Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Off Stage Conversations

Hello, this is Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League, and I'm here with Off Stage Conversations, where I take a look at what's discussed in the national and international theatre community.

I'm sorry that I've been absent for the past few weeks -- it's been a busy time. The South Florida Theatre League celebrated its 20th Anniversary and we're gearing up for some new programming to help make the next 20 just as exciting.

As the next two Wednesdays are Christmas and New Year's Day, I will be absent from blogging until 2014. So here is the final round up of articles of interest for 2013.

Are the Arts Only for the Rich?

Aaron Gervais has a great piece on why the rich donate to the arts. Gervais notes that some of the biggest donors to the arts are also some of the biggest supporters of the Tea Party and examines why that overlap happens. Meanwhile, A. Nora Long looks at the creation side of the equation and wonders if Shakespeare or Mozart could exist today, given that artists aren't expected to make a living at their art.

How Not to Discount

A small primer on why punishing discounted ticket buyers is not a great policy

Rehabilitation through the Arts

Chris Hedges writes about on teaching playwriting in prisons and the Guardian has a piece on why cutting these programs is a bad idea.

Creating Better Talkback Behavior

Lauren Gunderson writes on bad talkback behavior and how we normalize it.

And this month in gender parity discussions...

Jacqueline E. Lawton interviews Marie Sproul, who says one of my new favorite things regarding gender parity:
We do have gender-based theatres. Most of our regional theatres are male-based theatres. They are overwhelmingly run by men and the majority of the stories they tell are about men, written by men and directed by men. They may not have it in their mission statement that they are a theatre that exists to tell the stories of men, but actions speak louder than words!

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