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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

Celebrating Four Years of Contemporary, International Romani Theatre

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons present the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which includes forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest. Livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network Tuesday 19 October to Friday 10 December 2021. Sign up to be notified of upcoming livestreams in the Retrospective.

An array of short performances, readings, and screenings, plus conversations with artists across the United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY presents its 2021 PRELUDE festival, "Prelude 2021: Start Making Sense!," livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network from Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 2021.

What's New

Three people rehearsing in a theatre.
Cascade of Change: Transitioning in Crisis
Essay

Cascade of Change: Transitioning in Crisis

26 October 2021

Regina Victor, artistic director of Slideshow Theatre Company, and Kaiser Ahmed, artistic director of Jackalope Theatre Company, discuss the joys and challenges of stepping into their Chicago-based positions as theatres across the United States recalibrate their programming.

Three Actors are reflecting a Demonstrations, shouting toward an actor opposite of them in red.
Resurfacing Political Theatre: Sometimes in July
Essay

Resurfacing Political Theatre: Sometimes in July

A Discussion with Bright Phumayo Chayachaya

25 October 2021

Fumbani Innot Phiri Jr. speaks with Bright Chayachaya, the founder and director of Umunthu Theatre, about their production of Sometimes in July, a play based on the real-life demonstrations that occurred on July 20, 2011 in Malawi.

Seven people at a bar table.
Reimagining a Segregated World: Roma Heroes, European Dramas
Essay

Reimagining a Segregated World: Roma Heroes, European Dramas

21 October 2021

Noémi Herczog discusses the need for greater Roma visibility on stage and introduces Roma Heroes: Five European Dramas, a new collection that anthologizes plays from the Independent Theater Hungary’s Roma Heroes International Theater Festival.

Upcoming Livestreams

event poster with speaker headshots for Dramaturgy and dramaturgical processes from Egypt, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
Livestreaming a Conversation: Dramaturgy and Dramaturgical Processes from Egypt, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe
Video

Livestreaming a Conversation: Dramaturgy and Dramaturgical Processes from Egypt, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe

Episode Two of Decolonizing Dramaturgy: Theatremakers from Africa in Conversation

Wednesday 27 October 2021
Africa

Taiwo Afolabi presents Decolonizing Dramaturgy: Dramaturgy and dramaturgical processes from Egypt, Nigeria and Zimbabwe livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 5 p.m. WAT (Lagos, UTC +1) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 SAST (Johannesburg, UTC +2) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 19:00 EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

event poster for crisis and transformation.
Livestreaming Advocacy and Financial Resilience: A Theatre Communications Group Virtual Summit
Video

Livestreaming Advocacy and Financial Resilience: A Theatre Communications Group Virtual Summit

A fieldwide conversation to build on the momentum of US federal relief funding, and discuss financial modeling for unprecedented times.

Thursday 28 October 2021
United States

Theatre leaders and policy experts come together to discuss what we’ve learned in the last year about the significance of US federal advocacy and relief, and how to build on that momentum toward continued collective action. Livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network Thursday 28 October 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

event poster for academia through a black woman's lens.
Livestreaming a Conversation: Academia Through a Black Woman's Lens
Video

Livestreaming a Conversation: Academia Through a Black Woman's Lens

How can we help ensure the safety of Black women in Academia?

Thursday 28 October 2021
United States

Tonya Pinkins presents Through A Black Woman’s Lens—Academia livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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