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Jan 27, 2018
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'Theatre TODAY' takes you on a panoramic expedition, a journey covering over 30 countries worldwide. 

Read and watch, what’s happening in the theatre today with access to over 3000 videos.  

What 'undercurrent movements' are seeding the future of theatre in 21 century? How are global communication tools effecting and changing the theatre? What direction is the theatre moving toward? 

This book records the works of modern theatre companies and lists the names of its artists for future reference. 

‘Theatre TODAY’ is a communication forum to magnify and tell the story of each creative artist - or group of artists - that contributed, enriched, and expanded our understanding of the theatre worldwide

It records the 'old movements' that are feeding back and contributing to the creation of the theatre of the future and 'the new movements' that born out of the technological changes in the last 50 years. 

It proves that the theatre - as an art - is alive and well, and it is incorporating all the social, economic, and technological changes that are occurring in the world. 

It is a must READ for everyone working or interested in the theatre today because it gives a comprehensive, panoramic view of what’s going on worldwide in the theatre today.

Pubblicato:
Jan 27, 2018
ISBN:
9781386399735
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

'M A Haridy' is an Egyptian Australian writer and theatre director, born in Cairo, Egypt. Now, he lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia. He is the executive editor, ‘ETO’ The International Experimental Theatre Organisation. He had several published plays in Arabic, his play ‘Che Guevara' Preformed and produced in several countries. He directed several plays for the theatre in the United Kingdom and Egypt. He is the first to introduce the modern American Theatre to Egypt. His production of Edward Albee play the ‘Everything in the Garden’ for the Egyptian theatre early 1970, won the acclaim and recorded by the Egyptian, TV and broadcasted through Middle-East. He started his career as a journalist, worked for the leading two newspapers in Egypt. First 'El-Akhbar, as a police reporter, moved to become a roving reporter covering the nine upper of Egypt governorates from Cairo to Aswan to the border with Sudan. Then as a roving reporter for North Africa and middle-East working for ‘El Ahram’ the largest newspaper in Middle-East. He was the first to report on the Libyan revolution and had the first interview with Muammar el-Gaddafi. Arrested while he was visiting Libya for his writing about Gaddafi. Released after an international campaign led by Amnesty International. After the success of his play 'Guevara’ he offered a scholarship to study theatre directorship in London, UK. After finishing his course, he joined TAT, Triple Action Theatre in London, and worked with Steven Rumbelow as assistant director and associate director in many productions such as; Faustus, Julius Caesar, Oedipus, Hamlet, Everyman, The Deformed Transformed, and many other. His production of Bertolt Brecht's 'The Baby Elephant’ at London, won the acclaim. He returned to Egypt to work in the theatre, during which he directed Edward Albee play the ‘Everything in the Garden’. Later, he left Egypt and settled in Melbourne Australia. Now, he is a freelance writer and the executive editor for ‘ETO’ The International Experimental Theatre Organisation. His English novel ‘FAITH'; the first in his trilogy, about Egypt and the Arab Spring ‘EL BAB’; will be published next year.

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TODAY

‘ Theatre TODAY ‘ takes you on a panoramic expedition, a journey covering over 30 countries worldwide. Read and watch what’s happening in the theatre today with access to over 3000 videos.

What are the undercurrent movements seeding the future of theatre in the 21st century?. How are the global communication tools affecting and changing the theatre?. What direction is Theatre moving toward?

This book records the works of modern theatre companies and lists the names of its artists for future reference.

‘ Theatre TODAY ’ is a communication forum to magnify and tell the story of each artist - or group of artists - that contributed, enriched, and expanded our understanding of the theatre worldwide.

It records the old movements that are feeding and contributing to the creation of the theatre today and the new movements born out of the technological changes in the last 50 years and the communication tools that wire us today.

It proves that the theatre is alive and well, and more than that, is incorporating the social, economic, and technological changes that are occurring in the world.

It is a must READ and HAVE for everyone working or interested in the theatre today.

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The theatre story through the centuries, is the story of many journeys, of many creative artists, who created the theatrical arts as we know it today.

The ashes of all these journeys through the centuries are what created the gigantic mountains of the theatrical arts as we know it today.

