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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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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative
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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative

24 March 2019

Chantal Bilodeau examines data from the Climate Change Theatre Action initiative, which she runs, to better understand how racial and gender bias plays out in the theatre world.

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Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts
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Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts

21 March 2019

Goran Tomka looks at how arts and culture organizations can best engage with their communities.

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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

20 March 2019

Kim Peter Kovac looks at the way the theatre for young audiences field has changed over the last few years, where it’s at today, and what his hopes are for the future.

Upcoming Events

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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 25 March, 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 25 March 2019 at 2 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 4 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EST (Montréal) / 22:00 UTC +0 (London).

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Livestreaming the 2019 Theatre Women Awards in NewYork
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Livestreaming the 2019 Theatre Women Awards in New
York

by The League of Professional Theatre Women

Monday 25 March 2019
New York City

The League of Professional Theatre Women will present the 2019 Theatre Women Awards livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 25 March 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco).

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Livestreaming Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day
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Livestreaming Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day

Hosted by ArtsEmerson in Boston

Tuesday 26 March 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

MASSCreative presents Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 7 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10 a.m. EDT (Boston).

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

The Fornés Institute

This collection explores The Fornés Institute through essays that champion Maria Irene Fornes and highlight work celebrating her legacy.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
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Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

30 April 2018

Trevor Boffone, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Georgina Escobar, and Lauren Villegas reflect on the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Symposium on 14 April 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey.

2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Session Reflections
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2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Session Reflections

4 September 2015

A report out on 2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Sessions on advocacy, artmaking, convening/networking, and scholarship. 

“The Camera is My Beloved”
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“The Camera is My Beloved”

Michelle Memran Creates Documentary Art with María Irene Fornés

12 June 2018

Journalist and filmmaker Michelle Memran reflects upon the easy beginning, the messy middle, the focused concluding months, and MOMA premiere screening of her documentary dreamscape film The Rest I Make Up about her great friend, the beloved playwright and teacher María Irene Fornés.

Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020
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Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020

23 May 2018

Announcing the Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés initiative, a year-long event to raise awareness of Maria Irene Fornés’s impact on theatre and preserve the legacy of her work.

Series

Deaf Theatre

A series discussing the state of deaf theatre and deaf representation.

Who Tells Our Story? Presenting the Deaf Experience Onstage through Deaf Eyes
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Who Tells Our Story? Presenting the Deaf Experience Onstage through Deaf Eyes

9 April 2016

Annie Wiegand and JW Guido write about the work of New York Deaf Theatre, and the importance of Deaf by Deaf for Deaf theatre work.

The Time #DeafTalent Willed Reality
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The Time #DeafTalent Willed Reality

8 April 2016

Leah Katz-Hernandez, Receptionist of the United States (ROTUS), writes about the power of having Deaf characters represented in narratives.

Lacking Diversity in Deaf Theatre
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Lacking Diversity in Deaf Theatre

8 April 2016

Actor Michelle Banks advocates the need for more diversity and inclusion for deaf and hard of hearing actors of color in the American theatre.

Deaf Playwriting
Essay

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.

Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps
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Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps

A Convening on the State of Deaf Theatre-Making

6 April 2016

Several dozen artists, administrators, and activists met at the Lark Play Development Center in January 2016 to consider challenges and successes and the state of deaf theatre.

American Sign Language in Theatre and Its Impact or, Why We Need More Deaf Actors Onstage
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American Sign Language in Theatre and Its Impact or, Why We Need More Deaf Actors Onstage

5 April 2016

Series curator DJ Kurs writes about the history of ASL and Deaf actors.

When It Comes To Accessibility At Theatres, There Is A Law
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When It Comes To Accessibility At Theatres, There Is A Law

4 April 2016

Howard Sherman writes about the responsibility theatres have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

More than Applause
Essay

More than Applause

Deaf Art Needs Deaf Ed

3 April 2016

Author Sara Nović writes about the state of Deaf education, and its implications for the theatre.

