Theater: A Revolutionary Tradition

November 18th, 2016

From its early origins, Theater has always reflected and been shaped by a community’s needs and world views. Sanskrit drama, originating in India, began as religious plays utilizing song and dance. Native Americans used a combination of dance, costume, storytelling, and music to perform ceremonies of celebration and mourning. In Greece, tragedy developed from community…

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Celebrating ArtsWest

October 12th, 2016

Over the past three years ArtsWest has gone through some major leadership changes. In 2013, ArtsWest welcomed Laura Lee as the new Managing Director and Mathew Wright soon followed as the Playhouse and Gallery’s new Artistic Director. Together, Wright and Lee have worked to strengthen ArtsWest’s infrastructure, expand education programs, and become a major player…

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Ibsen: Alive and Well (and Angry)

October 10th, 2016

When discussing Ibsen with others I find there is either a lot of hate or a lot of love for the father of realism. Detractors claim that Ibsen is no longer relevant. In 1881, Ghosts was banned from public performance and was the cause of outrageous scandal, but so what? The world has greatly changed…

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With A Little Help From Our Friends

September 27th, 2016

The leaves may be falling outside, but inside ArtsWest Gallery & Playhouse, everything is coming into bloom. On Wednesday, September 21, we kicked off the 2016-2017 season with our annual Volunteer Appreciation Night and a preview of our Season Premiere: Richard Eyre’s brilliant new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts.
That evening, as a wave…

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Uncharted: ArtsWest’s 2016-2017 Season Launch Party

September 12th, 2016

This past Saturday ArtsWest was so happy to celebrate our donors and artists with wine, music, and merriment at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Coinciding with our tell the story campaign, our launch party gave our supporters a sneak peek into some of the artistic choices we’ve made since initially announcing our season and gave our…

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