The Arena Stage will celebrate their Allen Lee  Hughes Fellowship program March 31-April 1.

Arena Stage Set to Celebrate 25 Years of Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program

Jacob Coakley

The Arena Stage will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship program with a two-day event featuring more than 100 former interns. The Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship started in 1990 with a specific focus to cultivate the next generation of theatre professionals of color. The program expanded in 2009 to include young theatre professionals of all backgrounds.

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The winners of the 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant: Top (l-r): César Alvarez, Nikko Benson; Bottom (l-r): Carson Kreitzer, Sam Salmond

2016 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients Named

Jacob Coakley

The American Theatre Wing named four Jonathan Larson Grant recipients for 2016. Each of the winners will receive $10,000 to support their work on a new musical. New for this year, the winners will also receive Saw Island Foundation Recording Grants to help arrange for the production of new demo recordings to more fully represent the musical theatre writer’s vision.

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The cast of Fun Home recorded a live Spotify Session

Fun Home Becomes First Broadway Show to Participate in Spotify Sessions

Jacob Coakley

Fun Home, the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, participated in a Spotify Session. Recorded in front of a live audience, the session includes new arrangements of songs from the show performed by cast members, as well as interviews with Jeanine Tesori (Score), Lisa Kron (Book and Lyrics), and Alison Bechdel herself, who wrote the graphic novel the musical is based on.

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Applications to the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation are due by April 7

SDCF Accepting Applications to Observership Program

Jacob Coakley

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Observership Program provides early to mid-career directors and choreographers paid opportunities to observe the work of master directors and choreographers, from first rehearsal to opening night. The Observership Program is also a gateway to other SDCF programs, including other fellowships and networking events. A link to the application after the jump.

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Kelli O’Hara will be spokesperson for the 2016 Theatre in Our Schools campaign.

Tony Winner Tapped for Theatre in Our Schools Campaign

Jacob Coakley

The American Alliance for Theatre & Education and the Educational Theatre Association tapped Kelli O’Hara as spokesperson for their Theatre in Our Schools campaign this March. The campaign aims to promote the benefits of teaching theatre in schools, including the development of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication, key skills cited as necessary for students to succeed. Her video testimonial is after the jump.

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The Seal of Approval from the League of Professional Theatre Women recognizes theatres’ commitment to gender parity.

12 Off-Broadway Theatres Earn Seal of Approval from LPTW

Jacob Coakley

The League of Professional Theatre Women awarded 12 Off-Broadway theatres with their new “Seal of Approval.” LPTW’s Seal of Approval “honors leaders in the theatre community who have demonstrated commitment to gender parity in their hiring practices.” There are two types of seals: Gold and Silver. The LPTW Gold Seal is awarded to theatres in which 50% of playwrights or 50% of directors (or both) hired in the last 5 seasons were women. The LPTW Silver Seal is awarded to theatres in which 50% of playwrights or 50% of directors (or both) hired in the most recent season were women.

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