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. 20, No. 1, January

20 Trustees to Serve on National Council. (News from TCG)
The National Council for the American Theatre is a group of trustees from TCG member theatres who meet several times a year to discuss common concerns, and who serve as a resource for TCG in planning trustee-related programs. Sharing their national...
Adolph Green: 1915-2002. (in Memoriam)
Wow, I can't believe I'm in a room with Betty-and-Adolph! The thought crossed my mind at least once a day while I was in rehearsal with them for Bells Are Ringing. Betty-and-Adolph: the noun, the institution, the legend. I had invited them up to...
Alien Abductions. (Letters to the Editor)
A longtime member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, I read Pamela Berlin's "International Inequities" (Nov. '02) with a sinking heart. I see flashing before my eyes the same intolerance and militancy that have featured in many Actors'...
A Sampler from the World Stage
Belfast, Northern Ireland OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME: Frank McGuinness's 1985 play has been revived in cities such as Glasgow, Boston and Helsinki in the last few years, but now it gets another look in a city where its...
Aw, Ricky, I'm Going Solo! (Front and Center)
RED LIPS. RED HAIR. RED-HOT. During her reign as America's dizziest femme flambeau, Lucille Ball blazed her way across stage and screen. In the '50s and '60s--when foregoing films completely to star in a television series typically meant career...
Black Is the New Black: A New York Fashion Star Gives a Distinctive Look to Blood Wedding
To those for whom the words Prada, Givenchy and Chanel sound as foreign as the countries of their linguistic origins, the concept of high fashion suggests an exclusive culture of celebrity and glamor. Could the upper echelons of haute couture possibly...
Creativity Is Economic Force, Forum Speaker Argues
GROWING UP IN NEW JERSEY AND Pittsburgh, Richard Florida always wondered why some economies in certain regions grew while others declined. As the John Heinz III Professor of Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon and a founder of his own strategy-consulting...
Diamonds Are Forever. (Front and Center)
SOUTH AFRICAN STATESMAN AND DIAMOND MAGNATE Cecil Rhodes dreamed of an empire that would stretch from the Cape to Cairo, never suspecting he'd take in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, too. But in January, the company is mounting artistic...
Do You Read Your Reviews? Six Theatre Notables Talk about Their Relationship with the Critics. (Faultlines)
Who are theatre critics writing for? Most critics would say their main goal is to inform and persuade their readers, the potential audience members. But what about the theatre practitioners themselves? Do they read their reviews? And if so, do they...
Editor's Note
This issue's annual Approaches to Theatre Training section--"The Designer as Thinker," beginning on page 26--is packed with handsome full-color images of stage designs--sets, costumes, lighting. Why did we crack open the budget piggy bank to make this...
Forum Considers Governance in a Changing World
With looming thoughts of plunging ticket sales, a shortfall in government funding and a drop in corporate and foundation giving, artistic and managing directors, as well as trustees from over 50 constituent theatres--about 100 people in all--convened...
Get Real. (Letters to the Editor)
American Theatre's November issue on new-play development tells a sad story. Major theatres like the Denver Center are dropping their new-play programs as the stock market plummets. And it's not just the economy, stupid. With the demise of the NEA...
Get with the (New) Program: There's Been a Big Shakeup in a Business That Audiences Take for Granted. (Trends & Events)
If you recently took in a play and wondered if there was something rather odd about the program you were handed as you claimed your seats, don't worry--your mind wasn't playing tricks on you. Something is very different. Since the start of the 2002...
Lauded for Editorial Excellence. (Awards & Prizes)
For the second year in a row, American Theatre has been named the winner of a Silver Award for Editorial Excellence in the national magazine competition sponsored by Folio magazine. The award, one of only two given to art/design publications in the...
Listening to Light: Need to Talk about Light in the Classroom? It's Easier Done Than Said a Designer Explains
IN THE THEATRE, ONE CAN NEVER TALK just about light. Light must always be thought of as part of a larger whole. It is the means by which all other elements of a production are revealed. We perceive light itself only when it comes into contact with,...
Lost (and Found) in Newport. (Front and Center)
Thornton Wilder may have referred to his 1973 novel Theophilus North as "a joking autobiography," but two East Coast theatres have decided to take the work seriously this season. Theophilus North tells the story of an idealistic young man who quits...
Roger Guenveur Smith Jazz-Head: A Scorching Solo Writer-Performer Tours the World in the Simplest Possible Way. (Profiles)
One hot summer night in August, Roger Guenveur Smith strolls onto the dimly lit stage of the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia. Dressed in white pajama bottoms and a ribbed white T-shirt, he raises a silver microphone to his mouth only to say, "Huh." ...
Stardust Melancholy: Does the Filming of Samuel Beckett's Complete Works Compromise His Theatrical Legacy?
Thirteen years after his death and 50 years after the premiere of Waiting for Godot--a play that made boredom (of a sort) respectable in the theatre--Samuel Beckett is still something of an incalculable quantity. Among professors, aficionados and major...
The Designer as Thinker: Six American Designer-Educators Wrestle with the Diverse Roles Stage Designers Must Play in a Changing World. (Approaches to Theatre Training)
THINK OF IT AS AN ASSEMBLAGE. Imagine, as you leaf through this sundry collage of words and images, an impressionistic composite. Picture a young artisan at once technically proficient and intuitively creative. This storyteller must be so visually...
Through the Looking Glass: Leading Asian-American Theatre Artists Reflect on the Past Four Decades
Educators say that for students, experience of not seeing themselves portrayed in textbooks and other materials is akin to looking into a mirror and seeing nothing. Historically, Asian Americans--as well as other minorities--have peered into that looking...
Training Wheels. (from the Executive Director)
Last summer I had the privilege of attending a convening of conservatory leaders, service organizations, artists and funders examining the training of performing artists in the 21st century. The meeting embraced those training opera singers, ballet...
Twenty Questions
Stage designer DAVID GALLO talked to American Theatre between Saturday performance of Dance of the Vampires on Broadway. Gallo is currently designing August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, the Whoopi Goldberg revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Bette...
Under the Texas Sky: A Flourishing Theatre Scene Strives for Recognition Deep in the Heart of Texas
With its trackless highways that disappear into a never-ending expanse of sky, North Texas lives up to its state's unspoken motto: "everything enormous." The region's flagship city, Dallas, crowns itself supersize king with the nickname "Big D." Big...
Utterly U/RTA. (Special Advertising)
Unforgettable. Uncommon. Unmatched. And Unique U/RTA is not a character from an opera or science fiction story. These initials - U/RTA - stand for the University/Resident Theatre Association, and as the virgule (/) implies, it is an organization...