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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!

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"I Only Do Work that Terrifies Me"
Essay

"I Only Do Work that Terrifies Me"

Rebecca Novick and Marissa Wolf in Conversation

11 November 2018

Director, dramaturg, and founding AD of Crowded Fire, Rebcca Novick, speaks with Marissa Wolf, the new AD of Portland Center Stage—and former AD of Crowded Fire as well—about knowing when you’re ready for change, leaving communities you’ve helped build, parenting in the arts, and more.

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Four Hundred Years of #MeToo in the Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent
Essay

Four Hundred Years of #MeToo in the Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent

12 November 2018

Emily White takes a deeper look at the parallels between artist Artemisia Gentileschi’s sexual assault trial from the 1600s and the trial testimonies of today, all of which is explored in the show Artemisia’s Intent.

Title page of a restoration-era edition of Macbeth
Restoring An Alternate Version of Shakespeare’s Works
Podcast

Restoring An Alternate Version of Shakespeare’s Works

Theatre History Podcast #70

8 November 2018

The Restoration was an era of theatrical innovation and rebirth in England. It also saw a number of strikingly radical revisions of William Shakespeare's original plays. Dr. Amanda Eubanks Winkler joins us to talk about her work with the Performing Restoration Shakespeare project, which is studying these adaptations and helping to revive them for the stage.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming The National Theater Project Twin Cities Regional Convening, Minnesota
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Livestreaming The National Theater Project Twin Cities Regional Convening, Minnesota

Sunday 2 December 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and Pangea World Theater are partnering to bring you the National Theater Project (NTP) Twin Cities Regional Convening, which will livestream on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 2 December 2018 at 9 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. CDT / 12 p.m. EDT. 

2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, TX for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

24-26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Registration opens 15 October 2018 for this exciting event! Join us! 

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

Towards a Future of Artist Leadership

As we continue to see the different approaches to new leadership at many of the country's regional flagship theaters, it feels an especially critical time to be reminded of the power, vision and voice of the individual artist. In 2018, we find ourselves in a field where a handful of artists are raised-up but the voice of the producer remains firmly in place, deciding both process and the resultant productions onstage. This curation of articles centers around ideas of how to continue challenging and iterating what true leadership can look like in the theater field...and in art-making.

Hierarchies of Power
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Hierarchies of Power

Cisgender Playwrights and Trans Characters

28 September 2016

In this #IdentityWeek blog, playwright Basil Kreimendahl discusses the representation of trans characters on stage.

Collective Growth
Essay

Collective Growth

Reports from the Continuum of a Playwright’s Collective Theater

31 August 2014

Trista Baldwin offers an overview of Workhaus Collective.

Mixed Blood Theatre’s Disability Visibility Project
Essay

Mixed Blood Theatre’s Disability Visibility Project

27 May 2015

Aditi Brennan Kapil and Jack Reuler of Mixed Blood Theatre share the Disability Visibility project with hopes of improving the relationship between the American theatre and disability.

What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?
Essay

What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?

15 May 2013

Todd London shares why prioritizing the ideals of theatre companies—particularly not-for-profit theatre—is essential. 

Artists, Institutions, and the Decline of Public Discourse
Essay

Artists, Institutions, and the Decline of Public Discourse

31 October 2011

P. Carl on the decline of public discourse and the relationship between artists, institutions, and the percieved Haves and Have-Nots. 

Where Possibility Abounds
Essay

Where Possibility Abounds

a 20th Anniversary Conversation with the 1995 Cohort of Jerome Fellows

3 November 2015

Jeremy Cohen interviews a group of playwrights about their time at the Playwright's Center. 

Interview with Daniel Alexander Jones
Essay

Interview with Daniel Alexander Jones

3 June 2013

Daniel Alexander Jones discusses the art of learning from mentors and value of learning the craft of playwriting.

María Irene Fornés

These essays and videos honor the impact and legacy of playwright and teacher María Irene Fornés, and highlight the scholarship around her work.

Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
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Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

30 April 2018

Trevor Boffone, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Georgina Escobar, and Lauren Villegas reflect on the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Symposium on 14 April 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey.

María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium at Princeton University—Friday 13 April & Saturday 14 April 2018
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María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium at Princeton University—Friday 13 April & Saturday 14 April 2018

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April. Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround and #FornesLTC18.

