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News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.

Who wears the pants? A brief look at cross-dressing in opera

Historically, cross-dressing in the theater is fairly common-place, and in opera, this is no different. In our latest blog post, we take a look at the tradition of cross-dressing in opera, how it changed during the reign of the castrati, and the prevailing practice of ‘pants’ roles. Enjoy!

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The 2019 Tony Awards Are Here!

Once again, it’s been a busy year on Broadway. What are your picks for the 2019 Tony Awards? Take a look at our special awards blog to remind yourself of the brilliant shows that have wowed New York’s theatre audiences. Check out a few of the StageAgent predictions, and add your own!

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Rediscovering the classics: Arthur Wing Pinero

For theatre companies seeking to stage the classics, there is a standard set of 19th and early 20th century playwrights who frequently come to mind, such as Wilde, Shaw, Ibsen, Strindberg. Yet one of the most popular playwrights of his day is rarely produced and only known by those great readers of Victorian theatre: Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. As we celebrate his birthday (May 24), read on to learn more about his life and work!

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I Wish I Knew: 7 things to know as a director! Interview with Jeffrey Lo

Jeffrey Lo

Jeffrey Lo is a Filipino-American playwright and director, and the casting director at the soon-to-be Tony Award winning TheatreWorks Silicone Valley! J Lo (as he’s lovingly known by his friends), gives an incredibly detailed, thoughtful, wise interview about how playwriting led him to directing, why we still have a long way to go to achieving equity and inclusion in the theater, the difference in directing new works vs. classical works, and much, much more. If you’re interested in directing, playwriting, acting, or anything else, this is the interview for you!

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Big Women of Opera: Celebrating female opera creators

For centuries, the world of opera creation has been very much a boys’ club and it can seem that even in 2019 very little has changed. However, our latest blog post takes a look at at some of the creative roles that women take on in opera, featuring three female opera creators: a composer, a conductor, and a director. Happy reading!

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