Monday, May 11, 2009

Theater in Brooklyn -- Trav S.D. Hosts a Panel

Today's Good News Item is from our colleague Trav S.D.:

Trav S.D., The Theatre Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library Present

Theater in Brooklyn: Past, Present and Future: A Panel Discussion at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center in conjunction with the Theatre Museum Exhibition Brooklyn Sees Stars -- Saturday, May 16, 4pm. Admission is FREE.

Once upon a time, Brooklyn’s theatre scene was one of the most vibrant in the country…before television, movies, and decades of living in the shadow of Manhattan took their toll. Today, it’s on the upswing again, and promises to get even better in the immediate future.

In conjunction with the Theatre Museum’s Brooklyn Sees Stars exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn-based author, journalist and performer Trav S.D. will provide a brief snapshot of Brooklyn theatre back in the day, and also interview a panel of representatives from several of Brooklyn’s thriving performing arts organizations and consortia to learn about their recent activities and future plans. Participants include:

- Virginia Louloudes, executive director of A.R.T./New York
- Robert Elmes of Galapagos
- Eric Richmond, of the Brooklyn Lyceum
- Craig Morrison, architectural historian and curator of the Theater Museum’s Brooklyn Sees Stars exhibition
- Bill Updegraff, marketing director of the Arts at St. Ann’s
- Terry Greiss of Irondale Ensemble Project

Trav S.D. is the author of No Applause, Just Throw Money: the Book That Made Vaudeville Famous (Faber & Faber, 2005) and over 300 published articles in the Village Voice, Time Out New York, American Theatre, the New York Sun, and many others, in addition to being the host of the Indie Theatre Now podcast on He has also written over 50 plays, which have been produced at such venues Joe's Pub, LaMama, Theater for the New City, HERE, the Ohio, the Brick, Dixon Place, and numerous others in NYC, around the nation and in London. His voice has been heard on National Public Radio, WNYC, WOR, WBAI, WFMU, et al.

Founded in 2003, The Theatre Museum is New York State's first and only chartered, non-profit museum dedicated to the history of theatre. The Museum's programs include community outreach, education programs and the annual Theatre Museum Awards for Excellence Ceremony. The museum's primary mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the legacy of theatre through innovative programming. It currently functions as a museum-at-large while looking for permanent gallery space.

The Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture is located at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. For more information about this event: 347-419-4590.

Brooklyn Sees Stars is funded in part by a generous grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

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