Series

State of Black Theatre

This series explores the current state of Black theatre and its role in the American theatre landscape.

The Roster
Essay

The Roster

Black theatres in America

16 March 2013

A list of black theatres in the United States, complied by Michael Dinwiddie, Jonathan McCrory, Beth Turner, Lawrence Evans, and the New England Entertainment Digest.

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Working at It
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Working at It

16 March 2013

Ben Guillory writes about The Robey Theatre Company, and the importance of outreach and bringing audiences to black history.

Five women in period dress.
Indomitable Spirit
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Indomitable Spirit

The Legacy, Vitality, and Sustainability of Black Theatre Today

16 March 2013

Eileen J. Morris discusses the duty The Ensemble Theatre has to the community of Huston.

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The Black Theatre Network
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The Black Theatre Network

Past, Present & Future

15 March 2013

Michael Dinwiddie discusses the role of the Black Theatre Network in the community.

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

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.

What Shall We Tell Our Young Playwrights Who Are Black?
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What Shall We Tell Our Young Playwrights Who Are Black?

14 March 2013

A meditation on the importance of uplifting young black playwrights. 

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Interview with Ron Simons
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Interview with Ron Simons

13 March 2013

A group of independent producers meet with Broadway producer Ron Simons. Simons discusses the need to invest in black theatre on Broadway.

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Who We Are
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Who We Are

Black Theatre in the Bay Area

12 March 2013

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe discusses the climate of black theatre in San Francisco.

An man plays the piano in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Keeping the Flame
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Keeping the Flame

12 March 2013

Sarah Bellamy reflects on Penumbra Theatre Company's financial situation, and provides a roadmap of their goals, challenges, and approach to fundraising.

A still from Fathers And Sons.
Emerging from the Crucible
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Emerging from the Crucible

11 March 2013

Valerie Curtis-Newton writes about her experience at The Hansberry project, and the neccessity of producing black artists.

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The Tradition of Defining a Tradition
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The Tradition of Defining a Tradition

11 March 2013

For the State of Black Theatre Series, Talvin Wilks looks at the history of black theatre telling its own story.

What We Mean When We Say We Do Dramaturgy

As new play dramaturgs, we spin webs of meaning out of the air. Take a look at some of these essential dramaturgy HowlRound articles.

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I, Dramaturg
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I, Dramaturg

26 May 2011

David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, responds to P. Carl's article about finding one's creative voice in theater with charting how he, Dower, became the "creative" person he is, and how that lead him to dramatugy. 

Portrait of P. Carl.
Was I Born This Way?
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Was I Born This Way?

22 May 2011

P. Carl, the Co- Artisic Director of ArtsEmerson, narrates his evoultion of finding his place in the creatative field of theater, and the way the nature and expression of creativity in theatre is tied into the nature and nutrue philosphical arguement. 

New Play Wizard Richard Washer on First Draft and the D.C. Theater Scene
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New Play Wizard Richard Washer on First Draft and the D.C. Theater Scene

6 November 2014

Richard Washer is a Washington fixture, having worked in the Washington, D.C. area for more than thirty years as a playwright, director, dramaturg, and educator. He is humble, unassuming, and quietly essential to many in the DC area who are developing new plays.

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Fast Food Dramaturgy
Essay

Fast Food Dramaturgy

12 August 2013

Amanda Boyle disects fast food dramaturgy: a brand that caters to productions' quick and easy needs.

The Dramaturgy of Gender
Essay

The Dramaturgy of Gender

How Audience Expectations Shape Storytelling

12 December 2015

Hailey Bachrach explores the subtle bias of audiences and directors toward female characters by surveying audiences following a performance with male and female actors trading roles.

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Breaking Down the Walls
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Breaking Down the Walls

29 February 2012

Amrita Ramanan describes her literary office of the future—a place with no walls, no seperations, and no more viewing dramaturgy as an isolated practice.

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