Actors With Disabilities Are Ready, Willing and Able to Take More Roles
As modern theater productions undergo a necessary shift towards more racially diverse casting--hello, Hamilton!--and characters of color continue to shine on stage, the industry is (gradually) opening up to inclusionary opportunities for actors with disabilities.
Black Actors Made History, Winning All Four Musical Acting Categories at the Tony Awards
#TonysSoDoverse: Congratulations to Leslie Odom, Jr. for lead actor in Hamilton; Daveed Diggs for featured actor in Hamilton; Renee Elise Goldsberry for featured actress in Hamilton; and Cynthia Erivo for lead actress in The Color Purple!
A Year Later in Charleston, ‘Citizen’ Breaks the Silence
It's been nearly a year since Charleston lost nine churchgoing citizens to the hand of a gun-wielding racist, and the city is still recovering. Sharon Graci, artistic director of PURE Theater, believes that art can and should make a difference in the healing process; that silence is not an option; and that a staging of Claudia Rankine's own Citizen offers the opportunity for a much-needed conversation.
Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang on the Duality of Art
Big ticket shows like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Hamilton are normalizing multi-racial casting on a very public--and hugely popular--scale; for playwright and Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang, this diversity offers the perfect means for the medium to unite the "dual function of expressing difference and commonality at the same moment."
Black Actress Cast as Hermione; J.K. Rowling Enthusiastically Approves
Next summer, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"--a new play featuring everyone's favorite fictional wizard and friends--will make its debut on the London stage. The cast was just announced, featuring a black actress in the lead as Hermione.
The Beauty of Complexity: Or the Death of the Pure Aesthetic
Polly Carl is the founder and director at HowlRound--an online creative hub for artists to share feedback, teaching, and vision--and a cyclist. Here, she discusses the ways in which theater is like biking, and what curators can learn from letting go of their own comfortable beliefs and start listening.
Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang on the Strange State of Race in Contemporary Theater
In a conversation with fellow Art of Change Fellow Bill Rauch—whose own role as Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is challenging industry conventions with modern takes on the Bard—playwright David Henry Hwang discussed the strange disconnects of theatrical reality.
Art of Change Fellow Bill Rauch on Making Art as a Social Justice Mission
As Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Art of Change Fellow Bill Rauch has had the opportunity to challenge our collective notions of what theater is—and can be—with his groundbreaking repertory.
Art of Change Fellow Bill Rauch: Why We’re Translating Shakespeare
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's new Play On! series will pair 36 playwrights with dramaturgs to translate each of Shakespeare's plays, and create "companion pieces" for the original texts. OSF Artistic Director and Art of Change Fellow Bill Rauch responds to criticisms of the project.