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How Two Mfoniso Udofia Plays Became One Night of Theater

"Our idea has been to let the plays shine, to let the playwright shine, and to support each other."

How ‘Average’ Howard Barnes Became an Above-Average Musical

Composer Michael Kooman and book writer/lyricist Christopher Dimond celebrate their "average" world-premiere CD.

Time for Arts Nonprofits to Prove They Inspire Change

If there's no positive impact you can measure, why hang your hat on the idea?

‘We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!’ (Or, ‘Don’t Pay Artists!’)

If you won't pay artists -- or respect HR laws on exempt and non-exempt employees -- maybe you don't deserve our donations.

Was Mom Right? I Hope Not

Mom thought the arts were fun and games, frivolous, with no real worth but immediate entertainment.

Who Are The 1491s and What Is ‘Between Two Knees’?

An intertribal, Indigenous sketch-comedy troupe exposes a deep cultural scar.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

Can Economic Impact Make a Case for Arts Nonprofits?

Nonprofit arts is to commercial arts what food banks are to supermarkets. Or maybe not.

Native Voices: Finding Refuge on a Hill in Los Angeles

They don’t just nurture plays. They nurture the Native artists who flock to the refuge on the hill.

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?

Arts Nonprofits: Fiscal Responsibility Is Not a Mission

Your mission is not a slogan. Your mission is not an ad campaign.

Shepard’s ‘True West’ May Not Be So True After All

I used to think this was a great play. Now I fear it's a great play wrapped in a gimmick.

What Theater Admins Can Teach Us About Our Executive Branch

The theater has mechanisms to ensure our comfort and safety. Why doesn't the government?

Let’s Disconnect the ‘Disconnect’ in Nonprofit Theater

Just because a play delivers "excellence" doesn't mean it delivers "impact."

Trigger Warnings at the Theater: Should This Be a Thing?

Isn't the whole idea of art to trigger something emotional?

Feeling Wins Elections. Feeling Wins Arts Audiences, Too.

The power of emotion goes beyond the voting booth. You'll also find it at the box office.

In ‘Hitler’s Tasters,’ Young Women Feast on the Fuhrer’s Food

Former journalist turned playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks explores a grim historical footnote.

Actors Work For Praise? No. Actors Should Work For Money

Not paying actors is a tale as old as time. True, neither total annual salary nor the pay for any particular project should define...

Jeff Bezos $2B Pledge: Just Another Amazon Promotion?

Nonprofits already know there's nothing to Amazon Smile about.

Jayne Atkinson: Many Political Women, One Singular ‘Ann’

A Texas-sized challenge for any actress, even one at the peak of her performative powers.
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