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A group of protesters carrying a sign in support of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.
Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part Two
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Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part Two

18 June 2024

In the final installment of this two-part conversation, artists from the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and Al Límite Collective in New York City come together to discuss the performance of Youth Against Invasion in the Cultural Resistance March, the Freedom Theatre’s global impact, and hopes for the future of the Freedom Theatre.

A zoom meeting featuring the authors of Youth Against Invastion.
Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part One
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Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part One

17 June 2024

In the first installment of this two-part conversation, artists from the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and Al Límite Collective in New York City come together to discuss the work of the Freedom Theatre and its school and the creation of Youth Against Invasion.

Two figures in abstract red and black costumes dance on stage.
Gender, Disability, Transmedia, and Balkan Folklore
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Gender, Disability, Transmedia, and Balkan Folklore

10 June 2024

Sophie Sagan-Gutherz shares about Kat Mustatea’s ielele, a show that uses a unique instrument called the BodyMouth to sound out histories of the ielele, a genderless creature in Balkan folklore. Sophie highlights how this show’s use of technology illuminates connections between disability and transgression of binary gender.

A group of primary school students pose for a picture outside.
How One Nigerian Theatre Project Turned Students into Climate Activists
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How One Nigerian Theatre Project Turned Students into Climate Activists

5 June 2024

Eseovwe Emakunu and Anita Anoma of Shanty Theatre recently launched a campaign that brought together primary school performers and university audiences for a dance drama performance about climate change. They discuss the creative process and impact of this performance project, which catalyzed action and learning about the impact of climate change and deforestation in Nigeria.

A photo of the outside of a Theatre Building with two statues in front.
The German Theatre System Has a Problem With Power and Discrimination
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The German Theatre System Has a Problem With Power and Discrimination

3 June 2024

Thomas Schmidt, author of Power and Structure in Theater, shares his research on the German theatre landscape. He illuminates toxic power structures, explains how the way theatre operates is a result of Germany’s neocolonial and Nazi history, and offers recommendations for how to improve in the future.

An actor speaks into a microphone in a dimly lit space.
How Theatre Can Create Positive Change in Our Food Systems
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How Theatre Can Create Positive Change in Our Food Systems

29 May 2024

Food Tank’s Little Peasants bridged theatre and advocacy by staging an interactive play set during a union vote at a fictional international coffee chain. Elena Morris discusses the play’s development process and its place in the theatre-based food systems advocacy strategies employed by the nonprofit Food Tank.

A man in a red shirt stands on stage with a microphone.
Collaborating and Confronting the Able-Bodied Gaze in Herein Lies the Truth 
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Collaborating and Confronting the Able-Bodied Gaze in Herein Lies the Truth 

28 May 2024

Rob Silverman Ascher chronicles the collaboration between Aaron Pang, a non-fiction storyteller with no formal theatrical training, and Johanna Kasimow, a director with a background in devising and physical theatre, on Herein Lies the Truth: Pang’s story that centers around sex and disability and confronts able-bodied expectations of what a disabled performer ought to share.

Three performers act in a brightly colored bedroom set.
Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick
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Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick

21 May 2024

In Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick, a new adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well, issues of consent in both the bedroom and the theatre classroom are explored in the modern context of college. Erin Murray explains how the show creates a theatrically slippery and inquisitive space which prompts audience members to examine their own role in a society that fosters rape culture. 

A theatre marquis reading The World is Temporarily Closed.
Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre
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Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre

20 May 2024

Barbara Fuchs shares findings from “For a Resilient US Theater, Post-Pandemic,” a Pandemic Preparedness Performing Arts research project which looked at how the nonprofit theatre sector responded to the COVID pandemic. The report asked what worked, where, and why, in order to recommend new measures to pave long-term stability in theatre. 

A man guides a woman's arm during a performance.
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet

16 May 2024

Todd London celebrates the work and love story of multidisciplinary theatremakers Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet who have been creating theatre as part of the ensemble Talking Band for the past fifty years. 

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