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We amplify progressive, disruptive ideas about theatre and facilitate connection between diverse practitioners. We function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. All of the content (essays, videos, podcasts) on HowlRound comes from the theatre community who chooses to participate—that means you!
Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.
Seven Days of Aspirations for Busy Script Readers (plus an eighth with love from a freelance dramaturg)
Aspiration #1: We hire you because you're a good writer.
Aspiration #2: Be an artistic contrarian in an age of corporate sameness.
Aspiration #3: Be mindful that Audiences are made up of swimmers, skimmers, and divers (and Dramaturgs, who are deep divers, need to communicate and collaborate with swimmers and skimmers).
Aspiration #4: Don't overlook Ugly Ducklings and Nurture Hothouse Flowers.
Aspiration #5: Lists! Lists! Lists! Can't Stop, Won't Stop Reading!
Aspiration #6: Find Them. Develop Them. Support Them.
Aspiration #7: Take Care of Each Other. Take Care of our Earth. Take Care of our Stories.
Aspiration #8: "Best practices: be prepared to let shit go."
An Original HowlRound Contributor Looks Back
These are five of my favorite pieces. Todd London's "A Lover's Guide to Edward Albee" is not only brilliant, but has also by far the best cameo I've ever seen in user comments. Harvey Young's Theatre after Obama (or with Trump) asks "Where are we? Where have we been? Where are we going?" Lauren Gunderson's class on dramatic structure is a great video to play at your day job instead of Spotify. Start reading P.Carl's "Becoming a White Man in the Theatre," then go read the essay it references and all of the comments on that essay, and then come back to finish it out. Finally, "How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists" is essential reading on fighting blindspots.
This is a list of articles from the Decolonizing Theatre series, curated by Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet.
2018 Trans Week of Awareness/Trans Day of Resistance
In honor of 2018 Trans Awareness week (12-19 November), Trans Day of Remembrance (20 November), and Trans Day of Resistance (21 November), here's a list of some of my favorite HowlRound content for and by trans and non-binary theatremakers. We are here, we have always been here, and #WeWillNotBeErased.