ABOUT THE BLOG
The ArtsEmerson Blog is an essential facet of our commitment to public dialogue. We believe that creating spaces to tackle the questions raised on our stages and in our community is our privilege and responsibility as an arts organization. We use to the blog to provide context to our programming, spotlight events, and to hear from our audiences. For the sake of productive discourse, we have adopted the comments policy from HowlRound which you can find below.
All comments on the site are moderated. Most comments will be posted if they are on topic and not personal attacks, but moderating decisions are subjective. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers and generally cannot alter a comment once it is posted. We will delete an offensive posting. We have limited tolerance for trolling and baiting, incoherence, and shouting. We seek to create a conversation that is an invitation to real and positive inquiry in a community of shared learning. If you post comments that consistently violate the spirit of this policy we reserve the right to ban you from the comments section.
MEET THE BLOGGERS
has settled at ArtsEmerson as Artistic Engagement Manager after moving all over the country working in new play development. Previous positions include National New Play Network
Producer in Residence at Actor’s Express in Atlanta and Allen Lee Hughes New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Trained as a Dramaturgy in the BFA program at University of Arizona, he is currently spending much less time with scripts and a whole lot more time creating spaces for conversation.
Ryan Walsh is the Marketing & Communications Manager at ArtsEmerson. He is also a musician and journalist. His culture writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Vice, and Boston Magazine. He was a finalist for the Missouri School of Journalism’s City and Regional Magazine Award for his feature on Van Morrison’s year in Boston, from which his debut book originated; Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 is to be published by Penguin Press in March 2018. His rock band Hallelujah the Hills has won praise from Spin magazine and Pitchfork; collaborated on a song with author Jonathan Lethem; and toured the U.S. extensively over their 12-year existence.
joined ArtsEmerson as the Marketing & Communications Fellow after graduating from Tufts University in 2017. She has previously written pieces for The Weekly Alibi and The Tufts Daily, as well as freelance work on Medium, covering topics from politics to local food finds. She is an actor in the Boston theatre scene, having worked with companies such as Company One, Sleeping Weazel, TC-Squared, and Opera House Arts. You can follow her on Twitter @blairnecessity.
is the Artistic Director at ArtsEmerson and is obsessed with the #newplay infrastructure for the American Theater. Before joining ArtsEmerson in the spring of 2012, David Dower spent six seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Arena Stage where he directed the Artistic Development Team and founded the American Voices New Play Institute (AVNPI), the precursor to The Center for the Theater Commons now located at Emerson College. He served as the Artistic Producer on Arena’s offerings from 2007-2011, including the Tony/Pulitzer winning Next to Normal
. Prior to joining Arena he was the founding Artistic Director of the Z Space
and a founder of its predecessor, the producing ensemble The Z Collective, both in San Francisco. He has directed plays around the country, including at Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle’s Intiman, and dozens of world premiere productions in the Bay Area. You can follow David on Twitter @ddower.
David C. Howse
joined ArtsEmerson as executive director in 2015, and is fiscally and administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Downtown Boston. Prior he served as executive director of Boston Children’s Chorus, where he was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving 20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating more than 500 singers in 12 choirs in 5 locations. David earned the Social Innovation Forum Achievement Award (Root Cause) and was included in the “40 Under 40” (Boston Business Journal
). He serves in many capacities in the community, including as a trustee for Forbes House Museum; on the board of corporators for Eastern Bank; the board of Associated Grant Makers; the boards of directors for Chorus America and the Social Innovation Forum; on the board of overseers for the Museum of Fine Arts; the advisory council for the New England Foundation for the Arts; and as a member of the corporation of the Community Music Center of Boston. David earned degrees from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) and New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA) and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Next Generation Executive Leadership Program. He teaches at the Institute of Nonprofit Practice. Originally from Murfreesboro, TN, he resides in Milton, MA. Twitter: @dchowse