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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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Nothing About Us Without Us
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Nothing About Us Without Us

Innovation, Creativity, and Inclusion in Professional Theatre

26 May 2019

Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe, co-founders of the National Disability Theatre, introduce their series “The Future of Theatre is Accessible,” talk about some key takeaways from the upcoming articles, and discuss how language is a barrier to inclusion.

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New to New Orleans / Venant d’arriver à la Nouvelle Orléans
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New to New Orleans / Venant d’arriver à la Nouvelle Orléans

Three Theatremakers’ Impressions on Parades versus Protests /  Les impressions de trois femmes de théâtre des parades et des manifestations

23 May 2019

Amelia Parenteau, along with theatremakers Eva Doumbia and Marie Houdin, explores the similarities and differences of parades and protests.

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Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre
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Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre

22 May 2019

D.R. Baker examines some of the realities of artists working in the American theatre and explores how empathy can be harnessed to make the industry a more positive place to work.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming Culture After #MeToo 
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Livestreaming Culture After #MeToo 

A panel hosted by Játéktér Theatre Journal — Cluj, Romania

Wednesday 29 May 2019
Cluj, Romania

Játéktér theatre journal presents the panel Culture after #MeToo livestreaming from Planetarium Cafe in Cluj, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 16:00 UTC+0 / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2) / 19:00 EEST (Cluj, UTC +3).

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Livestreaming a performance of Unpredicted
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Livestreaming a performance of Unpredicted

by Váróterem Projekt (Waiting Room Project) in Cluj, Romania

Thursday 30 May 2019
Cluj, Romania

Váróterem Projekt presents a performance of Unpredicted livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Cluj, Romania on Thursday 30 May at 1 p.m. EDT (New York UTC-4) / 17:00 UTC+0 / 6 p.m. BST (London UTC+1) /  19:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC+2) /  20:00 (Cluj, UTC+3).

Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse
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Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 1 June 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX proudly presents Chickens in the Yard, a new play by Paul Kruse, livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 1 June 2019 at 6:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

Alternative ways of living and community-building

These are essential HowlRound posts about the intersection of theatremaking and alternative ways of living and community-building.

Subpoetics International
Essay

Subpoetics International

A Boat Constructed While on Water

22 February 2017

Seth Baumrin, artistic director of Subpoetics International, discusses the history, process, and journey of a company working with the stories of refugees and displaced peoples to find their way.

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

Towards a Participatory Public
Essay

Towards a Participatory Public

The Meeting of Theater and Community

23 October 2013
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Abundance and Transformation
Essay

Abundance and Transformation

2 October 2012

Donna Neuwirth describes the integration of culture and agriculture at the Wormfarm Institute in Wisconsin. 

Growing a Living Culture
Essay

Growing a Living Culture

17 October 2012
Your Guide to Theatre Education
Essay

Your Guide to Theatre Education

Double Edge Theatre Company

10 August 2015

In this installment, David Dudley interviews four members of Double Edge Theatre Company about the company’s unique approach to training and living.

Civic Practice, Theatre, and Arts-Based, Community Led Transformation

A batch of articles that investigate, in their own ways, questions such as: what we mean by engagement; who is changing what for whom when we talk about ‘change’ work; and how theatre, democracy and aesthetics can intersect within a framework of justice-aimed values and intentions.

Scrabble letter arranged to spell the word engage.
Translations
Essay

Translations

Engaging Engagement

7 April 2012

This column, published every 4-6 weeks, examines issues of translation as they relate to the field of theatre and its intersections with other public and civic sectors. This edition: audience engagement.

Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions
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Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions

19 November 2015

Jeff Chang on Detroit-based Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions, a narrative, concert, visual installation, architectural piece, and convening space to distribute revolutionary ideas and activate creative ecosystems and economies of change. 

The New Work of Building Civic Practice
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The New Work of Building Civic Practice

9 July 2012

The needs of non-arts organizations, and theatre artists' assets can intersect through Civic Practice. This guide from Michael Rohd offers examples of application and what this work can accomplish.

Translations
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Translations

The Distinction between Social & Civic Practice and Why I Find It Useful

1 September 2012

Michael Rohd responds to Andy Horowitz's essay with how he delineates social and civil practice

Dance and Social Justice
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Dance and Social Justice

22 November 2013

Many of us can attribute our path to the theater to a dynamic teacher in school: the teacher that inspired us or showed us a new side of ourselves. This series is a snapshot of today's high school theater educators across the country sharing about what they do and how and why they do this work.

