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Magic Theatre Announces Next Artistic Director, Sean San JoseŐĀ Photo Magic Theatre Announces Next Artistic Director, Sean San JoseŐĀ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2021

Magic Theatre has announced that Sean San José will be the company’s next Artistic Director, succeeding Loretta Greco in the post. San José will begin working with Magic Theatre in June 2021 on a part-time basis, transitioning to full-time in August 2021.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announces Four Bay Area Artists For Inaugural Fellowship Photo Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announces Four Bay Area Artists For Inaugural Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today the inaugural recipients of The Rainin Fellowship, a new initiative to support visionary artists working across disciplines in the Bay Area.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announces Four Bay Area Artists for Inaugural Fellowship Photo Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announces Four Bay Area Artists for Inaugural Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today the inaugural recipients of The Rainin Fellowship, a new initiative to support visionary artists working across disciplines in the Bay Area. Administered by United States Artists, the Fellowship has awarded four artists with unrestricted grants of $100,000.

[HIEROGLYPH] Enters Final Two Weeks Streaming at San Francisco Playhouse Photo [HIEROGLYPH] Enters Final Two Weeks Streaming at San Francisco Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2021

Less than two weeks remain to stream Erika Dickerson-Despenza's [hieroglyph], co-produced by San Francisco Playhouse  and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

BWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse Photo BWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse
by Steve Murray - Mar 15, 2021

BWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse

Photo Flash: San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Present [hierogly Photo Photo Flash: San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Present [hieroglyph]
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2021

[hieroglyph] traverses the intersection of environmental racism, sexual violence, and displacement, examining the psychological effects of a state-sanctioned man-made disaster on the most vulnerable members of the Katrina diaspora. This work is part of award-winning playwright Dickerson-Despenza’s planned 10-play Katrina Cycle of plays focused on the effects of Hurricane Katrina in and beyond New Orleans.

BWW Interview: Margo Hall of [HIEROGLYPH] at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Seizes the Mo Photo BWW Interview: Margo Hall of [HIEROGLYPH] at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Seizes the Moment to Champion Culturally-Specific Work
by Jim Munson - Mar 8, 2021

When Lorraine Hansberry Theatre announced last September that Bay Area theatre luminary Margo Hall had been appointed as its first female Artistic Director, it felt like a promise of good things to come. Six months later, the venerable company is back up and running full steam ahead with its first staged production since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Erika Dickerson-Despenza‚Äôs [hieroglyph], available to stream on-demand March 13th through April 3rd. Hall directed this as a co-production with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre‚Äôs long-time collaborator San Francisco Playhouse, and would seem to be the perfect director to bring it to life. Dickerson-Despenza is a Tow Playwright-in-Residence at New York‚Äôs Public Theater who centers her writings on Black women‚Äôs land legacies and distinct experiences of environmental racism. Telling the raw, honest story of a 13-year-old girl struggling Post-Hurricane Katrina, wrestling with being displaced to a new city while secretly coping with the PTSD of an assault at the Superdome, [hieroglyph] is part of Dickerson-Despenza‚Äôs 10-play Katrina cycle focused on the effects of Hurricane Katrina and its state-sanctioned, man-made disaster rippling in & beyond New Orleans. Hall describes the play as ‚Äútragically beautiful.‚ÄĚ Patrons may support the organization of their choice by purchasing tickets from Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at lhtsf.org or from San Francisco Playhouse at sfplayhouse.org. BroadwayWorld spoke with Hall last week, just as she was preparing to meet her cast in person for the first time after weeks of Zoom rehearsals. Speaking to her, I got the distinct impression of someone who is exactly where she needs to be right now. This may be her first stint as an artistic director, but in so many ways she has been preparing for this role her entire life. Her decades of experience as an actor, director, playwright, professor and activist all coalesce to serve her in her new role. We talked about her hopes to expand Hansberry‚Äôs purview, the need to create culturally-specific theatre, and the exigencies of producing theatre and TV (she is also acting in the new ‚ÄúBlindspotting‚ÄĚ series!) during Covid times. Throughout our conversation, I was struck by the sheer joy she exudes for making theatre and for finding herself in a place where she can create new opportunities for Black theatre artists.

San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Announce Casting for [hierogly Photo San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Announce Casting for [hieroglyph]
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2021

[hieroglyph] will be fully produced and filmed on stage at San Francisco Playhouse, presented as an on-demand video stream from March 13th through April 3rd, 2021.

Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, January 15- with Adam Pascal, Marin Ireland‚Äč and Mor Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, January 15- with Adam Pascal, Marin Ireland‚Äč and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2021

Today (January 15) in live streaming: Adam Pascal in concert, Blue Ridge ‚Äčby Abby Rosebrock, and more!

