The Wilma Theater Transformation Fund
Transforming in plain sight
The Wilma Theater is reinventing itself inside and out. With a new name and upgraded façade, a café open to the public, new rehearsal space, and a training program for a resident company of actors, the theater wants to transform how theater is made and how it interacts with the community in which it resides.
Flashpoint Theatre Company calls it quits
Flashpoint Theatre was founded in 2004 to produce socially provocative and emotionally resonant works of contemporary theater while supporting diverse, emerging artists. Financial support for that mission has dried up, and the company is disbanding.
A response to 'Ethics for theater critics'
Does an analysis by a privileged journalist have value?
Theater criticism is an art, and artists have a right to ask for and receive payment for their work. I’d love to provide every writer with adequate reward for his or her valuable work. But to say unpaid or poorly compensated work has no value, and to denigrate the ethics of those writers, is insulting.
Ethics for theater critics: The Craigslist critic
Does a review that no one paid for have value?
A Seattle theater critic sold his “plus one” press passes on Craigslist in the hopes of both finding a date and scoring a profit. What, exactly, is the problem with that? Let Wendy Rosenfield count the ways.
Opera Philadelphia's O17 announcement
An announcement of operatic scale
New plans by Opera Philadelphia are daring and forward-looking. There are aspects of concern, however.
Big changes at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia's library, reinvented
Money from the William Penn Foundation, along with other public and private gifts, has enabled the library to undertake a big-picture initiative to increase flexibility and efficiency for current and future users in a project called Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries.
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Arts in crisis? Really?
Just how did Faulkner survive (not to mention Charles Ives and Marlon Brando)?
Are boorish Americans systematically starving our creative classes, as two critics contend? It’s an old complaint, once voiced by the likes of Mark Twain and Saul Bellow. But where William Giraldi and Scott Timberg see cultural destruction, I see natural creative evolution, and not just in the arts.
A BlackStar Film Festival panel
Black filmmakers confront the ‘burden of representation’
Must black artists or public figures represent their entire group to the dominant culture? At Philadelphia’s annual BlackStar Film Festival, four filmmakers wrestled with that question.