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A Work Based Learning Program at Vital Theatre

“What I learned is I can’t go through my life silent. Everybody has something in them.”
Caitlin Perkins, Grade 11
Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School

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Here Come The Tempest Ladies!

An Interview with Stella Berg & Katherine Elliot By Frances McGarry In 2008, six Syracuse University Acting students imagined a novel approach to presenting Shakespeare.  Inspired by a semester abroad program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, Stella Berg,  a co-founder/producer/actor of the company, experienced Shakespeare in an entirely different light. “I saw what it was like to really witness a Shakespeare performance done the way that he would have done it; full of music, dancing, humor, life --- and it was electric.” Growing up in Istanbul, Stella was taught to dissect and analyze Shakespeare’s plays line-by-line: “I hated Shakespeare in school; it was so boring and I couldn’t understand anything.” Everything changed the moment she saw her first Globe production.  For their final assignment, their class performed a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Globe stage. The founding members were all paired in the same group and since there were no men in their troupe, the women assumed all the roles.  Having a mutual affinity towards the Bard and playing roles they never would ordinarily be cast in, the ladies decided to continue working together as an ensemble.  Being a group of only six, they developed a unique way to cast their shows.  “We switch roles constantly throughout the play.  So no one is cast in any given part, but rather we share the roles and switch often throughout each play.”  The switches happen at very deliberate points - whenever there … [Read More...]

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THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD: WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN

  THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN The deadline for the submission of applications will be 11:59 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015 Award winners will be announced by September 2015 The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. will present the 2015 […]

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Slow Art Day April 11, 2015

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”—Henry David Thoreau Join a movement! Slow Art Day is an international event encouraging people of all ages to visit museums and to look at art slowly. WHY: • To break out of your typical “go, go, go” routine. • To learn about yourself, […]

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Lena Dunham Reveals the Artist Behind Eloise in a New Documentary

| March 26, 2015 By Valerie Steiker If you grow up in New York City, certain landmarks become your own. For Holden Caulfield, it was the Central Park ducks; for Stuart Little, it was the boat basin. For me, it was always the Plaza. Maybe it started because my parents held their wedding reception there—I […]

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Why Arts Education Matters

March 12, 2015 By Judith Light My mother taught me when I was three years old to memorize and recite “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Everybody laughs, but it’s absolutely the truth. My mother was my first teacher of the arts, and I performed “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for my father, so he was […]

Jack Black Thanks the Teacher Who Inspired His Acting Career

Written by Casting Frontier, March 8th, 2015 When you think of Jack Black, what do you immediately think of? His enormous zeal for life? Are you awestruck that he’s one of the few who found a way to succeed as an adult by basically always remaining a kid? Yes, he is a Golden Globe-nominated actor, […]

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Testimonial #47: Katherine Elliot, Actor/Producer The Tempest Ladies

How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today? Being artistic is just sort of in my blood, so I guess I was born with a broken mold. […]

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