$carcity in the Arts

$carcity in the Arts

For a medium built on community, collaboration, and connection, I fear I am experiencing and witnessing a lot of scarcity minded behavior in the theatre. As I travel and direct around the country I am seeing more and more artists, myself included, being asked to work for less and less compensation. Worse so than that what often people report to me or I hear from potential employers is that as much as they would like to hire someone, they just don’t have the resources. “We accept volunteers!” 

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Cancelled Production of "West Side Story" Shows that Colleges Still Don't Understand How to Cast Roles of Color

Cancelled Production of "West Side Story" Shows that Colleges Still Don't Understand How to Cast Roles of Color

While many within the Kent State University theatre community were excited about the possibility of performing the iconic West Side Story this fall, unfortunately, their hopes have been dashed. This past week it was announced that due to the backlash of casting non-Latinx performers in Latinx roles, theatre administrators decided to cancel the production and perform a different musical instead.

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Why I Chose a B.A. in Theatre

Why I Chose a B.A. in Theatre

A BA program allows you to explore the many other aspects of theatre. I went to college convinced that all I ever wanted to do was act. I quickly learned that acting would not always be an option. My first semester after not getting into any shows- I assistant stage managed a beautiful children’s show which taught me what goes on behind the scenes of a production.

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No College Theatre Program is Worth a Shitty Professor

No College Theatre Program is Worth a Shitty Professor

This is the time of year where many college students are either returning to their various theatre programs are beginning them. As someone who works in college education myself, I am well aware of what colleges should be doing to make their programs worthwhile for their students. 

However, employing shitty faculty members is far from one of them.

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Dear Central Connecticut State University, It's Time to Shut Your Theatre Program Down

Dear Central Connecticut State University, It's Time to Shut Your Theatre Program Down

Dear President Dr. Zulma Toro of Central Connecticut State University, 

As much as it pains me to say this, it's time to shut your theatre program down. It's incredibly rare for me to make such a declaration, however, given the turmoil surrounding the program and its faculty, it's become clear that student safety apparently is not a primary concern within the department. Therefore, in good conscience, I cannot recommend students to major in theatre at CCSU.

Shut it down. 

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Issues at Broadway's "Chicago" All Too Familiar When It Comes to Bullying in Theatre

Issues at Broadway's "Chicago" All Too Familiar When It Comes to Bullying in Theatre

After spending 22 years in a cast of a Broadway show, one deserves a curtain call worthy of that achievement. It could be a standing ovation during the final bow. Or a backstage celebration. Or parting gifts from the cast, creative and producers. 

But instead of being recognized for a rare achievement in New York theatre, Jeff Loeffelholz ended his own life with a mixture of painkillers and alcohol. 

What led Jeff to this point is going to be the subject of investigations by multiple organizations and their results could lead to a complete reshaping of working conditions in professional theatre.

While Jeff's alleged treatment behind-the-scenes at Chicago is horrific, for many other performers, it's all too familiar. 

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More Colleges Should Be Producing New Plays

More Colleges Should Be Producing New Plays

Two years ago, I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in Theatre and minors in Writing and Film Studies. Since it’s a smaller and lesser-known school, many people may not ever know it, but if there’s anything about the theatre program at ECSU that makes it special and sets it apart from other many colleges in the New England region, it is its consistent support for newer and lesser-known works, including some plays that may be more controversial or experimental. 

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"You Will, If You Keep Moving" - My Beginning Experiences with Ballet

"You Will, If You Keep Moving" - My Beginning Experiences with Ballet

I’ve never been the best with dance. My earliest experiences with it would go as far back as learning choreography for the first musical I ever acted in when I was in high school with Singin’ in the Rain. From there, in continuing to pursue acting, I gradually picked up on more and more comfort-ability with approaching it. But it was still always an awkward relationship—kind of in the same vein of being mutual acquaintances with someone, but having mixed feelings about them for whatever reason. 

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