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Meet Our New Webmaster — Welcome Eric Colleary!

March 13th, 2015 | Members, President's Blog, Website

I am delighted to introduce Eric Colleary as TLA’s new webmaster. Eric has extensive experience working with WordPress and social media. In addition, he has been appointed Co-Chair of the Website Editorial Committee and will work with Angela Weaver to further the activities related to the website and Broadside Digest.  His interests include archives, performing arts […]

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BROADSIDE Digest

February 19th, 2015 | Publications, Website

The second issue of BROADSIDE Digest is now available.  Don’t have time to click back through all of the previously posted items?  No worries; we’ve compiled all of the posts from  September 21, 2014 through February 13, 2015 in one handy document.  You’ll be able to find all of the issues of the new BROADSIDE Digest under News & Events/BROADSIDE News […]

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A Conversation With James Fisher

February 13th, 2015 | Members, President's Blog

Congratulations to James Fisher on the publication of his new work entitled Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts), 2015.    James, can you tell us more about the thinking behind this volume? I had previously worked on two “Historical Dictionaries” – the first, co-authored by Felicia Hardison Londré, […]

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Join the Wikipedia edit-a-thon!

February 4th, 2015 | Events

Artists! Archivists! Scholars! Students! Join us on February 17, 2015 (4 – 7:30pm) for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. New and experienced Wikipedians are invited to come together to create, edit, and expand Wikipedia articles on under- or unsung theatre artists–with a focus on artists who are queer, women, of color, or otherwise underrepresented–as part of a […]

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Book Review: Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

February 2nd, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh John Lahr New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014 736 pp.   John Lahr’s much-anticipated and long-awaited biography of Tennessee Williams is also long overdue.  In 1995, Lyle Leverich published a massive and copiously researched work, Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams, covering Williams’s life from birth to the […]

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Book Review: Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

January 30th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts Robert M. Dowling New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014 ISBN-13: 9780300170337  584 pp.   “Tragic.  Bitter.  Pessimistic.  Fatalistic.  Gloomy.  Take your pick from the run of adjectives trotted out to describe Eugene Gladstone O’Neill, the Irish American ‘master of the misbegotten,’ ‘dean of dysfunction,’ ‘black magician,’ ‘apostle of woe,’ […]

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Book Review: Reading Joss Whedon

January 20th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Reading Joss Whedon Edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson & David Lavery Syracuse University Press, 2014 ISBN:  9780815633648 461 p.   Beginning with the 1997 premiere of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon has benefited from a devoted yet critical following.  Within a couple of years of the […]

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Book Review: The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

January 20th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan Kazan, Elia Edited by Albert J. Devlin ; with Marlene J. Devlin Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2014 ISBN: 978-0307267160 649 pp.   Albert and Marlene Devlin’s The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan paints a vivid portrait of the legendary director’s life and times that is frequently at odds with the […]

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Book Review: Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning

January 20th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning Scott Magelssen Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780472072149 249 pp.   Few scholarly books open with as enticing a hook as Scott Magelssen’s excellent study of participatory performance, Simming. Magelssen seemed destined to write this book since his career as a simulator began […]

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TLA Survey Provides Guidelines for the Future

January 14th, 2015 | Members, Membership

  In an effort to “take the pulse” of our membership and to continually improve the organization, the TLA Membership Committee sent out a survey in September. Some highlights of the survey results are: Most of our respondents are employed full time at academic research institutions. More than half of our survey respondents have been […]

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