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Nate Parker and The Birth of a Nation Team Announce New Fellowship for Young FilmmakersNate Parker and The Birth of a Nation Team Announce New Fellowship for Young Filmmakers
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

 Nate Parker and the cast, Producers, and Executive Producers of The Birth of a Nation are investing in the next generation of diverse independent creativity with the Sundance Institute | The Birth of a Nation Fellowship for 18-to-24-year-old filmmakers participating in the Institute's Ignite program. Parker shared details at Sundance Institute's NIGHT BEFORE NEXT benefit at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles this evening, where he also received the Institute's annual Vanguard Award presented to him by actor and Sundance alum Michael B. Jordan. Parker's The Birth of a Nation was supported by the Institute's renowned Feature Film Program for three years before its premiere, and won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. (more...)

Nikki M. James, Jose Llana and Andrew Kober to Lead the Public's TWELFTH NIGHT Musical AdaptationNikki M. James, Jose Llana and Andrew Kober to Lead the Public's TWELFTH NIGHT Musical Adaptation
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

The Public Theater will kick off the 2016-17 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, TWELFTH NIGHT will once again feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including this year Nikki M. James as Viola and Jose Llana as Orsino. (more...)

VIDEO: Shaina Taub Sings Powerful Gun Violence Plea 'When' at  City Center Encores! Off-Center JAMBOREEVIDEO: Shaina Taub Sings Powerful Gun Violence Plea 'When' at City Center Encores! Off-Center JAMBOREE
by Michael Dale - Jul 29, 2016

The 'half-lament, half-rallying cry' was originally written in response to the Sandy Hook shootings. (more...)

MEN ON BOATS Regional Debut, 'T.' World Premiere and More Set for American Theater Company's 2016-17 SeasonMEN ON BOATS Regional Debut, 'T.' World Premiere and More Set for American Theater Company's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) has restructured its 2016-17 Season and will present three of four previously announced plays, with an updated production schedule. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown Teases Tonight's SubCulture Gig With Shaina Taub; Hints at Something Big For SeptemberJason Robert Brown Teases Tonight's SubCulture Gig With Shaina Taub; Hints at Something Big For September
by Michael Dale - Jul 27, 2016

The show will include the two songwriters doing arrangements of each other's work. (more...)

Hasan Minhaj to Bring HOMECOMING KING to the City Theatre This WinterHasan Minhaj to Bring HOMECOMING KING to the City Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, is the theatrical debut of humorist and The Daily Showcorrespondent Hasan Minhaj. Homecoming King, the story of the 'New Brown America,' is based on true events from Minhaj's first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj's arrival in the US, meeting his sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family's quest to achieve the elusive American Dream. The show plays the City Theatre on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/20/16- PASSING STRANGESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/20/16- PASSING STRANGE
by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2016

Today in 2008, Passing Strange closed at the Belasco Theatre, where it ran for 165 performances. Passing Strange is a rock musical about a young African American's artistic journey of self-discovery in Europe, drawing on heavy elements of existentialism, metafictional comedy, and the Kunstlerroman. The musical's lyrics and book are by Stew with music and orchestrations by Heidi Rodewald and Stew. It was created in collaboration with director Annie Dorsen. The musical was developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in 2004 and 2005, one of the only works there ever to be invited back for a second round of development. It had productions in Berkeley, California and Off-Broadway before opening on Broadway in 2008, garnering strong reviews and several awards. Spike Lee filmed the musical on Broadway as a documentary, premiering the film in 2009. (more...)

KT Tunstall Announces New Album 'KIN' to Be Released 9/9KT Tunstall Announces New Album 'KIN' to Be Released 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

KT Tunstall returns with an explosive 11 track collection of songs on her fifth studio album KIN to be released September 9th on Caroline Records. (more...)

Cinedigm Acquires North American Home Entertainment Rights to THE ULTIMATE GIFT Movie SeriesCinedigm Acquires North American Home Entertainment Rights to THE ULTIMATE GIFT Movie Series
by Movies News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Cinedigm (CIDM) has acquired North American home entertainment rights to THE ULTIMATE GIFT movie series, which includes THE ULTIMATE GIFT (2006), THE ULTIMATE LIFE (2013) and the third and most recent entry, THE ULTIMATE LEGACY (2017). (more...)

New Residency Program THE MITTEN LAB to Launch This Fall Northern MichiganNew Residency Program THE MITTEN LAB to Launch This Fall Northern Michigan
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The MITTEN Lab (A Michigan Incubator for Theatre Talent Emerging Now), led by co-founders Katherine Carter and Rachel Sussman, is proud to announce the launch of its residency program in Northern Michigan this September. (more...)

Sundance Institute Announces Film Composers & Independent Filmmakers for Music & Sound Design LabsSundance Institute Announces Film Composers & Independent Filmmakers for Music & Sound Design Labs
by TV News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound today announced the composers and directors selected for the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound . (more...)

