Mary Rose O'Connor

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Playwrights: submit your script now

Last year saw the launch of the SCrIBE Script Writing Competition, supported by The Imbewu Trust.<p>Submissions are now being accepted for entry into …

Emily Mann to Sandi Klein: Women, Theater -- Not There Yet

"Every place I directed in the late Seventies and the Eighties, I was the first woman to direct on those main stages... If I had won a Tony in 1995 -- I was nominated for <i>Having Our Say</i> -- I would have been the first woman to win the Tony Award for directing a play on Broadway. 1995! It's not very …

Tony Award Winner Director Diane Paulus

Sitting down with Diane Paulus is like finding yourself on the stage of great theatrical production where you are rapt with awe and fascination on how one woman could have such deep love for theater and recognize its power to transform her audience into a character in the play. I fell for it, …

Crinoline Flowers vs Jeu de Jambes

Crinoline Flowers is a stunning series created by wedding photographer Sophia Banks.<p>To Sophia Banks: What inspired you to do this series?<p>The Crinoline Flowers series was made several years ago and was inspired by a spring walk in the park, the cluttered vintage stores in Kensington market and my …

Keeping New York City Dancing

<i>Dance supporters: take a look at this great article in the New York Times about how Dance/NYC is engaging New Yorkers to take a stand, launching a campaign to support our city's dance community. I am lucky enough to be part of this movement -- I am providing community testimony today at the New</i> …

It's Tony Week! Who Should Win?

I love Tony week. I get to chat with people I speak to once a year -- a.k.a. the majority of Tony voters. This year, I feel pretty confident that my favorite play of the year, <i>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</i>, will win Best Play and my favorite musical, <i>Matilda</i>, will win Best Musical. (There is a …

On Military Sexual Assault Reforms, Legislative, Executive Branches Must Balance Powers

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and the White House are in rare agreement: something must be done. But tensions have begun to emerge as they consider the critical questions of what …

How to Visit a Museum

I love art and I hate museums.<p>Willie Sutton said (apocryphally) that he robbed banks "because that's where the money is." If you want to see art, at least by dead artists, a museum is where the art is. No way around it. You can't long content yourself with coffee table art books or wall posters or …

Making Babies In The 21st Century: Turning IVF Into Art

Marilee Talkington wants to make a baby. But she found out it's not going to be simple. Or romantic. Or sexy.<p>It's going to involve doctors. And injections. It might be painful. And it might not work. So she's decided to tackle this complex, emotional roller-coaster of a scientific process by …

Q&A: Tony Award Nominee Rob McClure on Chaplin and His Broadway Career

Mostly unknown until this past year, Rob McClure has leapt his way from the Broadway stage to the 2013 Tony Awards. The 30-year-old is nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for his memorable performance in "Chaplin." Although the show was short-lived, McClure's portrayal of the silent-screen legend …

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The Years It Takes to Make a Moment: Pascal Rioult Premieres Iphigenia

Pascal Rioult is a choreographer, but he constructs his works from materials that very few others know how to find. Like an artisan with his own secret resources, he's the maker of a rich and complex cloth; he weaves moments in time from threads of imagination and makes them into Dances.<p>RIOULT …

Rives Granade on the ImageBlog

A Figure, oil on canvas, 96" x 72", 2012- 2013 (still in progress)

Jump Rope Photo: Daredevil Sky Dancer Performs Death-Defying Trick Atop Chicago Skyscraper

Imagine standing on a narrow platform 20 stories high with nothing to catch you. Now imagine skipping rope on that precarious spot. Are you terrified yet?<p>During a performance for a Shriners convention, a Sky Dancer aerialist skips rope on a small platform high (at least 20 stories) above the …

Behind The Scenes: Eight Decades Of Candid Shots From The Sets Of America's Favorite Films

We love the magic of the cinema as much as the next person, but sometimes it's more fun to see what goes on when the cameras aren't rolling.<p>Candid shots on movie sets show how film stars behave when they're not in character, and it's like a magician revealing his secrets. You'll never see the films …

Alex Kanevsky on the ImageBlog

J.F.H., 2012, oil on panel, 18" x 18"<p>This painting was exhibited at "The Fox and The Hedgehog" show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco in February 2013.

Macklemore Cover: 20-Year-Old Drummer Uses Everyday Objects To Recreate 'Can't Hold Us' (VIDEO)

And we thought "Can't Hold Us" couldn't get any catchier.<p>In a new Macklemore cover, an innovative 20-year-old adds some beats of his own with the help of a few everyday household objects.<p>The Icelandic drummer and producer, who goes by the name Stony, had seen other videos on YouTube that utilize …

Orogenesis

Orogenesis refers to the immense forces within the Earth that create remarkable yet ephemeral mountains. I have always been captivated by mountains and the elemental forces that both build them and subsequently carve them into the shapes, patterns and textures surrounding us. Mountains, once …

Making a Forest - Stage Directions

The scene shop at Indiana Repertory Theatre had to solve a problem of trees for a production of The Gospel According to James<p>One of the most exciting …

Titus Andronicus: recreating Shakespeare's goriest play

Florence Waters goes backstage at the RSC's new production of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's goriest play, to see how make-up artists create horror on stage.<p>Backstage at the Swan Theatre during the first technical rehearsal for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of Titus …

Lyndie Benson on the ImageBlog

Re-inspired to sculpt.

Young David Bowie Looks A Bit Different Without The Glitter (PHOTOS)

Do you recognize this adorable little blond from somewhere? We'll give you a hint, the young lad would grow up to be a gender-bending rock star with a recent new album.<p>You're looking at a fresh faced David Bowie, back in 1955 during his time at Burnt Ash School in a suburb of London. The young …

Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright: Recognizing the World's Architecture During NYCxDesign

It is time to celebrate great architecture.<p>The United States is undergoing a design revolution. Led by consumer electronics, most notably the iPhone's introduction in 2007, the average citizen has been trained to expect thoughtful and sophisticated objects in their everyday lives. This revolution …

The Arts Are Not a Luxury

It's really time to stop tiptoeing around the vital role of the arts in education.<p>Maybe it's also time for the Congress to put the A into STEM.<p>Major provisions of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010--also known as the STEM act--are set to expire this year. At this time, according to …

Nicola Benedetti, The Violin Prodigy Who Outsold Bieber, Tells Us Why Popularity Matters

<i>Talking to Nicola Benedetti can feel like an exercise in converting from dog to human years. Such is the case with someone who was so promising a violinist at age four that she was training under the best exponents in the world, including one of her idols, Yehudi Menuhin, by the time she was ten.</i> …

He Should Know: A Cliburn Gold Medalist's Surprising Words of Wisdom

When Haochen Zhang won gold four years ago at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition alongside Japanese pianist Noboyuki Tsujii, the audience witnessed a baby-faced 19 year old with the piano skill and fortitude of someone much older. But mostly what stood out was that he was so …

Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Reported Increase of Sexual Assault in the Military

Sexual assault in the military has increased by 37% since 2010. According to a recently released report from the Department of Defense, 26,000 …

39 Tattoos That Are Basically Works Of Art

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Effects of Pregnancy On the Singing Voice

If you are a professional singer or public speaker and you are pregnant, you have to prepare for the many side effects of pregnancy. For you, the most challenging may not be morning sickness or exhaustion, but the effects of pregnancy on the voice. There's much we can physically overcome when we …