Aussie Theatre: Australia and UK announce largest cultural exchange between the two nations

Aussie Theatre: Australia and UK announce largest cultural exchange between the two nations. “A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations. Launching in both countries in September 2021, The Season will strengthen and build cultural connections and will include a diverse programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.”

Getty: Archive of Celebrated Stage Director Peter Sellars Comes to the Getty Research Institute

Getty: Archive of Celebrated Stage Director Peter Sellars Comes to the Getty Research Institute. “For over 40 years, Peter Sellars has pushed boundaries within the theater and performing arts communities—from unconventional reimaginations of classic plays to politically charged operas, to festivals that celebrate art around the world. The acclaimed stage director, UCLA Distinguished Professor and MacArthur Fellow has donated his vast personal archive to the Getty Research Institute. Along with a related donation—the Los Angeles Festival records—his papers will greatly enhance the Research Institute’s holdings related to developments in the history of perform­ing arts.”

Exclusive: Years of Theater Diversity Data Now Housed in 1 Place With Launch of Counting Together Website (Backstage)

Backstage: Exclusive: Years of Theater Diversity Data Now Housed in 1 Place With Launch of Counting Together Website. “What is the racial and ethnic makeup of actors hired in theater? How many female playwrights have been produced on Broadway? Previously, if a person wanted the answer to those questions, they would have to use Google and ask other industry professionals. Now, a new website called Counting Together is gathering theater industry reports around gender, race, and disability in theater dating back to 2006 and putting them in one place.”

Broadway World: Broadway & Beyond Creates Contact Database for Stage Managers of Color

Broadway World: Broadway & Beyond Creates Contact Database for Stage Managers of Color. “Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color has recently updated its website to include a contact database for stage managers of color who are open to work and a job postings section. Broadway & Beyond is committed to continuing to develop pathways for aspiring and mid-career stage managers of color to enter or achieve the next level of success within the professional theatre industry. With these new functions, the Broadway & Beyond website is an invaluable, free resource for making those connections.”

Broadway World: Canadian Musical Theatre Database Announced

Broadway World: Canadian Musical Theatre Database Announced. “Today, TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced the new project, the Canadian Musical Theatre Database (CMTDB). This inclusive online resource will advocate for greater access, leading to increased production of Canadian musicals by professional, community and youth theatre companies, as well as by student productions within the education sector.”

American Theatre: Seeking a Director of Color? Now There’s a Database for That

American Theatre: Seeking a Director of Color? Now There’s a Database for That. “Among the challenges faced by U.S. theatre directors, both practitioners of color and their white counterparts, is the feeding frenzy that can happen when an in-demand director becomes a hot commodity. Directors who toil in obscurity for years can suddenly get a high-profile regional, Off-Broadway, or Broadway gig, and then everyone wants to hire them, whether it’s Sam Gold or Lileana Blain-Cruz. [Kareem] Fahmy said the BIPOC Directors Database could also be used by fellow directors who want to be able to refer directors to qualified colleagues when they can’t take the gig.”

American Theatre: Woolly Mammoth Launches RESET Digital Collection

American Theatre: Woolly Mammoth Launches RESET Digital Collection. “Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced the launch of RESET, a free digital collection of resources and video performances. The collection will be available through March 31. In August 2020, curators Nicole M. Brewer, Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Jordan Ealey, Kristen Jackson, Leticia Ridley, and Nikkole Salter began identifying works that have deeply impacted them as Black women theatre artists, activists, and scholars. The collection will pay tribute to Black playwrights, poets, actors, and members of the National Black Theatre.”

“I Was The One Who Broke Broadway”: Meet The First Usher To Test Positive For COVID (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “I Was The One Who Broke Broadway”: Meet The First Usher To Test Positive For COVID. “On March 11, 2020, the lights of Broadway in New York City were still shining bright. But as curtains rose in theaters around Times Square, one member of the Broadway community, an usher and aspiring actor named Peter McIntosh, was lying in a hospital bed, just hours after arriving with a positive diagnosis he’d received that day for COVID-19.”

The Guardian: Oh what a lovely archive: British Library gets Joan Littlewood treasure trove

The Guardian: Oh what a lovely archive: British Library gets Joan Littlewood treasure trove. “It is cheering to learn that the Murray Melvin Archive, documenting the story of the Theatre Royal Stratford East from 1884 to 2017, has been donated to the British Library. Students and theatre buffs will soon have access to a treasure trove that provides a portrait not just of a building but also of the work of one of the great, unsung pioneers of postwar theatre, Joan Littlewood.”

Essex County Standard: University of Essex researchers launch innovative VR theatre study

Essex County Standard: University of Essex researchers launch innovative VR theatre study. “RESEARCHERS from Essex University are leading on an innovative study to explore the social impact of virtual reality theatre. A team from the uni, led by Dr Abigail Webb and Dr Rebecca Warren, are working with LIVR, an online library for immersive theatre content on the research. They hope to find out how immersive theatre, or shows viewed from home on VR a headset, impacts on viewers.”

Dublin Inquirer: A New Archive Looks at the Life and Work of the “Shining Star of Dublin Theatre in the 1950s”

Dublin Inquirer: A New Archive Looks at the Life and Work of the “Shining Star of Dublin Theatre in the 1950s” . “When Barry Houlihan, an archivist at the National University of Ireland Galway was researching his latest project he had an incredible stroke of good luck. Houlihan was researching actors in the Dublin theatre scene in the 1950s and was trying to find out more about The Globe Theatre Company, and an actress called Genevieve Lyons. To his surprise Lyons’s daughter, Michele McCrillis, contacted the university to offer them a collection of her mother’s photographs and papers, says Houlihan.”

‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show. “The first fall season here at the Weathervane Theater, which Paulini also runs as its producing artistic director, had come to an end. Five weeks. Three shows. Twenty-six performances. Zero known Covid-19 cases. At a time when professional theater in America is paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, a reopening milestone was achieved here in the northernmost reaches of New Hampshire, where the nation’s first indoor production of a show with multiple Equity actors since theaters shuttered in March just concluded its run.”

EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution

EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution. “The MIT Press announced today the publication of Databases, Revenues and Repertory: The French Stage Online, 1680-1793 an innovative collection of original essays that explore an important initiative in the digital humanities, the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP).” Free, not paywalled.