Hamilton Dramaturgy's TheatreNow!


TheatreNow! Podcast with Rae Smith

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today.  Anne Hamilton is the producer and host.  You may listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

Interview with Rae Smith, Set and Costume Designer

(Season 3, Episode 2, Recorded January 13, 2012)

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Podcast with Rae Smith

Welcome to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! This is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today. I am your host, Anne Hamilton. Today, our guest is Rae Smith. This Olivier and OBIE award-winning British designer works regularly in a wide variety of styles and genres. This diversity has taken her from Slovenia to Broadway. Her theatre designs are frequently seen in Britain in the West End, at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre de Complicité and in a variety of experimental theatre companies. She also works regularly in some of the world’s great opera houses. She won the 2012 Tony ® Award for Best Scenic Design of a play for WAR HORSE.

Download the transcript here:

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Rae Smith

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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LPTW’s TheatreNow! Webpage

Many thanks to the League of Professional Theatre Women, which has given TheatreNow! its own webpage at https://theatrewomen.org/theatrenow-podcasts. Read how my membership in the League influenced my creation of the podcast series. The League is the nation’s premiere professional organization for women working in all aspects of the theatre.

LPTW and TheatreNow!

I conceived of TheatreNow! in 2009 while serving as the Co-Secretary of the League of Professional Theatre Women. I was so excited to attend meetings and converse with terrific theatre artists and learn about their experience and new projects. I started to think about how wonderful it would be to record these conversations and share them with the public in order to preserve important events in contemporary American theatre history.

So I decided to download some free recording software and use available resources on the internet to record some interviews. I happened to meet Quiara Alegría Hudes’ mother, and asked for her daughter’s contact information. Quiara was happy to give me an interview, and so, TheatreNow! was launched. I followed the inaugural podcast with interviews with women whose careers I felt were interesting and important.

I made sure to include women from many different disciplines, and even now I actively seek out women of different races, nationalities and professions in order to give a balanced and inclusive sampling of contemporary theatre practice.

And so, TheatreNow! grew from one half-hour recording to a series with a new website at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com, an Archivist – the marvelous Helaine, a staff of Program Assistants, and a theme composed by my Co-Secretary Nancy Ford. The series is posted on soundcloud.com, and is very easy to download and share.

In Season Two I began to post transcripts of the interviews for the public’s convenience. AMERICAN THEATRE published a two-page article on the series in its October 2012 issue.

I am now planning my fourth season, and rest assured, it will continue to feature League members, and women whom the League has honored with prizes for their contribution to American theatre.

Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host
Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!
Email: hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow@gmail.com
www.hamiltonlit.com

TheatreNow! Podcasts With League Members:
Kristin Marting
Valentina Fratti
Yvette Heyliger

Please download the article here: LPTW and TheatreNow! by Anne Hamilton

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Fractured Atlas Fiscal Sponsorship

Great news! Fractured Atlas has accepted Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! for fiscal sponsorship. This means that listeners may now donate to help keep the series going. Your contributions will pay for necessary costs such as travel to the artist’s location, transcriptions, sound editing, and marketing. Your contribution will help create the next podcast!

You may donate online by credit card, with no additional fee for credit card processing, by visiting https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/5901.

From now on, you’ll be seeing the following statement connected with all of our listings of interviews and podcasts.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

I’ve attached my Fractured Atlas application statement, which gives a great overview of the series. I am Anne Hamilton, your producer and host. Thank you for listening.

Fractured Atlas Application Statement

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a podcast series featuring some of the most important contemporary theatre women working in America. The series has been disseminated for free since 2009.I serve as the Producer and Host, and I have a staff including a Sound Designer, a theme Composer and two Program Assistants. With TheatreNow!, I have expanded the free programming offered by Hamilton Dramaturgy, my international consulting firm, in order to promote the careers of other theatre women. Guests have included: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Jennifer Tipton, Kristin Marting, Paule Constable, Kamilah Forbes, and Catherine Filloux. The podcasts available for free on my blog https://theatrenow.wordpress.com and my website at www.hamiltonlit.com . I began the series in 2009 to provide the public with an oral history of the artistic influences and processes of influential contemporary theatre women working in America. TheatreNow!’s intention is to provide an equal presence of women working in the theatre so that any media program or documentarian can readily find female theatre experts to interview and feature. Season One featured seven episodes, some comprised of two parts. Season Two, which I am currently completing, features five episodes. The women featured are of many races and nationalities: Latina, African-American, French/Algerian, French-American, Italian-American, and British. Prominent playwrights, librettists, directors, curators, lighting designers, actors and producers have been featured. Season Three guests will include a British costume and set designer, a South African director, and a Venezuelan-American playwright. The podcast series is designed to highlight the careers of veteran theatre women and influential early career professionals. In February, 2012, I will post the podcasts on iTunes for greater exposure.

Freelance Dramaturg Anne Hamilton

www.hamiltonlit.com

hamiltonlit@hotmail.com

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