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Art Works Podcast: Bryan Doerries

August 16, 2012 Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp in Theater of War. Photo by Howard Korn This week’s podcast pulls back the curtain on Theater of War. Its artistic director and founder, Bryan Doerries, is a classicist and translator, who was convinced that the Greek tragedies still had the power to move contemporary audiences, particularly […]

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Art Works Podcast: Michele Lowe

August 2, 2012 By Josephine Reed Piter Marek and Alok Tewari in a Denver Center Theatre production of Inana. Photo by Terry Shapiro This week’s podcast takes us backstage with playwright Michele Lowe. Although it’s not easy to make a living in the arts, Lowe has become a successful playwright whose work has been produced […]

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Postcard from the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival

July 11, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am during the Theater That Matters session at this year’s Aspen Ideas Fest. Photo by Dan Bayer I closed out June and kicked off July at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is just what it sounds like: a convening of leading thinkers in particular subjects. It’s an […]

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Art Talk with Michael Kahn, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company

June 8, 2012 by Don Ball Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, photo by Scott Suchma “[Y]ou have to be as uncompromising as you possibly can about who you think you are, and to fight for that, in bad times and good times.” — Michael Kahn Having established himself as a premier artistic director […]

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Postcard from New York and Charleston

June 1, 2012 By Rocco Landesman At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Blue Star […]

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Art Talk with David Henry Hwang

May 30, 2012 By Rebecca Gross David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang While an undergraduate at Stanford University, David Henry Hwang’s first play, FOB, was produced in the glamorous setting of his dormitory. The play, whose title is shorthand for “fresh off the boat,” examined the lives of recent Chinese immigrants. Though Hwang’s stages […]

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Art Flows Through the Mississippi Delta

May 7, 2012 By Rebecca Gross A student leaps during a dance workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi, held by Ailey II member Shirley Black Brown (seated). Photo by Panny Mayfield With a long history of poverty, poor education levels, and dismal health statistics, the Mississippi Delta region is accustomed to making do with meager resources. But […]

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Happy Birthday to the Bard

April 23, 2012 By Paulette Beete and Rebecca Gross For a guy who likely never advanced beyond grammar school, who made up words, and was once called an “upstart crow” by a critical peer, Shakespeare’s done pretty well for himself. Almost certainly the most produced playwright of all time, and likely the most quoted as […]

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Catching Up with Girlstories Leadership Theatre

April 4, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Girlstories Leadership Theatre participants perform their summer production of The Dream We Dare. Photo by Fran Powers The first time we featured Girlstories Leadership Theatre (GLT) on the Art Works blog, the Tampa-based organization had just received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle […]

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Art Talk with Holland Taylor

Holland Taylor

March 5, 2012 by Paulette Beete Holland Taylor. Photo by Linda Matlow/PIXINTL “Art makes everything else in life work. Without art, we are broken.” — Holland Taylor You may not recognize her name, but you’ll definitely recognize her face and that distinctive voice. Over a decades-long career Holland Taylor has racked up an impressive array […]

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