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ATW - Working In The Theatre

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For more than 30 years the American Theatre Wing has been bringing together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the seminars offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 600 past guests, the seminars have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

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For more than 30 years the American Theatre Wing has been bringing together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the seminars offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 600 past guests, the seminars have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

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would be awesome if....

By wooltonzoidhertfordshire - Jan 01 2011
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this podcast were compatible with more ipod's.....

I'm obsessed

By mz_ja - Dec 19 2007
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I love these podcasts- the panels are so rich and offer such great food for thought and stories of their own experience. I want to watch every single one. I will invite all my friends to listen. I know I can use them in my classroom.

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8 Ratings
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6
1
0
1
0

would be awesome if....

By wooltonzoidhertfordshire - Jan 01 2011
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this podcast were compatible with more ipod's.....

I'm obsessed

By mz_ja - Dec 19 2007
Read more
I love these podcasts- the panels are so rich and offer such great food for thought and stories of their own experience. I want to watch every single one. I will invite all my friends to listen. I know I can use them in my classroom.
Cover image of ATW - Working In The Theatre

ATW - Working In The Theatre

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For more than 30 years the American Theatre Wing has been bringing together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the seminars offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 600 past guests, the seminars have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

Rank #1: Embracing Process: Directors 2010 - December, 2010

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A panel of directors - Stafford Arima, Anne Kauffman, Rebecca Taichman and Henry Wishcamper - discusses the dynamic between themselves and the playwrights with whom they work; their first paying job as a director; the value of assistant directing; what process means to each of them; how they approach auditions and if they would like to have a job as an Artistic Director.

Dec 13 2010

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Rank #2: Through Their Eyes: Actors 2011 - February, 2011

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Actors Colman Domingo, Elizabeth Marvel, Michele Pawk, Daphne Rubin-Vega and David Zayas discuss the influence of their early training; how they challenge themselves for each role; their feelings about participating in readings and workshops; collaborating with directors; their relationship with the audience and how it affects their performance; and roles that they'd like to play.

Feb 23 2011

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Rank #3: Fluidity and Change: Directors 2009 - May, 2009

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Five of the stage's most talented Directors - Thomas Kail, Moisés Kaufman, Bartlett Sher, Leigh Silverman and Kate Whoriskey - talk about how they work with, and interpret, the author's work; the relationship between directors and designers; managing change as the work evolves; why they feel actors should be more involved in the process; the different approach they take when working with classics as opposed to original works; how they work with casting directors and then work with the various actors and acting techniques; their desire to be a support system for each other; and whether they feel directing can be taught.

Jun 03 2009

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Rank #4: Revivals: Return to Broadway - April, 1996

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The panelists - President/Executive Director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin, President of the American Theatre Producers Cy Feuer, writer/critic Martin Gottfried, actor Nathan Lane ("Guys and Dolls", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"), actor Donna McKechnie ("State Fair"), book writer Joseph Stein ("Fiddler on the Roof"), director/choreographer Susan Stroman ("Big", "Show Boat"), and composer/lyricist Charles Strouse ("Annie") - discuss musical revivals in-depth, comparisons to new musicals such as "Big", the state of musical theatre compared to the 1960s, script revisions and new designs for revivals, and the overall economics of producing Broadway musicals including the need for out-of-town tryouts.

Nov 02 2010

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Rank #5: Compelling Stories: Playwrights 2011 - January, 2011

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The panel of playwrights - Kristoffer Diaz, Kate Fodor, Rajiv Joseph, Young Jean Lee and Tarell Alvin McCraney - discuss how and why they became involved in theatre; whether their writing comes from their own life experiences or that of others, or both; how their writing develops and evolves; what challenges their imagination; how their work is viewed by audiences in other countries; and the importance of diversity being reflected in theatre.

Jan 24 2011

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Rank #6: The Vocabulary of Dance: Choreographers 2010 - November, 2010

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Our panel of choreographers - Christopher Gattelli, Liza Gennaro, Ken Roberson and Sergio Trujillo - discuss their childhood and early adult life and how it influenced their start in dance; the amount of research they do for each show; how choreography enhances a performance; the relationship between choreographers and directors; how recent TV programming has brought back an interest in dance, especially among young people; the difference between musical staging and choreography and preserving dance history for future audiences.

Nov 08 2010

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Rank #7: Theatre's Super Lawyers - January, 2013

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Theatrical lawyers Elliot Brown, Seth Gelblum and Nancy Rose talk with Patrick Pacheco about the behind the scenes work they do from negotiating rights and contracts to deals with unions and licensees and re-evaluating royalty pools.

Jan 07 2013

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Rank #8: America's New Theatre Companies - December, 2012

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The 2012 National Theatre Company Grant Recipients share their thoughts on attracting and cultivating audiences; the importance of regional theatre across the country; their role in reaching out to the communities they work in; the diversity of their work and the nurturing of new artists.

