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. 16, No. 1, January

After-School Specials: Eighteen Hot MFA Graduates Look Back from the Real World
Nineteen-ninety-eight's class of MFA graduates sauntered forth boldly from academia last spring. Some began new jobs. Many moved to new cities. Nearly all continue to batter at the monolith of contemporary theatre, seeking to carve out their personal...
A Papal Villa Blooms for Art
Italy's Dionysia Center has global aspirations and a dynamic director Pope Pius II, you had to figure, was spinning in his sepulcher. Right here on the grounds of his favorite site for holy meditation - the Villa Piccolomini, a stately, ivy-draped...
Arthur Seelen: Anchor of Times Square
A venerable bookstore and its owner turn 75 There are some people who never comfortably find their place in the job world, wiggling and wobbling in between occupations without an anchor. Others hew a straight line, embracing the definite and the...
'Cabaret' at the End of the World
From its beginnings as an Isherwood memoir to Sam Mendes's razor-edged revival, the tale of Sally Bowles is a template for the times "There was a cabaret and there was a Master of Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called...
Into the Woods with Shakespeare & Company
An actor takes Tina Packer up on the total-immersion challenge, and survives When Tina Packer had an artistic identity crisis, she collected the best teachers she knew and started a theatre-training program for actors. When I had an artistic identity...
Midwest Forum on Theatre's Future Hits High Notes
This past October in Minneapolis, TCG board members David Hawkanson and Judson (Kim) Bemis co-chaired TCG's Midwest Regional Forum, entitled "Securing Our Futures: Possibilities or Pipe Dreams?" The three-day forum offered anecdotes, hard-won wisdom...
Nine Resolutions
As every new year begins, many of us sit down and write a long list of resolutions to guide us through the coming months. It is an exercise I abandoned years ago, mostly because I never seemed to remember mine a month later, no doubt a Freudian testament...
Pulling Strings
With its newly christened puppetry program, CalArts goes back to the future The first thing you see is the huge regulation-green sign. Situated on a rocky bluff above the 10-lane Golden State Freeway, the California Institute of the Arts, 30 minutes...
Rites of Passage
This Is Our Youth makes a sly study of the adolescent tribe Big boys have their hiding places, too. Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth is an acerbic comedy about two boy-men taking cover from the adult world. Warren Straub (Mark Ruffalo), the...
Rob Bundy: A Match Made in Texas
His formula at Stages Rep is a varied repertoire with a dash of controversy To Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston, hobbled by plummeting attendance and a lack of permanent leadership, the search in early 1996 for a new artistic director was a drowning...
The Compleat Lessac
Training guru Arthur Lessac harnesses the energy of body, mind and spirit It's 9 p.m. at an Indian restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., and 89-year-old Arthur Lessac, celebrated creator of the Lessac technique, is face down on the floor. Half-eaten curries...
The Prime of David Hare
The writer who swore off Broadway is back with a vengeance I've always tried to get Judi Dench to do this sort of thing," David Hare says at the start of Via Dolorosa, his altogether astonishing solo show. The act remains one of the events of a...
Twelfth Night
After paying her dues as a conductor for the Broadway productions of The Who's Tommy and The Secret Garden, Jeanine Tesori has emerged as a compositional wunderkind, creating scores for everything from the traditional (Orpheus Descending at Houston's...
Violet
After paying her dues as a conductor for the Broadway productions of The Who's Tommy and The Secret Garden, Jeanine Tesori has emerged as a compositional wunderkind, creating scores for everything from the traditional (Orpheus Descending at Houston's...