August 6, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – NYC Announces Vaccine Mandate for Indoor Activities

I told you New York would follow the cultural lead! Following The Broadway League’s earlier announcement, NYC has just announced that all workers and customers for indoor activities must be vaccinated. Read more about the parameters below.

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2 – Write Out! Award Announced

Founded by Donja R. Love and funded by Billy Porter and GLAAD, the Write It Out! Prize will be annually awarded to playwrights living with HIV. The groundbreaking prize includes both artistic AND financial support. Big thanks to Donja, Billy, and GLAAD for this opportunity. Find more details about the application process below, then send this blog to a theatermaker who should apply.

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3 – Ensuring Broadway Stays Open

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last 17 months (or longer) trying to make theater happen in this new normal. But you’ve probably been wondering what everyone else is doing, too. Well wonder no more! Check out how Pass Over on Broadway and Bruce Springsteen have been preparing for Broadway’s full reopening.

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4 – Shanta Thake at Lincoln Center

Major congratulations are in order as Shanta Thake takes over as Lincoln Center‘s Chief Artistic Officer! I cannot wait to see where she takes the organization. Read more about her career and new position below.

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5 – Sunset Boulevard Documentary

A new documentary focusing on the first Broadway staging of Sunset Boulevard is coming our way. Could we see more theater documentaries in our future? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Fun on a Friday:

Watch the first curtain speech from Cody Renard Richard at Wednesday’s opening of Pass Over. And with that. . . Broadway is officially BACK!

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