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What does it take to mount on a musical? For the new issue of NEA Arts , we went behind the scenes at Signature Theatre's production of Crazy For You to find out. Browse the issue to see things from the POV of the production stage manager, the choreographer, the casting director, music team, and...
Earlier this year, Allison M. Charette’s translation of Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo became the first Malagasy novel to ever be published in English—a distinction which Charette noted is shocking given the size of the country and how much of its literature is written in French. With support from...
"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard." — Anne Sexton "Find something only you can say." — James Dickey "Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. it's the one and only thing you have to offer." -- Barbara Kingsolver "Stuff...
Read our interview with new NEA Literature Fellow Sandra Gail Lambert here .
Read the full poem "The Coming of Light" by Mark Strand . . Read the full poem "Chanukah Lights Tonight" by Steven Schneider . Read the full poem "Season of Skinny Candles" by Marge Piercy . Read the full poem "Honorary Jew" by John Repp . Read the full poem "Letter Spoken in Wind" by Rachel Galvin...
Ever since 1796 when choreographer and inventor Charles Didelot attached wires to French dancers so they could skim the stage before actually leaving it, ballet dancers have tried to appear ethereal by rising to their toes. However, it would take many decades for the soft slippers and wires of...
Since 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts has incentivized researchers and arts practitioners to conduct rigorous studies comparing the arts with other types of activities, programs, and interventions—or with none at all—in a bid to establish causal evidence of the arts' effects. Whether...
Having grown up in what he calls “a musical household,” Robert Accordino first learned about the benefits of music participation for people with autism while an undergrad studying psychology and music. Before heading to medical school, he did graduate work at Oxford University where he first...
At the beginning of Christina Ham ’s Nina Simone: Four Women —which takes its name from Simone’s controversial 1966 song—Nina Simone sits amidst the ruins of the bombed 16th Street Baptist Church wrestling with her grief as a woman and as an artist. Currently in performances at Washington, DC’s...

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