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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Defending Mr. Daisey (part 1 of 3) by Scott Walters

[Also posted on Huffington Post] Prologue On March 16, Ira Glass devoted an entire episode of This American Life to doing that which newspapers do with a few sentences in a small box buri…

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Counting New Beans Update by Scott Walters

I have heard from a couple people involved with the Counting New Beans book that was just released with information that pertains to my previous post. Clayton Lord, the director of comm…

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Counting New Beans Data Dissemination Sessions by Scott Walters

I just received in the mail today a copy of Theatre Bay Area's newly released Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art. While I am opening a show Thursday and won't get to r…

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Friday, March 9, 2012

First Huffington Post Article Now Available by Scott Walters

My first Huffington Post article, "Occupy the Arts," is now available on the website. It is a reworking and condensation of some of what I wrote Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

My TEDxMichiagnAve Talk Now on the TED Site by Scott Walters

I was surprised and pleased to see that my TEDxMichigan Ave talk from last May entitled "Bringing the Arts Back Home" has been transferred to the TED site.There seem to be 13 of the presenta…

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Theatre Ideas and Huffington Post by Scott Walters

Dear Readers -- I have just been invited to be a contributor to the theater section of the Huffington Post. I am honored and happy to accept. This will not affect this blog -- my writing wil…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Film Subsidies by Scott Walters

Let me get this straight: the State of Texas gave the producers of The Tree of Life $434,252.79 as a subsidy for them to shoot a single film in Texas. And the NEA annual budget is how much?

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

On "Top MFA Programs" by Scott Walters

I get a lot of traffic on this site due to a couple posts that Dennis Baker links to in his 2008 post "Rutgers MFA Acting Program". Today, there was a comment I'd like to give more circulati…

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Misrepresenting the NEA by Scott Walters

OK., this and this is making me angry. Listen, I am glad that the President has requested more money for the NEA -- not enough, of course, because we are so far behind the eight ball as far …

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

More Advice from Schumacher by Scott Walters

From Good Work (p 205): In the question periods after his talks, Schumacher would invariably get asked by someone in the audience, "But what can I do?" His simple answer was "Do t…

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Slogan by Scott Walters

Being creative is better than buying creative.

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We by Scott Walters

I am reading an anthology of speeches made by E. F. Schumacher which were gathered together under the title Good Work. He writes: One of the greatest confusions, in most discussions, is the …

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Kushner and Schumacher on Education by Scott Walters

Fifteen years ago, Tony Kushner delivered the keynote address to the assembled college theatre professors of the US at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) convention. His …

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

NYLACHI Wins Again! by Scott Walters

Congratulations, Giants fans!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

The So-Called Need to Fail by Scott Walters

"You've Cott Mail" today is all about "the need to fail." I'm with Adam Thurman on this one: "I've had to learn (the hard way) that the only failures that move us forward are the ones where …

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Art in a Human Context by Scott Walters

"It would be better if art were nameless, and that those of us who write about art in books and the reviews and newspapers, always clacking about art, or Art, or ART, were constrained someho…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On Maturing as an Artist by Scott Walters

In a fascinating interview on Huffington Post, Natalie Merchant discusses motherhood, her album Leave Your Sleep, and her development as an artist. Among the many thoughtful things she has t…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Toward an "Organic Theatre" by Scott Walters

As many of you have probably recognized over the years, one of my favorite things to write about are analogues to the arts I have found, i.e., other fields that are exploring similar issues …

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Monday, January 16, 2012

In Honor of Martin Luther King by Scott Walters

While there will be many tributes today to the vision and determination of Martin Luther King, from artists and non-artists alike, I think the best thing the arts as a field could do would b…

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Build a New Model by Scott Walters

The arrival of a new year often leads to reflection on what has passed, and as a result points to new directions for what is to come in the future. For a theatre blogger who has been writing…

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Friday, December 23, 2011

An Idea That Everyone Will Hate by Scott Walters

IN A COUPLE POSTS on Parabasis, Isaac Butler has contributed two commentaries concerning the increasingly blurred lines between the profit theatre and the nonprofit theatre. This is an issue…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Arlene Goldbard on the NCRP Report by Scott Walters

Arlene Goldbard's outstanding book I was tempted to call this "Occupy Wall Street (part 5)," but arts consultant and thinker Arlene Goldbard, author of the powerful book The New Creative Com…

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Occupy Lincoln Center (part 4) by Scott Walters

 The first three parts of this series each pointed at different aspects of the problem of the concentration of funding in the nonprofit arts sector. First, the overview of the situation…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Lincoln Center (part 3) by Scott Walters

On October 26th, one of the great pioneers of the regional theatre movement, Zelda Fichlander, addressed the assembled Stage Directors and Choreographers Society in celebration of the 3rd an…

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupy Lincoln Center (part 2) by Scott Walters

"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" -- Matthew 7: 3 (English Standard Version)Yesterday, in the first part of this …

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Occupy Lincoln Center (part 1) by Scott Walters

Occupy Wall Street encampment (First in a series) As I write these lines, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been protesting for two months that the top 1% of Americans take home roughly …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Margo Jones in 1951 by Scott Walters

Margo Jones "What our country needs today, theatrically speaking, is a resident professional theatre in every city with a population of over one hundred thousand. According to the 1940 censu…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Participate in the Process by Scott Walters

Charles Olson You must speak to your community. The poet Vincent Ferrini, talking about poet Charles Olson, said "Everybody has to find his or her place. You find a place and you operate f…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Latest Email from StageNorth by Scott Walters

As some of you know, I am a big fan of StageNorth in Washburn, WI (pop 2,280). I am on their mailing list, and received the following this morning. For those of you who think that "culture" …

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Jo Carson by Scott Walters

On September 20th, a wonderful American playwright passed away: Jo Carson. Perhaps you've heard of her, perhaps you haven't -- most likely you haven't, because Jo Carson wrote plays about sp…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TEDxMichiganAvenue: Bringing the Arts Back Home by Scott Walters

Back in May, I made a trip to Chicago to deliver a TEDx talk organized by David Zoltan. I was only able to stay briefly, because my stepson Jake was graduating that same day from Illinois St…

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