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

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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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Announcing the Publication of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater
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Announcing the Publication of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

16 May 2019

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) announces the publication of Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater, a new anthology of Latinx plays and performances that emerged from the Encuentro 2014 National Latina/o Festival.

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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval
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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval

15 May 2019

Farai Mabeza offers an overview of theatre in Zimbabwe, from the major theatre in the capital city, to smaller community theatres, to the country’s festivals.

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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love
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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

14 May 2019

Alix Rosenfeld talks about the difference between inclusion and belonging when it comes to working with the disability community, using the Philadelphia-based FringeArts production of A Fierce Kind of Love as an example.

Upcoming Events

Livestreaming New Theatre from Spain with Luz Arcas
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Livestreaming New Theatre from Spain with Luz Arcas

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Monday 20 May 2019
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presents New Theatre from Spain with Luz Arcas livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 20 May at 1 p.m. PDT (San Francisco UTC-7) / 4 p.m. EDT (New York UTC-4) / 20:00 UTC+0 / 9 p.m. BST (London UTC+1).

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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 20 May 2019
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 20 May 2019 at 2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (Montréal) / 22:00 UTC +0 (London).

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Livestreaming the Keynote at PACTcon 2019 – A Work in Progress
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Livestreaming the Keynote at PACTcon 2019 – A Work in Progress

with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

Thursday 23 May 2019
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres presents the keynote speech from PACTcon 2019 livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 23 May at 9:15 a.m. CST (Saskatoon) / 11:15 a.m. EDT (New York) / 15:15 UTC +0.

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

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
Two giant shoes with people gathered around.
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.

Civic Practice, Theatre, and Arts-Based, Community Led Transformation

A batch of articles that investigate, in their own ways, questions such as: what we mean by engagement; who is changing what for whom when we talk about ‘change’ work; and how theatre, democracy and aesthetics can intersect within a framework of justice-aimed values and intentions.

Scrabble letter arranged to spell the word engage.
Translations
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Translations

Engaging Engagement

7 April 2012

This column, published every 4-6 weeks, examines issues of translation as they relate to the field of theatre and its intersections with other public and civic sectors. This edition: audience engagement.

Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions
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Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions

19 November 2015

Jeff Chang on Detroit-based Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions, a narrative, concert, visual installation, architectural piece, and convening space to distribute revolutionary ideas and activate creative ecosystems and economies of change. 

The New Work of Building Civic Practice
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The New Work of Building Civic Practice

9 July 2012

The needs of non-arts organizations, and theatre artists' assets can intersect through Civic Practice. This guide from Michael Rohd offers examples of application and what this work can accomplish.

Translations
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Translations

The Distinction between Social & Civic Practice and Why I Find It Useful

1 September 2012

Michael Rohd responds to Andy Horowitz's essay with how he delineates social and civil practice

Dance and Social Justice
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Dance and Social Justice

22 November 2013

Many of us can attribute our path to the theater to a dynamic teacher in school: the teacher that inspired us or showed us a new side of ourselves. This series is a snapshot of today's high school theater educators across the country sharing about what they do and how and why they do this work.

The Ideology of Dialogue
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The Ideology of Dialogue

2 September 2013

Michael Rohd continues the series on the intersection of political ideology and art in their work. We know that content is political... but how can form dictate a play's mission as well?

Uniting Civic Technology with Arts as Civic Practice
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Uniting Civic Technology with Arts as Civic Practice

10 March 2014

Paul M. Davis illuminates the importance of artists and technologists collaborating in the civic sphere.

The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice
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The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice

20 September 2018

Annalisa Dias discusses her work with the newly formed Groundwater Arts Collective, and suggests ways that other theatremakers committed to climate justice can adopt the framework of a Just Transition.

Democratizing the Arts, Aesthetic Practice, and the Relationship to Community Change
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Democratizing the Arts, Aesthetic Practice, and the Relationship to Community Change

A Conversation with Roberta Uno

14 April 2016

An interview with Roberta Uno, director of Arts in a Changing America, by P. Carl.

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.

A poem by Barbara Ann Teer.
The Way Back Home
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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
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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
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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.”

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