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 four 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. 

Our Commons

Meet the Team of Stewards

Emma Baar-Bittman is a lefty, a camp counselor at heart, and a lover of going to bed early. She won’t ever say no to swimming in the ocean or playing cards. A New Haven native, you don’t want to argue with her about where the best pizza comes from.


Polly Carl is a scholar, dreamer, bicycle enthusiast, and tattoo aficionado. Her most recent ink job is in memory of her beloved father-in-law, a beautful bluebird looking skyward. She makes her ravioli and pies from scratch, and is devoted to her mellow yellow lab Leo. 


Lynette D'Amico is a fiction writer, a wordsmith, and possesses a green thumb that will grow your kale, cook it, and blow your mind. She understands the importance of a creative brief and hopes you do too.


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 a six 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.


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. 


Diane Ragsdale is an investigator, an innovator, an idealist, and an American in the Netherlands. Now that she understands why the tulip bubble burst, she is focusing her attention on the economic factors at play in our sector throughout history to see how we might move forward.


Thea Rodgers hails from San Francisco!



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