Why Do Kids Need Theatre?

Theatre is exceptional at helping young people hone interpersonal social skills, community building techniques, and problem solving. Young people deserve the opportunity to inhabit spaces which allow for safe self express.

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Send in the Clowns

@ This Stage Contributor, Julia Stier, interviews USC’s Rebecca Mellinger to explore the therapeutic power of “Medical Clowning”.

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Gender-Conscious Casting

Gender-conscious casting practices that revive the classics for a queer and trans community of artists. And though these casting practices directly represent LGBTQ+ artists and audiences, their impact reaches everyone.

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What is ‘Devised Theatre’? 

“Devised theatre can be exceptional at highlighting underrepresented narratives in the world. Since everyone’s voice from the group is an integral component in the process, more perspectives get sifted through while collaborating.”

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Shakesqueer – A Queer, Feminist Reading

“We know from his plays that he struggled intimately with the social conditions that produce identity in the first place. A queer reading of Shakespeare dwells not on the orientation of the man but rather of the works. And Shakespeare’s works are queer AF.”

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Must the show go on?

Theater making is intimate and emotional work, so it is vital that theater makers feel safe when creating. When we fail to center the needs of our workers, we perpetuate burn-out culture.

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