American Theatre

American Theatre is a magazine containing news, features and opinions on American and international theatre. Published six times a year by the Theatre Communications Group, this periodical was founded in 1984.Subjects for American Theatre include drama and theatre. Nicole Estvanik Taylor is the Managing Editor and Jim O' Quinn is the Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, January

Anthony Dwain Lee: 1961--2000
On Oct. 28, at a Halloween party in a Los Angeles mansion, 39-year-old African-American actor Anthony Dwain Lee was shot and killed by a policeman investigating a noise complaint. The officer later said he mistook Lee's fake pistol for a real gun,...
Argan's Excellent Adventures
Imago Theatre, steeped in commedia, takes Moliere's invalid to new heights An impishly animated elevator provided the quintessential Imago touch in the Portland, Ore., company's recent production of Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. Ostensibly connecting...
Balancing Acts
anne bogart and kristin linklater debate the current trends in American actor-training A year ago in the pages of American Theatre, Kristin Linklater, chair of the theatre division of Columbia University, spoke out against student actors' diluting...
Darron West LISTEN UP
He's a sound designer who earns admiration the old-fashioned way: he collaborates Don't tell Darron West that designers are the Rodney Dangerfields of the theatre; he has spent his entire career making sure he gets respect. "I don't even bother...
Entrances & Exits
After a year-long search, the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival has named Fran Reiter to the position of executive director. Reiter was a deputy mayor of New York City from 1994-1997. Recently, in conjunction with her work at...
Esprit De Corps
Anyone interested in changing trends in touring Broadway shows can see that books and lyrics are no longer a necessity. The popularity of Riverdance, Stomp, Tap Dogs and their siblings has proven that audiences love entertainment that combines spectacle,...
Eyes Wide Open
CRAIG LUCAS TALKS CANDIDLY WITH A COLLABORATOR ABOUT THE TWISTY COURSE OF HIS WRITING CAREER ON APRIL 30, 1951, THE DAY OF HIS BIRTH, Craig Lucas was abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Ga. Eight months later he was adopted by a Pennsylvania couple:...
Five-Pointed Star
When you're an established director like Tazewell Thompson, exactly what dream can substitute for that garden-variety career goal, "What I really want to do is direct"? In Thompson's case, his heart's desire was to write a play. So, a few years ago,...
In the Company of Women
A conference in Greece attempts to advance women playwrights When some 200 women play wrights and allied the atremakers gathered in Greece Oct. 1-7 for the Fifth International Women Playwrights Conference, the term "Greek drama" was given a contemporary...
In the Most Unlikely Places
When I worked at the Target Corporation, we were often asked about our support for the arts. Typically, we cited our 50-plus-year history of giving, the livability of communities as enhanced by the arts (and the related impact on our ability to attract...
Letters to the Editor
CULTURAL Vs. RELIGIOUS I am an observant Jew, a theatre lover and an avid reader on the arts. I don't often write letters to editors, but when you run an article that is empty of intelligent analysis--I am referring to "Are We Not Jews?" (Nov. '00)--I...
Lyn Austin: 1922-2000
The innovative theatrical producer Lyn Austin, founder and head of the Music-Theatre Group, based in New York and Lenox, Mass., died in early November after being struck by a taxi in Manhattan. She was 78. "That woman is dangerous!" my lawyer, the...
Objets D'junk
Velvetville is Paul Zaloom's 10th solo show, but it might be a lot like his first--in a new, improved, non-disposable package. After all, Zaloom's not the type to throw anything away. More than almost any other performance artist, Zaloom is a master...
Surfing for Godot
Will the web deliver theatre audiences? It's a wait-and-see proposition Everyone has a feeling to which they logically default. Mine And so, even though I've never published hints on assembling the perfect pipebomb, never trafficked in pornography,...
Theatre Leaders Explore Advocacy Issues
"Making the Case for Theatre: Positioning, Values and Practices," as TCG's fall forum was titled, was held in Denver Nov. 1-3. The forum brought together about 80 artistic and management leaders and trustees to explore strategies for theatre advocacy...
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been a leading supporter of performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area since it opened its doors in 1966. During the year 2000, the Foundation awarded over $10 million in its performing arts program....
Twenty QUESTIONS
HOLLY HUGHES is performing her latest solo work, Preaching to the Perverted, around the country. What's your sign? I'm a Pisces. Born on the same day as Lawrence Welk and Sharon Stone. I would like to believe that I embody the best combination...
Unexpected. Uncommon. Undeniably U/RTA
The once modest profile of the University/Resident Theatre Association, or U/RTA, has rocketed. Its 32 members constitute nearly a quarter of existing graduate (MFA) schools in theatre in the country. Students are swarming to the National Unified Auditions/Interviews...
What You See Is What You Get
Director Jeremy Weller lets the traumatized tell their own stories "What interests me is communicating the blood and guts of real life," says Jeremy Weller, the 41-year-old British director who specializes in staging real-life stories told by real...
You Can't Tell a Dramaturg by Her Title
A KALEIDOSCOPIC LOOK AT A DISCIPLINE THAT STILL GETS NO RESPECT TWENTY-THREE YEARS AFTER THE Yale School of Drama broke new ground and began conferring MFA degrees in dramaturgy--a distinctly European discipline that has insinuated itself into our...