Here are five articles from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:
Chicago’s Theater By, With and For Young Audiences: Looking Back and Moving ForwardHowlRound: And shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?—Plato, 380 B.C.
Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) has a rich and varied history spanning global traditions rooted in entertainment, education and the fostering of imaginations. Yet TYA in the western world is deeply rooted in the social and cultural acceptance of youth as a group in need of control, protection and didactic cultivation. Centuries of prejudice have resulted in dividing professional and amateur theater on the basis of age—underpinned by images of young people as less than capable beings. When TYA is written off as less than, are we watching the effects of adultism materialize to shield projected innocence? If we are going to allow children to hear just “any tale” as Plato wrote, what better story to hear than one created by their peers?
Commitment and YouDimmer Beach: If you commit to a gig for a company, you do it. When you commit to a gig, you are restricting your freedom of certain actions, as you will miss out on things, maybe even other gigs. It happens. It will happen to you, I promise you that.
Now, if you have read some of my other posts, or lived in the production world for any length of time, you know it isn’t quite that simple or black and white. So, let me expound upon that for you.
Exceptional Minds Students Contribute to Dawn of the Planet of the ApesBelow the Line: Seated among the cast and crew for Wednesday’s screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at the Zanuck Theater, Los Angeles, were six crew members from Exceptional Minds – an L.A.-based digital arts academy for young adults with autism.
Busiest film agenda shapes up for PittsburghPittsburgh Post-Gazette: If everything and everyone, including superstars Will Smith and Vin Diesel, come and go as planned, the city will enjoy the busiest year of production in the 24-year history of the Pittsburgh Film Office.
Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn't Know Your Doodles Could AccomplishSmashing Magazine: Is sketching by hand more than a nostalgic activity? How is paper any different from a screen, especially when hardware is becoming more and more sophisticated? Is improving your hand-sketching skills really worthwhile when high-tech software is advancing every day? What difference can a pencil possibly make?