Arts Education – what should we teach and how?

By Kate Foy

There’s a Twitter discussion happening right now hashtagged #artsed .  The hashtag acts as a search key for tweets that have anything to do with arts education, but this particular thread of the discussion is focussing on the issue of professional training for artists – more particularly theatre artists, and especially actors.  The originating posts…

From Custodian to Curator – the challenge for the digital age

By Kate Foy

I was a conference delegate last month at the Apple University Consortium’s 2009 Create World Conference.  Justin Macdonnell, a keynote presenter put some nicely provocative issues to the floor of digital arts creatives and creative arts academics gathered at Griffith University in Brisbane. Justin’s keynote, ‘In the Absence of Criticism’ revolved around a couple of…

Hold the slings and arrows: stocktaking Queensland theatre (Act 2)

By Kate Foy

My last post here investigated the first 10 seasons of Queensland Theatre Company between 1970 and 1979.  This post looks at the plays from the past 10 seasons.  I’ve used the same breakdown in assessing the repertoire, i.e., organised my siftings using assigned historical and geographical categories: UK/Ireland; Australian; US; Other.  Plays can find themselves…

Hold the slings and arrows: stocktaking Queensland theatre (Act 1)

By Kate Foy

If you subscribe to theatre-related blogs, then your feed-reader during the past week or so will be overflowing with posts where the words ‘Outrageous Fortune’ will almost certainly appear.  It’s the title of a new book on the state of American playwrighting, and it’s getting the best kind of publicity on the web – the…

Is there anything right with the theatre?

By Kate Foy

When you spend as much time on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to as many theatre focussed blogs as I do, then you take notice of themes that won’t lie down. There’s been a bit of a stir in the social networking streams over the past couple of weeks, and it’s been about the current…

Project 365:09 and Post #109:09

By Kate Foy

An image a day is the goal. I didn’t make it as planned, but here are some of the best most evocative memory captures for 2009 in this, the 109th and ultimate blog post of the year for Groundling. See you on the other side!