Theatre Communications Group exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally and Kathryn M. Lipuma is the Chair of TCG’s Board of Directors. A past executive director of New York’s Tony-winning Signature Theatre and current executive director of Chicago’s Writers Theatre, Kate talks about her work for TCG, how she ended up in Chicago theatre, how the lessons learned locally can be shared nationally (and vice versa), gives a shoutout to Michael Halberstam’s taste in kicks, reveals her Chicago roots, discusses the importance of the shared experience and establishing communities, how theatre connections can be made at sporting events, the rise of American Theatre (our industry’s journal of record) and its companion website, how theatre contributes to the country’s culture, and what theatre does as it approaches the crossroads of people’s shifting relationships with the arts. (Length 23:50)
American Theatredevotes four pages of its December 2014 issue to a “reduced” history of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Featuring interviews with founding members Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, critic Bob Mondello, and managing partners Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, it only manages to cover the RSC’s first decade or so — clearly a sequel article will be required!
From writer Brad Hathaway‘s opening:
Shakespeare wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit”. Had he seen his complete works abridged by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, would he have added “…but this is ridiculous”?