The gratitude we owe to these artists is beyond any comprehension. This book is nothing but a communication forum to magnify that, and to tell the story of each creative artist - or a group of artists - contributed, enriched, and expanded our understanding of the theatrical arts.

They work in silence and persist in their journeys to add to the theatrical arts without asking for any rewards.

This Book is about them, and for them.

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2018 Edition

Introduction

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Compiling and writing ‘ Theatre TODAY ‘ has been a wild, intriguing, captivating,  comforting, and reassuring experience. Full of paradoxes, it was a panoramic journey to the heart of what's going in the theatre today, and how it is evolving at the beginning of 21st century.

It proved that the theatre is alive and well, and more than that,  it is taking in all the social, economic, and technological changes that are occurring in the world. And, yes, we can get a glimpse at the future of theatre in this unique fast moving world.

We can see the seeds of theatre's future coming from three directions.

First, in the experimental works in the new theatre groups and companies, which we may name it the off existing established theatres.

Second, in the rise of theatrical movements originated from the experimental works done in the last century.

Third, in the works of few established theatres - and here we stress the word few- these works done by some daring directors.

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Before we explain what we mean by that, let us put a caveat on that we are about to say. From the start, this book primary aim is to scan and record in a panoramic view the theatre as it is today, as objectively as possible, without judging the subjective quality of any theatrical companies or groups we have included.

Our purpose is to give the reader an opportunity to know and experience what's going in the theatre today. Any judgement is left to you, the reader.

Our team while researching and compiling the book argued for weeks about whether to scale each theatre company or group’s works that listed in the book by a star marking from 1 to 6  stars. The intention was to examine to what level each of the theatre groups or companies work was shaping the future of the theatre.

In the end, we concluded that this wouldn't be a healthy move to judge the individual theatrical works in its embryonic stage of its evolution. What may seem a ridiculous work now, may sow the seeds for a future theatrical movement.

To condemn an artwork in its beginning is like condemning new born baby at the minute of her/his birth because of what we may think or imagine that he/her will do when they mature.

So, we decided not to judge any works of the theatre groups or companies listed in this book. We just record them and their works and left the judgement for the time which will prove to be the definitive critic.

This second edition of ‘Theatre TODAY’  covers the state of theatre in 2018. And thanks to our publisher, we plan to update 'Theatre TODAY' yearly. It will be interesting and exciting to see in next year's edition, what survived and what disappeared into obscurity.

Our journey in researching ‘Theatre TODAY‘ was fascinating and riveting, especially when we looked at the experimental works of new companies and groups, off and off the existing established theatres.

We found that they were able to understand two important facts about today audiences that enable them to communicate better with the audience and gave us an insight to the theatre of the future.

First, the young audience today, and future audiences of tomorrow are all wired into a multitude of new communications tools and gadgets; visible and invisible; seen and unseen;  which are evolutionarily influencing the way they receive, perceive, evaluate, and judge information?

We can expand that to the pure sounds, the type and the tempo of the sounds they are surrounded by and respond to. Also, we can see this reflected in their modern vocabulary from ostentatious spellings to appropriating new meanings to words.

Second, The attention span of young and future audiences are getting shorter and shorter while the boundary of their vision is expanding. Multi-media tools that surround them rewire their ability to appreciate what they see, hear, and experience and in many ways, rewire the way they comprehend the world.

We can talk for hours about the effect of technology on the future of art, but the real talent comes down to how human creative skills and imaginations utilise these tools.

You can see that in Blast Theory Theatre’ productions. Their work has explored interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology through a multitude of mediums–incorporating performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies. Their recent work uses mobile technologies such as text messaging, MMS messaging and 4G phones with the aim of exploring how technology might be considered in creating new cultural spaces in which the work is customised and personalised for each participant.

These projects pose important questions about the meaning and limitations of interactive technologies. Who is invited to speak, under what conditions and what can anything truly meaningful be said?

Blast Theory’s artists describe their work as collaborative and interdisciplinary. With early works such as Gunmen Kill Three (1991) and Chemical Wedding (1994) fitting more in the category of live performance art, Desert Rain (1999) saw a shift towards work that aims to question perform-activity, site and presence.

