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More and more, women are cutting a wide swath across the opera landscape. It used to be that women in opera were mainly on-stage or in the costume shop, however now they are beginning to be involved in every aspect of the business of opera. Some are managing opera companies as general directors,...
Writer, director, and performer Diane Rodriguez has long been a part of the Latino artistic community, making her professional theater debut with El Teatro Campesino in the mid-1970s. In subsequent roles as co-director of the Latino Theater Initiative, board president of the Theatre Communications...
"For me, every good story makes you think differently about the world. The thing that's happening that's really exciting is the more voices that are included in theater, the more types of stories you get, and the more interesting stories you get that ask you big questions and that more people can...
"The arts matter because they help us reimagine our situation, our place in the world. They help us create ourselves." -- Kirsten Johnson Acclaimed cinematographer, director, and camera person Kirsten Johnson has spent more than 25 years shooting documentary films across the world. Whether...
Do you have a favorite poem for welcoming spring? Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments. (Click on the title of each poem to read the full text.) "You flaunted the fragrance of your blossoms/ Through the wide doors of Customs Houses/ You, and sandal-wood, and tea,/ Charging the noses...
Need a little help getting in the St. Patrick's Day spirit? NEA National Heritage Fellows Séamus Connolly , Kevin Doyle , and Billy MComiskey can help with that! Click each name to learn more about each Heritage Fellow's art form, through interviews, audio clips, and more. Now on with the craic!
What do NEA Big Read author Kevin Young* and current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, have in common? Other than being two of today’s most distinguished poets, Smith and Young both emerged onto the literary scene at Harvard University in the early 1990s as original members of an African-American...
"I'm standing on the shoulders of others who broke barriers, the glass ceilings. I'm standing on their labor so I have to add my link to the chain, so the women coming behind me can stand on mine." -- Danai Gurira
Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney has been described as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats.” In honor of Irish American Heritage Month, check out some of his thoughts on poetry, literature, and life. "Poetry is more a threshold than a path." -- Seamus Heaney "If poetry and art can do...
Despite a dearth of ways to engage in the arts in the small Michigan community in which she grew up, Heather Raffo knew from the time she was able to talk that she wanted to be an actress. Later, as a graduate student pursuing an acting degree, she realized that she couldn’t find plays that...

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