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Balancing Business, Art, and Mission
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Balancing Business, Art, and Mission

A Conversation about Theatre Management

8 December 2019

Early career arts manager Al Heartley speaks with Jennifer Bielstein, executive director of American Conservatory Theater, about active listening, how to balance focusing on the details with looking at the bigger pictures, management values, and more.

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Making Radical Parent Inclusion Replicable and Sustainable
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Making Radical Parent Inclusion Replicable and Sustainable

5 December 2019

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, founder of the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL), talks about putting PAAL’s handbook of best practices for parent support into action in collaboration with New York City’s the Playwrights Realm.

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Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents
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Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents

4 December 2019

Mickey Rowe, co-founder and co–executive director of National Disability Theatre, talks about the difficulties of being a single parent with disabilities and working in theatre.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming The Trojan Women Project: International Artists in Conversation
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Livestreaming The Trojan Women Project: International Artists in Conversation

How we work and ways we collaborate with others

Monday 9 December 2019
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and CultureHub present the panel discussion Artists in Conversation: How we work and ways we collaborate with others as a part of the Trojan Women Project Festival livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 9 December 2019 at 8 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 10 a.m. CST (Guatemala City, UTC -6) / 11 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 16:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 17:00 CET (Pristina, Kosovo, UTC +1) / 23:00 ICT (Phnom Penh, UTC +7).

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Livestreaming An Evening with Romina Paula (Argentina)
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Livestreaming An Evening with Romina Paula (Argentina)

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City

Monday 9 December 2019
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents An Evening with Romina Paula (Argentina) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 9 December 2019 at 3:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-5) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-7) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-8).

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Livestreaming the Latinx Theater State of Emergency
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Livestreaming the Latinx Theater State of Emergency

An evening of conversation and excerpts featuring the Latinx Playwrights Circle Intensive Mentorship Finalists

Tuesday 10 December 2019
New York City

Latinx Playwrights Circle and The Sol Project present the Latinx Theater State of Emergency conversation livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 5 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 7 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-6) / 8 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5).

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

Fighting for Social Justice in Theatre Practice

This collection of articles explores the economy of the performing arts sector and its impact on theatremakers and their art. 

Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre
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Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre

an American Psalm

29 August 2018

Playwright Caridad Svich reflects on the economic reality of working in theatre.

How Can You Turn Awareness into Action?
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How Can You Turn Awareness into Action?

A Roadmap Toward Economic Justice for Theatre Folk

29 June 2017

Matthew Clinton Sekellick discusses moving beyond awareness with action, advocating for theatre artists and administrators to join forces with existing social justice movements.

Where Are The Women?
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Where Are The Women?

6 May 2014

The New York Times posed this question on April 29 when the Tony nominations were announced. It’s a problem that’s getting long in the tooth: for years we’ve known that over 60 percent of the ticket buyers and “butts in seats” are women, and yet less than 20 percent of the stories staged are written, directed or designed by them. Hmm.

Against Entrepreneurship
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Against Entrepreneurship

9 December 2016

Matthew Sekellick argues that identifying as entrepreneurs is not merely a survival strategy, but a false consciousness that alienates us further from our fellow artists and artisans. As theater artists, what we have to do is … imagine a world outside the confines of the present: a world beyond the horizon of entrepreneurship.

Becoming a White Man in the Theatre
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Becoming a White Man in the Theatre

11 July 2017

After a comment storm on a recent HowlRound post about bias in criticism in the American Theatre, P. Carl addresses how the democratization of the arts is a form of inclusion.

Acting in Solidarity
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Acting in Solidarity

Working for a Living Wage

16 October 2015

Matthew Sekellick explores what New York’s proposed minimum wage increase would mean for theatre artists.

What Do We Really Want? Creating a Union for Actors in Romania
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What Do We Really Want? Creating a Union for Actors in Romania

20 March 2017

In this installment of a new series leading up to the IETM Plenary Meeting in Bucharest, Theodor-Cristian Popescu writes about being an actor in Romania.

HowlRound Picks

Here are a collection of essays that have stuck with me—Todd London on Irene Fornés, Michelle Memran on aging, artists and Irene Fornés, SK and Lisa Evans on breaking the binary, Basil K, gender parity in Canada, Larissa FastHorse on casting, decolonization, Seesaw Theatre, and why the Latinx Theatre Commons changed their name to Latinx. 

