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"For me, finding your voice is about how you learn to address your own truth. And the more you know about yourself, the more you're able to write truthfully." — Migdalia Cruz Read our recent interview with playwright Migdalia Cruz here .
When Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet , there was no way for him to know that in a few hundred years, his tragedy would become an educational resource and inspiration for millions of teachers and students, much less for youth in detention centers. Yet, that’s happening every year thanks to...
Throughout her career as a playwright, Migdalia Cruz has written over 60 plays, musicals, and operas, traveled the world, met the Dalai Lama, and earned prestigious awards such as the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award, the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, and two NEA...
"I think a writer is like an exile in some ways, because we look at things from the outside, from boundaries. It allows us to have certain kinds of perspectives, and not just to report on something the way that a journalist does." — Nilo Cruz Read our Art Talk with playwright Nilo Cruz here .
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When Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet , there was no way for him to know that in a few hundred years, his tragedy would become an educational resource and...
When Ralph Peña became artistic director of National Endowment for the Arts grantee Ma-Yi Theater Company , several years after the company's founding in 1989, he was told it was just a temporary position. Twenty-four years and one title change later—he's now Ma-Yi's producing artistic director—...
When we look for reasons for why we do what we do here at the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the most powerful examples comes from observing the impact that Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) has on the young people who experience it. In the course of my time here, I’ve seen firsthand and...
"An essential part of what we do, part of our mission, is that people hear other people’s perspectives in a way that they normally can’t hear it. Because they’re hearing people’s stories, what’s true from what that person experienced. And you can often argue with other people’s perspectives when it...
"The arts draw our communities together, they tell our stories, they question power, they elicit our emotions, they strive for justice and equity, and they inspire us to imagine new possibilities." — Aaron Jungels With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Providence, Rhode Island-...
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True Story Theater has been performing in the greater Boston area for over 18 years. It’s an improvisational theater company that invites audience members to tell personal stories and then reenacts those stories on the spot. True Story, however, uses this creative practice to...

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