Nate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute's Vanguard Award This AugustNate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute's Vanguard Award This August
by Movies News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced it will present its Vanguard Award to filmmaker and actor Nate Parker at NIGHT BEFORE NEXT, a summer celebration benefiting the Institute and its artists on the eve of Sundance NEXT FEST at the iconic Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (more...)

Chill Out with SUMMER SHORTS 2016 at 59E59 TheatersChill Out with SUMMER SHORTS 2016 at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

59E59 Theaters is thrilled to welcome Throughline Artists with SUMMER SHORTS 2016, the annual festival of six short plays tailor-made for summer viewing, now celebrating its 10th season. (more...)

Hasan Minhaj Coming to Boulder Theater, 10/23Hasan Minhaj Coming to Boulder Theater, 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

HASAN MINHAJ: HOMECOMING KING is set for Boulder Theater on October 23rd, 2016. Doors:  7:00 pm | Show:  8:00 pm. Tickets on sale June 10th - $20 Balcony or $22.50 Reserved. (more...)

Sundance Institute Sets Projects for Screenwriters Lab, Documentary Edit and Story Labs & New Theatre-Makers ResidencySundance Institute Sets Projects for Screenwriters Lab, Documentary Edit and Story Labs & New Theatre-Makers Residency
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Sundance Institute has selected 25 projects to participate in its Screenwriters Lab, Documentary Edit and Story Labs and new Theatre-Makers Residency, which will take place concurrently this summer in the mountains of the Sundance Resort in Utah. The confluence of these three artist development programs will provide Fellows the unprecedented opportunity to experience portions of the other Labs and will support a cross-pollination of creativity and personal expression across different storytelling forms. (more...)

GROUNDHOG DAY Previews Delayed at the Old VicGROUNDHOG DAY Previews Delayed at the Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The world premiere of GROUNDHOG DAY has been delayed because of the 'technical requirements' involved in the production.  Previews are now postponed until 15 July with an opening night of 16 August. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress FELICITY WREN Talks About Her Role in BABY OH BABY!BWW Interview: Actress FELICITY WREN Talks About Her Role in BABY OH BABY!
by Don Grigware - May 27, 2016

Actress FELICITY WREN currently stars in the world premiere quirky romantic British comedy BABY OH BABY through June 4 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Califorini.  Felicity has a Masters Degree in Acting from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and her Honors Degree from Bretton Hall College. She is proud to have worked extensively in theatre in the UK, been the muse for 4 plays for amazing playwright Glyn Maxwell and a writer /performer with her own comedy sketch show Greedy (London, Edinburgh & NYC).  Recent TV - "Contingency" for New Street Pictures.  Felicity also stars in upcoming comedy feature films, "The Trap" and "The Man You're Not" whilst producing with her LA company: Dangerously Funny Productions. by Steve Peterson (more...)

Sundance Institute to Launch New 'FilmTwo' InitiativeSundance Institute to Launch New 'FilmTwo' Initiative
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced a significant expansion of its signature artist development programs to include targeted support for second-time feature filmmakers, addressing a growing need in the field of independent storytelling, especially for women and filmmakers of color. The new FilmTwo Initiative, led by the Institute's renowned Feature Film Program, with generous support from Founding Partner NBCUniversal, will offer selected directors specialized creative and tactical guidance in navigating the unique challenges of making their second feature films. The Initiative's inaugural Fellows announced today participated in a Screenwriters Intensive in March and continue to receive customized creative and tactical support and participate in select FFP activities. (more...)

American Theater Company Announces 2016-17 SeasonAmerican Theater Company Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) proudly announces Season 32, led by its newly appointed Artistic Director Will Davis and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. The 2016-17 season kicks off this September with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, directed byMargot Bordelon, Sept. 23-Oct. 30, 2016. In the New Year, ATC presents Jaclyn Backhaus' Men On Boats, making its regional premiere at ATC Jan. 6-Feb. 12, 2017, under Will Davis' direction after he remounts his acclaimed New York production Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons this summer. Next spring brings another world premiere at ATC, Basil Kreimendahl's We're Gonna Be Okay, March 17-April 23, 2017. The production is directed by Bonnie Metzgar and was originally developed at ATC in collaboration with The Araca Group during AracaWorks: Chicago 2015. The final production of ATC's 2016-17 Season is a reimagined classic, Pulitzer Prize winner Picnic by William Inge, under Davis' direction May 19-June 25, 2017. Season subscriptions are on sale now and range from $60-$150, with special pricing available for advance purchases before July 31, 2016. To purchase a subscription or for more information, visit www.atcweb.org or call the ATC Box Office at 773-409-4125. (more...)

Playwright, Neuroscientist, RADIOLAB Host Set for MTC's INCOGNITO PanelPlaywright, Neuroscientist, RADIOLAB Host Set for MTC's INCOGNITO Panel
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announces the upcoming Sloan Panel Discussion on INCOGNITO, which will be held following the Tuesday, May 17 performance of the play at MTC at New York City Center-Stage I (131 West 55th Street), and is open to anyone attending the evening's performance. (more...)

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