“The Camera is My Beloved”
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“The Camera is My Beloved”

Michelle Memran Creates Documentary Art with María Irene Fornés

12 June 2018

Journalist and filmmaker Michelle Memran reflects upon the easy beginning, the messy middle, the focused concluding months, and MOMA premiere screening of her documentary dreamscape film The Rest I Make Up about her great friend, the beloved playwright and teacher María Irene Fornés.

A lecture on María Irene Fornés at Emerson College in Boston—Thursday 20 February 2014
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A lecture on María Irene Fornés at Emerson College in Boston—Thursday 20 February 2014

Emerson College in Boston presented a lecture entitled María Irene Fornés: America's Greatest Living Playwright by Dr. Scott Cummings, Chair of the Theatre Department at Boston College livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 20 February at 11 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. CST/ 2 p.m. EST/ 19:00 GMT. To participate in online conversation, use Twitter hashtags #cafeonda & #howlround.

Creativity, Aging, and Alzheimer’s
Essay

Creativity, Aging, and Alzheimer’s

A Conversation with Michelle Memran

23 October 2016

Katie Pearl interviews Michelle Memran about María Irene Fornés and The Rest I Make Up, a documentary that captures the legendary playwright’s creativity as she ages.

The Tenacious Question
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The Tenacious Question

Celebrating Fornés and Rivera

29 March 2016

Lucas Garcia on the Goodman Theatre’s celebration of Latina/o artists María Irene Fornés and José Rivera in Chicago, Illinois.

Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020
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Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020

23 May 2018

Announcing the Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés initiative, a year-long event to raise awareness of Maria Irene Fornés’s impact on theatre and preserve the legacy of her work.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

This is America

A collection of works that help to explore the beauty, dysfunction and opportunity housed in this creative form called Theatre. America has an opportunity to be, support, and change into this.

The Way Back Home
Essay

The Way Back Home

15 March 2013

Sade Lythcott writes about her mother's legacy as founder of the National Black Theater (NBT), and the importance of maintaining the history and lineage of black theater.

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color
Essay

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color

9 May 2018

Founder and executive artistic director of Dallas’s Bishop Arts Theatre Center Teresa Coleman Wash looks at the realities of running a theatre company as a woman of color.

Welcome to the Jubilee
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Welcome to the Jubilee

17 October 2015

The Committee of  the Jubilee makes a call to action to support a vision of every theatre in the United States of America producing work by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive abilities, and/or LGBTQIA artists in the 2020–2021 season.

Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age
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Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age

19 August 2018

Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) introduces the series on Alaskan theatre through the lens of Alaska Native performance and storytelling.

Native Voices On the American Stage
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Native Voices On the American Stage

A Constitutional Crisis

22 February 2015

Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle kicks off Native Voices Week, “Instead of Redface,” with a personal story about how she came to playwriting from law school and the imperative to tell Native stories.

Deaf Playwriting
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Deaf Playwriting

A New Art Form

7 April 2016

In this installment, Playwright and poet Sabina England shares her process for creating performances for deaf and hearing audiences.

The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics
Essay

The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics

23 August 2017

Georgina Escobar reflects on the past four years of Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) convenings, and developing an understanding of “Latinx aesthetics.”

climate change + eco theatre

reading and resources about sustainable theatre

Climate Science’s Challenge to Artists
Essay

Climate Science’s Challenge to Artists

29 January 2014

Karen Malpede shares insight into the importance and compelling nature of climate dramas. 

Theatre Artists Unite Around Climate Change Action
Essay

Theatre Artists Unite Around Climate Change Action

Moving to Movement

25 September 2015

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Alison Carey writes about the upcoming Green Room, an online space for theatre artists to come together around climate change action.

The Aesthetic Evolution of Eco Theater
Essay

The Aesthetic Evolution of Eco Theater

23 November 2013

Eco theater is not meant as a protest or an art installation at a climate change conference. It is a complete and independent artistic practice that happens to focus on ecological issues.

The Sustainable Theatre Practice Treaty
Essay

The Sustainable Theatre Practice Treaty

24 September 2015

Ian Garrett, Director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, asks will we be party to the Sustainable Theatre Practice Treaty?

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