The Arden Blog

A Close Up of “The Secret Garden”

May 27, 2016

by Patrick Ressler, Videographer   Every night, I have the privilege of watching The Secret Garden up close. Very close. With a video camera, I capture the world beneath the…

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How Scenic Design (and Designers) Evolve with Time

May 3, 2016

By Brian Bembridge In 2003 I was introduced to Arden Theatre Company, because we were bringing a show called Hard Times from Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago to the Arden. Lookingglass is…

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How to Turn a Soda Bottle into a Landscape

April 22, 2016

By Bryant Edwards Sometimes sets can be simple, other times we have to create an imaginative fairytale landscape out of recycled materials. But where do these ideas come from? Here’s…

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Why do kids love The Stinky Cheese Man? A teacher’s perspective

April 8, 2016

By: Jacqueline Matusow, Teacher-Librarian, Media Elementary School I have lots in common with Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca), author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.  He loves…

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From Page to Stage: How We Design a Show

March 22, 2016

The process begins months in advance; we started working in November for The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, >help which happens in April, and in January for The Secret…

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Sterling: From Sketch to Stage

March 11, 2016

By: Alison Roberts, Arden Costume Supervisor/Costume Designer for Two Trains Running   Last April, >find when the Arden announced it was producing Two Trains Running, I was immediately interested.  I…

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The Arden Is…

March 2, 2016

The Arden is more than just a theatre. Over the next four months, prostate we’ll be sharing with you more of the work that we do, onstage, >recipe in the…

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Improv as Professional Development for Teachers

February 12, 2016

On an unseasonably warm and rainy late Wednesday afternoon in early February a group of timid yet very excited and curious Philadelphia public school teachers arrived at the Arden’s Hamilton…

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Navigating the Masculine World of 1959

February 8, 2016

Emilie Krause writes on the female perspective in Funnyman I fall in love with my characters. I can’t help it. It’s what happens when you spend hours obsessing over someone. I…

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What’s Equivocation about?

November 5, 2015

It’s London, 1606. William Shakespeare (in the play spelled Shagspeare, or Shag) has just been made an offer he can’t refuse: King James I wants him to write a play…

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