Howard Sherman & Our Town
Another Day’s Begun author Howard Sherman is joined by Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann and members of MiND’s 2017 production of Our Town to discuss how the play was successfully used as a platform for advancing multiculturalism in Miami theatre, how this classic play speaks to audiences nationally and internationally more than eight decades after its premiere, how our town reveals new depths in different eras and different cities, and what the lasting impacts of the play and the production have been on those who explored it and lived it in Miami. The Miami New Drama production is one of 12 Our Towns profiled in Another Day’s Begun.
Howard Sherman is a theatre administrator, writer, and advocate.
He has been executive director of the American Theatre Wing and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, managing director of Geva Theatre, general manager of Goodspeed Musicals, and public relations director of Hartford Stage, as well as interim director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. He has also held administrative positions at the Westport Country Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays.
Since 2012, he has been the US columnist and a feature writer for The Stage newspaper in London, and in 2018 was named contributing editor of Stage Directions magazine. His writing has appeared in a number of other publications including Slate, The New York Times, The Guardian, and American Theatre
Howard frequently consults, writes, and speaks on issues of censorship and artists’ rights in both academic and professional theatre; he created the Arts Integrity Initiative in 2015 to focus on those efforts. He was cited as one of the Top 40 Free Speech Defenders in 2014 by the National Coalition Against Censorship and received the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund’s Defender Award in 2015.
His first book, Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the 21st Century, will be published in January 2021 by Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.
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