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Frantic Assembly

Mark Taper Forum at LA’s Centre Theatre Group 50th Anniversary

MCC Theatre

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn

The Everyman Theatre

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

1st Stage Theater

59 E 59 Theater

Young Vic of London

Theatre Huntsville

Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Alabama School of Fine Arts 50th Year Celebration

Rennie Harris at Baltimore Center Stage

Ronald Rand’s new book “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

What is FAFA? The Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Alabama

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – London’s International Drama School

Alabama Music Hall Of Fame

Historic Zodiac Playhouse — The “Z” in Florence, Alabama

Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA

“Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch” – Edwardian Period Style Salon


Taki Rua Theatre in New Zealand
Tatiana Ruiz


Ronald Rand in Let It Be Art

“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.”
– Chinua Achebe

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
– Lao Tzu

Augusto Boal: “Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than waiting for it.”
– Augusto Boal

Ingredients Of A Creative Life: Sketches

I grew up as an only child in the segregated Georgia. As only children know, you either love or hate it; I was the former. It taught me that aloneness wasn’t loneliness, that curiosity, rather than killing the cat, feeds her, and that self-reliance is as welcomed as a popsicle on a hot summer's day. I loved dressing up in my grandmother’s floral dresses, singing along with my mother's records, collecting ants and fireflies in glass jars, and having tea parties with my dolls. Of particular fascination was my aunt Rubye’s wedding dress, sleeping in tissue paper in a large box beneath the bed. With the reverence of an acolyte opening a saint’s reliquary, I lifted out the gown and slipped into its shiny skin and became the veiled lady in the billowing satin and lace dream of happiness ever after. Bedtime, before drifting off, I mentally created serial stories, and though I’d only seen a ballet on our black and white TV, I created dances.

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

GLORIA STEINEMLee Strasberg told us that he was fascinated by the preliminary sketches, studies, and drawings done by his favorite artists for the future work, and he likened to that process to an acting Improvisation, where an actor builds a work of art - a performance - by expressing preliminary thoughts, which are changed, molded. finessed until you perfect your work. Improvisation inspires you to face and deal the challenges of the character by looking at the world differently, taking risks and making spontaneous connections, all of which can lead to solutions that carve out a path toward  the character.

Eugenio BarbaThe Laboratory Instinct

(Speech by Eugenio Barba of thanks on the occasion of the Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Eugenio Barba by the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, 12 May 2017, Brno, Czech Republic)

Harold ClurmanAll People Are Famous: Instead of an Autobiography

by Harold Clurman

Getting to know people, whoever they may be, is what’s important: life, after all, is just one person or another. This may be an odd statement for me to make in a book where so many famous people have appeared. But then what is fame?

“CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

Over the past twenty years I have been blessed to share hundreds of interviews about the creative process through this newspaper, hoping to illuminate the human condition and the task the creative artist sets for themselves because they must create to live.

Films That Make a Difference

I live in Brooklyn. I’m a filmmaker. To live the life of an artist you must be curious, take risks and defy fear every day. I like what I do and I do everything as if it’s my last swan song. I am always looking for new ways of expression

Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians

Spirit is the thread that connects and makes send of the radical life-work contrasts. Spirit is a common concept with precise connotation because it can’t be captured and measured. Science denies its reality for that reason, but even so, most people have a feeling for it if not for a precise definition. Spirit if a force which lifts us into a realm beyond ego-driven needs and allows our highest aspirations to grow and integrate... .

My Life and Art

My father was a painter. Not just any painter, but one of the top ten great painters of the 20th Century. So I think and will continue to think until my dying day. I am an actor. I was raised by a painter and a choreographer and so it seemed natural to me, anyway, that I would become an actor. Their art influenced my life and my art. And continues to do so.

A Healing Art: How Eurythmy Lives in the World

Eurythmy is an art of movement, which makes visible the sounds of speech and music, expressing the laws of language and tone. Each sound that we speak, specifically vowels and consonants, has a gesture that comes inherently out of the quality of that sound, and for each tone and interval in music. Other elements such as rhythm and form are incorporated with these gestures, combining both the arts of time and the arts of space.

