From Our Desks

Can Theater Change the World?

Journalist, critic, and Drama Desk member Jonathan Mandell posed this essential question to more than a score of 2015 Drama Desk Award nominees at this year's reception.

“I think that every revolutionary idea begins in the theater, and that we have a responsibility as theater artists to put forth the vision of what we want our world to look like,” says Tonya Pinkins, one of the twenty-one New York theater artists who were asked this basic question.

Dream Panel: Shakespeare Parley at Sardi's

"A muse of fire" lit up the Eugenia Room, as Charles Wright recounts, for Drama Desk's panel, "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?" 

Eighty Drama Desk members and guests gathered to celebrate - a few days early -William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on Friday, April 4, 2014, for a luncheon-panel that featured five distinguished theater professionals, moderated by scholar-author-translator Carol Rocamora, addressing the topic “Why Shakespeare?  Why Now?” 

Puttin' on the Hits: PR Panel Compares Scars

The transcript of Drama Desk's panel, "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," was transcribed by David Kaufman and edited by Edward Karam.

The panel took place on February 10, 2014, at Stage 72/Triad. It was moderated by Randie Levine-Miller and included critic Peter Filichia (a former Drama Desk President); veteran theater publicists Josh Ellis and Susan Schulman, as well as Leslie Badden Pappa.

Randie Levine-Miller: Today's theme is “You’ve Got to Have a Gimmick... or a Star.”

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