Category: Points of Interest


Getting Out of the Starving Artist Trap

We have a ton of great Continuing Education events lined up during the URTA Auditions & Interviews January and February in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. You don’t want to miss “Getting Out of the Starving Artist Trap” on Saturday, January 21st at the Crown Plaza in Times Square. Financial expert Ari Teplitz offers
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Flourishing Opportunities in Producing/Theatre Management at the URTAs

One of the categories of recruiting at the annual URTAs is Producing/Theatre Management. We’re often asked by candidates what that area of study encompasses. The answer is, a whole lot. Whether your interest is marketing, development, executive leadership, arts advocacy, producing, or entrepreneurship, a graduate degree can put you on the path to the career
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Alumni Highlight: “Vietgone” at Manhattan Theatre Club

Attending a performance of Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club I knew very little about the show, other than it centered around a love story starting after the Vietnam War, and that there might be some rap. It turned out to be a beautiful and hilarious piece written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales,
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Inaugural URTA Grants Awarded

It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipient of the 2016-17 URTA Grant. Our inaugural grant was awarded to support the hiring of a United Scenic Artists design assistant. The grant has been awarded to Viriginia’s Barter Theatre. A founding member of LORT, the voice for Appalachia art, and one of the few
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URTA Alumni Summer Highlights- The Golden Bride

During the late 1800s, and early 1900s, marked a huge increase in Yiddish-American influence in musical theatre. These pieces of theatre were a result of the time, as many Yiddish-speaking immigrants were coming to the United States to try to find a better life. The plots varied, but the intended effect of the device was
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  • Eliza Laytner and Cassandra Cushman on closing night.

URTA Alumni Summer Highlight- thisamericanplay

Let’s paint a picture. You enter a space with beautiful raw wood ceilings and white concrete floors and walls. Everything is flooded with natural light through the windows lining two walls of the space. Hanging on the side of the space is a red dress hung in a kinetic position. There are various other props
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URTA Alumni Summer Highlight- Men on Boats

What do you know about the 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon? Nothing? Yeah, me neither. But Men on Boats is here to show the “true(ish)” version of the ten men who undertook this dangerous mission. The comedy appears at first like a Ken Burns documentary in the making but
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URTA visits Williamstown Theatre Festival

On Friday, August 12th, URTA staff visited the Williamstown Theatre Festival to speak with apprentices and interns about all things graduate school. Communications Director, Tony Hagopian and Education Manager, Rachel Friedman led an honest and open conversation about everything from how to know when graduate training is the right choice, how to research different programs,
  • apprentices, graduate school, interns, mfa, The URTAs
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Indiana University Professor and Students Play Key Role in Prague Quadrennial

The November issue of Theatre Design & Technology features a fascinating article about the USITT-USA National Exhibition for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. The technical director chosen to lead the build and installation was URTA’s own Paul Bruner, Associate Professor at Indiana University. A grant from USITT and another from a private donor in Bloomington, allowed
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“Good Kids” Launches New Play Initiative

Naomi Iizuka’s new play “Good Kids”, the inaugural effort of the Big Ten Theatre Consortium’s New Play Initiative, has concluded its run at the University of Michigan and will now continue its “rolling premiere”, being produced by theatre departments at several other Big Ten schools, including Indiana University, Purdue University, Michigan State, the University of Maryland and University of
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