Representation Matters: Telling Queer Stories in a Significant Way

Representation Matters: Telling Queer Stories in a Significant Way

As pride month draws to a close, we’d be remiss if we didn’t call attention to the lack of diversity in telling LGBT+ stories for the stage. The theatre community is comprised of many different types of people, with an especially large number of people who identify as LGBT+. If our community is so largely composed with queer people, why aren’t we doing a better job of telling their stories?

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Theater is Everywhere: Even in the Sky

Theater is Everywhere: Even in the Sky

I literally find drama everywhere I go, whether it’s in my own exceptionally dramatic behavior, or in the universal human habits, I notice which are sneakily Tony-worthy. I’m spending my summer in my hometown, and not doing very many theatrical things. But upon returning home, I was almost immediately struck by a rather intrusive recognition of drama in my life. 

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Prominent Performing Arts College Rocked by Explosive Allegations

Prominent Performing Arts College Rocked by Explosive Allegations

One the more prestigious performing art colleges in Chicago today is reeling over allegations by former students. The allegations against Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University range from the treatment of students to unethical behavior and racial discrimination. Multiple former students have also come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against a current faculty member.

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When To/Not to Change The Time Period of a Show

When To/Not to Change The Time Period of a Show

Lately, it’s become a theme to change the time-period and/or setting of a popular play/musical. For example, I once saw a post-apocalyptic version of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan, and believe it or not it worked! I personally enjoy seeing popular shows re-imagined, but I believe that there is a time and place to make that dramatic decision.

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Loving Your Body in a Looks-Oriented Industry

Loving Your Body in a Looks-Oriented Industry

Although the world of musical theatre is slowly becoming more diverse and inclusive, our look still plays an important part in casting. In some cases, being in an industry that places so much focus on your body can lead you down a dangerous path. It took me years to love my short, slightly thicker body and to be perfectly honest; I'm still working on it.

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Why We Do the Classics

Why We Do the Classics

We do shows like Kiss Me Kate, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Carousel not to show how we should be, but how we shouldn’t. I didn’t realize it at the time, but performing Kiss Me Kate in high school was extremely educational. Not just because we were doing a piece of theatrical history, but because it was teaching us young artists how we shouldn’t act in society.

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We’re Not So Different: Sports and the Arts

We’re Not So Different: Sports and the Arts

I want you to imagine something. Imagine huge crowds of people filing into a special venue to witness a display by professionals working at the highest tiers of their field. The tickets were expensive, the seats aren’t quite comfortable, the drink prices are outrageous. Specialized, high-powered lights illuminate the playing area and loud music fills the air. The professionals emerge, dressed in specialized clothing and equipment, and begin their hours-long display. The action is intense, sometimes exciting, sometimes heartbreaking, and about halfway through, there is a break for everyone to recover and chat. When it’s all over, the crowd will cheer for a job well done and grumble if their expectations weren’t met, but they’ll probably go to a similar event in the future. Those same fans will gather around their televisions once a year in a celebration of the best of the best, usually with friends, food and drinks at the ready. 

Now, here’s my question: did you picture a Broadway show, or a sporting event?

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