American Theatre Wing Unearths Video Discussions With Professionals; Archive Is Free Online | Playbill

News American Theatre Wing Unearths Video Discussions With Professionals; Archive Is Free Online
Classic discussions with playwrights Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Harvey Fierstein, John Guare, Alfred Uhry, and David Henry Hwang are among the newly added treasures available in the American Theatre Wing's online archive of the long-running "Working in the Theatre" seminars, the Wing announced Aug. 17.

Programs from 1986-1989 have recently been made available for online viewing at, where more than 160 programs can be seen on-demand, for free.

Originally broadcast in New York on CUNY-TV, but long out of circulation, the newly archived programs include the following topics:



  • PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR (1986) with Arthur Miller and Norman Rene


  • HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES (1986) with John Guare and Jerry Zaks


  • PERFORMANCE (1986) with Ossie Davis, Swoosie Kurtz and Jean Stapleton


  • PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR (1987) with Lloyd Richards, August Wilson & Alfred Uhry


  • PERFORMANCE (1987) with Linda Lavin, Lynn Redgrave and Colm Wilkinson


  • BURN THIS (1987) with Marshall Mason and Lanford Wilson


  • PERFORMANCE (1988) with Michael Crawford, Judy Kaye, and John Lithgow


  • PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR (1988) with David Henry Hwang, Terrence McNally, & John Weidman


  • PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR (1988) with Harvey Fierstein and Michael Weller


  • PERFORMANCE (1989) with Joan Allen, Madeline Kahn and Philip Bosco


  • PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR (1989) with Garson Kanin and Wendy Wasserstein "While we would candidly say that the video quality of these seminars from two decades ago is rather rudimentary, there is an undeniable value in allowing today's theatre scholars and fans the opportunity to see major artists at these moments in their careers," stated Howard Sherman, executive director of the American Theatre Wing. "Theatre itself is fleeting, but the Wing captured these artists in their own words and its essential that we make this material accessible, so that it lives again."

    Now in their fourth decade, the American Theatre Wing's "Working in the Theatre" panels have brought together theatre's best-known performers, producers, playwrights, directors, choreographers, composers, agents and others for peer-to-peer, in-depth conversations about theatre. Begun simply as public forums, the seminars have been broadcast in New York City since 1979 on CUNY TV, the country's largest university-based television station, as well as on select cable systems around the country.

    Highlights from the seminars have been collected in the new book, "Acting: Working in the Theatre" (Continuum International Publishing Group/The K.S. Giniger Company Inc.; $14.95; paperback), the first in a series of four to be drawn from the insightful and entertaining discussions led by the American Theatre Wing.


    The American Theatre Wing is a not-for-profit organization best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, which it presents annually with the League of American Theatres and Producers. The Wing's other activities, dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre, include "Downstage Center," a weekly theatrical interview program on XM Satellite Radio; "Guides to Careers in the Theatre," a video series developed for schools and libraries; a grants and scholarship program to New York City schools and not-for-profit theatre companies, which has awarded more than $2.5 million since its inception; the Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals; and SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to New York City.

    All of the educational and media work of the American Theatre Wing is available online, on demand, for free, from


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