HowlRound is a condition—one that results in a howling noise when sound from a loudspeaker is fed back into a microphone. It’s an amplified feedback loop.
This idea of a feedback loop represents the condition upon which HowlRound was born five years ago—as a place for artists to provide feedback, learning, expertise, frustration, and vision—in an effort to enliven the fields of theatre and performance to the aspiring and established artist alike.
From the beginning we decided to use the commons as our frame. This idea of a performance commons is new to many. It’s a simple idea really. A commons is a place to share the resources you have and take the resources you need. We believe that making art is more than a money game, that ticket sales for a live performance are just one piece of what it takes to claim success in our art form. Access and engagement are our highest values, and everyone, yes everyone, has something to contribute to the learning, the making, and the sharing of art.
All of our content comes from our community. We curate by saying yes. We curate by listening to you. And sometimes when it comes to written content we curate through a rigorous editing process done in conversation with you.
Other commons have emerged from the HowlRound commons. One of these is the Latina/o Theatre Commons that began as a result of a meeting convened by HowlRound and is now an ongoing collaboration. The work of the Latina/o Theatre Commons is integrated throughout our website and the content coming out of that commons can be found on the Café Onda page.
If you’re visiting the About Page for the first time, welcome! Visit our Participate Page to see how you can become involved, subscribe to receive our content in your inbox, or just send us an email and say hello. You are the commons. You are HowlRound.
- An online Journal
- HowlRound TV
- A New Play Map (and the new World Theatre Map in development)
- Commons Producers documenting playwright residencies
- In-Person Convenings
- The Weekly Howl Twitter chat on #howlround
Meet the Team
The tagline on Lynette D’Amico’s resume is: “There are always more ideas.” A former ad writer, Lynette is a community gardener, who understands the importance of a creative brief and hopes you do too. She holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is the author of the novella Road Trip, published in 2015.
Karina Assad is a sleeper that dreams of acai bowls and flying yoga. She went to Emerson College where she studied crying in public (acting). She currently lives with her siblings in Koreatown Los Angeles and can't wait to help livestream your event!
Polly Carl is a scholar, dreamer, bicycle enthusiast, and tattoo aficionado. Carl's most recent ink job is in memory of beloved father-in-law Frank D'Amico, a beautful bluebird looking skyward. He makes ravioli and pies from scratch, and is devoted to the mellow yellow lab Leo.
David Dower is an infrastructure identifier and alignment specialist. A superstitious sports fan and former bartender of the year, he will make you a perfect cocktail if you cheer for his team the right way.
Jamie Gahlon is a doodler, a dabbler, a list maker, and a libra who shares her birthday with the Boss. She creates a mean budget and a meaner master schedule. She may have to borrow your dog or teacup pig.
Vijay Mathew is a culture producer, an idea cartographer, and father to an eight year old who wants to be a farmer when he grows up. He has technology on his side and he knows how to use it. Aspiring community gardener.
Adewunmi R. Oke is a native of Atlanta, but also spent her childhood living in Columbus, MS. She is a lover of good food, music, and laughter. From time to time, she sings and dances to her favorite songs, which range from blues, jazz, funk, Hip Hop, alternative, and country.
Ramona Ostrowski is a dramaturg, a dreamer, and a devoted Taylor Swift fan. She is a lover of old movies and new plays, fine cheese and cheap champagne. Ramona was raised in Connecticut, which has given her an affinity for rocky coastlines and chunky sweaters.
Thea Rodgers is a theatre addict and wannabe astronaut who's streaming your station from nation to nation on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network. She talks a big game but when it comes down to it, you can probably beat her in Scrabble.
Abigail Vega is a wanderer with a plan, a military brat, and a beach baby with an iced coffee addiction. A former B-list celebrity child chef, she has a formidable seashell collection and isn't afraid to use it. In her youth she flunked out of Chinese language Kindergarten, but don't worry, it has all been uphill since then. She produces the Latina/o Theatre Commons.
To contact the team, click here.
National Advisory Council
HowlRound has a national advisory council that serves as a brain trust and helps guide our strategy. They're awesome. You should know who they are:
- Ilana Brownstein: Director of New Work, Company One, Founding Dramaturg, Playwrights’ Commons, Associate Professor, Boston University, Boston, MA
- Deborah Cullinan: Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
- Olga Garay-English: Arts Consultant, Los Angeles, CA
- Matthew Glassman: Executive Director, Double Edge Theatre Farm Center, Ashfield, MA
- Rachel Grossman: Ringleader, dog & pony dc, Washington, DC
- Michelle Hensley: Artistic Director, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis, MN
- Melanie Joseph: Producing Artistic Director, The Foundry Theatre, New York, NY
- Fran Kumin: Arts Consultant, New York, NY
- Todd London: Executive Director, University of Washington School of Drama, Seattle, WA
- Kirk Lynn: Head of Playwrighting & Directing Program, UT-Austin, Co-Artistic Director, Rude Mechs, Playwright, Austin, TX
- Jonathan McCrory: Director of Theatre Arts Program, National Black Theatre, Producing Artistic Director, The Movement Theatre Company, New York, NY
- Bonnie Metzgar: Independent Artist, Chicago, IL
- Diane Ragsdale: Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Michael Rohd: Founding Artistic Director, Sojourn Theatre, Founder, Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Chicago, IL
- José Luis Valenzuela: Artistic Director, Los Angeles Theatre Center & The Latino Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA