We Are (Not) What We Perform: Identity and Casting
As an industry, I fully believe we should strive for authenticity and raising up voices of marginalized people whether they are writing the script, behind the scenes, or on the stage. But at the same time, people should not be required to list every invisible facet of their identity just to get a job. Nor should those who don't fit these identities perfectly be immediately invalidated on that note.
Moments of Irrevocable Change: Reflecting on the Semester
The way things often happen at Carnegie Mellon, for better or for worse, is after a tragedy we work. But that work is necessarily different for what we have been through. Whether it means we have to skip out on something or follow a whole new course, things change.
All The More Dangerous: Taking Care in Uncomfortable Theatre
Taking care of artists and audiences in theatre is not shielding them from discomfort. It is finding a way to discuss difficult topics and present uncomfortable events on stage that provides enough safety so the audience can engage with the meaning and take something forward.
Standing in the Silence with The Band's Visit
In a musical theatre piece on Broadway in this day and age, to be so quiet for so long is risky and daring. Fortunately The Band’s Visit - book writer Itamar Moses, composer and lyricist David Yazbek, director David Cromer, and the entire cast and creative team - have taken the risk of silence.