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Welcome to HowlRound

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National Playwright Residency Program Convening in Boston, Massachusetts on 27—28 March 2018

We’re a free and open platform

for theatremakers worldwide.

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. We believe Black Lives Matter.

All of the content (essays, videos, podcasts) on HowlRound comes from the theatre community who chooses to participate—that means you! Generosity from our community allows us to keep all our programs 100% free and open, and enables us to compensate our contributors—donate to help support HowlRound and the artists who are impacted, however big or small, by the unfolding uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Finish the Fight and Making the Virtual Visceral
Essay

Finish the Fight and Making the Virtual Visceral

24 September 2020

Rebecca Salzhauer writes about Finish the Fight, a piece of online theatre that reminds viewers how theatre is a communion, a two-sided contract between storyteller and story-hearer, bound by the terms of being alive.

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The Black in Black Musical Theatre
Podcast

The Black in Black Musical Theatre

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #8

23 September 2020

In this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss "What is a Black musical?" using James Baldwin's Amen Corner and Angelica Chéri's Gun and Powder.

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Year of the Stage Manager
Essay

Year of the Stage Manager

22 September 2020

Amanda Spooner talks about launching Year of the Stage Manager 2020, a grassroots endeavor meant to make visible those who continually operate in the background, and how the movement shifted after the pandemic hit and with the murder of George Floyd.

Upcoming Livestreams

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Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: You Didn’t See Anything! (Romania)
Video

Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: You Didn’t See Anything! (Romania)

As part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020

Monday 28 September 2020
Romania

Independent Theater Hungary presents a performance and conversation around You Didn’t See Anything! (Romania) as part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020 livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 28 September 2020 at 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:30 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2) / 19:30 EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3).

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Livestreaming: Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work on Monday 28 September 2020
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Livestreaming: Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work on Monday 28 September 2020

A digital playwriting masterclass

Monday 28 September 2020
New York City

The Public Theater presents Watch Me Work livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 28 September 2020 at 11 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 1 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC -8) / 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 22:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 23:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

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Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: The Hardest Word (Scotland)
Video

Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: The Hardest Word (Scotland)

As part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020

Tuesday 29 September 2020
Scotland, United Kingdom

Independent Theater Hungary presents a performance and conversation around The Hardest Word (Scotland) as part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020 livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:30 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2) / 19:30 EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3).

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