History Studio is uniquely placed to connect clients with stories that can be rendered particularly well on the stage. We have access to untapped material and riveting stories from the past and present, through our vast network of scholars, writers, and experts -- powerful stories that have never been adapted to the stage. History Studio is the industry hub for fresh project ideas that are timely and will move audiences from Broadway to the West End of London to community theater.
History Studio is the industry hub for fresh project ideas that are timely and will move audiences from Broadway to the West End of London to community theater.
CULTURAL SENSITIVITY REVIEW
Every project needs to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and not unwittingly invite bad reviews for its portrayal of certain characters or controversial events. Are characters portrayed as authentically and sensitively as they need to be? Are depictions of groups or individuals in line with how those groups or individuals would represent themselves? Are certain characters developed more fully than others, based on unwitting racial or gender blind spots? Is a controversial event considered from multiple vantage points?
History Studio is committed to bringing its multi-racial, international perspective to every project review. Cultural sensitivity reviews are always conducted by a team of experts, headed by a History Studio partner. We vet for representations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, disability, and other areas of concern to our clients. Our sensitivity reviews can include a fully annotated script with detailed comments and suggestions, and a report that synthesizes the team’s overall assessment of the project.
Authenticity reviews are always conducted by a team of experts, headed by a History Studio partner. Our team vets for authenticity and accuracy. We review every detail, while also assessing the project’s overall context and cultural representation. Our authenticity reviews include two work products: a fully annotated script, with detailed comments and suggestions, and a report that synthesizes the team’s overall assessment of the production.
DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING AND RESEARCH
History Studio provides research consulting when a project is in the crucial developmental stage. Our teams understand that creative process. We support playwrights, composers and creators by digging up rich resources, tapping into sources behind academic paywalls, and fueling ideas for story threads, characters, scenes, music and even sensory experience. Our researchers comb through documents and sources to suggest to creative teams the most powerful moments and memorable characters that might be included in a production. We can provide a comprehensive timeline, dossier, or analysis of the real-life events and figures, fact check any situation or individual, or suggest related story threads and characters. We scour all relevant books, memoirs, photographs, archival documents and interviews. Our expert consultants help playwrights, composers, and producers exercise creative license without sacrificing accuracy or authenticity.