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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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David Howse, Judith Batty, and Reginald Browne
Beginning to Walk the Walk
Essay

Beginning to Walk the Walk

David Howse in Conversation with Judith Batty and Reggie Browne

20 January 2019

David Howse, ArtsEmerson’s executive director, talks to two board chairs, Judith Batty of Arena Stage and Reggie Browne of McCarter Theatre, about diversifying audiences, philanthropy and fundraising, intern programs to cultivate new talent, and more.

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In Search of Authenticity
Essay

In Search of Authenticity

Including Disability in Theatre

17 January 2019

Andrea Kovich talks about the importance of disability representation on Seattle’s stages and Sound Theatre Company’s recent work in that area.

Performer with microphone, raising their hand up
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

Daniel Alexander Jones

16 January 2019

Todd London celebrates the work of playwright and performer Daniel Alexander Jones.

Upcoming Events

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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
Video

2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, Texas for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin & the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

The Latinx Theatre Commons presents the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening livestreaming from Austin, Texas on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019.

poster for heartland by Gabriel Jason Dean at the Vortex in Austin, Texas
Livestreaming a Performance of Heartland at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas
Video

Livestreaming a Performance of Heartland at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Thursday 31 January 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas, in partnership with The National New Play Network, presents Heartland livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 31 January 2018 at 6 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EST (New York) / Friday 1 February at 02:00 GMT/UTC+0 (London).

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Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session
Event

Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session

at Emerson College in Boston, MA

15-17 March 2019
Emerson College, Jackie Liebergott Black Box in the Paramount Theatre

The Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session is a convening that will take place 15-17 March 2019 at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

Series

Latinx and Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences

In the lead-up to the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening, I have invited Latinx and Latin American artists and scholars to offer thoughts on their own work and on the work of their fellow theatremakers. While I have attempted to include a range of voices, any group of individuals could only begin to represent the many, many distinct experiences and perspectives of those working in Latinx and Latin American TYA.

performer onstage with large-scale puppets
Bringing Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences to the World through Amazonas Network
Essay

Bringing Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences to the World through Amazonas Network

9 January 2019

Bebê de Soares talks about her organization, Amazonas Network, and the work they’re doing to internationalize Latin American theatre for young audiences. 

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Latinx Theatre for Young Audiences
Essay

Latinx Theatre for Young Audiences

Where We Are and Where We Must Go

8 January 2019

Ramón Esquivel looks at the recent history of Latinx theatre for young audiences, who is creating the work, and how the sector can grow.

a puppeteer maneuvers two skeleton puppets
Theatre for Children in a Mexico Before It Was Mexico / Representaciones para niños en el México antes de México
Essay

Theatre for Children in a Mexico Before It Was Mexico / Representaciones para niños en el México antes de México

7 January 2019

Marco Novelo explores the little-known history of theatre for young audiences in Mexico. / Marco Novelo explora una historia poco conocida del teatro para niños en México.

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Sin Fronteras
Essay

Sin Fronteras

Latinx and Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences

6 January 2019

Kicking off the Latinx theatre for young audiences series, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce talks about the upcoming LTC Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening, the importance of creating theatre for children and families, and more.

Devising!

Recommended reading/watching/listening for DRA1012 Research & Performance students

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Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 1
Podcast

Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 1

Theatre History Podcast #71

6 December 2018

The Theatre History Podcast is proud to partner with Stories from the Eastern West to present the first of a two-part episode on the life and work of revolutionary theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.

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Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 2
Podcast

Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 2

Theatre History Podcast #72

20 December 2018

We welcome back Stories from the Eastern West for Part 2 of their exploration of the life and work of Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.

Avant-garde theatre.
Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 1
Essay

Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 1

The Old Coup and the New Now

28 August 2014

Whereas the old avant-garde was oriented toward an imagined future and engaged in a revolutionary project of overthrowing stale regimes and remaking art—and society—according to visionary principles, the new avant-garde is focused on the current moment.

Set for a play by Megan and Murray McMillan.
Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 2
Essay

Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 2

The Renaissance Kid and the Open Play

18 October 2014

The rise of artistic multi-functionalism, and the open, assimilative, and collaborative values it implies, has coincided with the emergence of devising as a major theatrical discipline. Although devising is hardly new the process of developing work through collaboration among a group of artists has gained traction in recent years. It makes sense: both multi-functionalism and devising are solutions to an economic downturn, ways to continue creating complex and multivalent art in a scale-back climate.

Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)
Video

Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Wednesday 12 December 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presents Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 2:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 4:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. EST (New York).

Series

Hamilton’s Latinidad

A series of blogs discussing the impact of Hamilton on the Latinx community.

Hamilton Mestizaje
Essay

Hamilton Mestizaje

3 July 2016

Carlos Morton questions whether Hamilton should be considered a piece of Latina/o theatre.

Mi tierra, my testimony
Essay

Mi tierra, my testimony

a #HamilTestimonio

1 May 2016

Rebecca Martinez writes about how Hamilton changed her personal relationship to her country.

Why I Paid Too Much for Tickets to Hamilton, and Other Musings on the Fragility of Life
Essay

Why I Paid Too Much for Tickets to Hamilton, and Other Musings on the Fragility of Life

28 April 2016

Playwright Melinda Lopez shares her experience buying tickets to see Hamilton, and addresses the cost of watching a Broadway show versus the cost of caring for her mother.

Interview with Javier Muñoz
Essay

Interview with Javier Muñoz

21 April 2016

Marisela Treviño Orta interviews Javier Muñoz, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate in Hamilton.

Que Onda? with Alex Lacamoire, music director of Hamilton
Essay

Que Onda? with Alex Lacamoire, music director of Hamilton

1 April 2016

Trevor Boffone interviews Hamilton’s music director, orchestrator, and co-arranger Alex Lacamoire about his journey as an artist, his Cuban heritage, and collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Ham4Ham
Essay

Ham4Ham

Taking Hamilton to the Streets

18 March 2016

Trevor Boffone discusses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly popular Ham4Ham show, and how it fits into a Latina/o theatre tradition.

Non-stop Between Subway Stops
Essay

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.

Internationalism(s)

Performers and playwrights, producers and dramaturgs, these artists from diverse disciplines cross borders—national and historical, aesthetic and personal—to reaffirm and sustain a connected, compassionate world.

Climate Lens
Essay

Climate Lens

Birth of a Post-Nation!

21 April 2017

Una Chaudhuri announces a new project called CLIMATE LENS.

Photo from Faust.
Dialogue, Diversity, and Quality—A Report From the Sibiu International Theatre Festival
Essay

Dialogue, Diversity, and Quality—A Report From the Sibiu International Theatre Festival

1 July 2014

Mark Jackson reports on the "format and the values" he witnessed in Romania at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, which is the third largest theater festival in the world.

Blurring Borders with Práctica/ Borrando las fronteras con Práctica
Essay

Blurring Borders with Práctica/ Borrando las fronteras con Práctica

30 July 2018

Beatrice Basso discusses what it was like to bring multidisciplinary artists from north and south of the US-Mexico border together to create and learn from each other in the artist-driven exchange Práctica. / Beatrice Basso analiza cómo fue el intercambio artístico Práctica, en el que artistas del norte y del sur de la frontera México-Estados Unidos se reunieron para crear y aprender unos de otros.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras
Essay

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Dragon Lady
Essay

Dragon Lady

One Mother of a Musical

19 October 2017

Dragon Lady, written and performed by Sara Porkalob, brings bring race, female stories, and intersectionality into the American theatre conversation.

Manifesto
Essay

Manifesto

Why Writing a Play Is Like Living in France

29 May 2016

Playwright Miranda Rose Hall considers how writing a play is like living in a foreign country.

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

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.

Afro Blue, un homenaje
Essay

Afro Blue, un homenaje

A Room of My Own

11 April 2017

In this third installment, Jadele McPherson discusses how artists (both past and present) influence each other across the African diaspora, and advocates for more contemporary artists to acknowledge their ancestors.

Telling Stories
Essay

Telling Stories

An Arab/Arab American Theatre Collaboration

20 May 2018

For the last few years, professor Catherine Coray has been helping create collaboration opportunities for theatre artists in Arab countries and the Americas. Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine is the most recent iteration, and has taken place in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Beirut.

Why Artists Should Pay Attention to US Visas, Policy, and Cultural Exchange
Essay

Why Artists Should Pay Attention to US Visas, Policy, and Cultural Exchange

16 May 2018

Matthew Covey, founding director of Tamizdat, discusses why American theatre artists should be more knowledgable about US visas and policies, and describes how Tamizdat is working to support international artists performing in the US. 

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