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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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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.

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Erasing the Middle East
Essay

Erasing the Middle East

White Gatekeeping and the Painful Path of Progress

17 September 2020

Ali-Reza Mirsajadi talks about struggles for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) artists in the American theatre community and details some of the changes that are happening for inclusivity and equity.

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Making Theatre, or Something Else Entirely, in a Pandemic
Essay

Making Theatre, or Something Else Entirely, in a Pandemic

On Protests and Virtual Performance

16 September 2020

Soyica Colbert sits down with playwright Natsu Onoda Power to talk about protesting against the United States military presence in Okinawa, Japan; in-person audiences versus virtual ones, Natsu’s new piece Okiniawa Demo Reel, and more.

Upcoming Livestreams

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Livestreaming a Conversation: Segal Talks with Marvin Carlson
Video

Livestreaming a Conversation: Segal Talks with Marvin Carlson

Daily live online conversations on US and global theatre & performance

Wednesday 23 September 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents SEGAL TALKS: Marvin Carlson livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

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Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: Zamumtima Sizawekha (Malawi)
Video

Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: Zamumtima Sizawekha (Malawi)

Bringing together artists from Malawi and around the world to open the conversation about mental health and stigma

Wednesday 23 September 2020
Malawi

Art & Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo) presents the panel Zamumtima Sizawekha on mental health and stigma livestreaming from Malawi on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. CAT (Lilongwe, UTC +9).

Ava Chin, Jasmine Claude-Narcisse, Damion Searls, and Lisandro Pérez.
Livestreaming: Postmonolingual New York (Live-captioned)
Video

Livestreaming: Postmonolingual New York (Live-captioned)

A conversation with Ava Chin, Jasmine Claude-Narcisse, Damion Searls, and Lisandro Pérez.

PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library presents Postmonolingual New York livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EDT (Boston, UTC -4) / 5:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 4:00 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 1:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC -8) / 10 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10).

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