11 episodes

In Conversation, The Drama League's acclaimed series of live discussions with the directors who are changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world. The brand new #Collaboration series provides a window into the collaborative process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor; the two artists will discuss their journey towards pursuing a unified idea and share how they bridged a relationship to collaborate on specific projects. Video and podcast episodes will be released simultaneously on a weekly basis.

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    • Performing Arts
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In Conversation, The Drama League's acclaimed series of live discussions with the directors who are changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world. The brand new #Collaboration series provides a window into the collaborative process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor; the two artists will discuss their journey towards pursuing a unified idea and share how they bridged a relationship to collaborate on specific projects. Video and podcast episodes will be released simultaneously on a weekly basis.

    #Collaboration - Associate Artistic Women Leaders of Color

    #Collaboration - Associate Artistic Women Leaders of Color

    This conversation was recorded in late May 2020, prior to the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks, and in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope.We recognize and stand with the following organizations:Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.comBlack Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.orgNAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.orgAmerican Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/nowNational Resource List, linktr.ee/NationalResourcesListRecorded on May 20, 2020We gathered three rising stars of the field who serve our industry as both director and associate artistic director to debunk what exactly is the role of an associate artistic director? We also deep-dived into the experience of being a woman of color on the job at a historically White institution. Drama League alums Nicole A. Watson (Round House Theatre), Dawn Monique Williams (Aurora Theatre Company), and Pirronne Yousefzadeh (Geva Theatre Center) sit down with our Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks.IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.You can help! Donate here:dramaleague.org/ghostlightIf you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here:dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resourcesWatch the interview on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/434185313/2ec2932dfa Learn more about Nicole A. Watson:nicoleawatson.com/Learn more about Dawn Monique Williams:dawnmoniquewilliams.com/Learn more about Pirronne Yousefzadeh:pirronne.com/A list of artistic leaders of color to know:Meila BensussenArtistic DirectorHartford StageChanel BraggAssociate Artistic DirectorArizona Theatre CompanySnehal DesaiArtistic DirectorEast West PlayersBarry FlemingArtistic DirectorActors Theatre of LouisvilleNataki GarrettArtistic DirectorOregon Shakespeare FestivalMaria Manuela GoyanesArtistic DirectorWoolly Mammoth Theatre CompanyRebecca MartinezAssociate Artistic DirectorWP TheaterJonathan McCroryArtistic DirectorNational Black TheatreMuriel MiguelArtistic DirectorSpiderwoman TheaterRaelle Myrick-HodgesCreative Director651 ARTSEvren OdcikinInterim Associate Artistic DirectorOregon Shakespeare FestivalJacob G. PadronArtistic DirectorLong Wharf TheatreRalph B. PeñaProducing Artistic DirectorMa-Yi Theater CompanyMichael A. SheppardArtistic DirectorCelebration TheatreHana S. SherifArtistic DirectorThe Repertory Theatre of St. LouisHarold StewardProducing Co-Executive DirectorThe Theater OffensiveStephanie YbarraArtistic DirectorBaltimore Center Stageand many more.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Queering The Theater

    Queering The Theater

    This conversation was recorded in late May 2020, in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope.We recognize and stand with the following organizations:Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.comBlack Visions Collective, blackvisionsmn.org/NAACP Legal Defense Fund, naacpldf.org/American Civil Liberties Union, action.aclu.org/give/nowRecorded on May 28, 2020The Drama League gathered the leaders of our nation’s top LGBTQIA+ theatre companies. The conversation that unfolded investigated why queer specific space is important in the American Theatre? How do we honor voices of the past, present, and future? Who is overlooked in our communities? How do we lead our communities and its allies towards a more equitable, authentic, diverse, and inclusive practice? And so much more! The Drama League’s Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks is joined by Megan Carney (About Face Theatre), Paul Conroy (Out Front Theatre Company), Philip Crosby (Richmond Triangle Players), John Fisher (Theatre Rhinoceros), Adam Odsess-Rubin (National Queer Theater), Michael A. Sheppard (Celebration Theatre), Harold Steward (The Theater Offensive), and Zak Stowe (Stage Q) in an unprecedented conversation about queering the American theatre. IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.You can help! Donate here: dramaleague.org/ghostlight If you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resourcesLearn more about Megan Carney and About Face Theatre:aboutfacetheatre.com/Learn more about Paul Conroy and Out Front Theatre Company:outfronttheatre.com/Learn more about Philip Crosby and Richmond Triangle Players:rtriangle.org/Learn more about John Fisher and Theatre Rhinoceros:therhino.org/Learn more about Adam Odsess-Rubin and National Queer Theater:nationalqueertheater.org/Learn more about Michael A. Sheppard and Celebration Theatre:celebrationtheatre.com/Learn more about Harold Steward and The Theater Offensive:thetheateroffensive.org/Learn more about Zak Stowe and Stage Q:stageq.org/Watch the interview on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/431895548/65fcc1d27eLearn more about The Drama League:dramaleague.org/Video Editing Services provided by @catalinmedia