Works such as 'Can You See Me Now?' (2001), a game of a chase through real and virtual city streets, have seen Blast Theory mix video games and performance, while ' Can You See Me Now? and You Get Me ' (2008) use the internet to open up to a worldwide audience.

Another example of tackling the same problem differently can be seen in the works of 'Punchdrunk'; a British theatre company whose works eliminate the boundaries between the stage and the audience. In their works, the auditorium expands to swallow the stage deconstructing not only the separation between performer and audience but also the linear progression of a show.

'Punchdrunk' pioneer a form of 'immersive' presentation in which the audience is free to choose what to watch and where to go. This format is related to what we classically consider as 'promenade theatre'.

In a Punchdrunk production, audience members are free to roam the performance site, which can be as large as a five-story industrial warehouse. They can either follow the performers and themes (there are usually multiple threads at any instant) or simply explore the world of the performance, treating the production as a large art installation.

Lyn Gardner in her review from the Guardian wrote of Punchdrunk.

' Punchdrunk's shows are always a bit of a puzzle. Those with a detective's frame of mind can indulge in a treasure hunt created by Gideon Reeling and a mysterious BAC artist called Coney. The clues are hidden throughout the show and will lead those who seek to a treasure buried somewhere in London. If you want to take part, here's a clue: make sure you read Poe's story The Gold-Bug before you go.'

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Now let us move to our second point, we can see the seeds of future theatre coming from, the emergence again of certain theatrical movements of the last century.

There are three movements from the past that we can identify on the rise. Their impact is filtering through slowly and establishing a foot hold in many current theatre companies and groups.

Let us be clear, the current appropriation and implementation of these movements into new theatrical works differ in form from the way they had been incorporated in the past.

The first movement is the rise of 'The Theatre of the Oppressed'. We can see this clearly in the Middle East, Latin America,  India, and 58 other countries worldwide.

They utilise the tools of that movement in their struggle for social and political change. We can see this dominate many theatrical groups in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine especially during and after the famous Arab Spring.

The Theatre of the Oppressed movement is a method started by the Brazilian director Augusto Boal.  It offers everyone the aesthetic means to analyse their past, in the context of their present, and subsequently to invent their future, without waiting for it.

The Theatre of the Oppressed helps human beings to recover a language they already possess — they learn how to live in society by playing theatre. They learn how to feel by feeling; how to think by thinking; how to act by acting. Theatre of the Oppressed is a rehearsal for reality.

The oppressed are those individuals or groups who are socially, culturally, politically, economically, racially, sexually, or in any other way deprived of their right to dialogue or in any way impaired to exercise this right. The Theatre of the Oppressed based on the principle that all human relationships should be of a dialogic nature, among men and women, races, families, groups and nations, dialogue should prevail. In reality, all dialogues have the tendency to become monologues, which creates the relationship between oppressors and oppressed. Acknowledging this reality, the main principle of 'Theatre of the Oppressed' is to help restore dialogue among human beings.

This method uses theatre as means of knowledge and transformation of the interior reality in the social and relational field. The public becomes active, so that the spectators and actors explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living.

Here is a small example of how it works; of course with many variations of that form.  As explained by The International Theatre of The Oppressed Organisation.

'the actors (either professional actors or non-professionals drawn from oppressed communities) perform a play with a scripted core, in which an oppression relevant to the audience is played out.'

'After reaching the scripted conclusion, in which the oppressed character(s) fail to overturn their oppression, the actors begin the production again, although often in a condensed form. At any point during this second performance, any spectator or actor may call out stop! and take the place of the actor portraying the oppressed individual (this actor stays on stage but to the side, giving suggestions to the spectator or actor who has replaced (him/her).'

'The spectator/actor then attempts to overturn the oppression using some method unused by the actors, while the actors portraying the oppressors improvise to attempt to bring the production to its original, scripted ending.'

'If the audience believes that the spectator or actor’s actions are too unrealistic to be utilised in reality, they may call out magic!, and the spectator or actor must modify the actions accordingly.'

'If this spectator/actor fails to overthrow the oppression, the actor resumes his/her character and continues the production until another spectator/actor calls out stop! and attempts a different method.'

