Best Cities For Live Theatre, Intimacy Choreography, What Are Theatre Programms For, and More News


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LOCAL

Mark Hamill, Minnie Driver, Jake Gyllenhaal & more Join ‘Letters Live’ at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles

Letters Live, in partnership with Net-a-Porter and Mr. Porter, is delighted to announce the first wave of performers for its first ever public performance in the United States on February 26th 2018, at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, from 8pm – 9:30pm PST. read more here

Tim Dang: New Chapters and Maintaining Diversity

Cultural Navigation: What Diversity Means

When Tim Dang stepped down as the Artistic Director of East West Players in 2016, he told the LA Times that he didn’t know what the next chapter in his life would entail. Although he’s no longer running a theatre, the ethos behind his leadership is clearly still his driving force. read more here

LOCAL FOR KIDS

Fourth Annual! Fantastical! Bob Baker Day

YOU are cordially invited to BOB BAKER DAY 2018 – the 4th Annual Celebration of Bob Baker’s ongoing legacy!  Let the puppets and the people of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater entertain you with the sights and sounds of a celebration you’ll never forget. read more here


NATIONAL

Best Cities For Live Theatre Announced By Actors’ Equity Today

Broadway and off-Broadway theaters in New York City, along with theatres in Los Angeles and Chicago, employ thousands of actors on many stages, but what comes next? Where are the other best places to see live theatre in the United States? Actors’ EquityAssociation, the union representing 51,000 live theatre actors and stage managers across the country, today released its first annual list, the “2018 Regional Theatre Report,” that provides some answers. read more here

Cliff Williams: Why theatres need to hire intimacy choreographers.

The theatre can be a messy place, and often this is most evident in the rehearsal process. Violence and intimacy scenes stand as two of the more interesting challenges. How do we display violence on stage, while keeping the actors safe? How can an actor sit there and take a punch every night, for 20+ performances, not to mention every rehearsal, without getting injured? How do we make it look believable? If the audience sees even an inch of air, they’re likely to tune out and go: “Whoops, that was fake.” We actor-combatants need the audience to believe that the moment was real. Paradoxically, we need them to know that it’s fake, otherwise they’re concerned for the actor, and are taken out of the story. read more here

Bill Rauch Appointed as Artistic Director for World Trade Center’s New Performance Space

The Board of Directors for The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (The Perelman Center) today announced the appointment of Bill Rauch – an acknowledged leader in American theater, as the head of its artistic team, planning for The Perelman’s opening season. Working with the organization’s Board of directors, president and The Perelman team, Rauch joins The Perelman’s leadership following his twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). The Perelman Center will be New York City’s newest state-of-the-art performing arts venue, and is the final component of the original World Trade Center “Master Plan.” read more here

PBS to Air Concerts From Sutton Foster, Leslie Odom Jr., Stephanie J. Block and More this Spring

Some of Broadway’s brightest stars-Leslie Odom Jr., Andrew Rannells, Sutton Foster with special guest Jonathan Groff, and Stephanie J. Block-will headline four special performances as part of a new series, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Presents – Stars in Concert. Combining the intimacy of cabaret with Broadway panache, each evening will showcase one of these leading voices of musical theater illuminating their musical journeys to stardom, revisiting favorite songs, and delighting viewers with their versatility and captivating performances. read more here


AROUND THE WORLD

How Kenya’s Lagnet Theatre Company is taking on Aids, pollution and injustice

Lagnet Theatre Company was launched in Kenya in 1999. “We wanted to be first to use theatre to tackle the problems that had been defining our community,” explains Desai Ogada, its founder and current artistic director. “During the 1990s, there was a lot of stigmatisation to do with HIV and Aids. We wanted to use theatre as a means of conveying the message that discrimination is not acceptable.” read more here

Radio and theatre help bring peace in South Sudan

Radio programmes and participatory theatre are playing a strong role in reducing rumours and inflammatory speech that divide communities in South Sudan. EURACTIV spoke to a person instrumental in the project, who received a prestigious award last week. read more here

Lyn Gardner: It’s time to reconsider what theatre programmes are for

“Why are actors’ biographical details in theatre programmes so universally rubbish – just a long list of past plays and films?” asked Channel 4’s political correspondent Michael Crick on Twitter last week after going to the theatre to see The Birthday Party. Somebody quite rightly answered by tweeting drily: “Because they’re writing about their job… acting?” read more here

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