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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. 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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We Need to Invest in Writers
Essay

We Need to Invest in Writers

Learnings from Administering the National Playwright Residency Program

29 October 2020

Ramona Rose King shares learnings from five years of working on the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) and argues that if we want to reinvigorate our art form and come back from this lull with vibrant, groundbreaking work, we need to invest in the artists who are making it.

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American Theatre's Racial Reckoning with The Black Artist Coalition
Podcast

American Theatre's Racial Reckoning with The Black Artist Coalition

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #10

28 October 2020

The Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss the advent of We See You, White American Theatre and situate it within a history of Black theatre artists calling out the white supremacy endemic to American theatre, as well as interviewing The Black Artist Coalition founders Vaughn Midder and Kevin McAllister.

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Unearthing Your Languages
Essay

Unearthing Your Languages

27 October 2020

Amanda L. Andrei discusses learning Romanian—her father’s native tongue—for her play Lena Passes By and shares methodology for dealing with translations, identifies unique issues of heritage language learners who are also writers, and reflects on the pain of being separated from language.

Upcoming Livestreams

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Livestreaming Conversation: Whatever happened to the Ward Theatre?
Video

Livestreaming Conversation: Whatever happened to the Ward Theatre?

10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theater Conversations from Jamaica to The World!

Sunday 1 November 2020
Jamaica

Akiba Abaka Arts presents the conversation Whatever happened to the Ward Theatre? as a part of 10 Weeks in Jamaica livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 November 2020 at 1 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 4 p.m. EST (Kingston, UTC -5).

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Livestreaming a Performance: unmuted
Video

Livestreaming a Performance: unmuted

Exploring themes of (dis)connection to our ancestry, to this moment, and to each other

Sunday 1 November 2020
United States

Honest Accomplice Theatre presents a performance of unmuted livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 November 2020 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Livestreaming a Conversation: Women as Culture Keepers
Video

Livestreaming a Conversation: Women as Culture Keepers

The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent

Monday 2 November 2020
Kenya

Tebere Arts Foundation presents the conversation Women as Culture Keepers with The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 2 November 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

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