Luhrmann v. Fitzgerald, or There Oughta Be a Law

We interrupt this theater-oriented column to talk about a book and a movie.  At first, you’d think they’re the same: The Great Gatsby.  They’re not.  They’re F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, and Baz Luhrmann’s anti-masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, wherein he treats the April 10, 1925, novel as if it were the blueprint for a bungalow that […]

Elaine Stritch Took Advantage of Me and Vice Versa

Elaine Stritch made her take-no-prisoners way into my consciousness when I heard her sing “You Took Advantage of Me” and “Too Good for the Average Man.”  I’d bought Decca’s cast album for the 1954 revival of On Your Toes mainly because I’d become a fan of Richard Rodgers’s music for the “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” ballet—not for […]

Playwrights Horizons’ Sanford Writes a Lengthy Letter on Length

Two of my three favorite plays this season have been produced by Playwrights Horizons. They’re Samuel D. Hunter’s drama, The Whale, about a 600-pound man self-destructing and Annie Baker’s comedy drama, The Flick, revolving around three adrift souls working at a small town movie house. I’m so enthusiastic about the courageous nature of both plays […]

Waving the Annual Arts Advocacy Day Flag

With Washington, DC’s cherry blossoms in bloom, every year over 500 arts advocates from big cities and small towns across the country converge on Capitol Hill for Arts Advocacy Day, this year held April 8-9. Co-sponsored by Americans for the Arts, this is the one event out of the year where I put all my political views, […]

CitiGroup Has 2,909,547 Reasons To Ask Artists For Free Labor

Like a great many artists, I work a day-job. For many years, that day-job was that of a substitute teacher. So, it was a natural fit that I supplemented my income as a teaching artist for summer and after-school programs. During this time, I regularly sent résumés to any number of programs with the hope […]

University of Iowa Links with Chinese, Russian Theaters

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will link with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Moscow Art Theatre for collaborative theatre performances on Tuesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 14. Through UI’s Book Wings Project—using the latest videoconferencing technology—theatre arts professionals and new media specialists will bring together actors, playwrights, directors, dramaturges, and stages to […]

Notes on Becoming an Independent Theater Artist

Can an actor call himself a professional if he rarely works? That’s the question Dr. Scott Walters is asking. Walters, an Associate Professor of Drama at the University of North Carolina at Asheville is working to discover a different business model for the arts. He says it’s the next logical step in his work for […]

Preaching to the Arts/Culture Choir: Change or Face an Empty Room

Whenever I attend a major arts related conference or convention, a workshop, a networking event, a webinar or quite simply a venue where people gather (even better when there’s an open bar), I’m always on the lookout for meaningful connections with people who teach me something new, excite my brain and challenge or inspire me […]

Advice to the Next Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

It could be Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It could be Ben Cameron, Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It could be Mary Schmidt Campbell, the Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the former Vice Chair of the President’s Committee […]

Steppenwolf Must Die

Twice monthly, ArtsNash is delighted to feature articles from our partner The Clyde Fitch Report. The contributors to CFR cast their journalistic eyes on the worlds of arts and politics. Follow The Clyde Fitch Report on Facebook and Twitter. John Clancy is the author of this commentary. This one’s from the vault, but I’ve got […]