Jackie Taylor, the CEO and Founder of Black Ensemble Theater
Jackie Taylor, the CEO and Founder of Black Ensemble Theater

Black Ensemble Theater Founder & CEO to Deliver Keynote at USITT

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Jackie Taylor, Ms. Taylor, Ms. Jackie, Mama Jackie — the CEO and Founder of Black Ensemble Theater wears many hats and takes on many names. “I’m called all of those things and I don’t mind in the least,” Taylor said. “Whatever the person is feeling at the time is fine, just don’t call me a bad name!” Taylor’s authentic and inspiring nature will head to Louisville this March to deliver the Keynote address at the 59th Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

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Prop Master, Mary Houston talks us through a recipe for stage dirt for a production of Native Gardens at Syracuse Stage
Prop Master, Mary Houston talks us through a recipe for stage dirt for a production of Native Gardens at Syracuse Stage

Backstage Video: Making Dirt for Native Gardens

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A backyard border dispute between Washington, D.C., neighbors leads to spirited comedy in the contemporary satire Native Gardens at Syracuse Stage, which runs February 13 through March 3. Here’s a video from Syracuse Stage where its Prop Master Mary Houston gives us the recipe for stage dirt that she used for this production: {youtube}v=dL1RWuUoEjY{/youtube}

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American Theatre Wing Announces Recipients for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

Michael Eddy

The American Theatre Wing announced the recipients of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative’s programming, including the 4-Year University Scholarships, the Training Scholarships, and the Classroom Resources Grants. These scholarships and grants represent the Wing’s most rigorous investment in direct support for underserved public school students demonstrating exceptional talent and economic need to continue their study of theatre.

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