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. 6, July

15 Theatres Awarded Grants Supporting Artistic Partnerships
Fifteen leading American theatre companies were selected in April to receive grants supporting the advancement of artistic partnerships. The awards were the culmination of the ninth round of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, an initiative...
Anne Bogart
Anne Bogart is artistic director of the SITI Company and a teacher of theatre at Columbia University, New York University and other schools. She was president of the TCG board from 1991 to 1993. ON HER BEGINNINGS IN THE THEATRE: I was born into...
Arvin Brown
Arvin Brown currently works as a television director. He was artistic director of Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre for 30 years. He served as board president of TCG from 1972 to 1977. ON THE ATTRACTION OF THEATRE: I wanted to be a writer....
Author! Author! Author?
Imagine you're a playwright, and you've devised a new play about an Everyman sort of character named Arthur Allman. Imagine that your new play's plot revolves around Everyman's-- sorry, Allman's--overwhelming need to connect with his audience. How...
Awards & Prizes
NEW YORK: I Wanna Be a Producer!" Leopold Bloom's stick-in-your-brain song may also be the mantra of those who invested in Mel Brooks's The Producers, the big winner in the Drama Desk (a record 11), Outer Critics Circle (8) and Antoinette Perry...
Coastal Reflections
An encounter with Cape Town theatre sheds light on life in the new South Africa Since the dismantling of apartheid, South African dramatists of all racial backgrounds have been exploring issues of identity. What does it mean to be "white" (of European...
Dismantling the Box
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT BROWN: How did you come to write a play about a French Queen, a dwarf from Dahomey and their illicit affair? NOTTAGE: When I read an article in a collection of essays on the African presence in early Europe, there...
Editor's Note
In his Variety column on June 3, the day of the Tony awards ceremony, our-man-in-London Matt Wolf tallied up the number of New York theatre awards--a daze-inducing total of 181 prizes from 12 different sources--scheduled to be handed out during the...
Entrances Exits
TheatreVirginia's new artistic director is Benny Sato Ambush, the first African American to head such a large arts organization in central Virginia. He is a former associate artistic director at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, producing...
Gordon Davidson
Gordon Davidson is the long-time artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He served as president of the TOG board from 1977 to 1980. ON HIS ATTRACTION TO THE THEATRE: I began as an electrical engineer, very much a product of...
How MANY TONYS DOES IT TAKE? A DOZEN
"THIS SHOW IS A JUGGERNAUT!" crowed a wildeyed Matthew Broderick, as he and fellow best-actor-in-a-musical nominee Nathan Lane opened the CBS-TV broadcast of the 2001 Tony awards with a sketch that deliriously reversed the two actors' personae: suddenly...
Hungarian Rhapsodies
Janos Szasz makes his U.S. directing debut with urgent and personal meditations on two classics If you expected to see Brecht staged the Brechtian way, you were sure to be challenged by Janos Szasz's adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children...
In Memoriam
Genji Ito, a world-theatre composer and musician, died in New York after a prolonged illness. Genji scored more than 25 productions for New York's La Mama ETC, where he had been resident composer since 1982. He was also the musical director of the...
Is THERE A SPIN DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
What sort of creature is a "public relations professional" really? (Here's a hint: journalists--who deal with their hyper-buzzy noise all day--commonly call them "flacks.") Every-one knows that they're annoying, persistent and, at times, cutely duplicitous,...
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson has been artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival since 1989. He was president of the TCG board from 1998 through June of 2001. ON THE SPIRITUALITY OF THEATRE I was born in Jackson, Miss. I grew up mostly in Chattanooga,...
Letters to the Editor
SOMEBODY GETS IT As a 24-year-old female with cerebral palsy and with aspirations towards a career in stage management or arts management, I'm thrilled that your magazine took the initiative to produce an issue on "Access, Activism & Art" (April...
Lloyd Richards
Lloyd Richards is a director, teacher and past dean of the Yale School of Drama and artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He served as the president of TOG from 1984 to 1988. ON DISCOVERING THEATRE:...
My Kingdom for a Horse
It's "the greatest soap opera ever writen"--to use Stephen Moorer's description of Shakespeares's War of the Roses cycle--and the credits have started to roll at Pacific Repertory Theatre, in Carmel, Calif. On Aug. 10, the company kicks off "Royal...
Oliver Rea
Oliver Rea, a scenic designer and co-founder of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, served as TCG president from 1964 to 1967. These comments about the impulse behind the founding of the Guthrie are from an interview conducted in 1988. Oliver Rea died in...
Our Man at Humana
The Jon Jory/Jane Martin spirit still infuses America's most critic-friendly festival LOUISVILLE, KY.: Weary spectators, we brave few hundred, buttocks aching, breath redolent of box lunch: we, the nation's critics, sitting alongside the chirpy...
Peter Zeisler
Peter Zeisler began his career as a Broadway stage manager and theatre administrator. With Oliver Rea and Sir Tyrone Guthrie, he founded the Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis, which opened to great fanfare in 1963. Prior to his 23-year stint as executive...
Ricardo Khan
Ricardo Khan is the co-founder of New Jersey's Tony-winning Crossroads Theatre Company. He led the theatre for 21 years before leaving in 1999. He was TCG board president from 1995 to 1998. ON DISCOVERING THEATRE: I remember picking up a paperback...
Robert Falls
Robert Fails is the artistic director of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the winner of the 2000 Tony award for best director, for "Death of a Salesman." He was president of TOG from 1988 to 1991. Falls's schedule precluded his participation in...
The First 40 Years
Around the time this issue of American - Theatre hits the streets, theatre professionals from across the country will be gathering in Philadelphia for TCG's 13th biennial National Conference. We will have a lot to celebrate. We gather on the...
The Philadelphia Story
Theatre is thriving as never before in the City of Brotherly Love A few opening scenes from the 1980s: Two Czech exiles sandblast a brick storefront that will house their edgy, visually rich productions of George Orwell, Albert Camus and Bertolt...
Tonen Sara O'connor
Tonen Sara O'Connor is currently the Resident Priest at the Milwaukee Zen Center. She was the managing director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 21 years, and served as TOG board president from 1980 to 1982. ON COMMUNITY: I think it was the idea...
Trends & Events
New York City: After nearly two decades of operation, Ubu Repertory Theater--an innovative combination of producing company and publishing house of French plays in English--has decided to call it quits. According to artistic director Francoise Kourilsky:...
Twenty Questions
WOODIE KING JR. is a director, producer and the founder of New York's New Federal Theatre, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. New Federal's recent production of Samm-Art Williams's The Dance on Widow's Row will travel to the National...
Watching Kate Whoriskey
KATE WHO RISKEY is coming soon to a theatre near you. And the first thing you're likely to notice when she arrives is her extremely youthful appearance. "People think I'm about 12," the 30-year-old director says with a nervous laugh. But make no mistake-Whoriskey...
Years of Passion
Scenes from the rich and turbulent history of America's not-for-profit theatre movement through the eyes of the board presidents of Theatre Communications Group. This year is TCG's 40th anniversary. As we began to plan how we would mark that milestone...
Zelda Fichandler
Zelda Fichandler is the founder and long-time producing director of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. She currently ads the graduate school of acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She served as TCG president from 1993 to 1995. ...