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Female Fusion - The Intersection of Art and Activism

Reena Dutt is exactly the artist that this column is named for. She creates art; theater, film, web, and video, that moves the conversation forward. The subject of the conversation changes, the message is sometimes obvious, sometimes more obtuse, but the medium stays constant. Art speaks and Dutt knows the language intimately.

There are so many stereotypes of what an ardent feminist, an activist, a person of color fighting for representation is; strong, powerful, angry. Dutt is quite disarming and funny. She laughs easily and often. She is petite, pretty and slightly self effacing. read more here


Audio Interview: Barbara Luna (Lt. Marlena Moreau of Star Trek) and the cast of "South Pacific" at La Mirada Theatre

Enjoy this interview about “South Pacific” featuring an opening interview with Barbara Luna (Lt. Marlena Moreau of Star Trek) who was in the original 1949 production. Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, runs until May 13th. listen to the interview on SoundCloud


Fire, Glass-Walk With Me: A Revealing Interview With Vixen DeVille

Fire-eating, glass-walking, circus aerial, magic, burlesque, costume crafting, comedy, and acting—British actress Cat LaCohie fits all of these skills into her life and her new solo show “Vixen DeVille Revealed”, coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June.

Originally from Newcastle, LaCohie began her career in London, with appearances at Cafe De Paris, The Ritz Hotel and at the Charing Cross Theatre in West End, since relocating to Los Angeles. read more here


Deanne Bray and Troy Kotsur

Now Casting: World premiere ASL/Spoken English love story “Arrival & Departure” at Fountain Theatre

The Fountain Theatre is now accepting submissions from hearing actors for the world premiere of Arrival & Departure, a funny and poignant new play written and directed by Stephen Sachs that will blend American Sign Language and spoken English. read more here


Face To Face: Street Artist Teachr and Fairfax High School Students Come Together To Teach Peace

Renowned street artist Teachr (Keith Biele) will display his work and highlight the art work of 16 Fairfax High School students he has mentored, on Thursday, May 25th from 4-10 PM.

The art show will take place at Flux Rebellion (7763 Melrose Avenue), who generously donated their space to allow the students to sell their pieces and keep 100% of the income while learning the business of art and harnessing their creative energy in a positive way. read more here


Antaeus Academy Classes Open for Enrollment

Antaeus Academy is offering now 12 classes and this is the time to enroll for these summer sessions! read more here


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Larry Harvey during the Burning Man festival in 2011.CreditJohn Curley, via Associated Press

Larry Harvey, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70

Larry Harvey, the guru-like driving force behind Burning Man, the globally celebrated anti-establishment, anti-consumerist festival that he and a friend began 32 years ago on a San Francisco beach, died on Saturday at a hospital in San Francisco. He was 70. read more here


Students in every Putnam City school are offered a variety of art instruction by 95 fine arts teachers. Western Oaks Elementary second-grader Siriwan Adsawathanat practices for a school program in vocal music class.

Interviews: Putnam City school district puts emphasis on the arts to inspire students to success

Whether playing the national anthem at an Oklahoma City Thunder home game or performing an intriguing string quartet cover of the Beach Boys' classic “Barbara Ann” at an Oklahoma Autism Center fundraiser, members of The Silver Strings of Putnam City stay on the move. read more here


Young Audiences Program Brings Teaching Artists To Students


‘You Did It So Well': Traveling Theatre Connects Shakespeare With Everyone

The team, called “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,” takes their show on the road, performing at local schools and parks.

“Shakespeare is for everyone. It can pop up, and perform in your parking lot,” said Allison Watrous, Executive Director of Education for the DCPA.

Using an old Ford pickup truck as their set, cast members perform iconic Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” read more here


CPHS teacher to receive national theatre award

Charles Page High School teacher Andrea Campfield will receive the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).

The AACT Distinguished Merit Award is reportedly presented to individuals and organizations in recognition of contributions made to promote and develop the highest standards for community theatre. The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the international theatre festival aactWorldFest 2018 June 18-23 in Venice, Florida. read more here


24 Teachers and Teaching Artists Board Educational Theatre Association's Model Curriculum Framework Project

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has named 24 individuals to form its Model Curriculum Framework Project, which aims to expand instructional practices for both teachers and teaching artists around the country.

The project, supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, pairs 12 teachers with 12 teaching artists, each selected from a pool of over 100 candidates. The pairs will receive online training in standards-based teaching and assessment strategies before convening in Cincinnati July 12–15. read more here


AROUND THE WORLD

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America. Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/AP

EU rule could leave theatres dark

The president of the Association of Lighting Directors warns that a new directive could make all existing equipment obsolete
I am writing to you as the president of the Association of Lighting Designers, and as the Founder of Theatre Projects, an international theatre design company that for 60 years has been at the forefront of British theatre technology, responsible for the stage design of the National Theatre, and for over 1,500 theatre projects in 80 counties. read more here

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