Theatre Development Fund News

Broadway League Announces 2013 Recipients of National Education Grants
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2013

The Broadway League just announced the recipients of its eighteenth annual National Education and Community Engagement Grants. These grants support inspired and inventive programs for a wide range of participants to experience and understand Broadway performances as a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool. (more...)

Broadway Producer and Film Exec Henry Guettel Passes Away
by TV News Desk - Oct 07, 2013

Film executive and Broadway producer Henry Guettel died of pneumonia on October 7, 2013, in Southampton, New York, according to his wife Mary Rodgers Guettel. He was 85. (more...)

Theatre Development Fund's Online Theatre Dictionary Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) fun and informative online theatre dictionary, at www.theatredictionary.org, is celebrating the year anniversary of its launch. During this first year the number of theatre terms more than doubled - from 20 to 43, all featuring unique videos as well as written definitions. To mark the occasion, TDF is premiering a new video defining the term 'Commedia dell'arte' starring RuPaul's Drag Race 5th Season winner JINKX MONSOON and MAJOR SCALES, her co-star in the hit NYC Stage production The Vaudevillians (currently at the Laurie Beechman Theatre through November 11). (more...)

Theatre Development Fund's Online Theatre Dictionary Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) fun and informative online theatre dictionary, at www.theatredictionary.org, is celebrating the year anniversary of its launch. During this first year the number of theatre terms more than doubled - from 20 to 43, all featuring unique videos as well as written definitions. To mark the occasion, TDF is premiering a new video defining the term 'Commedia dell'arte' starring RuPaul's Drag Race 5th Season winner JINKX MONSOON and MAJOR SCALES, her co-star in the hit NYC Stage production The Vaudevillians (currently at the Laurie Beechman Theatre through November 11). (more...)

Kennedy Center Sets NEW VISION/NEW VOICES 2014 for May 16-18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces its 13th New Visions/New Voices workshop from May 16 to May 18, 2014. A biennial showcase dedicated to developing new plays and musicals written for young people and their families, New Visions/New Voices 2014 will present eight new works including six selected from theater companies based in Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Bethesda, MD; Atlanta, GA; Cork, Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland; one musical commissioned by the Kennedy Center; and one play from Vincennes, France as part of the showcase'sTranslation Project. Additionally, New Visions/New Voices 2014 will again host international playwright observers. While each play has a specific intended age range, over the course of the showcase, attendees will experience work geared towards young people from infancy through high school-the broadest range in New Visions/New Voices history. (more...)

South Street Seaport TKTS to Reopen at Permanent Home, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) announced that it will reopen its South Street Seaport TKTS Discount Booth at its permanent location at the corner of Front and John Streets on Tuesday, October 1 at 11am. TDF will be closing their temporary Seaport TKTS booth at Fulton and South Streets, (which opened on July 5 as part of the Seaport's SEE/CHANGE Program) on Monday, September 30 in order to move back to the TKTS location which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October. To accommodate downtown theatre goers on Monday, September 30, TDF will open its booth in Downtown Brooklyn (which is usually closed on Mondays) from 11am to 6pm. (more...)

South Street Seaport TKTS to Reopen at Permanent Home, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) announced that it will reopen its South Street Seaport TKTS Discount Booth at its permanent location at the corner of Front and John Streets on Tuesday, October 1 at 11am. TDF will be closing their temporary Seaport TKTS booth at Fulton and South Streets, (which opened on July 5 as part of the Seaport's SEE/CHANGE Program) on Monday, September 30 in order to move back to the TKTS location which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October. To accommodate downtown theatre goers on Monday, September 30, TDF will open its booth in Downtown Brooklyn (which is usually closed on Mondays) from 11am to 6pm. (more...)

Autism & Theatre - Inspiration Day 2013 Marks Culmination of Relaxed Performance Pilot Project
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2013

Organisers of the Autism & Theatre - Inspiration Day 2013 on Monday 2 September at the Lyceum Theatre, London, attended by over 170 delegates from theatres and arts organisations across the UK, have reported the event to be a huge success. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Present THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE with Mona Golabek, Begin. 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2013

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one-woman play starring internationally acclaimed pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek. Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen, the play is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg and tells the true story of Golabek's mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, Golabek performs some of the world's most beautiful music live as she relates the real-life legacy of her mother's quest to survive. (more...)