The Ideology of Dialogue
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The Ideology of Dialogue

2 September 2013

Michael Rohd continues the series on the intersection of political ideology and art in their work. We know that content is political... but how can form dictate a play's mission as well?

Uniting Civic Technology with Arts as Civic Practice
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Uniting Civic Technology with Arts as Civic Practice

10 March 2014

Paul M. Davis illuminates the importance of artists and technologists collaborating in the civic sphere.

The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice
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The Possibility of Generative Futures Through Embodied Practice

20 September 2018

Annalisa Dias discusses her work with the newly formed Groundwater Arts Collective, and suggests ways that other theatremakers committed to climate justice can adopt the framework of a Just Transition.

Democratizing the Arts, Aesthetic Practice, and the Relationship to Community Change
Essay

Democratizing the Arts, Aesthetic Practice, and the Relationship to Community Change

A Conversation with Roberta Uno

14 April 2016

An interview with Roberta Uno, director of Arts in a Changing America, by P. Carl.

This is America

A collection of works that help to explore the beauty, dysfunction and opportunity housed in this creative form called Theatre. America has an opportunity to be, support, and change into this.

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

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color
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The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color

9 May 2018

Founder and executive artistic director of Dallas’s Bishop Arts Theatre Center Teresa Coleman Wash looks at the realities of running a theatre company as a woman of color.

Welcome to the Jubilee
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Welcome to the Jubilee

17 October 2015

The Committee of  the Jubilee makes a call to action to support a vision of every theatre in the United States of America producing work by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive abilities, and/or LGBTQIA artists in the 2020–2021 season.

Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age
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Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age

19 August 2018

Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) introduces the series on Alaskan theatre through the lens of Alaska Native performance and storytelling.

Native Voices On the American Stage
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Native Voices On the American Stage

A Constitutional Crisis

22 February 2015

Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle kicks off Native Voices Week, “Instead of Redface,” with a personal story about how she came to playwriting from law school and the imperative to tell Native stories.

Deaf Playwriting
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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.

The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics
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The Composition of Latinx Aesthetics

23 August 2017

Georgina Escobar reflects on the past four years of Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) convenings, and developing an understanding of “Latinx aesthetics.”

Thriving as a Recent Graduate

I worry that I'll lose the thrill and merriment I felt while pursuing a degree, so I ground myself in these articles. Definitely read and participate in the comments.

Portrait of P. Carl.
A Creative Room of One's Own
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A Creative Room of One's Own

5 December 2011

P. Carl ruminates on the comparison between an ER and a rehearsal room, and the lessons we can lean as theater makers from both.

 

What I Mean When I Talk About Collaboration
Essay

What I Mean When I Talk About Collaboration

14 August 2011

Deborah Stein breaks down her experience in collaborative theatre settings to its specific characteristics, revealing the agony and ecstasy of creating in an ensemble.

The Theatre of the Future
Essay

The Theatre of the Future

9 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, Meiyin Wang hypothesizes on the future of theatre and the impact it can have on the world.

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A Culture of Trust
Essay

A Culture of Trust

22 September 2011

Taylor Mac discusses actor professionalism, and trusting rather than auditioning them. 

Photo from Blindfolded in the Bathroom with a Blood Orange.
Pop Theatre
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Pop Theatre

Revitalizing and Reimagining a Dying Artform

12 February 2018

Zach Donovan addresses the shortcomings of nonprofit theatre, the glut of self production, and considers Pop Theatre as an alternative theatrical vehicle.

A poster that reads Your Comfort is My Silence.
How Can You Eat When Everyone Is Starving?
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How Can You Eat When Everyone Is Starving?

29 March 2017

In this political moment, Genée Coreno considers the need for industry reform in the theatre.

Against Entrepreneurship
Essay

Against Entrepreneurship

9 December 2016

Matthew Sekellick argues that identifying as entrepreneurs is not merely a survival strategy, but a false consciousness that alienates us further from our fellow artists and artisans. As theater artists, what we have to do is … imagine a world outside the confines of the present: a world beyond the horizon of entrepreneurship.

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