Martin project, which is six ten-minute plays involving issues raised by the Martin-Zimmerman case that will be staged at theatres across the country. Also, in this article, playwrights discuss how today’s generation of writers are writing more complexly both stylistically and content-wise regarding issues about race, and they talk about engaging the audience in a dialogue once the show is over. Read the article here.