But this time we’ve got something special, continuing a tradition we began with the TCG conference in Washington, D.C., in 2016: Live podcasts recorded from our conference cities, in conversation with a local journalist and local artists. In D.C., it was Peter Marks, Karen Zacarías, and the Welders; in Portland, Ore., it was Amy Wang, Dámaso Rodríguez, and Maureen Porter; in St. Louis, it was Louise Newmark, Kerry Reid, and Rosalind Early; and in Miami, at our last in-person conference until this past week, we spoke to Christine Dolen, Joseph Adler, and Mario Ernesto Sanchez. At last week’s TCG Conference in Pittsburgh, June 15-18, we were honored to gather with local journalist Sharon Eberson and two local theatre leaders: Monteze Freeland, co-artistic director of City Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Karla Boos, artistic director of experimental stalwart Quantum Theatre. AT editors Rob Weinert-Kendt and Alexandra Pierson had a free-ranging discussion about what makes Pittsburgh theatre special, about how its artists and companies have fared in the face of COVID and how they’ve responded to calls for racial justice, both within and outside the theatre walls.
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