Theatre Bay Area Adds Two Local Theatremakers To Board Of Directors Photo Theatre Bay Area Adds Two Local Theatremakers To Board Of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2020

Theatre Bay Area (TBA), the San Francisco Bay Area's theatre arts service organization, voted two new members onto its board of directors‚ÄĒBrenda Wong Aoki and Dawn Monique Williams. Both Aoki and Williams are originally from the Bay Area and are recognized nationally for their respective work.

Aurora Theatre Company Announces New Originate + Generate Commission Photo Aurora Theatre Company Announces New Originate + Generate Commission
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2020

Aurora Theatre Company has announced the company’s newest Originate + Generate (O+G) commission, Bay Area playwright Cleavon Smith (The Flats). Smith has been commissioned to create a new play specifically for Aurora. The working title of the piece is MORE OFTEN THAN NOT.

Lisa Steindler, Z Space Executive Artistic Director, Announces Plans To Depart In Apr Photo Lisa Steindler, Z Space Executive Artistic Director, Announces Plans To Depart In April 2021
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020

Lisa Steindler, the Executive Artistic Director of Z Space, one of the nation's leading laboratories for the development of new work and the organization she has led since 2007, has announced that she will step down from her role in April 2021.  

Theatre Bay Area Welcomes Two New Board Members Photo Theatre Bay Area Welcomes Two New Board Members
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2020

Theatre Bay Area (TBA), the San Francisco Bay Area's theatre arts service organization, voted two new members onto its board of directors‚ÄĒArmando Fox and Anne Younan.

San Francisco Playhouse Announces New 2020/21 Season Photo San Francisco Playhouse Announces New 2020/21 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2020

San Francisco Playhouse announced a re-imagining of its 2020/21 Season, re-focusing their programming on digital formats to serve their community through the coronavirus pandemic.

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Announces Appointment Of Margo Hall As New Artistic Direct Photo Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Announces Appointment Of Margo Hall As New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020

San Francisco's premier Black theatre company Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has announced the appointment of Bay Area theatre titan Margo Hall as its new Artistic Director.

Margo Hall, Ely Sonny Orquiza And Donna Washington Lead Stagebridge Performing Classe Photo Margo Hall, Ely Sonny Orquiza And Donna Washington Lead Stagebridge Performing Classes
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2020

Stagebridge, the nation's first performing arts company for older adults, returns to a 12-week digital session showcasing pillars of the San Francisco Bay Area theater and storytelling communities and beyond leading into the fall.

Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, July 27- with Andre De Shields, Brenda Braxton and Mor Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, July 27- with Andre De Shields, Brenda Braxton and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2020

Today (July 27) in live streaming: the Muny's Summer Variety Hour continues, Jim Caruso returns with Pajama Cast Party, and so much more!

Playwrights Foundation Announces Online Festival THE 2020 BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIV Photo Playwrights Foundation Announces Online Festival THE 2020 BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2020

The West Coast's premiere launchpad for exceptional plays and playwrights, Playwrights Foundation announces the artistic teams for the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF), featuring playwrights Tyler English-Beckwith, Stefani Kuo (e??a??ae??), Jordan Ramirez Puckett, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, and Noelle Vi√Īas. The 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival runs July 17-26, 2020 in an online format available worldwide .¬†

2020 Playwrights Festival Artistic Teams Named For Online & Worldwide Festival Photo 2020 Playwrights Festival Artistic Teams Named For Online & Worldwide Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2020

The West Coast's premiere launchpad for exceptional plays and playwrights, Playwrights Foundation announces the artistic teams for the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF), featuring playwrights Tyler English-Beckwith, Stefani Kuo (e??a??ae??), Jordan Ramirez Puckett, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, and Noelle Vi√Īas. The 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival runs July 17-26, 2020 in an online format available worldwide .¬†

BWW Interview: Aldo Billingslea of POLAR BEARS, BLACK BOYS AND PRAIRIE FRINGED ORCHID Photo BWW Interview: Aldo Billingslea of POLAR BEARS, BLACK BOYS AND PRAIRIE FRINGED ORCHIDS LIVESTREAM at Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project Hopes to Create Meaningful Change
by Jim Munson - Jun 18, 2020

More than 30 Bay Area theatres are joining forces to present a reading on Juneteenth, encouraging donations to support a bold Go Fund Me Campaign that aims to fundraise one million dollars for Black theatre projects in America. Spearheaded by PlayGround, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, and Planet Earth Arts, these Bay Area theatres (including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Berkeley Rep, A.C.T, Cal Shakes, and many more) are co-presenting a livestreamed Zoom reading of Vincent Terrell Durham's Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids at 7pm PT on June 19 as part of the Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project, a national theatre movement to produce this reading of Durham's play to commemorate anniversary of the freeing of enslaved Black people. BroadwayWorld spoke with Aldo Billingslea, the longstanding pillar of the Bay Area theatre community who is producing the livestream and also leads the Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project. Billingslea is well-loved throughout the Bay Area as a man of many talents, including actor, professor, producer, collaborator and mentor.

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