Bitter Gertrude: Why Forced “Audience Participation” Doesn’t Work

In this article, Melissa Hillman states the difference between traditionally immersive versus interactive theatre, and she explains the negative effects of forcing audience members to participate in theatre. Read her post here.


“Why I Yelled at the Kara Walker Exhibit”

Nicholas Powers recounts his visit to the Kara Walker exhibit at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY. His outburst had to do with how visitors treated the artwork featured at the exhibit and his anger at the lack of curation or education regarding the artwork. Read his account here.

Here’s an interview with Kara Walker regarding the exhibit.

Here’s an interview about the “We Are Here” event that took place at the Domino Sugar Factory.

This is an interview featuring Robert Shelton, a man who worked at the Domino Sugar Factory for 20 years and chose to volunteer at the exhibit.

Edmonton Journal: ‘Pig Girl’ on Race, Voice, Respect, and Artistic Freedom

This blog post from Edmonton Journal talks about the premiere of Pig Girl, a play by Colleen Murphy, that had its world premiere at the Theatre Network in November. Both the playwright and artistic director of the company, Bradley Moss, have received backlash for the play due to the title, representation of aboriginal women, and the fact that the playwright is caucasian. I think it’s important to note the feedback they received and how Murphy and Moss handled the question and answer session after a Friday night performance. Read the blog post here.