'If and when the oppression has been overthrown by spectator/actor, the production changes again: the spectator/actor now have the opportunity to replace the oppressors, and find new ways of challenging the oppressed character.'

'In this way, a more realistic depiction of the oppression can be made by the audience who are often victims of the oppression. The whole process is designed to be dialectic, coming to a conclusion through the consideration of opposing arguments, rather than didactic, in which the moral argument is one-sided and pushed from the actors with no chance'.

There are more than 65 theatre companies and groups using and implementing techniques from the theatre of the oppressed worldwide. All part of an international collective called ‘The International Theatre of The Oppressed Organisation'.

The second theatrical movement on the rise is 'The Physical Theatre'. Any serious theatre worker will know something about what we mean by term 'physical theatre'. But the amazing thing is that most will argue a different definition of physical theatre and how it came to be.

As this is not the place or the arena for that debate, we will say with some confidence that physical theatre was influenced mainly throughout western culture by theatrical experimentalists such as Antonin Artaud, Jean Louis Barrault, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski, Tadashi Suzuki and Steven Rumbelow.

To get out of any argument about what exactly the physical theatre is, let us use for the time being Wikipedia’s definition. 

'Physical Theatre is used to describe any mode of performance that pursues storytelling or drama through primarily physical and secondarily mental means. Several traditions of performance all describe themselves as ‘physical theatre.’ It can be used to help the actors gain a better understanding of the plays, but there has been some considerable confusion as to how physical theatre should be defined. The means of expression seem to be primarily physical rather than textual, often augmented by musical elements.'

If you go through the theatre companies and the groups, we list in this book you will notice that many physical theatre concepts frequently reoccur but with new twists that incorporate modern social and technological concerns. Remember, we live in the 21st century.

Theatre groups such as 'Forced Entertainment' and 'Double Edge Theatre Company' both implement the concepts of physical theatre in differing ways.

The interesting part is that the concepts and processes of physical theatre in preparing, rehearsing and performing is filtering upward to the established large theatre companies through the works of directors using it in their productions.

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The third movement to discuss here is 'The Environmental Theatre' movement. And that is an unexpected surprise. Environmental theatre strives to heighten audience awareness of the medium by eliminating the distinction between the audience and the actors space.

The term coined by the American Richard Schechner in 1968 refers to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the Performance Group.

Here are two descriptions of the environmental theatre to give you a general idea.

The first definition, Richard Schechner’s environmental productions Dionysus in 69, Macbeth, and Commune were performed in his Performing Garage on Off-Off-Broadway in New York City.

Schechner and the Performance Group (founded 1968) shaped the theatre to conform to each play, constructing different audience frameworks for each production.

The sets were usually based on multilevel platforms, balconies, ramps, and scaffolds surrounding a stage that encroached on the audience’s territory, providing a wider range of space for the actors and a greater flexibility of interaction between the audience and performers.

The audience of the environmental theatre were invited, even expected, to take part. The minimum involvement for the production of Commune, for example, was the audience’s removal of its shoes upon entering the garage.

To enhance the immediacy of experience the multiple-focus theatre replaced the traditional single focus, allowing more than one scene to be staged at the same time.

Schechner’s theatrical experiments, inherited from the Polish director Jerzy Grotowski, included the use of psychophysical conditioning exercises for actors, the collaging of texts, and the shaping of theatre space.

The concept of the environmental theatre was taken to greater extremes by radical artistic groups such as 'Welfare State International', based in England, and the 'Bread and Puppet Theater', based in the United States.

Both took art to the streets, often working in derelict urban neighbourhoods in the latter half of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st.

Numerous other experimental companies defied the traditional boundaries of audience-actor relationships, especially in non-theatre venues.

The second definition, again, to get out of any argument about what exactly the environmental theatre is let us use for the time being this definition.

' The concept could be traced to the processional and church-based productions of medieval theatre in Europe, as well as many forms of traditional Asian theatre and various folk performances.'

Whereas most representational theatre creates a frontal or oppositional relationship between the stage and auditorium—and creates an aesthetic distance through an implicit or explicit separation of performer and spectator space—environmental theatre seeks to incorporate the spectator in some way within the performance and to diminish the sense of aesthetic distance.

