The soul-healing and community-building qualities of children’s theatre, a key part of the Federal Theatre Project, should be central to any new deal for the arts.
Growing calls for government arts support are welcome, even if the historical model of the 1930s is an imprecise analogy.
From the first staging of an English-language on U.S. soil to the founding of Arena Stage, August has been a hot month for theatre.
As we face another Depression, can we dream of a new Federal Theatre Project? Any such hope begins with political organizing onstage and off.
From a 19th-century play about the African-American experience to Pulitzer winners ‘Angels in America’ and ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ May was a memorable month for theatre.
From African-American Shakespeareans to Federal Theatre Project infotainment about syphilis, April was an eventful month in the theatre.
From early theatre for young audiences to the creation of the Asian Multi Media Center, January’s theatrical milestones started the year with a bang.
The U.S. got national arts funding after decades of advocacy, much of it by theatre folks working with various government entities, including the CIA.
From the first theatre in North America to the birth of Margo Jones’s Theatre ’47 and VASTA’s first conference, June was a hot month for theatrical milestones.
From a shooting at a theatre to the founding of one, from government crackdowns to government funds, a look back at previous Aprils in the American theatre.