Dramatic Circumstances: On Acting, Singing, and Living Inside the Stories We Tell: Teaching Through the Lens of Neuroscience

Breath and body, when fully engaged, exert a unique and powerful influence over the acting process as they activate and stimulate levels of an actor’s consciousness well beyond what the cognitive brain is able to access on its own. In this way, actors can begin to make full use of our brain’s powerful capability of imagining what is possible and reacting to that imagining as if the things envisioned are actually taking place.

Chasing Light: Notes on Creativity

MATTHEW COROZINEA creative life could be no more or less than this: to look on the world with wonder and amazement (even bewilderment) and express it in an artful form. To realize a singular moment of visual and emotional reality in a painting has remained my goal and continues to lead my aspirations. To be awakened by the mystical wonder of existence and to express this wonder through art seems to be at the heart of my human desire. We are, after all, more alike than different, making communication not only possibly but likely. Past, present and future are joined when an artist is successful.

Changing Ourselves to Change Society

An Excerpt from DAH Theatre: A Sourcebook

TRISH ALLEYAs Dijana Milosevic, the artistic director of DAH begins a new project, the first question she asks is: “What bothers me in my relation to my society?” For an artist to embark on creating new work first comes the question. “What do I want to explore, examine, share, shed light on, be in conversation about, learn?” From the question comes the impetus to begin. Sometimes it is clear and obvious, as when we see something so appalling happening around us that we cannot not respond. While many artists may respond through their writing, painting, sculpting, for Dijana it had to be through theatre.

I Can Resist Everything Except Тheater: the Work and Role of The Macedonian Centre — International Theatre Institute

In 1992, The Macedonian Centre – International Theatre Institute was established by Mr. Ljubisha Nikodinovski – Bish, however in 2006, it ceased operation. But in 2013, supported by the initiative of Ms Tatjana Azman from the Slovenian Center of ITI, and in coordination with the Program Board and the Dance Board of ITI, The Macedonian Centre was renewed and revitalized within the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research “Euro Balkan.” Three years later, in August of 2016 The Macedonian Centre became an independent civil organization.


What was the Group Theatre’s significance? Some of the answers are fairly obvious: In their best plays — “The House of Connelly,” “Success Story,” “Awake and Sing!,” “Paradise Lost” — the Group brought the tumult of life in the 1930s onstage, reconnecting the theater to the world of ideas and action in the society around them. “Waiting for Lefty” was more than a play. It was a historic event...


Where Should the Theatre Be Now?

An essay we find so important we have been making it available since we first published it in 2001. A must read...



Ronald RandThe Time Has Come to Build a National Theatre Center

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy reminded us with these words:

“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of our artists. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him…Art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth…Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgment.”...

Speech To The American Council For The Arts

I LIKE BEING A PLAYWRIGHT, which is fortunate, since that’s one of the few things that I can do with any competence. And it is nice to be able to pass your life doing that which you feel that you might be doing with some competence, and possibly, possibly even communicating with a few people. Because the function of the arts, is it not, absolute communication – to put us in greater contact with ourselves and with each other, to question our values, to question the status quo, to make us rethink that which we believe we believe. ...

An Account of a Conversation with Jerzy Grotowski about Theatre and Paratheatre - November 8 and 9, 1977

On two evenings, November 8 and 9 of 1977, Jerzy Grotowski held a conference in Portland, Oregon on the Lewis and Clark campus. During those two evenings, a Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, he answered questions from the audience. The first session began at eight in the evening and ended at two in the morning. The second session began at eight but at midnight Grotowski began individual interviews with people who were interested in going to Poland that year for a longer paratheatrical event there. This record is of the conference prior to the interviews. ...


Acting from the Heart and Soul

Every time I walk out onto the stage I surrender more and more of myself – trusting and swimming in the freedom of the moment with a deeper consciousness. I tap into the energies of my soul, knowing I’ve come to breathe with those in the audience. Quieting my mind I share with greater clarity and sincerity in the eternal moment. ..



Theatre around the world


Raul Rodriguez Da Silva, Brian Cox, Tatiana Ruiz, Olympia Dukakis, Dijana Milošević,
Hartmut Von Lieres
, Selma Alisphasic,
Tina Chen, Jill Navarre,
Dr. Niranjan Vanalli
, Zainal Abd Latiff,
Dragan Jovičić, Sachin Gupta,
Odile Gakire Katese, Deborah Asiimwe

Hirshfeld Drawing of Laurence Luckinbill reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, The Margo Feiden Galleries, NY.

"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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