As a general rule, environmental theatre can be defined as any form of theatre in which a spectator cannot apprehend the total performance space within the normal frontal lines of vision.

Audience incorporation may be achieved in several ways and in varying degrees.

The stage or scenery may partially or completely surround the audience. Such approaches may range from the merely atmospheric, as when an auditorium is decorated to enhance mood but the relationship to the stage does not change, to the structural, as with ring-like stages that surround the audience, or projecting stages such as the hanamichi of kabuki theatre, or the futuristic projects of artists such as Jacques Polieri, Frederick Kiesler, or Walter Gropius which placed audiences in the midst of spherical theatre, to totally enveloping environments as in some happenings and some work of Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor, and others in which all the space is potentially available to actors as well as spectators.

Similarly, processional performances which move through a city, civic structure, or sacred or festival space—such as the medieval mysteries and biblical plays of England or Spain, royal entries, the Ram Lila of India, or contemporary parades and pageants—are environmental in that they traverse great distances that cannot be completely observed by a single stationary spectator, while at the same time implicitly transforming the urban architecture into a scenographic space.

Whereas religious, folk and traditional performances around the world have evolved environmental strategies with little theory, much twentieth-century Western theatre has self-consciously experimented with non-frontal staging either as an attempt at greater naturalism (as with the productions in Moscow of Nikolai Okhlopkov's Realistic Theatre or the Living Theatre's staging of Jack Gelber's The Connection in New York).

More often artists have used environmental staging as a means of thwarting conventional illusion, as in various productions of Meyerhold, Eugenio Barba, Ariane Mnouchkine, the Bread and Puppet Theatre, and others.

Of more recent vintage is ‘site-specific performance’ in which a production is staged not in a purpose-built playhouse but in an existing structure or natural environment that is chosen either because of its theatrical qualities or its appropriateness for the theme of the style of the production.

In such cases, the site becomes the theatrical environment, and the spectator is surrounded by the scenography whether the entire space is used for the performance or not.

Several performance artists, postmodern dancers, and production organisations such as En Garde Arts and Forced Entertainment have presented works on beaches, railway stations, hotels, art galleries, city streets, factories, and the like. In site-specific work, as in much environmental theatre, the environment itself often becomes the central aspect of the performance and incorporates performer and spectator equally.

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Last but not least, an interesting theatre movement starting to establish itself as a serious new theatrical form is 'The Hip-hop Theatre'.

Hip-hop theatre is a form of theatre combining hip-hop dance, dialogue, and urban music that presents 'contemporary stories told in the vocabulary of hip-hop'.

Other cultural markers of hip-hop such as the spoken word, graffiti art, beat boxing, and DJing can be included as well, although they are not always present. What is most important is the language of the theatrical piece and the plot's relevance to the world?

Danny Hoch, the founder of the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, further defines it as.

'Hip-hop theatre must fit into the realm of theatrical performance, and it must be by, about and for the hip-hop generation, participants in hip-hop culture, or both.'

Hip-hop theatre productions appear in a wide range of platforms from single performances, to week-long festivals, to travelling repertory companies.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an award winning spoken word artist and dancer who has been commissioned several times to create and direct single hip-hop theatre works. British choreographer Jonzi D is the artistic director of the London based Breakin' Convention, a week long hip-hop theatre festival.

Rennie Harris, Mourad Merzouk, and Victor Quijada are artistic directors who run hip-hop theatre companies in the U.S., France, and Canada respectively. The Rock Steady Crew, Magnificent Force, and the Rhythm Technicians are pioneers of this theatrical genre which started in the United States.

Though hip-hop culture has managed to establish itself on film, on television, in fashion, in music, and in the dance industry, it has not gained the same momentum in theatre.

Stage productions are few but growing. Two of the earliest stage shows were 1990's off Broadway musical 'So! What Happens Now?' and 1995's 'Jam on the Groove' both performed by the Rock Steady Crew, Magnificent Force, and the Rhythm Technicians.

Aside from the pioneers in New York we also find Lorenzo 'Rennie' Harris' Puremovement (RHPM) hip-hop theatre company started in 1992 in Philadelphia.

