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Book Review: A Girl’s Got to Breathe: The Life of Teresa Wright

July 11th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

A Girl’s Got to Breathe: The Life of Teresa Wright Donald Spoto Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2016 ISBN 978-1628460452 263 p. Movie and Broadway stars come in all sizes and shapes.  A rare few excel both on screen and the live stage, all of which makes the strange case of Teresa Wright (1918-2005) […]

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Book Review: The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

June 8th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built. Jack Viertel New York, NY: Sarah Crichton Books, 2016 ISBN 978-0374256920 336 p. Even long-time Shubert Alley denizens will be entertained and enlightened by veteran producer/dramaturge Viertel’s keen yet charming explication and analysis of the inner workings of a typical Broadway musical. The […]

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2016 Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship

May 19th, 2016 | Annual Business Meeting, Awards, Brooks McNamara Scholarship, Students

The Theatre Library Association is pleased to sponsor the Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship in memory of the achievements of this beloved theater historian, scholar, educator, and mentor. The Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship acknowledges outstanding accomplishments of promising students currently enrolled in ALA-accredited MLIS or archival training programs specializing in performing arts […]

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Join TLA on the Fringe!

May 2nd, 2016 | ASTR, Events, Members, Symposia

The Theatre Library Association’s Symposium planning committee is pleased to announce our fourth symposium on fringe theatre taking place on October 13, 2016 at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City. This year’s theme is Fringe Festivals : Live theatre on the edge and will include a day-long event bringing together scholars, performers, archivists, […]

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Preserving the Future

April 21st, 2016 | Collections, Media

Part of the appeal of the performing arts is its quintessential ephemerality:  performances exist in a particular time and place, in conjunction with a specific group of spectators.  The audience is a fundamental element of the performance itself – ask any performer how they play off audience members.  A colleague in Arizona named her company […]

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Call for Proposals: 2016 ASTR Conference — Theatre Library Association Plenary

February 22nd, 2016 | ASTR, Conferences, Related Organizations

Trans(in)formation 2016 ASTR Conference — Theatre Library Association Plenary Call for Proposals November 3-6, 2016 Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, MN Transmission, translation, transformation, transplantation — these are just some of the issues that performing artists, theatre historians, archivists and librarians regularly confront. While the trans- prefix seems ubiquitous today, for the 2016 ASTR Conference, […]

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February 19th, 2016 | Book Awards, Book/Media Reviews, Publications

Hello from the TLA Book Awards Committee! For the past several months we’ve been receiving nominations and submissions for the TLA Book Awards, honoring English language works of scholarship on theatre, film, and broadcasting, published in 2015. We’ve also been busily dispatching the submitted books to our jurors, who’ve already started the review process. But […]

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SIBMAS Conference — Announcement and Registration Information

February 19th, 2016 | Conferences

The 31st Conference of the International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Documentation Centres of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS), will take place 31 May-3 June 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.   Freeze! Challenge the Hierarchy: Researcher, Artist, User!   Let us freeze the situation as it is and take a sharp look at it. Professionals, amateurs, tourists, […]

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Book Review: Master of Ceremonies, a Memoir

February 17th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir Joel Grey, with Rebecca Paley New York, NY: Flatiron Books, 2016 ISBN 978-1250057235 256 pp. In this outstanding autobiography, the Tony- and Academy Award-winning actor shares his eventful life on the stage and beyond. His slow but steady road to stardom is engagingly described, including candid discussion of his equally […]

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Call for Papers: Fringe Festivals and the Changing Landscape of American Theater

January 28th, 2016 | Symposia

Theatre Library Association — 2016 Symposium Call for Papers October 13, 2016 — Judson Memorial Church, New York City   fringe (n): 1) An ornamental bordering, consisting of a narrow band to which are attached threads of silk, cotton…either loose or formed into tassels, twists… 2) Anything resembling this; a border or edging, esp. one […]

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