TCG Bulletin

June 2010, Volume 33, Issue 6


Editor:
Christopher Shuff

Associate Editor:
Claire Mazur

Contributors:
Laurie Baskin
Sarah McLellan
Alissa Moore
Jason Tseng


Also online this month:


FIELD LETTER

In this month's Field Letter, Teresa is back with a report on her activities of the last several months. She's been busy traveling to theatre events around the continent and charing the National Performing Arts Convention. She writes, "I . . . don’t know of another performing arts discipline that has created such a robust not-for-profit sector, distinct from its commercial counterpart, but that has found a way to be mutually reinforcing. Can you imagine a Broadway for orchestras?"


Monthly Mental Health Moment

This month’s mental health moment is a piece of phony news fit for a theatre geek, courtesy of The Onion.

GUN GOES OFF DURING LIFE'S THIRD ACT

CHEYENNE, WY—A gun introduced during the childhood of local resident Keith Johnson went off near the end of his life's third act Wednesday, finally resolving the dramatic tension that had gripped the residents of Cheyenne. The revolver, which was inherited from Johnson's emotionally distant father, was a frequent background detail in the unfolding narrative, though its importance had been dismissed until a drunken Johnson brought it out in front of his wife, Susan, and daughter, Katie toward the end of his marriage's second act. While only fleeting and disconnected images were available at press time, including the gun itself smoking on the floor next to Katie's favorite doll, consequences of Johnson's action will not be known until police reopen the scene and either begin the fourth act of Johnson's life or announce an epilogue.


Staff Picks

The newest feature in the TCG Bulletin reveals TCG staff favorites.

Becky Kelly, Customer Service Associate Nicole Estvanik-Taylor, Managing Editor, American Theatre
My staff pick is the revamped Individual Membership page on our website. We’ve rolled out a bunch of new benefits for this year’s members, and this is a great resource to gain access to more information about each one. Members can access everything from their associate membership with Fractured Atlas to the TCG username and password registration page. (No more complicated default log-ins. You can make it personal!). Be sure to add your email address to your profile so we can keep in touch with our IM Wire and PAA’s Action Alerts! I recently got to sit in on a rehearsal of SITI Company’s new collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company on a piece called American Document (running June 8–13 in NYC). They’re returning to an inquiry Martha Graham made in the 1930s—essentially, what is America, and what is an American? While I watched, my mind went to a speech that the poet/performer Sekou Sundiata delivered at the 2005 TCG Conference in Atlanta. At the time, he was in the middle of creating what would end up being his last theatre project before his untimely death in 2007: an investigation of post-9/11 American identity called the 51st (dream) state. Those of us at the conference heard some very lyrical samples of his thought process. The transcript of that talk (along with lots of other past conference speeches) is archived on the TCG site, so I’ve reread his words and am reminded how compellingly he spoke of his compulsion to investigate that topic, and how art could help him do it.


TCG NEWS

TCG National Conference 2010-Pre-Conference on Arts Education

This story was originally published in the January 2010 issue of the Bulletin.
TCG will focus on arts education and assessment at a Pre-Conference to the June 2010 TCG National Conference. We will follow up on the Building a National TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models Pre-Conference from 2007. Education directors will be trained in adapting the national models for use in their education programs as well as aligning the evaluation and assessment work with federal and state standards.

Action: Visit the Pre-Conferences section of the website for more information and to register.

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TCG Brain Bank: Where Knowledge Earns Interest

The Brain Bank is a peer network of theatre professionals volunteering their time and expertise to offer guidance and support to their colleagues. The eligibility requirements for participation in the Brain Bank have been expanded to include senior level staff members at TCG member theatres, in addition to executive leaders at TCG member theatres. Conference registrants will receive more information soon on how to sign up for TCG Brain Bank: Live at the Conference.

Action: Visit the Brain Bank section of the website to register as a Knowledge Donor or a Peer today. Please remember that you must be executive or senior leadership at a TCG member theatre to register.

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2010 Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

Fox Fellowships are awarded in two categories: Extraordinary Potential and Distinguished Achievement. The Fellowships are intended to further an actor's artistic and professional development; to deepen and enrich his/her relationship with a not-for-profit theatre and to ensure his/her continued professional commitment to live theatre and to encourage actors to work outside their comfort zone.

Action: The application deadline is June 11. Visit the Grants section of the website for more information.

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Richard Wilbur's Translations of Molière

TCG Books has now completed publication of its series of Richard Wilbur’s world-renowned translations of Molière’s classic comedies. The Bungler and Amphitryon are now available, together with the series’ first two volumes: The School for Husbands and The Imaginary Cuckold and Lovers’ Quarrels.

Action: Visit the TCG Bookstore for more information on these remarkable English verse translations, published here for the first time in quality paperback editions.

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Free NFF Office Hours for TCG Member Theatres

NFF Office Hours are free consultation sessions available to TCG members to discuss a specific financial concern of the participant's organization, covering topics such as financial basics, optimizing the value of financial reporting and financial planning and strategy. Consultations will last up to 45 minutes and may be conducted by phone or in person at NFF's offices at 70 W. 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018.

Action: This service is available immediately through June 30, 2010. Visit the NFF website to register online.

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