    • 1 hr 24 min
    In Conversation with Lileana Blain-Cruz

    In Conversation with Lileana Blain-Cruz

    The conversation that you are about to witness was recorded on May 8, 2020, before the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and Tony McDade. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We've attached links in this video and in the description to point you towards ways to support Black lives. We hope to not distract from the work on the ground but ally it with light from Black artists. We feel it is important to share this conversation to spread light, leadership, and hope from one of the field's most exceptional Black voices. We hope you enjoy In Conversation with Lileana Blain-Cruz.We recognize and stand with the following organizations: Black Lives Matter, https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019Black Visions Collective, https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/NAACP Legal Defense Fund, https://www.naacpldf.org/American Civil Liberties Union, https://action.aclu.org/give/nowIn this episode, the incredible visionary director Lileana Blain-Cruz joins artistic director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, to discuss her love of language, her wish to collaborate with Rihanna, and the steps she takes in keeping her work active.  IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.You can help! Donate here: dramaleague.org/ghostlightIf you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resourcesLearn more about Lileana Blain-Cruz:http://www.lileanablaincruz.com/  Watch the interview on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/425512714Learn more about The Drama League:http://www.dramaleague.org/  Video Editing Services provided by @catalinmedia

    • 30 min
    #Collaboration with Michael Mayer, Christian Borle, and Jonathan Groff

    #Collaboration with Michael Mayer, Christian Borle, and Jonathan Groff

    In this episode, the artists of Westside Theatre's revival of Little Shop of Horrors look back on their eventful creative journey together. Director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A View from the Bridge), actor Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Smash, Something Rotten!), and actor Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Frozen, Looking) deep dive into their long history of working with each other across theater and film.#COLLABORATION, The Drama League's new series of conversations that provide a window into the partnership process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor. In each episode, artists will discuss their journey together on a project and their relationship as collaborators. The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning collaborators from around the world.The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.You can help! Donate here: dramaleague.org/ghostlightIf you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resourcesLearn more about Little Shop of Horrors: https://www.littleshopnyc.com/Learn more about Michael Mayer: https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/michael-mayer-15595Learn more about Christian Borle:https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Christian-Borle/Learn more about Jonathan Groff:https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Jonathan-Groff/Watch the interview on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/422921385/b10b4d1cbfLearn more about The Drama League: dramaleague.org/Video Editing Services provided by @catalinmedia

    • 50 min
    In Conversation with Desdemona Chiang

    In Conversation with Desdemona Chiang

    In this episode, Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks sits down with director Desdemona Chiang, to discuss her tremendous national directing career, her work to further Asian American stories on stage, and how she's developed a reputation for directing across all genres.IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.You can help! Donate here: dramaleague.org/ghostlightIf you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resourcesLearn more about Desdemona Chiang:https://www.desdemona.org/blog/ Watch the interview on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/420517347 Learn more about The Drama League: dramaleague.org/Video Editing Services provided by @catalinmedia 

    • 30 min
    #Collaboration with Diane Paulus, Elizabeth Stanley, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    #Collaboration with Diane Paulus, Elizabeth Stanley, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    In this episode, the creatives of Broadway's Jagged Little Pill look back on their creative process.  Director Diane Paulus (Waitress, Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland), movement direction & choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Babel, 生长genesis, Fractus V), and actress Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town, The Bridges of Madison County, Ragtime) deep dive into the making of Jagged Little Pill from its beginnings at American Repertory Theatre to it's opening on Broadway. #COLLABORATION, The Drama League's new series of conversations that provide a window into the partnership process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor. In each episode, artists will discuss their journey together on a project and their relationship as collaborators. The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning collaborators from around the world.The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.You can help! Donate here: dramaleague.org/ghostlightIf you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resourcesLearn more about Jagged Little Pill:  https://jaggedlittlepill.com/  Learn more about Diane Paulus:  http://www.dianepaulus.net/  Learn more about Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: http://www.east-man.be/en/people/161/Sidi-Larbi-Cherkaoui Learn more about Elizabeth Stanley: http://www.abouttheartists.com/artists/294810-elizabeth-stanley Learn more about American Repertory Theatre:  https://americanrepertorytheater.org/  Learn more about the album/creator: https://alanis.com/  Watch the interview on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/417747999/27949c8358 Learn more about The Drama League: dramaleague.org/Video Editing Services provided by @catalinmedia

    • 45 min

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