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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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Livestreams Happening Today

event poster for Four Plays by Dorota Masłowska.
Celebrating the Latest Segal Center Publication as Part of the Rehearsal for Truth Festival 2023

Dorota Masłowska is a Polish writer, playwright, and journalist and the recipient of the prestigious Polityka Prize for her debut novel Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną (Snow White and Russian Red, Grove Atlantic), published when she was just nineteen years old. The book garnered massive critical acclaim in Poland. Since then, she has written several novels and plays and has become a celebrated literary figure in Poland.

Event streams later today at listed time.
event poster for The Defiance of Dandelions Pre-show Talk.
Featuring Playwright, Philana Imade Omorotionmwan, and an Invited Member from the Community

A pre-show discussion featuring playwright Philana Omorotionmwan and an invited member from the community cover important themes that are present during The Defiance of Dandelions.

Event streams later today at listed time.

What's New

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We’re Hiring a Content Editor!
Essay

We’re Hiring a Content Editor!

1 June 2023

We are seeking a part-time, remote content editor to work with HowlRound contributors and staff.

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Opening the National Theatre’s Doors to Devised Work
Podcast

Opening the National Theatre’s Doors to Devised Work

31 May 2023

Stewart Pringle, senior dramaturg at the National Theatre, sheds light on the theatre’s Generate program. Jeffrey Mosser and Stewart discuss the problem with the term “literary department,” when to take a risk, and why it’s important that the big fish in the big pond makes the investment in smaller-scale ensemble-based companies.

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How Training and Education Can Create a Greener Performing Arts Sector
Essay

How Training and Education Can Create a Greener Performing Arts Sector

30 May 2023

Iphigenia Taxopoulou discusses the need for increased environmental literacy in the performing arts sector and describes many forward-thinking initiatives that train students and professionals alike for ecological transition.

Upcoming Livestreams

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Andy Field’s Encounterism
Video

Andy Field’s Encounterism

Andy Field, Deborah Pearson, and Ira Brand Talk about Forest Fringe—an Independent, Not-for-Profit Space in the Edinburgh Festival

Monday 5 June 2023
New York City

For over ten years, Forest Fringe has built a community of artists and playwrights. Each year they return to Edinburgh they experiment with different ways of doing things and new contexts to accommodate even the most unusual experiences. Meanwhile they’ve also started exploring beyond the festival, creating new projects across the UK and internationally, including a festival in an old cinema in the center of Bangkok, a series of performances on night buses across London, and a traveling library of audio experiences.

event poster for the conversation Muslims in the Margins.
Muslims in the Margins
Video

Muslims in the Margins

A Joyful Panel on Underrepresented Perspectives

Monday 5 June 2023
United States

“There are three billion Muslims out there with inherently unique stories and you keep telling the same one. What does that mean?” “It means people want to keep hearing it.” Lines from Rehana Lew Mirza’s play Hatefuck ring truer than ever in a time where Muslim representation is growing yet still predictably homogenous.

Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work event poster.
Suzan-Lori Parks’ Watch Me Work
Video

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Watch Me Work

A Playwriting Masterclass

Monday 5 June 2023
New York City

Watch Me Work is a performance piece, a meditation on the artistic process, and an actual work session featuring Suzan-Lori Parks working on her newest writing project. Traditionally hosted on the mezzanine of the Public Theater Lobby, this version will bring the program to your home via Zoom sessions and HowlRound livestreams.

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