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Artists First? Charting a Future for the American Theater

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By the time our theaters reopen, which artists will be left standing? Let us revisit the ancient notion of the acting company.

Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy

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Yes, we know you care. Yes, we know you “stand with” Black people. Your words are lovely. Now get away from the keyboard and start taking action.

Post-COVID Performing Arts: Like a Trip to the Car Wash

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Restorationists expect a familiar process will always work: they’re about the car wash. Opportunists look to innovate: they're about getting the car clean.

An Important Memo From Arts Administrator Linda Richman

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To my nonprofit arts fraynd and geshvister: email me, we'll tawk. Don't be a zhhlub and go schnorring for shekels. Don't ask -- yet.

Hey, Arts Programmers: Um, There’s an Election…

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Have you heard about the election? I mean, it's all over the news. And are you factoring the election into your programming?

‘Jitney,’ in LA, Sings August Wilson’s Song of the Forgotten Man

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Only 34 at the time that he wrote his first play, Jitney, August Wilson may or may not have known just how the emotion-driven...

Measurable Impact: The Real Bottom Line for Nonprofit Arts?

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The problem with Seattle's Intiman Theatre following (not for the first time) the hysterical-panic fundraising playbook first pioneered by Oral Roberts.

How Two Mfoniso Udofia Plays Became One Night of Theater

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"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

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

Time for Arts Nonprofits to Prove They Inspire Change

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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!’)

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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

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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’?

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

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

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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?

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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

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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

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

Arts Nonprofits: Fiscal Responsibility Is Not a Mission

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

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

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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

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The theater has mechanisms to ensure our comfort and safety. Why doesn't the government?
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And I Thought, ‘Something Just Broke’

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Systemic change will be difficult until we cut out and complete irradiate the Trumpist cancer from our diseased body politic. So we fight.