Dec 03 2012

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Rank #9: Exploring Musical Theatre - July, 2012

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The challenges and triumphs facing musical theatre today, both on and off Broadway, are discussed by actress Heidi Blickenstaff, Tony award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli and Tony award winning composer and lyricist Robert Lopez. Our conversation is moderated by Julie James and takes an in depth look at the status of musicals today; early influences in our guests lives that led them to theatre; and whether television is helping to bring back interest in musical theatre.

Jul 16 2012

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Rank #10: The Tony Awards: History, Highlights and Backstage - June, 2012

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On a special Tony Awards edition of "Working in the Theatre" host Ted Chapin, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, takes viewers behind the scenes with Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, Executive Producers of the Tony Awards, talks with past Tony winners Joel Grey and Jefferson Mays who share their feelings about winning and the TONY history-making achievement attached to each of their awards, and we'll hear from many of this year's nominees including Audra McDonald, John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon, Linda Lavin, Nina Arianda, Harvey Fierstein and Christian Borle to name just a few!

Jun 04 2012

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Rank #11: The Publicists' World - May, 2012

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Super-Publicists Adrian Bryan-Brown and Rick Miramontez talk with moderator Thomas Schumacher about the new world of theatre publicity as it relates to social media; whether or not there's such a thing as "bad" publicity; handling negative stories; shaping stories for the press and potential audiences; the value of using quotes in advertising; and critics and the preview process; and how audiences are influenced by social media and traditional reviews.

May 07 2012

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Rank #12: Directors: Process and Collaboration - April, 2012

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Directors Sheryl Kaller, Pam MacKinnon and Stephen Wadsworth talked about their start in theatre; their process when beginning a new project; collaboration with playwrights and the challenges of handling the playwright in the room; listening to the audience; and what, or who, inspires and informs their work.

Apr 02 2012

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Rank #13: Featured Performers 2012 - March, 2012

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The point at which they knew they wanted to act was one of the first things discussed in our conversation with David Alan Grier, Judith Light and Condola Rashad. They also talked about the research they do when approaching a new role; interacting with, and reacting to, the audience; how they handle reviews; and their process and passion for the work they do.

Mar 05 2012

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Rank #14: Casting Directors 2012 - February, 2012

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Casting Directors David Caparelliotis, Tara Rubin and Daniel Swee and moderator Patrick Pacheco discuss the role of the casting director; their collaboration with directors; recasting shows; and whether stars are necessary for success on Broadway today.

Jan 30 2012

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Rank #15: The Playwrights' Voice 2012 - January, 2012

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Playwrights Lydia R. Diamond, David Henry Hwang and Suzan-Lori Parks discuss their work and other American playwrights and how they influenced them; the moment each was aware they wanted to be writers; their process; experiencing their work on Broadway for the first time; and the role mentors played in their lives and their role as mentors.

Jan 17 2012

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Rank #16: Producers: A Creative Approach - December, 2011

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Producers Jean Doumanian and Daryl Roth talk about creating a supportive environment for artistic teams bringing shows to the stage; collaborating with other producers; the benefits and challenges of casting stars in a show; and the economics and creative process of producing off Broadway vs. on Broadway.

Dec 19 2011

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Rank #17: The State of Theatre: Institutions and Producers - November, 2011

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Thomas Schumacher talks with guests, Ben Cameron and Kevin McCollum, about the state of theatre today in a wide ranging conversation that highlights how theatre can survive during difficult economic times; whether celebrities can affect sales and audiences; and dealing with government and foundation funding.

Nov 14 2011

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Rank #18: Behind The Curtain - October, 2011

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Disney Theatrical President and Producer Thomas Schumacher takes us behind the curtain and gives us an up close and personal view of how things work backstage. We'll meet the make up people from "The Lion King", share secrets from a premiere Broadway wig designer, watch just how those quick changes happen in "Mary Poppins", meet the man behind the puppets in "The Lion King" and hear one member of "The Lion King" orchestra as he demonstrates those signature sounds.

Oct 24 2011

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Rank #19: Challenges and Triumphs: Actors 2011 - August, 2011

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Actors Nina Arianda, Nikki M. James, Arian Moayed and Bobby Steggert share what drew them to the theatre; the difference between training and actually being on stage; the audition process; what they learn from more experienced actors; what they look for in roles and their relationship with the director.

Aug 22 2011

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Rank #20: Directors 2011 - July, 2011

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Directors Jo Bonney, Sheldon Epps, Michael Halberstam and Gregory Mosher talk about how they got started in the business; choosing their projects; their process when starting a new show; how the dual role of Artistic Director and Director informs their own work and working with other directors; and how they approach auditions.

Jul 18 2011

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