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So, as we come to the end of our short introduction covering the theatre today. We are sure that when you read through 'Theatre TODAY' you will come to a simple conclusion.

All the above movements, concepts and processes intermingled and became the undercurrent seen in many of the theatrical performances of companies and groups we review in this book.

This is part of the excitement of reading 'Theatre Today'. It will give you a comprehensive, panoramic view of what’s going worldwide in the theatre today.

In compiling this book, we never intended to draw any facts or conclusions about what the future will be. We are just taking you on a journey to experience what is happening in the theatre today.

'Everything is possible but you must find your own way. So, if you look at my work and think, 'Ah there is an example, I will start by what he's done', you are bound to go wrong. Because the work that I do today is the result of all the work that I've done through trial and error, in changing times. '

Peter Brook

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Over 3000 videos available to you to enhance your journey through ‘Theatre TODAY’.

You will find the list of each collection of videos relating to each theatre company or group listed at the end of the information about that theatre company under ...

Here are few videos reflect some of their work

By typing the website address of each video in your internet browser in your computer, tablet, or mobile phone, you will have access to that video.

All addresses are up to date at the date of publishing the book. The author and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at press time.

But, as it is with the data on the internet, it could change, disappear, or updated. So, we appreciate if you let us know if that happened to any address of any website listed in the book. That applies to the information listed about the companies and the groups. So, we can update it in our future editions.

Also, we state here that the author and publisher assume none responsibility and disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

3-Legged Dog

3-Legged Dog exists to produce new, original works in theatre, performance, media and hybrid forms.  Working out of a strong literary tradition, their mission is to explore the new narrative possibilities created by digital technology and to provide an environment for our artists to create new tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines.

Since opening in 2006, they have hosted more than 500 artists a year through their 3LD Residency Program, offering artists a unique experience with 24/7 access to specialised equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the needed time to fully realise their visions (6 to 16-week residencies).

Artists who have developed work at 3LD Art & Technology Center have received many prestigious awards for the work they have done here including The American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, Gothamist Best Musical, Special Commendation Award for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, STAGE Award for Art and Science.

3LD Art & Technology Center

80 Greenwich St.

New York, NY 10006

USA

https://twitter.com/3LDNYC

https://www.instagram.com/3ldnyc/?hl=en

http://www.yelp.com/biz/3ld-art-and-technology-center-new-york

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68 Cent Theater

The 68 Cent Crew Theater Company is a community dedicated to assisting actors, writers, directors, and producers in the realisation of their creative and professional identity through the interpretation of the written word.

Here is the story, how ‘The 68 Cent Crew Theater Company ‘ started as Ronnie Marmo, The Artistic Director said it.

‘ ... With only 68 cents in my bank account, I was still convinced that you could make a living doing what you love. It was with this total in my checkbook that I landed my first major acting role. 68 cents is what I was willing to have in order to realise my dream. Acting is a passion, an art, and a need that fills my gut.

It is this passion that motivated me ten years ago to pull together a group of the most talented friends I have and create a Company, a Company I lovingly named the 68 Cent Crew. Over the past ten years, the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company has grown into a family of loving, supportive and extraordinarily gifted actors. We are fortunate to have come so far in such a short time, but it could not have come without hard work, commitment, and a fervent love for what we do.

We live through others in our work, but we also know that acting is based on truth and reality. Family, friends, and a support system are what drive any actors success, and so we created a place for ourselves. We know how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to do what we love. ’

THE TEAM

Ronnie Marmo, Artistic Director & Cofounder

Katy Jacoby, Managing Director

Danny Cistone, Technical Director & Cofounder

5419 Sunset Blvd. Suite D,

Hollywood,

CA - USA

Phone (323) 960-5068

http://theatre68.com/

Here are few videos reflect some of their work.

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http://youtu.be/Db40R5etMvc

http://youtu.be/gr2OJG1bN0w

http://youtu.be/l-znmLgADb8

Aesthetic Realism Theatre

The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company's productions performances based on landmark talks given by Eli Siegel on plays from world theatre by Shakespeare, Moliere, Sheridan, Ibsen, Strindberg, Eugene O'Neill, George Kelly, Susan Glaspell and others.

