There is one trailblazing organization committed to not only keeping art as a focal point in schools, but more importantly dedicated to shifting the way society respects, understands and appreciates art as a world-changing tool: Inner-City Arts.
I kind of feel like, if you bring a show to the Fringe, it's like the Universe's way of hazing you, and whatever the outcome, just by surviving the month, you are in the club.
Arts education matters. People exposed to the arts play a significant role in the continued innovation of the U.S. The arts are an essential part of our heritage and vital in what makes us human. Our lives, and our children's lives, would truly be empty without the arts.
Her story is hugely dramatic, yet Three Days is sometimes devoid of drama. That may be because director Jack Cummings III has chosen a presentational style -- actors speaking to an audience -- in fragmented moments.
A brushed and shiny coat. Designer clothes. A downy bed. Chef-inspired treats. What pet pooch doesn't deserve to be pampered? As man's - or women's - ...
"I owe this group so much," says Alexandra Saali, a founding member from 2008 who now serves as a Young Professionals "Amplifer" for Girl Be Heard. Hearing about the plights of Congolese women and the other girls gave her "purpose, mission, and the drive that kept me on track through the crazy years of growing up.
Racism has been constantly on my mind! This is unlike me. I tend to focus on what I want, and where I am going. No, I am neither naïve nor delusio...
Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story every told. How do you make that new? To take material so well known and keep it fresh is a tribute not only to how well the festival directors know the plays, but also to how fearless their staging and inventions are.
If you want an insightful, often-ironic look at the cultural ether, ask a comic. If you want to know how New York City's population operates, ask Colin Quinn. His The New York Story, now off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater, zings ethnicity, political correctness and the bland stupidity of ignoring diversity.
Working on the stage production of Claudia Rankine's book CITIZEN: An American Lyric -- about the "everyday" experience of racism -- has been teaching me unscripted lessons.
In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there.
The first person I spoke to in Liverpool was the clerk checking my passport at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. He said "thank you very mooch," and he sounded so much like Ringo Starr I thought he was putting me on. There was something else in his voice, sincerity.
It is because of my age and experience that I have the wisdom in how to direct and contain my energy more productively. It's a shame that the film industry and most industries see women in their 50s as too old when really it is our best decade.
Theatre22's latest production Wizzer Pizzer is an offbeat, timely, enjoyable journey down an LGBT Yellow Brick Road. The play uses The Wizard of Oz as its foundation with the Dorothy character played by Eric Mulholland as a transsexual man struggling with his identity.
Scale the Summit, an American instrumental and progressive rock band based out of Houston, isn't your average cup o' joe.
A fixture in the dance and theater world for over six decades, de Lavallade helped pave the way for current stars like Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince. In the clip below, I ask whether she carries any sentiments of resentment about the lack of opportunity for black dancers when she came up as opposed to today.