Theatre Development Fund News

Tom Viertel Named New Executive Director of Commercial Theater Institute
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

Tom Viertel has been appointed Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, and Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of Theatre Development Fund. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Company Presents THE NORTH CHINA LOVER, 9/25 - Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 09, 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...)

Aaron Glick Awarded Columbia University School of the Arts' T. Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2013

T. Fellowship in association with Columbia University School of the Arts announced Aaron Glick as the third fellow in the one-year program designed to educate and empower new creative producers. The fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000 with a $20,000 budget for the development of a new theatrical production. (more...)

TDF Brings 450 Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students to CINDERELLA Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

Over 450 elementary and secondary school students who are either deaf or hard of hearing from 17 schools in the tri-State region, will attended one of the next three Wednesday matinee performances of the hit musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Three upcoming matinee performances (today, October 30, November 6 and 13) of the show will be simultaneously sign language interpreted and open captioned by TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), which is bringing the students with mild to severe hearing loss to the theatre through their 'Access for Young Audiences' program. Additionally, earlier this month, TAP brought 100 students who are blind or have low vision to the Wednesday matinee performance on October 9, which featured audio description. (more...)

TDF to Bring 450 Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students to CINDERELLA, 10/30, 11/6 & 13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

Over 450 elementary and secondary school students who are either deaf or hard of hearing from 17 schools in the tri-State region, will attended one of the next three Wednesday matinee performances of the hit musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Three upcoming matinee performances (October 30, November 6 and 13) of the show will be simultaneously sign language interpreted and open captioned by TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), which is bringing the students with mild to severe hearing loss to the theatre through their 'Access for Young Audiences' program. Additionally, earlier this month, TAP brought 100 students who are blind or have low vision to the Wednesday matinee performance on October 9, which featured audio description. (more...)

TDF Makes Off-Off@$9 Program Available to Public
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

In July of 2009, TDF launched a new service, "Off-Off@$9," designed to build off-Off Broadway audiences by providing $9 advance eTix exclusively to TDF members. The program has been so successful and popular with the hundreds of productions that have participated, and thousands of adventurous theatre lovers, that TDF is now offering "Off-Off@$9" to the general public. (more...)

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...)

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