They present, as a living drama,  Siegel's critical discussions of some of the great novels of all time: Jane Eyre, Huckleberry Finn, Pere Goriot, Hard Times to name a few.

Each production-whether of a tragedy or a rollicking comedy- is a rich interweaving of scenes and comment, to see the author's intention, the motivation of the characters, the meaning of the dialogue and what all this says about our lives today.

Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company repertoire also includes musical productions-with songs from Broadway, rock 'n roll, union songs, American folk and traditional ballads, Gilbert and Sullivan-performed and commented on by the cast.

Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company believes that we can learn about ourselves from the very technique of a musical composition!

THE TEAM

Anne Fielding, Director

Bennett Cooperman, Timothy Lynch, Derek Mali, Carol McCluer, Ann Richards, Karen Van Outryve, Carrie Wilson,

141 Greene Street

New York, NY 10012

USA

afielding@AestheticRealism.org

http://www.aestheticrealismtheatreco.org/index.html

Here are few videos reflect some of their work.

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Al Harah Theatre

Al Harah Theatre is a Palestinian Theatre Company committed to principles of plurality and multiculturalism.

Through producing and promoting theatre arts in Palestine, they are partaking in building and maintaining a civil society that emphasises human rights, democracy and freedom of expression as key components for a dynamic society.

Al Harah aims to bring compelling stories, in one of the most uncensored spaces, to audiences throughout Palestine, the Arab World and beyond, through producing and distributing theatre performances on high artistic levels.

Their educational training programs aim to create new theatre practitioners who believe that theatre has a strong potential to implement positive change.  They organise and conduct theatre workshops and training programmes.

173 Virgin Mary Street,

Beit Jala

Palestine

info@alharah.org

http://www.alharah.org

Here are few videos reflect some of their work.

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Alley Theatre

The Alley founded over 60 years ago as Houston’s theatre company.

It exists to provide audiences with the highest quality theatre, offering a wide variety of work including new plays, classics, the re-discovered and the rarely-performed, and new musical theatre, with an emphasis on new American works – to provide the inspirational and the provocative – to make audiences think, feel, dream, and be entertained.

The Alley Theatre is one of the few American Theatre companies that support a company of actors, designers, artisans and craftspeople throughout the year. Their productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatre. It is state-of-the-art and one of the most complete and largest facilities of its kind anywhere. It has earned a national and international reputation for artistic achievement, including the Tony Award. The Alley Theatre company was founded in 1947 by Nina Eloise Whittington Vance (1914-1980). And under the leadership of Vance, the Alley Theatre grew from its modest beginnings, of 85-seat theatre that had to be converted and struck for every performance, to one of the most prestigious nonprofit resident theatres in the United States. The world premiere of Paul Zindel's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds was staged at the Alley in 1964. In 1996, the Alley Theatre won the Regional Theatre Tony Award. The Alley sponsors what is known as the Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE), which offers a skills-enhancing experience for people under the age of twenty who want to write for the stage. Every year, several pieces are chosen from the greater Houston area to be produced.

THE STAFF

Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director

James Black, Associate Director

Kevin Rigdon, Associate Director/Design

Jacey Little, Associate Literary Manager & Dramaturg

Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director

Ten Eyck Swackhamer, General Manager

Christa Bean, Associate General Manager

Clemencia Hernandez, Executive Assistant

Jann Whaley, Company Manager

ALLEY ACTING COMPANY

Jeffrey Bean, James Belcher, James black, Elizabeth Bunch, Paul hope, Charles Krohn, Emily Neves, Melissa Pritchett, David Rainey, Jay Sullivan, Todd white.

Alley Theatre

615 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX 77002

USA

webmaster@alleytheatre.org

http://www.alleytheatre.org/Alley/Default.asp

Here are few videos reflect some of their work.

http://youtu.be/qm6eggmhthE

http://youtu.be/E9tFGiOAV0s

Alliance Theatre

Founded in 1968,  Alliance Theatre remains firmly tied to the cultural identity of Atlanta. The theatre has gained national recognition and prominence as Atlanta has become a leading international city.

In 1977, the Alliance merged with

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