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The Blank Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for 26th Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival

Celebrating its 26th Anniversary this year, The Blank Theatre's Annual Young Playwrights Festival is now seeking submissions nationwide from playwrights 19 years of age and younger. The submission deadline is March 15, 2018. Winning plays will be presented by professional actors and directors in June of this year at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. read more here

City Buys Commercial Property to Develop Playhouse District's First Pocket Park

The City of Pasadena is in the final stages of purchasing commercial property at 717 E. Union Street in the heart of the Playhouse District with plans to develop a pocket park at the location.

The park will be the first of its kind in the Central District of Pasadena. read more here

Billy Crudup in 'Harry Clarke': A deviously brilliant performance is reborn as an audiobook

One of the last performances I saw in 2017 was one of the sliest: Billy Crudup in David Cale's “Harry Clarke” at New York's Vineyard Theatre. I caught this off-Broadway solo work at the end of its run and regretted that I hadn't seen the show earlier to spread the word.

The sad thing about the theater is that when a production closes, it's gone forever. This premiere of “Harry Clarke,” however, is going to have an afterlife that theater lovers far and wide can enjoy. read more here


Free Museum Day for LA Kids in January 2018

Nothing is better than educating the kids while they are having fun! Take advantage of free Museum day this January and teach your kids about fascinating exhibits offered for free on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The following Kids Friendly Museums are free as part of the 13th Annual Museums Free-for-All. read more here

Bob Baker Marionette Theater's Traveling Show

Bob Baker Marionette Theater returns to the Miracle Mile Toy Hall to bring New Year's joy! Join us for a heartfelt puppet show followed by a meet and greet with the puppets. read more here


John Leguizamo Will Host This Year's Obie Awards

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President and CEO) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, CEO; Stephen Mooallem, Editor-in-Chief) are pleased to announce that the 63rd Annual Obie Awards will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018, and will move to a new venue, Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street). Emmy and Obie-winning actor John Leguizamo will host. read more here

Artists Are Gathering This Week to Discuss How to Sustain Art Spaces in Denver

Denver has a lot to learn when it comes to sustaining artists and their careers. There are a few artist-run spaces operating and the news of Meow Wolf's arrival brings much needed financial backing to the growing art community, but there are concerns that Denver's development will push out local artists and galleries who cannot afford the cost of living and working here. The closing of pivotal places like Rhinoceropolis and the need for anchored galleries likePirate and Next to relocate is marring the landscape of Denver's artistic scene. In order to keep creative people in Denver— and not fleeing for bigger cities with better infrastructure to support them— there needs to be a community for them to form decisions and to participate in. The executive director of Black Cube (a nomadic contemporary museum)  Cortney Stell explained, “artist-run spaces are important to the cultural ecosystem, but they are also often the most fragile–with little funding and support.” read more here

Downtown Milwaukee's InterContinental being rebranded as independent, arts-focused hotel

Downtown Milwaukee's InterContinental Hotel is being rebranded as an independent, arts-focused hotel.

The 221-room hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., is dropping the InterContinental brand, which it began using in 2007, operator Marcus Hotels & Resorts Inc. announced Tuesday.

Instead, it will be marketed as "a creatively bold independent arts hotel," according to the statement. The redesigned hotel will include curated exhibits, contemporary art installations and live performances. read more here

Pre-to-3: Study examines drama's links to early literacy

Theatrical approaches give students 'another language' to show what they've learned

There's nothing like the sights and sounds of a live production. But can attending a theater performance improve early literacy skills? That's what researchers at Purdue University hope to learn as part of a new research partnership involving 10,000 children from 116 schools across the country. read more here

Audiences Encouraged to Offer Feedback at Cleveland Public Theatre's Entry Point Festival 

"We actually started to hope it would be a failure, since it was so hard to put it all together. But last year was incredibly popular, so we're doing it again this year. I guess we can hope it'll fail this time!" So says executive creative director of Cleveland Public Theatre Raymond Bobgan, with tongue slightly in cheek, as he talks about their Entry Point event that starts Jan. 18, and runs through Jan. 20. read more here


Puppetry with existential angst; not for the easily offended but incredibly moving and powerful.

Canadian puppet maestro Ronnie Burkett had the opening night audience eating out of his hand with his extraordinary production, The Daisy Theatre, as part of Sydney Festival.

Burkett has been running his Theatre of Marionettes for 30 years, performing all the puppetry and voices himself. In The Daisy Theatre no two performances are the same, as some 40 characters lurk backstage: a ramshackle cast of assorted drunks, loudmouths, misfits, various faded divas and artistes of dubious repute, who appear according to Burkett's whim and the atmosphere of each performance. (At one point the audience gets to choose which of three divas makes an appearance in the spotlight.) read more here

True West Africa

In Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire, theatre persists despite declining government support and lingering questions about who it's for.

In Dakar, Senegal, the general refrain is that theatre “doesn't exist” in the nation's capital city, the westernmost spot on the continent. Since the heyday of African theatre in the 1990s, as countries declared their independence from their historic colonizers and reclaimed their native theatrical traditions, creating festivals and building a proud pan-African audience, the momentum has largely dissipated in West Africa. read more here


Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom. read more here