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Isabella De Maddalena

13 May 2021

Italy

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Amleta combats gender inequality in the theater industry on several fronts. The group, which began with 28 founding members and quickly grew to almost 400, conducted the first survey of the industry, finding a signifi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Mahala Garcia-Bartch

27 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Unscripted Project in Philadelphia is helping middle schoolers learn valuable life skills an unconventional method—improv. During a workshop, participants learn to persevere in the face of adversity, equipping the...

Grady Newsource

Tylar Norman

27 April 2021

Athens, Georgia, United States

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To maintain community connections, University of Georgia’s Multicultural Services and Programs hosted socially-distanced drive-in events on UGA fields. The Vietnamese Student Association hosted its annual Night In Sai...

Broadview Magazine

Sarah Treleaven

5 March 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A growing therapeutic clowning community is helping to bring emotional relief to children and the elderly who are in hospitals and eldercare facilities. While not all patients are receptive to this play therapy, of th...

Transitions Online

Dorota Salus

26 October 2020

Gdansk, Poland

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A program at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theater in Poland is creating job opportunities for people with Down syndrome after partnering with the city and a local foundation that supports job training and coaching for speci...

Planet Forward

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Eugenia Harvey

19 October 2020

United States

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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, founder of the Hip Hop Caucus, is using music and comedy to highlight the intersection of climate change and racial justice. His group released a music video talking about the Flint water crisis ...

The New Yorker

Elif Batuman

1 September 2020

United States

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Theater of War Productions performs Greek tragedies, using the themes to encourage dialogue and healing from modern community traumas. Beginning with military audiences, participants were asked to discuss the themes i...

WFAE

David Boraks

26 June 2020

South Korea

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Some North Carolina entertainment venues are looking to South Korea and Taiwan, where theaters and sports venues have remained open during the coronavirus pandemic. The venues have prevented the spread of COVID-19 by ...

CNN

Ashley Vaughan

23 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, a...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Jeff Lunden

11 April 2020

United States

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Theaters across the country have been forced to find virtual alternatives to reach their audience. For the price of a ticket, theater companies are offering access to videos of recorded shows with links that expire af...

Next City

Adina Solomon

29 January 2020

College Park, Georgia, United States

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Collaborations can breathe new life into community churches. In College Park, Georgia, the College Park First United Methodist Church entered into a partnership with PushPush, a theater nonprofit formerly located in t...

Next City

Emily Nonko

11 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Performance art provides a healing outlet for formerly incarcerated individuals. In New York City, the Ritual4Return program encourages participants to express the transition in their lives through art. Using an artis...

The Caravan

Priti Salian

10 October 2019

Bad Honnef, Germany

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A theater company in Germany is using specially-designed plays to help improve the emotional state of those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The carefully selected ensemble uses period pieces, music, and audienc...

Next City

Damon Mitchell

9 October 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A more diverse theater scene requires arts and culture organizations that embrace and reflect communities of color. In Detroit, Michigan, the nonprofit Black and Brown Theatre works to eliminate barriers for actors of...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

8 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Producing art restores dignity and a sense of purpose to victims of violence who suffer from disability and chronic pain. In New York City, the Open Doors collective empowers patients at hospitals like the Coler Speci...

Civic Ideas

Stephanie Sugars

5 June 2019

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bringing people of different ethnic backgrounds together to create art and express themselves helps war-torn societies cope and grow. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Most Mira program helps people touched by the horrors of...

BBC

Dan Lytwyn

6 May 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Changing stereotypes surrounding sexuality for indigenous women requires addressing the underlying issues of culture, colonization, and identity. The Virago Nation burlesque collective, based in Vancouver, CA, blends ...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 February 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Story-telling, poetry, and other performance art helps to bridge cultural divides and allows individuals to present more nuanced representations of their communities. Thanks to a grant from the Said Foundation, the Hi...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Stefania D'Ignoti

5 December 2018

Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Theater bridges cultural divides and helps migrants cope with trauma. The Liquid Company, founded in 2013 in Catania, Italy, offers migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who have crossed the Mediterranean a therapeut...

The New York Times

Michael Paulson

6 November 2018

New York, United States

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For women working in theatre, child care remains one of the biggest barriers to advancement, but groups of mothers are working to change that and make a more welcoming work place. These solutions include work breaks l...

FastCompany

Melissa Locker

4 October 2018

London, England

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Through the use of smart glasses, the London’s National Theatre is making theater going accessible to the hard of hearing. A play’s dialogue is displayed in the glasses, and software links the timing of the words bein...

WKSU

Mark Arehart

17 August 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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The QuTheatr in Akron has created a theater company made up of teenagers from the LGBTQ community. Through the theater, a safe space has been created for LGBTQ teens to have a paid job, develop acting skills, and feel...

Rolling Stone

Lisa Armstrong

29 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Creativity activities in prisons can provide inmates with an emotional outlet, a way to process their life experiences, and an opportunity to constructively work in a group. The theatrical performances staged at New Y...

Yes! Magazine

Meera Vijayann

16 May 2018

Virginia, United States

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Since the mid-1980s, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV) has used theater to teach elementary and middle school students about sexual abuse and in the process empower them to report it. Over the course of 34 years, 13...

Financial Review

David Marin-Guzman

6 April 2018

Sydney, Australia

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In order to respond to sexual harrassment allegations against prominent members of the Australian theater community, directors, unions, and companies have collaborated on a new code of conduct. The code includes a ‘sa...

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