Rae Gray and Tim Chiou Star in Lookingglass Theatre's THE NORTH CHINA LOVER, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

Kicking off its 26th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Marguerite Duras' The North China Lover, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. The North China Lover runs tonight, September 25 - October 4, 2013 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Company Presents THE NORTH CHINA LOVER, 9/25 - 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere stage adaptation of Marguerite Duras' The North China Lover, translated by Leigh Hafrey and adapted and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. The North China Lover runs September 25 - November 10, 2013. (more...)

Horse Trade Theater Group to Present 5th Annual FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL, Begin. 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2013

For the fifth year in a row Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Fire This Time Festival (TFTT), providing a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African-American descent to explore new voices, styles, and challenging new directions for 21st century performing arts in order to move beyond common misconceptions of what's possible in 'black theater.' (more...)

Berkeley Rep Announces Open-Captioned Performances for 'VANYA AND SONIA' & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open a new season of exhilarating plays, the Theatre today announces that it will partner with Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a New York-based nonprofit organization, to offer open-captioned performances during its 2013-14 season. This state-of-the-art technology will allow Berkeley Rep to open its doors to a wider community by making performances accessible to patrons with hearing loss. Open captioning will be available for one performance of every show. For Nina Raine's off-Broadway sensation Tribes - about a young deaf man finding his place in a cacophonous family and a bewildering world - Berkeley Rep will offer three open-captioned performances. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Company Presents THE NORTH CHINA LOVER, 9/25 - 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2013

Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere stage adaptation of Marguerite Duras' The North China Lover, translated by Leigh Hafrey and adapted and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. The North China Lover runs September 25 - November 10, 2013. (more...)

Clarence Brown Theatre to Offer Open Captioning to Select 2013-14 Performances
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

The first professional producing theatre in Tennessee to offer this service, the Clarence Brown Theatre has partnered with the Theatre Development Fund's National Open Captioning Initiative to provide open captioning free of charge for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at select CBT performances during the 2013-2014 season. (more...)

State Senator José M. Serrano Joins 'One Percent for Culture' Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

As the political races throughout New York City reach their peak, candidates, thought leaders, businesses, organizations, and prominent New Yorkers are showing their support for the One Percent for Culture campaign that seeks to increase funding to the city's 1,300-plus non-profit cultural organizations. (more...)

Theatre Development Fund Receives $78,750 Grant from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2013

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA) are pleased to announce that they have received a grant in the amount of $78,750 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Fund for National Projects to support a consortium project, Triple Play. Triple Play will explore the crucial relationship between playwrights and other generative artists, theatres and audiences. This exploration aspires to create a paradigm shift in the way the field thinks about audiences and the way audiences experience new work, and in so doing will help to restore theatre's relevance as a national art form. (more...)

Rae Gray and Tim Chiou to Star in Lookingglass Theatre's THE NORTH CHINA LOVER; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 06, 2013

Kicking off its 26th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Marguerite Duras' The North China Lover, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. The North China Lover runs September 25 - October 4, 2013 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Passport to Broadway Brings South Korean Students to NYC; JOURNEY TO AMERICA Performance Set for 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2013

From July 29-August 21 in New York City, StudentsLive, the premier Broadway Education Company, has brought 48 South Korean students ages 8-14 to NYC (and the United States) for the very first time as they participate in the StudentsLive 'Passport to Broadway' Program (first started in 2009, www.PassportoBroadway.com). This unique cultural experience aims to expose the students (who at the start speak little or no English) to American history, theater and music as they rehearse and put together a special final performance, a musical titled 'Journey to America' which will take place on Tuesday, August 20 at 8pm at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (248 West 60th Street). This is the 10th South Korean group to participate in the program and other countries have included China, Brazil, Guatemala and Japan. (more...)

Rick Miller, Louise Pitre and More to Present at 2013 Dora Awards Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2013

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) welcomes its VIP presenters for the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, to be held tonight, June 24 at 7pm at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts' (StLC) Bluma Appel Theatre and which will also be live-streamed to the TicketPro Doratron in the StLC's Jane Mallett Theatre due to popular demand. (more...)

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