"If the job description and skill set of directing hasn’t changed much, the circumstances in which American directors work certainly has. The cost of renting performance spaces has shot up in major urban areas, and the existence of affordable spaces for young artists everywhere has dwindled. While programs and grants to nurture young playwrights have sprung up across the country, support for those with directorial aspirations is relatively sparse."
"So just how good is the Urban Dictionary at capturing new words, and how does it compare with more conventional approaches to producing online dictionaries? Today, we get an answer of sorts thanks to the work of Dong Nguyen at the Alan Turing Institute in London and a few pals, who compare the Urban Dictionary and its content with Wiktionary, another crowdsourced dictionary."
Frank Galati: "Certain aspects of the job can most definitely be taught, the way a language can be taught - the grammar, the practice. Those are rules that don't really change."
Sarah Schulman: "I can't teach you talent. I can't teach you insight, and sensitivity, and awareness, and perception. I can't teach you poetry - but I can help you expand these skills by asking the right questions."
According to Foucault, the dynamics of the Panopticon bore an uncanny resemblance to how people self-monitor in society at large. In the presence of ever-watchful witnesses, he said, physical coercion is no longer necessary. People police themselves. They do not know what the observers are registering at any given moment, what they are looking for, exactly, or what the punishments are for disobedience. But the imagination keeps them pliant. In these circumstances, Foucault claimed, the architecture of surveillances become perniciously subtle and seamless, so ‘light’ as to be scarcely noticeable.
"Why has the end-of-facts idea gained so much purchase in both academia and the public mind? It could be an example of what the World War II–era misinformation experts referred to as a “bogie” rumor—a false belief that gives expression to our deepest fears and offers some catharsis. It’s the kind of story that we tell one another even as we hope it isn’t true. Back then, there were bogie rumors that the Japanese had sunk America’s entire fleet of ships or that thousands of our soldiers’ bodies had washed ashore in France. Now, perhaps, we blurt out the bogie rumor that a rumor can’t be scotched—that debunking only makes things worse."
For years, Artists Repertory Theatre shepherded its building in what was historically a gritty location, through remodels and hosting a number of other cultural offices and eventually to a new, vibrant artistic director, who has "set new standards for equity, onstage and off." But now, ART is selling half its building, including one theatre. "The buyer is Wood Partners, a development firm that created the Pearl District high-rise Block 17. A pre-application permit filed in October shows a plan for a new 20-story mixed use building with 296 housing units, 4,000 square feet of retail and 206 below-grade parking spaces."
Conducted by think tank Global Future, it also found that more than 90% believe the free movement of people from Europe will be critical or important to the UK’s creative industries in the future. More than 70% claim allowing freedom of movement of creative talent from Europe is the most important thing the government could do to “ensure the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s creative industries”. This was seen as more important than providing greater funding to the creative industries.