Taking on Inclusion in the Arts

Why does casting people of color have to be political? Why are they relegated to roles defined by their ethnicity more than their talent? Despite countless contributions and years in theater, why are performers of color continually overlooked? Why is casting people of color over white actors considered, “non-traditional”, when they helped create the tradition […]

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Identity

            When the Blue Barn Theatre announced their plans to build a new performance space in 2012, the main objective was to expand their theatrical capabilities and create a better audience experience while maintaining their artistic identity. That identity never wavered last season, even as the artistic and managing staff worked through all of the […]

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A Curious Fire

In the underpaid (and often never paid) world of Omaha theater, an artist’s most valuable resource is their time. How we spend that time is often a struggle between the two things most precious to us: our art and our family. Madeline Radcliff-Reilly of the newly-formed FireBelly Rep theater knows this all […]

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Play considers North Omaha history through the eyes of Mildred Bown

As North Omaha Neighborhood Tapestries returns for the Great Plains Theatre Conference’s free PlayFest bill, two community icons take center stage as subject and setting. En route to making her Omaha Star newspaper an institution in the African-American community, the late publisher Mildred Brown became one herself. Through the advocacy role she and her paper […]

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Omaha Theatre: Previewing 2016

Omaha Theatre 2016 Preview   Omaha theatre in 2016 has plenty of anticipation behind it. Perhaps the most anticipated storyline will be who the Omaha Community Playhouse finds to replace now departed Artistic Director Hilary Adams. Playhouse President Tim Schmad said the search will be completed before next season and that they learned a lot […]

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