News & Noteworthy (Week of June 14)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

Shaking Up London’s Donmar Warehouse: Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham, artistic directors at the Donmar, have staged three all-female Shakespeare plays: Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest. In her Guardian article, Charlotte Higgins quotes Pakenham: The Shakespeare trilogy has a feminist mission, a social mission, an inclusivity mission, an education mission. And that actually drove philanthropy and partnerships and funding that made the theatre richer in every way.” Read more about how the duo have been “’disrupting’ the life of the theatre.”

Poetry, Call It a Comeback: According to NPR, poetry is making a comeback. Colin Dwyer writes, “In half a decade, the number of U.S. adults who are reading poetry has nearly doubled. That’s according to the results of a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts.” Dwyer continues, “The survey showed sharp increases in readership across the board — but especially among women, minorities and adults with only some college education.” More results from the survey are scheduled to be released soon.

Behind the Curtain of Major American Ballet Company: James Whiteside is a ballet dancer, drag queen, singer and podcaster. According to Meryl Cates for Billboard, James’ podcast, The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside, “is one of the most unabashed glimpses behind the curtain of a major American ballet company.” Cates writes, “The podcast offers listeners a snapshot of real dance culture stripped right down to the dressing room chatter. … Whiteside is convinced these forms of transparency translate into new audiences for dance.”

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