Working in the Theatre
Working in the Theatre is a documentary series that delves into the most fascinating people, the process, and trends in the work of the American Theatre. In past seasons we explored a wide range of topics, traveled the U.S., the U.K. and France, and supported our promise to showcase the diversity of the theatre industry. Episodes range from a site-specific production of Ragtime on Ellis Island, whose location reiterates its humanizing voice that echoes today’s political climate, to the story of a playwright working simultaneously on her show in two cities, which delves into life in the Mexico/U.S. borderlands. We’ve explored the process of choreography, makeup, and clowning and observed the censorship of a production not welcome in the playwright’s mother country through White Rabbit Red Rabbit. We saw success by extending Sign Language Theatre from a piece that chronicles the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening to the history and current struggle that face deaf performers who wish to see true reflection of their lives and craft in a musical. With the help of the NEA, Gallaudet University, and the White House, we were able to dive deeper into this under explored topic of the theatre.
Trailer and Select Episodes
Working in the Theatre: Clowning
“If there is someone who is going to reach out, shake your hand and befriend you at the circus, it’s going to be the clown.” says Big Apple Circus clown Joel Jeske. “Clowns fall down so we don’t have to.”
An ancient form of theatrics rooted in physical comedy, clowning transcends language and cultural barriers by finding the absurd in the everyday. Follow clowns Brent McBeth, Joel Jeske and David Shiner through routines. Look inside Slava Polunin’s famed Snowshow and his Academy of Fools.
Working in the Theatre: Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson, the legendary Tony Award winning actress continues to amaze audiences on stage. Her story is one that continues to teach us that dedication to the craft of acting and the pursuit of a dream can inspire all future makers to achieve a career in the theatre.
Working in the Theatre: Sign Language Theatre
Sign Language theatre has come to the forefront of commercial theatre through a production of Spring Awakening on Broadway. However, from the days of Charlie Chaplin films to the work at National Theatre of the Deaf and Gallaudet University, deaf actors and creative team members have produced some of the most incredible theatrical experiences. Follow members of the cast of Spring Awakening, Gallaudet University, and more as we explore the creative process, the history, and the joy that comes from sign language theatre.
Working in the Theatre: Building the Wall
Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall delves into the world of what could be, delivering a powerful warning and putting a human face on the inhuman. Part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere, this play produced at the Fountain Theatre allows us to take a look at where we are now as a culture in the United States by sharing a story of how we explore our differences.
Working in the Theatre takes a look inside this production with the help of writer and Undocumented Activist Jose Antonio Vargas (CEO of Define American) to discover how we can tell these stories on stage for the betterment of our society.
Working in the Theatre: Before the Show with Billy Porter and Patina Miller
Ever wonder what happens before the show? Working In The Theatre gets full access with Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”) and Patina Miller (“Pippin”) as they prepare for the stage. Watch this rare behind the scenes glimpse as these Tony Award winners take us on a tour of their dressing room just hours before curtain.
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