Audience (R)Evolution TCG Circle Blog Salon


As part of TCG's 2015 Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening, Caridad Svich curated a blog salon on the themes of audience engagement and community development. Below are the most recent posts, and for the full series, click here.



Hope and Consensus Organizing

(This post is part of a TCG Circle salon series connecting themes of Audience Engagement & Community Development, led by TCG’s Audience (R)Evolution program. If you would like to participate in any of these series, please email Gus Schulenburg.) When I tell people that I work at the Capshaw/Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice which houses [...]



The Audience is the Message

(Christopher Morriss in “Rorschach Test.” Photo by June Xie. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) “What do you see?” The psychologist (Christopher Morriss) points at an inkblot on the gallery wall and audience members shout out: “a butterfly!” “a vagina!” [...]



Making Space for Women’s Voices: Angela Astle

(Photo: Athena Project’s staff and board. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Denver theater director Angela Astle is on a mission to ensure that the voices of women in the arts are heard. Three years ago, when she read the [...]



Activating Audience: Theater of Radical Inclusion

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) People talk a lot about how to reach new audiences. They talk about what makes an engaged audience, and how to make audiences feel like they’re a part of the work. But we [...]



Ancient Technologies for Modern Times

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Theatre is an ancient technology. A body. A stage. An audience. A communion. This communion can be with an audience of one or thousands. It is the quality of the communion, not the [...]



Diverse Audiences for Smartphone Plays

(Photo of Ratnesh Dubey listening to Ferry Play by Emily Cordes. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Smartphone plays are an emerging genre of theatre that take advantage of mobile technology to create site-specific audio-based theatrical experiences. I have just directed one [...]



Stages of the Lower East Side and Our Audience

(Photo by Chris Harcum. Pictured clockwise from top: Jason C. Brown, Lillian Rodriguez, Randy Lee, Brigitte Barnett, Tammy McNeill and Jody Christopherson. This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Recently I’ve been creating and performing a new devised solo work titled Because [...]



The Personal Connection

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) A few months ago, I attended a Baptist church service for the first time with a friend in Harlem. I was nervous in the way that’s common when you’re entering an unknown experience, [...]



Considering & challenging “Excellence” in American Theater

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) Considering & challenging “Excellence” in American Theater In the last three weeks Culture Clash closed the sprawling CHAVEZ RAVINE under the fine direction of comrade Lisa Peterson at the Kirk Douglas Theater in [...]



Stop writing for zombies: Teaching students to create for contemporary audiences

(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.) A young Hispanic student hangs out shyly near the door of my classroom after the first day of class. As I exit, she whispers to me, “Professor, can I write a bilingual play [...]






 


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