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Imagining a New Federal Theatre Project with Corinna Schulenberg and Dr. Elizabeth A. Osborne: Theatre History Podcast Season 3 Episode 9
As a part of the New Deal, the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s funded theatre in the United States at an unprecedented level, providing paid work for trained theatremakers and low-cost performances to audiences all around the country. Corinna Schulenberg and Dr. Elizabeth A. Osborne discuss the history of the Federal Theatre Project and its potential to act as a model for a New Federal Theatre Project formed in conjunction with racial justice, climate justice, and Land Back movements.
Going Beyond Shakespeare with Rob Crighton: Theatre History Podcast Season 3 Episode 8
Shakespeare looms large over both the American and British theatre scenes. But his outsize influence means that we’ve long neglected a dizzying array of fascinating and brilliant theatre written by other early modern England dramatists. Robert Crighton and the Beyond Shakespeare Company are working to remedy this, and Robert joins us for this episode to discuss how they’re trying to expand our awareness of the theatre of this era.
A Theatre for the Oppressed? Dr. Amy Richlin on Slavery and Plautus: Theatre History Podcast Season 3 Episode 7
The ancient Roman comedies of Plautus have inspired playwrights from Shakespeare to Sondheim. But they've also been seen as grim reminders of the oftentimes horrifying world of ancient Rome, where violence and slavery were commonplace. Dr. Amy Richlin joins Mike Lueger to talk about her book Slave Theater in the Roman Republic, which explores how Plautus's plays gave voice to enslaved persons during this era.
Lady Romeo: Learning About Nineteenth-Century Actress Charlotte Cushman with Tana Wojczuk: Theatre History Podcast Season 3 Episode 6
In the nineteenth century, Charlotte Cushman became United States’ first celebrity actress. Tana Wojczuk, who has written a new biography of Cushman, joins the Mike Lueger to talk about the actress’s remarkable life both on stage and off.
Introducing the University of Pittsburgh's August Wilson Archive with Dr. Sandra Shannon and Bill Daw: Theatre History Podcast Season 3 Episode 5
As the University of Pittsburgh prepares to make August Wilson’s archive publicly accessible, Dr. Sandra G. Shannon and William Daw join Mike Leuger to discuss Wilson’s flourishing legacy.
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Important Conversations About Theatre
Wonderful conversations about the current state of American theater; especially showcasing BIPOC artists and their thoughts on what needs to change to fully support BIPOC theater artists.