Audience Talkbacks – Audience Talkbacks give TLS patrons an opportunity to go behind the curtain and ask questions of the actors and crew to find out how a production comes to fruition. For 20 minutes after select performances, audiences can ask any questions they might like to know about after seeing the performance. TLS hopes to break down the barrier between audience and actor, and create rich insight into the working process.
Promotion of Emerging Artists – TLS regularly searches for new talent in the areas of music, art and playwriting. With the cooperation of the Norway Free Theater Ensemble, TLS helped conduct an international call for playwrights for the Belarus Dream Theatre Project (2013). The 2012 mainstage production A Grimm Tale by Lonnie Bradley was born out of a one-act playwriting competition looking for new ways to adapt Grimm’s legendary tales. In October 2011, TLS Frankfurt staged Immersion, an art show with a theatre performance by local artist Goce Andonoski. Additionally TLS actively promotes its primary photographer, the talented Kate Miller, whose original work can be seen throughout the many pages of the TLS Frankfurt website.
Multidisciplinary Approach – TLS Frankfurt shows usually incorporate more than one form of art – most have included visual artwork or original music, or both. Dickens by Candlelight, TLS’s own version of A Christmas Carol, uses both traditional Christmas music, but is also scored by original flute and bassoon music written by musical director Laura Scarratt. Original bluegrass music was played patrons of the popular production of The Foreigner by musician Andre Cezanne. Musical guests are also a common occurrence at FITS improvisation shows, giving artists new audiences to play for, and FITS plenty of new musical inspiration. In its 2012 entry to the FEATS play festival in Antwerp, Belgium, it also incorporated the use of photography of the real characters being portrayed.
ELANG – English Language Artists Network Germany. ELANG is devoted to helping Germany’s diverse English-language artists and cultural arbiters connect with one another, with their German colleagues and with their audiences in Germany and internationally. ELANG is above all a dynamic, multidisciplinary community, open to artists of all kinds who may be living and working in Germany. ELANG offers a platform that allows members to promote their work and connect online.
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