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We're a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide, and we've been amplifying progressive and disruptive ideas about theatre and facilitating connections between diverse practitioners for more than a decade. We function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values.

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Livestreams Happening Today

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The Birth of the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge

Join us to celebrate the publication of a new book on underground culture and performance at the infamous Pyramid Club. A panel with John Jesurun, Kestutis Nakas, and others.

Event streams later today at listed time.

What's New

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Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick
Essay

Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick

21 May 2024

In Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick, a new adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well, issues of consent in both the bedroom and the theatre classroom are explored in the modern context of college. Erin Murray explains how the show creates a theatrically slippery and inquisitive space which prompts audience members to examine their own role in a society that fosters rape culture. 

A theatre marquis reading The World is Temporarily Closed.
Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre
Essay

Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre

20 May 2024

Barbara Fuchs shares findings from “For a Resilient US Theater, Post-Pandemic,” a Pandemic Preparedness Performing Arts research project which looked at how the nonprofit theatre sector responded to the COVID pandemic. The report asked what worked, where, and why, in order to recommend new measures to pave long-term stability in theatre. 

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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet
Essay

A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet

16 May 2024

Todd London celebrates the work and love story of multidisciplinary theatremakers Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet who have been creating theatre as part of the ensemble Talking Band for the past fifty years. 

Upcoming Livestreams

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No Summary: Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah
Video

No Summary: Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah

The first episode of the 2024 virtual artist conversation series

Friday 24 May 2024

Golden Thread's No Summary 2024 virtual artist conversation series will embark on a tour of four Palestinian cities to offer audiences in the Bay Area and beyond a taste of the Palestinian theatre scene today. This episode features Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah.

event poster for the caata confest 2024.
ConFest Hawai'i: Ku‘u ‘Āina, Ku‘u Piko, Ku‘u Kahua
Video

ConFest Hawai'i: Ku‘u ‘Āina, Ku‘u Piko, Ku‘u Kahua

National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival 2024

Friday 24 May - Sunday 26 May 2024
Honolulu, HI

ConFest 2024 will focus on celebrating new works by Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Pacific Islander, and local Asian American theatre practitioners. We want to invite you to come celebrate with us, to come together as a community, and to witness and learn from the work grown on the islands.

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No Summary: Freedom Theatre of Jenin
Video

No Summary: Freedom Theatre of Jenin

The second episode of the 2024 virtual artist conversation series

Friday 31 May 2024

Golden Thread's No Summary 2024 virtual artist conversation series will embark on a tour of four Palestinian cities to offer audiences in the Bay Area and beyond a taste of the Palestinian theatre scene today. This episode features Freedom Theatre of Jenin.

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