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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Why TV is Poaching Playwrights and How to Get Them Back by Scott Walters

Shakespeare: 3 plays, 1 year. Today: 1 play, 3 years...or more.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 09:10PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Theater Artists Must Be Prophets (& an Announcement) by Scott Walters

Contemporary theater should "cut through the numbness, to penetrate the self-deception.”

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 07:14PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Enforcing Silence: What’s At Stake with Cellphone-gazi by Scott Walters

Those who actively love theater may be the biggest barriers to necessary change.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 08:15PM
Monday, July 13, 2015

Patti LuPone and Cellphone-gazi by Scott Walters

How long can the theater keep the 21st century at bay? And do we want to?

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 03:06PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We Need More Crappy Plays by Scott Walters

Harold Clurman said, "You can't have good plays unless you have a lot of bad ones."

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 06:00PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Murder of the Creative Class by Scott Walters

Scott Timberg says that the creative class is being killed. What are you going to do about it?

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 12:42PM
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Free to Be: Political Theater (Part 6) by Scott Walters

The theater must not become an island for asses.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 04:39PM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I Hate to Be Grumpy, but… (Part 5) by Scott Walters

How the Grinch stole theater...

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 09:58PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

In Search of a Vision for the American Theatre (Part 1) by Scott Walters

We light our candles on the candles of our predecessors.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 12:32PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Theatre Lane: No Outlet? by Scott Walters

Todd London's new book seeks to reignite the American theatre.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 11:45AM
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Another Brick in the Theatrical Wall by Scott Walters

Hey! Theatre teacher! Leave them kids alone!

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 11:17AM
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Choosing an Undergraduate Theatre Department by Scott Walters

Buyer beware! A university’s reputation often is little more than “folklore.”

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 04:38PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shakespeare, London and a Good Pair of Boots by Scott Walters

How a good pair of boots connects Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 03:32PM
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A New Education for a New Theatre by Scott Walters

We need a radical new approach to the education of young theatre artists.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 01:07PM
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On Saying It to Their Faces by Scott Walters

Thoughts on Tracy Letts' Tony Award acceptance speech.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 10:05AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Business Model: The Next Frontier by Scott Walters

In the 20th century, theatre innovation focused on "isms;" the 21st will focus on business models. Seriously.

SOURCE: Clyde Fitch Report at 10:36AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Blog: Creative Insubordination by Scott Walters

Theatre Ideas has gone inactive. I am now blogging at Creative Insubordination (, a new blog focused on strategies for becoming an independent artist. …

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 07:25AM
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ascendance, Descendence, Reverence, and New Beginnings by Scott Walters

In an essay entitled "The Deep Voice" in his book Rebuilding the Front Porch of America (a book that I recommend everyone in the arts read), Patrick Overton talks about the "ascendant" and "…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 12:09PM
Friday, November 30, 2012

Scott Walters: The Wal-Marting of American Theater by Scott Walters

I was recently struck by the juxtaposition of three news events: the Black Friday labor protests against Wal-Mart, Mac McCelland's horrific article about online shipping warehouses published…

SOURCE: Huffington Post at 04:25PM
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Robert Gard Redux by Scott Walters

Today, I will be discussing arts pioneer Robert E. Gard in my course on community arts development, which gives me an excuse to report this essay I wrote about two years ago on Robert Gard's…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 02:57PM
Monday, October 1, 2012

Rural Arts at by Scott Walters

The first article of a weeklong series at about rural arts has appeared: Dudley Cocke's Rural Theatre in a Democracy.  As the week continues, you will find the following:…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 12:25PM
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Aha? by Scott Walters

So I just got the following press release. After all this time, I don't really need to spell this out, do I? I'll highlight the cities and link to their counties. Bottom line: rich get riche…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 12:16PM
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Eating the Economic Orange by Scott Walters

Leo Hwang-Carlos, who will be at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield MA this weekend to participate in a rural arts work group discussion, does a great job explaining why the economy is more tha…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 10:15AM
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The WAITlist by Scott Walters

Traditional writers in the mainstream media (and, as I found out a while ago, many leaders of prominent arts organizations) see bloggers as, to quote Spiro Agnew (I can't believe I am quotin…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 11:59AM
Friday, July 20, 2012

Double Edge Theatre -- Ashfield, MA by Scott Walters

In a few weeks, I will be traveling to Ashfield, MA for a rural arts working group meeting at Double Edge Theatre. I am looking forward not only to the conversations, but to hearing how the …

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 08:46AM
Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 Our Town Grants -- A Step Forward by Scott Walters

I have finally had an opportunity to take a look at the NEA's announcement of the 2012 Our Town grants, and a quick overview makes me pleased. First of all, the press release very explicitly…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 01:32PM
Friday, July 13, 2012

Michael Maso Replies | TCG Circle by Scott Walters

Michael Maso Replies | TCG Circle: "I don’t know why DR thought I was talking about her." 'via Blog this'

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 07:20AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stone Soup by Scott Walters

From the opening pages of Robert Theobald's book Reworking Success: New Communities at the Millenium.    A stranger comes to a starving town,  Promising to make stone soup.…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 09:00PM
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Georgia Arts Network Info by Scott Walters

Dear Georgia Arts Network attendees, First of all, thank you so much for your enthusiastic welcome at the conference. I truly enjoyed spending a few days with you, and found your energy and…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 06:32PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Defending Mr. Daisey (part 2: Big Fact, Little Fact) by Scott Walters

[cross-posted at Huffington Post] A little over a week ago, I began this series about the flap over This American Life's hour-long "Retraction" of its January broadcast of excerpts of Mike …

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 12:49PM
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…

SOURCE: Theatre Ideas at 11:48AM

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