Keynote: School Theatre Can Be More

October 18th, 2017 § Comments Off on Keynote: School Theatre Can Be More § permalink

The Florida Association for Theatre Education invited me to be the keynote speaker at their annual conference, held in Orlando October 12-14, 2017. The text below represents an edited version of that address, which was written to be spoken, not read, so please forgive oratorical repetitions, some of which will have been minimized already. There were various ad libs during the course of the speech which, I'm afraid, have now escaped me. *    *    * At the risk of telling you things you know Continue reading...

Jeanine Tesori: “Press Against The Thing That Divides Us”

November 7th, 2016 § Comments Off on Jeanine Tesori: “Press Against The Thing That Divides Us” § permalink

On November 4, composer Jeanine Tesori was the keynote speaker at the fourth annual "Stage The Change: Theatre as a Social Voice" event, co-sponsored by the Tilles Center at Long Island University and the Happauge Public Schools. Below are some selections from Tesori’s talk and demonstration, inevitably with the musical sections removed, and with sections condensed and edited for clarity. This represents only a portion her presentation to well over 500 area high school students. What was most Continue reading...

Upon Receiving The DLDF “Defender” Award

February 24th, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

Last night, I was extremely flattered and honored to receive the second annual Dramatists Legal Defense Fund’s “Defender” Award, for my work on behalf of artists' rights and against censorship. My remarks were fairly brief (I know a little something about brevity and awards presentations, even when there isn’t an orchestra to “play you off”), so for those who have expressed interest, or may be interested, here’s what I had to say, following a terrific and humbling introduction by playwright Continue reading...