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Dallas Schools Have Ambitious Plan to Fight Segregation

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Originally published on The New York Times Dallas is one of just a handful of cities trying ambitious integration programs, even though nationwide, public schools are more segregated today than they were in 1970. A third of black and Hispanic students attend schools that are more than 90 percent nonwhite, […]

Developing Young Thinkers, Actors & Leaders

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In 2012, with the support of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, we began our most ambitious youth development program: Epic NEXT; Developing Young Thinkers, Actors & Leaders. Through specifically-personalized pairings between artist-mentors and developing young artists, Epic NEXT utilizes a comprehensive, individualized approach to artistic and youth development. The Epic […]

NPR’s This Week In Education: DeVos, Discrimination, Desegregation

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New York City announces school integration goals The nation’s largest public school system released a plan this week to increase integration by race, income and English language learner and disability status. But advocates called it less than ambitious, and it didn’t use the word “segregation.” Seventy percent of New York […]

Human Rights Project: Genocide

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Epic Theatre Ensemble, in partnership with the Bronx High School for Writing and Communications Arts, presented the conclusion of the Human Rights Project: Genocide. During 20 sessions, Epic’s Teaching Artists, work with high-school students developing a 5-minute original play that explores the social impact of historical events associated with human rights. This […]

US students need more exposure to arts and music, test shows

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8,800 eighth graders from public and private schools across the country took part in the test On the bright side, the achievement gap has narrowed between white and Hispanic students from a difference of 32 to 23 points in an average score in music and from 26 to 19 points […]

TCG: A Look at How Theaters Have Filled Gaps in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Non-for-profit theatres diversifying the economy In October 2015, the Theatre Communications Group released its thirty-fifth annual research report, Theatre Facts 2014. The report reflects data from the fiscal years 2013/2014 from a broad overview of the estimated 1,770 U.S. professional nonprofit theaters. It shows that contributions have driven the American […]

The Socio-Emotional Benefits of Arts Education

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New study examines socio-emotional benefits of arts education Elementary school children who participated in arts education programs showed growth over children without these same opportunities across multiple areas of socioemotional learning. These included: tolerance for others’ perspectives, growth mindset (i.e., the understanding that their abilities and knowledge can develop through hard […]

Epic’s R&J REMIX Took The Met!

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Epic’s Romeo and Juliet REMIX was part of the repertoire! Teens Take The Met! was free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID.  Check out a video from a past Teens Take The Met! Teens Take The MET on social media: #metteens Tweets     […]

The Growing Role Of Movement Directors In Theatre

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Original article published on: ft.com/content/d7ba0ea0-1def-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c The Royal Court theatre in London prides itself on putting playwrights first. Next week, however, the body gets a look in. Simon Stephens’ play Nuclear War is being directed by a choreographer, Imogen Knight. What’s more, the writer is encouraging her to jettison his words as […]

Review: ‘Pike St.’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

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by John Stoltenberg on April 1, 2017 (Via dcmetrotheaterarts.com)   Even as fear and animus split the human race asunder, great authors have reminded us for millennia that we really are all one. From the ancient Roman playwright Terrence (“I am human, and nothing human is alien to me”) to […]