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At Home and in Lockdown with Belarus Free Theatre

Arts journalist and filmmaker Verity Healey speaks with members of the Belarus Free Theatre to discuss how making art in exile has prepared them for making theater during a pandemic.

In Search of Complexities: Documentary Theatre in Today’s Russia

Moscow-based director Anastasia Patlay discusses the power of documentary theatre to elevate the voices of those who are not typically represented on stage in today's Russia.

Working from a Place of Courage

Ten years after "The Great Immensity," received a National Science Foundation grant that drew the ire of Congressional Republicans, The Civilians' Artistic Director Steve Cosson discusses the complicated relationship between the government and arts organizations.

Lessons in Online Theatermaking from New Paradise Laboratories’ Whit MacLaughlin

Alex Ates speaks with Whit MacLaughlin—the experimental theatermaker who ventured into the online realm before it became our norm—about the intersection between digital technology and live performance and pedagogy.

At Wesleyan University, Students Pioneer New Techniques in Zoom Theater

At Wesleyan University, a Theater Department production of The Rude Mechs’ "The Method Gun" takes devised theater digital.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: Michael Alvarez on Transcendent Theatre

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Michael Alvarez reflects on the need for innovative uses of space in contemporary theater, and his work on Jason Tseng's immersive play "Sanctuary."

Civilians’ R&D In Process: Between Cultures, Between Texts, Between Worlds (Entre Culturas, Entre Textos, Entre Mundos)

Kathleen Capdesuñer discusses her work directing Matt Barbot's "Drown My Book" as part of the Civilians' 2019-20 R&D Group.

Announcing the Ninth Annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series – now online! – and opening applications for the 2020-2021 R&D Group

The Civilians presents the ninth annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series, running 5/29-6/29, and opens applications for the 2020-21 R&D Group.

The Memory of a Mining Disaster’s Aftermath Lives On in “Coal Country”

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen discuss their documentary play "Coal Country" before and after its coronavirus cancellation.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: Directing Theater Now

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Whitney Mosery discusses directing theater in an uncertain moment and her work on Kate Douglas and Grace McLean's musical "Against Women & Music!" It will receive a work-in-progress showing on June 29 at 3pm.

Expanding Where, Why, How, and With Whom Artists in the United States Work

Jan Cohen-Cruz invites theater makers working in community-based and socially engaged art in the United States to take part in research about commonalities across the field, the practices and principles adhered to, where people work and with whom, and more.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: SANCTUARY

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Jason Tseng describes connecting with the New Sanctuary Coalition community as part of research for Tseng's new immersive piece, "Sanctuary."

The Power of Transcripts: Waterwell and Immigration

Lee Sunday Evans, the artistic director of New York City’s Waterwell, discusses the power of transcripts in performance, the topics of immigration and deportation, and the urgent attention that needs to be paid to the United States' border right now.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: AGAINST WOMEN & MUSIC!

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Kate Douglas and Grace McLean let us in on a work session for their new musical "Against Women & Music!" It will receive a work-in-progress showing on June 29 at 3pm.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: DROWN MY BOOK

Over the next several weeks, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group will take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Matt Barbot shares about "Drown My Book." It will receive a work-in-progress showing on May 29 at 7pm.

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