Archive for March, 2009

NoPassport Interview: Randy Gener

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Randy GenerRandy Gener is a Filipino American working in the fields of theatre, journalism, writing, photography and installation art. He is the award-winning author of the plays Love Seats for Virginia Woolf and What Remains of a Rembrandt Torn into Four Pieces; the photographer of the floral installation-art piece In the Garden of One World (a collaboration with designer and painter Nic Ularu); and is the senior editor of American Theatre magazine. He was recently named the winner of the Nathan Award for dramatic criticism in the 2007-08 theater year.

Photo Credit: Rivka S. Katvan

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NoPassport Interview: Erik Piepenburg

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Erik PiepenburgErik Piepenburg is a senior web producer for The New York Times. He is responsible for developing and reporting theater-related multimedia features, including audio slide shows, photo essays and audio interviews. His publication history includes theater criticism for Time Out New York, Chicago Reader and Windy City Times, in addition to features for The New York Times. He was a 2008 fellow for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism program.

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NoPassport Interview: Lanna Joffrey and Kristoffer Diaz

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Lanna Joffrey is a writer/performer who has received a NY Fringe Festival Performance Award and NY Theatre Innovative Nomination for her documentary play, Valiant. She has also received an IRNE Award for best solo performance in Heather Raffo’s Nine Parts of Desire, and a Denver Post Ovation Award for Jason Grote’s 1001. She will be performing in Homeward Bound in April.

Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is one of the writers for this year’s anthology play at the Humana Festival, and 2009-10 recipient of the Jerome Fellowship. His play Welcome to Arroyo’s will be published in late 2009 as part of the first critical anthology of hip-hop theater.

 

 

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NoPassport Interview: Andrea Thome

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Andrea Thome is a playwright, performer and educator whose plays, dance-theater works, comedy sketches and video satires have been presented nationally and internationally. She has also created many collaborative, community-based works with young people in New York City, San Francisco, Fargo (ND) and other communities, and is currently spearheading an international Playwrights Exchange and Translation Workshop with Mexico for the Lark Play Development Center (NYC), where she is an Artistic Associate. Andrea’s plays include Undone, Worm Girl, Alley Rats, Pandora’s Box, and Domino. From 1994-1999, Andrea co-created 22 original works with San Francisco’s Red Rocket Theater, of which she was co-director/co-founder. She is involved with multiple companies, including Latina Theatre Lab, Ariane Anthony & Co., and FULANA. Andrea has collaborated with artists including Anna Deavere Smith, Culture Clash Campo Santo, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. From 2002-2006 she was a teaching artist for teenagers at El Puente, a Southside Williamsburg (Brooklyn) center for community arts and activism, where she developed five full-length theater works in collaboration with young people.

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NoPassport Interview: Stacie Chaiken

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Stacie ChaikenStacie Chaiken is a writer/performer. She is the founder and artistic director of “What’s the Story?”, a Los Angeles-based workshop for artists wrestling with personal story for the stage and the page. Her own solo play Looking for Louie has toured widely. Her new solo play, The Dig: Death, Genesis & the Double Helix, a commission from the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity and the Memorial Council for Jewish Culture, will be presented in New York this June as part of the Festival of Jewish Thought and Ideas. She has been on the Performance Faculty of the University of Southern California School of Theatre since 2001. She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the field of Performance and Story, has taught writers and performers at Tel Aviv and Bar Ilan Universities, and is currently teaching rabbinic students about personal story, as Artist-in-Residence at Hebrew Union College. For her own work, Chaiken has received awards and/or funding from Hebrew Union College; the Durfee Foundation; Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; California Arts Council; USC Arts Initiative; and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

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