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David Dower, Melinda Lopez, Will Power, and Alexis Frasz at a National Playwright Residency Program convening in 2018.

Welcome to HowlRound

We're a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide, and we've been amplifying progressive and disruptive ideas about theatre and facilitating connections between diverse practitioners for the past decade. We function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. We believe Black Lives Matter.

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Designing Collaboration: In Search of a Taxonomy of Collaborative Methods
Essay

Designing Collaboration: In Search of a Taxonomy of Collaborative Methods

17 May 2022

Emily McConnell calls for a common language to categorize designers’ collaborative relationships with directors. To find that common ground, theatremakers will have to reject the notion that each production requires a unique approach to collaboration.

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Exposing the Ills of Forced Marriage of Women and Young Girls in Nigeria Through the Theatre
Essay

Exposing the Ills of Forced Marriage of Women and Young Girls in Nigeria Through the Theatre

16 May 2022

In 2021, Nigerian director Josephine Awele Odunze directed a powerful production of Wedlock of the Gods by Zulu Sofola. Odunze sits down with Eseovwe Emakunu to discuss the play’s connections to issues Nigerian women face today, as well as her hopes that theatre can contribute to attaining true gender parity in Nigeria.

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Iranian Theatre Companies
Podcast

Iranian Theatre Companies

With Parmida Ziaei (Seda, Seattle) & Shadi Ghaheri (Peydah, NYC)

11 May 2022

In the greater conversation about MENA or SWANA identity, many national and ethnic groups do not neatly fit into that category or are in between geographic areas. One of the largest groups that are both within and without what is considered the “Middle East” is Iran. So many Iranian leaders are making intentional space for the diversity and specificity of their culture by creating companies for Iranian artists. In this episode, we highlight two Iranian theatre companies: Seda Iranian Theatre Ensemble in Seattle, WA, and Peydah Theatre Company in NYC.

Upcoming Livestreams

Livestreaming a Conversation: #DeafWoke with John Autry II
Video

Livestreaming a Conversation: #DeafWoke with John Autry II

#DeafWoke is a Virtual Consciousness-raising, Engaging Online Talk Show, Led by Black and Native American Deaf Host Mr. Antoine Hunter Purple Fire Crow

Friday 20 May 2022
United States

Antoine Hunter presents #DeafWoke with John Autry II livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 20 May 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Livestreaming: International Exchange in a World Turned Upside Down
Video

Livestreaming: International Exchange in a World Turned Upside Down

International Panelists Discuss the Coming Decade of International Cultural Exchange

Sunday 22 May 2022
United States

Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) and Trust for Mutual Understanding present the conversation International Exchange in a World Turned Upside Down, livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 22 May 2022 at 1 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:00 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 22:00 CEST (UTC +2).

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Livestreaming a Conversation: Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work
Video

Livestreaming a Conversation: Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work

A Playwriting Masterclass

Monday 23 May 2022
United States

The Public Theater in New York City presents Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work—a playwriting masterclass—livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 23 May 2022 at 12 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 1 p.m. AKST (Juneau, UTC -9) / 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 22:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 23:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

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