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Airing weekly on PBS, the five-time Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens is an independent film festival in your living room. Each week we bring you another original documentary film, each made by one of the best independent filmmakers working today.

This season, Independent Lens returns with 22 independent films that will transport you and challenge you to experience universal human themes from unique perspectives. We will delve into issues emerging from the economic crisis in America, from job loss to wealth disparity; examine the origins of soul food, its importance in African American culture, and its serious health implications; we will examine a military culture in which female soldiers are sexually assaulted at a terrifying rate, and their attackers often left unpunished; we

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The Public Theater Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring Five World Premieres & More Photo The Public Theater Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring Five World Premieres & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 14, 2022

The Public Theater announced the schedule today for The Public’s 2022-23 Season at the Public Theater. Learn all about the shows, schedule and how to get tickets. ...
Greek National Opera Will Present World Premiere Of JUS SOLI in March Photo Greek National Opera Will Present World Premiere Of JUS SOLI in March
by Stephi Wild - February 28, 2022

The Greek National Opera will present the world premiere of Jus soli, a 60-minute oratorio by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince and Turkish librettist İzzeddin Çalışlar on Sunday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens....
The Alliance for Jewish Theatre Hires New Executive Director Photo The Alliance for Jewish Theatre Hires New Executive Director
by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

The Alliance for Jewish Theatre (AJT), the only international organization promoting Jewish theatre worldwide, has hired Oregon-based theatre director, arts administrator, teacher, and arts advocate Willow Jade Norton as its new Executive Director....
2022 Ice Factory Festival Announced At New Ohio Theatre Photo 2022 Ice Factory Festival Announced At New Ohio Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2022

The Obie Award-winning New Ohio Theatre has announced that the 29th annual Ice Factory Festival will be a hybrid model that includes live in-person performances, as well as live-streamed and on-demand....
PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS Wins Award for Best Curated Series Photo PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS Wins Award for Best Curated Series
by Marissa Tomeo - March 05, 2022

The award-winning documentary anthology series INDEPENDENT LENS, which airs weekly on PBS and is presented by ITVS, was awarded Best Curated Series at the 37th Annual IDA Documentary Awards at a virtual ceremony held this evening (March 4). An additional ITVS-backed title, “Whirlybird,” was previous...
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 28, 2022

Park Avenue Armory will continue its Making Space Public Programming Series with Queer Hip Hop Cypher, an exploration of the queer origins and aesthetics of hip hop through discussion, film, and performance on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 3pm....
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre Announces The Return Of Cannonball and The Recipients Of Photo Almanac Dance Circus Theatre Announces The Return Of Cannonball and The Recipients Of The BIPOC New Work Presentation Track
by Stephi Wild - July 13, 2022

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre has selected the first recipients of the BIPOC New Work Presentation Track. These works will be part of the second annual Cannonball, an independently run Fringe Hub of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Running September 1-30, including a week of performances before the ...
Tony Winner Gabriel Ebert To Star In Molière In The Park's THE MISANTHROPE Photo Tony Winner Gabriel Ebert To Star In Molière In The Park's THE MISANTHROPE
by Marissa Tomeo - April 08, 2022

Molière in the Park, in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, will present a fully staged production of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur's translation of Molière's THE MISANTHROPE, directed by Molière in the Park's Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberg...
Queer|Art Announces The Winner Of 2022 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Photo Queer|Art Announces The Winner Of 2022 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant
by A.A. Cristi - August 08, 2022

Queer|Art, New York City's home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, has announced the winner of the 2021 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant, collaborative duo, Desireena Almoradie and Barbara Malaran. The New York City-based duo will receive a $7,000 ca...
Ballet Hispánico School Of Dance Announces Best Practices: We Support Learning! Photo Ballet Hispánico School Of Dance Announces Best Practices: We Support Learning!
by Stephi Wild - May 05, 2022

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance announces that registration is now open for a week-long summer professional development program for dance teachers, July 11-15, 2022....
Bailey Contemporary Arts Center Seeks New Artists In Residence Photo Bailey Contemporary Arts Center Seeks New Artists In Residence
by A.A. Cristi - May 04, 2022

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach has announced a call for artists in residence for the 2022-2223 cycle, which runs October 1 through to June 30. ...
Steppenwolf Announces 2022/23 Season Featuring 4 World Premieres & More Photo Steppenwolf Announces 2022/23 Season Featuring 4 World Premieres & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 19, 2022

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced the 2022/23 Season today. With six Steppenwolf Membership Series productions and two SYA productions, the 47th season is the storied company’s first full season in its expanded home—welcoming audiences back to experience the next chapter of Steppenwolf’s bol...
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by Stephi Wild - July 29, 2022

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 20, 2022

Being Future Being will have its world premiere at BroadStage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, September 8–10, 2022, followed by performances at New York Live Arts, October 20–22....
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by A.A. Cristi - February 18, 2022

The Greek National Opera will present the world premiere of Jus soli, a 60-minute oratorio by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince and Turkish librettist İzzeddin Çalışlar on Sunday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens....
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by A.A. Cristi - April 25, 2022

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 14, 2022

Set in 1892, 1992 and 2022, this energetic, powerful production follows four women who live, breathe and play football. Whilst each of them faces very different obstacles, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their lives - and the world - is tantalisingly close....
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 03, 2022

Signature Theatre’s SigSpace will reteam this June with Theatre For One to present six one-on-one, five-to-six minute theater experiences. Titled Déjà Vu (referencing a featured work by the same name), this iteration of Theatre For One revisits five selected works from the visionary and unconvention...
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University announced today additional programming associated with its upcoming production of 1776 directed by Jeffrey L. Page and A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus....
Sean Harkness & The Unusual Suspects to Perform at Chelsea Table and Stage Photo Sean Harkness & The Unusual Suspects to Perform at Chelsea Table and Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Announced today, SEAN HARKNESS & THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS will perform at Chelsea Table and Stage on Saturday. June 18....
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by Michael Major - May 12, 2022

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by Stephi Wild - March 03, 2022

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by Michael Major - June 14, 2022

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