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Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening at LATC Encuentro de las Americas, Los Angeles, CA, November 2017.

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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. 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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Canadian Public Arts Funding and a New National Narrative
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Canadian Public Arts Funding and a New National Narrative

25 April 2019

Toronto-based American actor and playwright Jesse LaVercombe looks at how Canada’s public arts funding has had an impact on the theatre that gets made.

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It’s Important to Have Your Community
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It’s Important to Have Your Community

24 April 2019

Toronto performers Maev Beaty and Bahia Watson discuss being women in theatre, covering everything from the differences between male-led rooms and female-led ones, being a pawn in a director’s work, creating safe environments, and more.

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Queer Theatre is Visionary Theatre
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Queer Theatre is Visionary Theatre

23 April 2019

Playwright and performer Rhiannon Collett examines the queer theatre landscape in Toronto.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming the 2019 PPF Playwrights Panel: Playwrights and Institutional Change
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Livestreaming the 2019 PPF Playwrights Panel: Playwrights and Institutional Change

South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa

Sunday 28 April 2019
Costa Mesa, California

South Coast Repertory presents the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival Playwrights Panel: Playwrights and Institutional Change livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 28 April at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) /11 a.m. CDT (Chicago) /12 p.m. EDT (New York) / 16:00 GMT / 5 p.m. BST (London).

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Livestreaming Harry Newman’s Dry Time
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Livestreaming Harry Newman’s Dry Time

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Monday 29 April 2019
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presents a reading of Harry Newman's Dry Time livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 29 April 2019 at 1:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 3:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:00 p.m. EDT (New York).

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Livestreaming Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work from The Public Theater, New York
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Livestreaming Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work from The Public Theater, New York

A playwriting masterclass

Monday 6 May, 2019
The Public Theater, New York City

Watch Me Work is a play with an action and dialogue — it’s also a meta-theatrical, free writing class! Come join us. Livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 6 May 2019 at 2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (Montréal) / 22:00 UTC +0 (London).

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

on intersections: queer & trans & latinx & creator

Past HowlRound pieces that speak to me and my intersecting identities. This marks the beginning of my journey as a Fellow and transplant to the Boston area.

Queering The Room
Essay

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.

Believably Trans
Essay

Believably Trans

Who Counts as Trans Onstage?

13 May 2015

In this installation, MJ questions what makes a trans character credible onstage, and how does gender fit into color-conscious casting?

Teatro Con Tenacidad
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Teatro Con Tenacidad

the Shape of Latina/o Theatre in Austin

19 June 2015

In the second installment of our series on Latina/o theatre in Texas, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and Emily Aguilar Thomas highlight the breadth of work happening in Austin. 

How We Grow
Essay

How We Grow

An Interview with Azure D. Osborne-Lee

15 August 2015

MJ Kaufman interviews playwright, director, and performer Azure D. Osborne-Lee about his plays and what he sees in the field as a trans artist.

Non-stop Between Subway Stops
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Non-stop Between Subway Stops

Underground Reflections on Hamilton

4 March 2016

Actor and writer Oscar A. L. Cabrera kicks off the Café Onda series about Hamilton’s Latinidad, discussing the personal impact Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work has had on him.

How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
Essay

How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

6 September 2018

Playwright Abraham Johnson reflects on the 2018 Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat, and the importance of supporting emerging Queer playwrights.

Doing it Alone And In the Dark
Essay

Doing it Alone And In the Dark

14 February 2015

Scottee shares the inner workings of a solo performer’s mind, and offers advice for those who may be venturing into the art form.

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A Culture of Trust
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A Culture of Trust

22 September 2011

Taylor Mac discusses actor professionalism, and trusting rather than auditioning them. 

Transgender Series
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Transgender Series

A series from trans theatre artists that highlight diverse stories of a trans community of practicing artists working to create visibility in the theatre and the world.

Controversial Pieces

We've had our fair share of drama over the years—here are some of the pieces that kicked it off!

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Cal Shakes' American Night asks, "Whose America?" and also, "Whose theater?"
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Cal Shakes' American Night asks, "Whose America?" and also, "Whose theater?"

16 July 2013

California Shakespeare Theater, under the direction of Jonathan Moscone, has changed route from classic work to new work that explores the diverse culture and artistry of the Golden State. 

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An Apology
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An Apology

19 July 2013

P. Carl issues an apology on behalf of HowlRound and Lily Janiak in regards to a NewCrit piece.

A Collective Call Against Critical Bias
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A Collective Call Against Critical Bias

26 June 2017

A collectively authored essay by leading artists, academics, and theatre advocates about Paula Vogel’s Indecent and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat on Broadway amid a conversation about critical bias toward women playwrights and playwrights of color.

Why Hamilton is Not the Revolution You Think it is
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Why Hamilton is Not the Revolution You Think it is

23 February 2016

James McMaster on the politics of Hamilton and the need for a musical theatre revolution.

Facing Facts
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Facing Facts

Artists Have to be Entrepreneurs

12 April 2015

Seth Lepore talks about gaining the skills to self-produce and theatre artists as entrepreneurs.

The Private Theater, aka “Dynamic Pricing”
Essay

The Private Theater, aka “Dynamic Pricing”

27 March 2014

In the last couple of seasons I’ve become aware of a ticket scheme already practiced by some of our larger regional theaters, and currently under consideration at some where my plays are produced. And this practice goes by a very catchy and newfangled name. It’s being called “dynamic pricing.” But it’s not a new practice. It’s actually quite old, and has a more familiar name. It’s called "scalping".

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How “Right” is Right?
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How “Right” is Right?

Conservative Voices in Theater

6 November 2012

Daniel Jones explores the illusive idea of a conservative playwright: is the theater, in essence, a liberal pursuit?

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Against the New Play
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Against the New Play

(or, What Is Theatre For?)

3 December 2018

Rob Onorato talks about boredom as an audience member, the uninspired play, what film has going for it that theatre does not, and more.

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.

Alternative ways of living and community-building

These are essential HowlRound posts about the intersection of theatremaking and alternative ways of living and community-building.

Subpoetics International
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Subpoetics International

A Boat Constructed While on Water

22 February 2017

Seth Baumrin, artistic director of Subpoetics International, discusses the history, process, and journey of a company working with the stories of refugees and displaced peoples to find their way.

Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange
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Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange

23 May 2018

Caitlin Cassidy discusses ten principles and practices she's learned as an artist working at the intersection of arts and cross-cultural exchange, and as one of Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics Fellows.

Towards a Participatory Public
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Towards a Participatory Public

The Meeting of Theater and Community

23 October 2013
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Abundance and Transformation
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Abundance and Transformation

2 October 2012

Donna Neuwirth describes the integration of culture and agriculture at the Wormfarm Institute in Wisconsin. 

Growing a Living Culture
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Growing a Living Culture

17 October 2012
Your Guide to Theatre Education
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Your Guide to Theatre Education

Double Edge Theatre Company

10 August 2015

In this installment, David Dudley interviews four members of Double Edge Theatre Company about the company’s unique approach to training and living.

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