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Joey Sims

Joey Sims has written at The Brooklyn Rail, TheaterMania, American Theatre, Culturebot, New York Theatre Guide, No Proscenium and Extended Play. He was previously Social Media Editor at Exeunt and a freelance web producer at TodayTix Group. Joey is an alumnus of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute. He runs a theater substack called Transitions.

How the Flea Become the Fled

The racial uprisings of this past summer rippled throughout the theater world, where Off-Off-Broadway’s the Flea Theater was slammed for its history of racial and economic injustices that long left its artists unsupported and, now, unmoored: in a recent letter, the Flea has decided to dissolve its artistic programs, leaving those who fought for change without titles, but not without community.

Write Me Back: P.S. Offers a Unique Window into Pen Pals’ Isolation

Mid-COVID, many theaters pivoted to digital programming. To create something more singular (and tangible), Ars Nova commissioned a durational theater piece with handwritten letters as its vessel. Now, audiences can both listen to the old-friends-turned-pen-pals’ exchanges online and also experience the culmination of their relationship at an in-person play this fall.

Listen and Reveal: Social Alchemix Invites Participants to Burst Their Pandemic Bubbles

Joey Sims participates in Social Alchemix, a new interactive party game experience where “players” burst their pandemic bubbles and gather for live, in-person interactions that prove, as interactions with strangers might, both mundane and revelatory.

On Theater and Theurgy: A Les Waters Compendium Illuminates the Director’s Craft

But nor is Waters, a king of experimental theater who recently graced Broadway with his extraordinary production of Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., about to let a book about his work become, itself, obvious or rote. So, interspersed between illuminating essays by Waters’s collaborators come his own idiosyncratic contributions.

dots is Everywhere: Meet the Design Triumvirate Devising a New Model

dots (all lower case) was born in 2020 when three scenic artists decided to seek greater agency in their careers. To find it, they joined together to operate as one, a model with little precedent in the theatrical landscape.

“We’re Always Skirting That Breaking Point”

Online performance series Theater in Quarantine created a two-hander about bed bugs, which broke new ground for the company but nearly broke them in the process.

As the World Slowly Reopens, Theaters Remain Closed, Leaving Furloughed Employees Uncertain About Their Futures

Weeks of order cancellations. Mounting dread. The March 12 shutdown of all Broadway theaters. Then the following Monday, Mollie Thoennes was told to collect her things and stay home. There was no return date.


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