How Theater Failed America Roundtable

Thanks to Leonard Jacobs over at The Clyde Fitch Report for posting the panels for the roundtable after the Sunday performances of Mike Daisey’s How Theater Failed America at the Barrow Street Theater. Below is the list for a quick look. I previously blogged that I wanted to go on June 15th as Dr. Scott Walters was attending, but after seeing the roundtable discussions topics I want to attend all of them. Unfortunately my schedule prevented me from sitting in on the first one. If anyone went and took notes I would love to see them as I don’t think they are being recorded (or at least I have found no mention of that). The train or driving cost will add up to get into the city every Sunday, but I think this is a great opportunity to sit in on some forward thinking discussions about the state of theater in America. Group discussions with this caliber of individuals do not happen that often and I want to take advantage of it.

I believe they are free if you can not attend the show (or already have seen it). They look to start roughly at 8:30pm as the show starts Sundays at 7pm and runs for 90 minutes.

Sunday, May 18: DOWNTOWN, MIDTOWN, EVERYTOWN with Robert Brustein (Founder of Yale Repertory Theatre & American Repertory Theatre), Gideon Lester (Artistic Director, American Repertory Theatre), Jonathan West (Milwaukee based actor, blogger), Emily Ackerman (actor, ensemble member of The Civilians) Leonard Jacobs (National editor, Backstage), Sheila Callaghan (playwright, Dead City).

Saturday, May 24: DO-IT-YOURSELF OR BUST with Greg Kotis (playwright, Urinetown), Jason Eagan (Artistic Director, Ars Nova), Erez Ziv (Managing Director, Horse Trade Theater), John Clancy (Founder of the New York International Fringe Festival), Scott Shepherd (The Wooster Group), Lisa Kron (actor, solo performer, playwright – Well).

Sunday, June 1: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WATCH with Jim Nicola (Artistic Director for New York Theatre Workshop), Mark Russell (Founder, PS122 & the Under The Radar Festival), Steve Bodow (Head writer, The Daily Show & Elevator Repair Service member), Morgan Jenness (Literary agent, former literary manager of the Public Theater), David Cote (Theater editor, Time Out New York), Isaac Butler (director & blogger).

Sunday, June 8: FOR PROFIT, NON-PROFIT, NO PROFIT with James Bundy (Dean of the Yale School of Drama, AD of Yale Repertory Theatre), Dan Fields (Disney imagineer & freelance director), Stephanie Weisman (Founder & Director of The Marsh in San Francisco), Dave Greenham (Executive Director, The Theatre at Monmouth), Tommy Thompson (veteran Broadway PSM) & Diane Ragsdale (Mellon Foundation).

Sunday, June 15: ASSEMBLING ENSEMBLES with John Collins (Artistic Director of Elevator Repair Service, The Sound And The Fury), Tanya Selvararnam (actor, collaborator with Jay Scheib & The Builder’s Association), Colleen Werthmann (actor, Elevator Repair Service ensemble member), Heidi Schreck (actor, collaborator with The Theatre of the Two-Headed Calf, Seattle’s Printer’s Devil), Scott Walters (former Artistic Director of Illinois Shakespeare Festival, blogger), Hal Brooks (director, Thom Paine and No Child).

Sunday, June 22: THEATER IN 2033 with Rocco Landesman (Tony®-winning producer, Angels in America, The Producers), Gregory Mosher (Tony®-winning director, former head of Lincoln Center), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director of the Public Theater), Richard Nelson(playwright, Conversations in Tusculum), Paige Evans (Director, Lincoln Center’s new LCT3 program), Garrett Eisler (Village Voice theater critic, blogger).

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