Pilot Episode: First Online With Fran with Angelina Fiordellisi


On November 19th, 2012 First Online With Fran featured Artistic Director and founder of the Cherry Lane Theatre, Angelina Fiordellisi. Listen to her reflect on the work at the Cherry Lane Theatre, most notably the 2013 Mentor Project, among others, and how they contribute to cultivating an urban artist colony, honor its ground-breaking heritage, create theater that illuminates contemporary issues and transforms the human spirit. Click here for more info.

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Finding Home: Migration, Exile, and Belonging

Theatre Communications Group Essay Salon       BY MONICA BAUER On the last day of the run of the “three plays against Islamophobia”, Aizzah Fatima called me to come down from the audience to share our final bows together. She told the story of this crazy Christian woman who called her out of the blue months earlier to brainstorm ways to use theater to confront Islamophobia. At that moment, we both felt “mission accomplished.” We had met each other in common cause, to do our jobs to tell the truth in front of an audience. In May of 2016, I watched with horror as Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for President. Back then, we all knew what he’d said about Muslims. Still to come would be the horrendous attack on the Khan family after Khizr Khan, father of American hero Captain Humayan Khan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Ever since I graduated from playwriting school at Boston University in 2004, I had been sharpening one tool for communicating to the world; theater. I knew I wanted to say something theatrically about Trump, particularly about his fanning the flames of Islamophobia. Much of my passion to fight against Islamophobia comes from my personal history: I spent a year teaching at the American University in Cairo, in the 1990’s. I didn’t just come for a weekend seminar. I was there for a year, living in the suburb of Ma’adi, having serious conversations with my students, some taking up the hijab out of devotion, … [Read More...]

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Arts as a solution – let’s start a movement!

Posted by Shoshana · Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Shoshana Fanizza Chief Audience Builder, Audience Development Specialists “The arts can be a healing agent and a solution to what we are experiencing. We need to heal the fear and create a more loving experience for all considered and for our planet.” I woke up this morning realizing […]

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Young Women in the Theatre and Media

  In our continuing effort to develop and promote women in the professional theatre The League of Professional Theatre Women invite you to another… NETWORKING EVENT Connect, Collaborate, and Consolidate Join your colleagues, expand your networks, bring a potential new member! Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Castillo Theatre 543 West 42nd […]

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Presidential Proclamation — National Arts and Humanities Month, 2016

This month, we acknowledge all those who have proudly and passionately dedicated their lives to these diverse, beautiful, and often challenging forms of expression. In our increasingly global economy, we recognize the power of the arts and humanities to connect people around the world. Be it through the pen of a poet, the voice of […]

Off-Broadway Review: ‘The Lady Liberty Theater Festival’ at Urban Stages

New York Theatre Guide Posted By: Jacquelyn Claire on: September 10, 2016 “The Lady Liberty Theater Festival,” presented by Aizzah Fatima and Monica Bauer, comprises three short punchy plays and a song in praise of freedom and against Islamophobia. As I arrived in the theater, the soundtrack was blasting out music with American themes. I got […]

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Lady Liberty’s Worst Day Ever: Art Imitating Life? Life Imitating Art?

Art Imitating Life? Life Imitating Art?  LADY LIBERTY’S WORST DAY EVER, by Monica Bauer.  Lady Liberty played by MOI who’s told by her agent, Vinnie, played by J. Dolan Byrnes that she’s been bought by Trump and is being rebranded.  Tickets to the LADY LIBERTY FESTIVAL http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2579422 Runs September 7-25th at Urban Stages Theater. 

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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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