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

Creativity, Aging, and Alzheimer’s
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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.

Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans* / Gender-Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre
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Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans* / Gender-Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre

Monday 16 May 2016
Berkeley, CA, United States

Breaking the Binary is a half-day symposium focused on building trans*/ gender-non-conforming/ non-binary inclusive theatre, co-presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Theater—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network howlround.tv Monday 16 May at 3 p.m. PDT to 7:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 5 p.m. CDT to 9:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 22:00 GMT - 02:30 GMT. Follow the conversation on social media via the hashtag #breakingthebinary2016.

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.

Gender Parity in Canadian Theatre
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Gender Parity in Canadian Theatre

15 April 2018

Elana Gartner, founding co-chair of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, interviews Rebecca Burton, co-founder of Equity in Theatre at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, about gender parity for women playwrights in Canada.

Getting Specific
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Getting Specific

One Playwright’s Complicated Casting Choices

27 September 2016

Kicking off #IdentityWeek, Playwright Larissa FastHorse discusses workshopping her play What Would Crazy Horse Do? at Santa Clara University, and advocates the playwright’s voice in casting choices. 

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
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Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

Under the Big Top
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Under the Big Top

Creating Multi-Sensory Work for Children with Autism

19 July 2017

Samantha Mueller, a theatre practitioner who works with the special needs community, talks about Seesaw Theatre which creates multi-sensory work for children with autism.

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Toward Inclusivity
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Toward Inclusivity

A message from the LTC

18 January 2017

The LTC steering committee announces a name change to the Latina/o Theatre Commons. 

Interesting Thoughts on Access, Inclusion, and Disability

I sub-organized into three separate topics:

1) The "Theatre-ing while Disabled" Series by Kate Langsdorf, which is a great overview at all the different ways professional theatre and disability can collide.

2) Two different takes on casting and representation as it relates to the iconic role of Richard III, and what that means for theatre and disability.

3) Two different practical advice pieces on how an organization can be more accessible.

Theatre-ing While Disabled
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Theatre-ing While Disabled

Kate Langsdorf writes about her experience with different jobs in theatre.

Questioning the Casting and the Hump
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Questioning the Casting and the Hump

29 January 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III and questions why we still see able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities.

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?
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Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?

21 February 2018

Kaite O’Reilly considers how Richard III has been portrayed on stage, the alignment of atypical embodiment with evil and suffering, and her inspiration with The Llanarth Group to create a new staging of Richard III.

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood
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At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood

18 December 2017

Jack Reuler discusses nearly two decades of incorporating work about, for, or with people with disabilities or on issues of disability at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Creative Access
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Creative Access

Accommodations for Professional Performers with Disabilities

11 August 2017

Talleri McRae summarizes a breakout session she co-led at the 2017 Theatre Communications Group Annual Conference.

Favorite HowlRound Articles

 

In no particular order, here is a list of some of my favorite HowlRound articles.

Chronic Theatremakers
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Chronic Theatremakers

Confronting Denial with Robbie McCauley

3 December 2017

Sara Brookner talks to playwright and performer Robbie McCauley about her one-woman show Sugar, and the power of sharing our stories.

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood
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At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood

18 December 2017

Jack Reuler discusses nearly two decades of incorporating work about, for, or with people with disabilities or on issues of disability at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Queering The Room
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Queering The Room

Some Beginning Notions For A Queer Directing Practice

24 October 2014

Director Will Davis shares his experience navigating theatre spaces as a queer person.

Black Women Have Theorized Everything
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Black Women Have Theorized Everything

12 April 2017

Sola Bamishigbin and Tia-Simone Gardner look at plays by Lorraine Hansberry and Lynn Nottage with intersecting themes, written at different times in US history.

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Reading
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dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Reading

10 April 2017

In this second installment, Playwright Sharon Bridgforth gives a reading based on her performance novel dat Black Mermaid Man Lady.

Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead
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Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead

14 February 2018

Playwright David Valdes Greenwood discusses the importance of writing more diverse and intersectional characters, and reflects on the conundrum of “color conscious” casting. 

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