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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 more than a decade. We function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values.

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Finding Open Channels’ Place in the Caribbean Cultural Landscape
Essay

Finding Open Channels’ Place in the Caribbean Cultural Landscape

20 June 2024

J Emilio Bencosme-Zayas shares the experience of participating in the Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba as part of Open Channels/Canales Abiertos. In reflecting on the festival, he discusses what Open Channels has achieved so far, and imagines what else could happen in the future.

A group of protesters carrying a sign in support of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.
Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part Two
Essay

Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part Two

18 June 2024

In the final installment of this two-part conversation, artists from the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and Al Límite Collective in New York City come together to discuss the performance of Youth Against Invasion in the Cultural Resistance March, the Freedom Theatre’s global impact, and hopes for the future of the Freedom Theatre.

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People of the Cave
Podcast

People of the Cave

18 June 2024

Hosts Marina Johnson and Nabra Nelson talk about Egyptian playwright Tawfiq al-Hakim and his “unstageable” classic play People of the Cave. They provide historical context of the play, al-Hakim’s career, and the Christian and Islamic stories that served as al-Hakim’s inspiration.

Upcoming Livestreams

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On the RISE: How Maestra Music is Changing the Theatre Industry
Video

On the RISE: How Maestra Music is Changing the Theatre Industry

A Panel Discussion and Industry Reception

Monday 24 June 2024
New York City

In the past year, Maestra’s reach has continued to grow through a partnership Directory with MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equity) and with the launch of the RISE Theatre Directory, built in partnership with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda Family Fund and created for backstage, administrative, and creative professionals in the performing arts. Join us at this panel discussing the importance of visibility with the creation of these Directories and learn how community is cultivated and supported through the programming offered by Maestra Music.  

Still of curtain call for the live performance of SAY GAY PLAYS.
SAY GAY PLAYS: A Call for Theater Activism for LGBTQ+ Rights
Video

SAY GAY PLAYS: A Call for Theater Activism for LGBTQ+ Rights

How Theatremakers and Educators Can Engage Local Communities Through Storytelling

Wednesday 26 June 2024

This Pride Month, join SAY GAY PLAYS collaborators as they discuss how you can use these LGBTQ+ stories of courage, triumph, and pride as a tool for change in your community — and how the project’s collective impact can help change hearts, minds, and legislation.

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The Indigenous Theatre Symposium
Video

The Indigenous Theatre Symposium

Panels and Keynotes from Idigenous Directors and Playwrights

Friday 28 June 2024
Rochester, NY

The Indigenous Theatre Symposium will feature keynote remarks from Santee Smith (Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan), artistic director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; an Indigenous Playwrights Panel Conversation with creatives such as DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) who Geva audiences got to know through her play And So We Walked last season and who will be Geva Theatre’s 2024/26 artist in residence; a film screening of Unseen Tears; as well as a special panel composed of young Native playwrights presented in collaboration with Native Voices. 

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