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Category: Current Events

In the Heights: Let’s Talk About Colorism and Representation

Walking out of the theater with tears dried on my cheeks and mask I thought I’d never seen a more beautiful film. Then the critic reviews and tweets started rolling in.

Filmed In Front of a Live Studio Audience

Is filming in front of a live studio audience a form of theatre?

Pay Attention to [Those] [Wo]men Behind the Curtain

Today is International Women’s Day and I would like to spotlight some of the amazing women that I have had the chance to work with behind the curtain. Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

Musical Performance in Mainstream Television

Have you ever been watching a tv show and suddenly there is this random musical number (or even a whole musical episode) that doesn’t quite fit? I’ve noticed it a more than a few times and it is just the strangest thing. The reason for musical numbers may not be initially obvious, but it’s there if we look for it.

Dear Mr. President and Madam Vice President

“Dear Mr. President and Madam Vice President,” is a nationwide letter writing campaign, organized by BeAnArtsHero and The Dramatists Guild of America, imploring the incoming administration to prioritize commitment to the Arts.

How Do You Find Love that Wasn’t Lost: The Muppet Christmas Carol Confusion

For as long as I can remember my family has had the tradition on Christmas Eve to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. Every year we would turn on the movie to the theatrical version, about halfway through we would stop the movie and switch to the full screen version for a couple minutes, and then go right back to the theatrical version. What? Who switches the version of the movie halfway through just to switch back? Well, we did because the version that we wanted to watch is missing a very important couple of minutes.

“Cancel Culture” vs “Flawlessness Culture?”

In the current world climate there has been a lot of, what has come to be known as, “Cancel Culture.” “Cancel Culture,” is the idea that if one part of something good is bad, then the whole thing is bad. I don’t agree or disagree with the idea of “Cancel Culture” yet, I am still trying to make up my mind and figure out where I stand. What I think is interesting is how people are now also flipping it and saying if one part of something is good, then the whole thing is good.

Educating Young Theatre Artists

Anyone who has gone to a public high school knows that you have core classes and then elective courses to round out your schedule. How about arts education?

Guest Writer: Theater for the Common Man vs. Broadway Elitism

Let’s talk about Broadway elitism, shall we?

What is Dramaturgy: About the Field and Its History

I have mentions all over my website about dramaturgy, but how many of you know what a dramaturg is?