Memoir about ballet and illness from a creative writing teacher whose career as a ballerina was stopped by rheumatoid arthritis.
Renée Nicholson’s professional training in ballet had both moments of magnificence and moments of torment, from fittings of elaborate platter tutus to strange language barriers and unrealistic expectations of the body. In Fierce and Delicate, she looks back on the often confused and driven self she had been shaped into—always away from home, with friends who were also rivals, influenced by teachers in ways sometimes productive and at other times bordering on sadistic—and finds beauty in the small roles she performed. When, inevitably, Nicholson moved on from dancing, severed from her first love by illness, she discovered that she retained the lyricism and narrative of ballet itself as she negotiated life with rheumatoid arthritis.
Justice is the first of three plays in a thought-provoking trilogy, following the struggles and triumphs of newly seated Judge Grace Porter. Court cases involving First Amendment protections and abuses have become highly politicized over the last several years. As Americans, we continue to enjoy these basic freedoms as laid down for us by our framers over two hundred and forty years ago. Justice shines a spotlight on two recent court cases, as seen through the eyes and minds of our framers through a one-way window in the courtroom. The storyline artfully weaves between the present and the past and as the courtroom proceedings unfold, it is interspersed with the rationale and thought processes our founding fathers used in framing The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, which eventually led to their ratification in 1791. It is an enlightening and unprecedented portrayal of what "the guys who wrote the stuff" might think if they were able to witness current day legal proceedings.
Monologues for Kids and Tweens II is a collection of 100 new comedy and drama pieces for our youngest performers. It is the 7th installment in The Young Actor Series. The scripts are easily relatable to children’s real-life roles as daughters, sons, siblings, students, and young athletes. Each piece is clean, gender-neutral, and may be performed by both male and female actors. The monologues run one to two minutes in length, with no props or costumes required. All scripts are clean, family-friendly, and include positive messages, life lessons, and ethical questions for young people––and all people––written between the lines. This material (and the subtext) can help parents and teachers encourage positive attitudes and behaviors in our young performers, their classmates and audiences. Appropriate for film, television, theater, speech and forensics competitions, and drama school auditions.
Ideal for courses in multiple disciplines, the third edition of this award-winning text has been revised and updated with new topics, examples, and guiding questions to introduce each chapter’s sections. Patricia Leavy presents a practical guide to the full range of arts-based research (ABR) genres--narrative inquiry, fiction-based research, poetry, music, dance, theatre, film, and visual art. Each genre-specific chapter is paired with an exemplary research article or online video link (at the companion website). Following a consistent format, chapters review how the technique was developed, explore its methodological variations and the kind of research questions it can address, and describe diverse sample studies. Checklists and practical advice help readers harness the power of these innovative techniques for their own studies or dissertations.
Dance provides a way to travel far beyond the typical tourist experience. By connecting with local people through a shared love of movement, dancers catalyze many unique opportunities. They build cross-cultural friendships with dance as the only shared language, discover ways to train with celebrated teachers, experience cultural immersion key to their personal development, and more. In this anthology, you'll find stories from renowned performers, dance educators, and other avid dance adventurers. Their tales about epic dance adventures across North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa highlight various dance traditions, as well as unique aspects of each country's geography, history, demographics and educational systems. In this way, Dance Adventures celebrates the power of dance to connect us to the best parts of humanity, as well as to the best parts of ourselves.
A playwright who receives inspiration by interacting with the imagined characters from the play that he is currently writing, is struggling through a period of writer’s block as his characters have “stopped talking” to him. He soon begins to experience a strong resurgence of depression and anxiety, along with other physical and cognitive impairments. After receiving a devastating diagnosis, he is determined to get his life headed in a productive and positive direction. But despite his best efforts, everything that matters the most in his life seems to be on the verge of falling apart.
Finalist Performing Arts The 2020 Best Book Awards
A reflection on The Christmas Miracle "The Word become flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:14In reading the Holy Scripture, we are faced with a significant number of miracles across the two testaments. The title of this theatrical text refers to the miracle of the birth of Jesus, or more specifically, the miracle of the incarnation of the the Son of God for him to live among us. When the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, a young woman betrothed to Jospeh, he makes it clear that she was recognized by God as worthy to receive the grace of being the mother of Jesus. It is difficult to imagine what she could have thought during that incredible moment of her life. When she asked how she could possibly conceive a child without having ever been intimate with Joseph, the angel told her that "The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God's power will come over you, so your child will be called The Holy Son of God."