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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With 'In The Heights'

Samuel Buchanan | Posted 10.03.2016 | Arts
Samuel  Buchanan

The musical captures the lives of Latino people living in the barrio (neighborhood) of Washington Heights in New York City.

College Audition Coaching: A New Cottage Industry?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Mary Anna Dennard

By Mary Anna Dennard Parents hire all kinds of coaches for their kiddos. Coaches for young athletes and coaches for SAT Prep, even teen life coache...

Rochelle Bright On Bringing Daffodils To Life At Edinburgh Fringe

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Sarah Illingworth

Rochelle Bright is a New Zealand-born playwright, swiftly earning a name for herself through the success of her breakout stage show Daffodils. The sho...

Meet Laya DeLeon Hayes, Voice of Doc McStuffins

Amanda Gorman | Posted 08.12.2016 | Black Voices
Amanda Gorman

This July parents stormed social media with the #savedocmcstuffins tag when it appeared that Doc McStuffins, the hit animated series about a black gir...

The New Classical Music Experience

Andrew Goldstein | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
Andrew Goldstein

I'm often blown away at how many people have some kind of connection to classical music. Even if people don't listen to classical music regularly, a majority grew up playing an instrument or enjoyed classical-cultural staples like Disney's Fantasia.

Businessmen Vs. Artists

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 07.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Artistic and business frames of mind are the opposites of each other. Instead of bringing business acumen to the arts, because it will destroy them, arts should be supported because they add value to our quality of life, which is not measured by cost.

Street Performing In D.C.: Connecting With Listeners

Meghan McDonald | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
Meghan McDonald

This past Tuesday, I found myself in the grass at Farragut Square in Washington, D.C., closing my eyes and listening -- without the usual addition of headphones.

Forget About Arts Sustainability

Andrew Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2016 | Arts
Andrew Goldstein

As a nonprofit director, I'm often baffled at how funding -- especially arts funding -- works in the United States.

The Key to Success in the Performing Arts

Andrew Goldstein | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Andrew Goldstein

Every arts organization has a mission,  be it bringing great art to their community or advancing the arts industry. But what if I told you that every mission is devoid of the most essential element for success?

Michelle Obama Hosts Talent Show To Showcase Art Program's Impact

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.27.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Final Piatigorsky Cello Fest Weekend Fetes Baroque Concerto Orgy

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.24.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

On Saturday night, May 21, four cellists, all men, played 90 minutes' worth of five Baroque concertos.

Chad Brannon Stars in the West Coast Production of Blood From A Stone

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 05.18.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

If you're lucky enough to be in the Los Angeles area until May 22nd, you can catch the running theatrical production of Blood From A Stone, starring Emmy Award winning actor, Chad Brannon, along with Dramalogue Award winner, Joanne Baron.

Corporations Are Philanthropic for All the Wrong Reasons

Andrew Goldstein | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Andrew Goldstein

For corporations large or small, philanthropy matters. It's not another form of marketing -- it's an ecosystem that will continue to give back to everyone involved.

School of Rock Stars Educate Audiences on How They Affect Live Performances

Robert Peterpaul | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
Robert Peterpaul

An audience is the final touch of magic that truly distinguishes live entertainment from film and television. The house lights dim and every individual in a plush theatre seat blurs together, becoming a unified mass intent on experiencing one story.

All the World's a Stage

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.21.2017 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Whether it's in Asia, Europe, South America, or Africa, Shakespeare's plays are happening in geographically diverse territories within their respecti...

Theatre as Community

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.08.2017 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

I asked some respected theatre veterans and educators who work and teach in America's college theatre arena to comment on the role "theatre as community" has played in their own lives. This is what they said. Much of it candid, profound and personal.

My Newfound Respect for the Hard Work Performers Do Before Stepping on Stage

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.24.2017 | Entertainment
The University of Central Florida Forum

This stuff is not easy, and boy, oh, boy, I am not looking forward to seeing this video.

My First Opera Remembered

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.09.2017 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

"L'Orphée" marked my first opera--a beautiful tale that swept me away with tides of excellent execution. I was expecting Greco-Roman and I got mid-ce...

Musical Theatre Family Creates a Stereo Experience for the Heart

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 01.25.2017 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Waves of stinging triumph gripped my father and me as we walked up the freshly poured ramp to the swanky Jefferson Performing Arts Center in suburban New Orleans.

Forget FOMO. This Is the Year of GOMO.

Julia Hartz | Posted 01.06.2017 | Entertainment
Julia Hartz

Looking back, 2015 was about moving away from materialism, and towards experientialism. I've spent a lot of time thinking about the trends that contributed to this shift and these led to 10 predictions for this coming year. Spoiler alert: 2016 could be the year you see your mom at Coachella, wake up more enlightened than dehydrated, and leave your wallet at home on purpose.

Does the College Decision Define You?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Mary Anna Dennard

Your college experience is only one in a long string of experiences that will help to mold the person you ultimately become. And your tribe will still love you for who you are, regardless of the college decision outcome.

On Rejection and Resiliency in the Life of an Actor

Rebecca Strong | Posted 11.25.2016 | Arts
Rebecca Strong

On the whole, it seems that actors spend more time looking for their next gig than actually working on one. It's one of the many peculiarities of the ...

All The World's a Stage

John M. Eger | Posted 10.28.2016 | Arts
John M. Eger

With apologies to Shakespeare, it seems that public art has taken on a new dimension. Music and theater festivals, opera without walls and the second three-day WOW Festival, for Without Walls, held earlier this month by the acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse in California has raised the bar.

Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

Women in the Performing Arts: Annette Tanner

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 07.05.2016 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This spring and summer, I have been spotlighting a handful of remarkable women who are making their mark on educational theatre. With this final entry, I round out my series, Women In The Performing Arts.