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!
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!
While not a major holiday or celebration in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is widely honored in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage. May 5 gives us a chance to recognize the contributions of Mexican-American theatre and artists to contemporary theatre. Our latest blog post takes a look at just a small sample of the exciting playwrights whose works are regularly produced today. Enjoy!
Over 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s works have been adapted, modernized, twisted, and deconstructed many times over. It is not only time periods that have been switched; genders are often swapped, sexuality questioned, and the text itself is sometimes changed. But are these changes for the better or worse? Are you a Yay or a Nay? Join in the debate!
March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the theatre and film industry, women’s achievements are being celebrated. While there have been strides towards gender equity and representation in theatre, there is still work to do. The Actor’s Equity Association has done a study that identifies the “skew” towards white and male for theatre jobs .
Fortunately, there are dynamic groups dedicated to creating opportunities for women artists. The Bridge Initiative, created by Brenda Jean Foley and Tracy Liz Miller, is an incredible non-profit organization that incubates and celebrates professional female theatre artists in the Phoenix area. Read more to learn about the origins and ambitions of The Bridge Initiative.