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A graphic read Essays and Conversations from the First Ten Years. Essays curated and published by HowlRound Theatre Commons.

Learn more about our anthology and the free lesson plans that go along with it!

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.

All of the content (essays, videos, podcasts) on HowlRound comes from the theatre community who chooses to participate—that means you! Generosity from our community allows us to keep all our programs 100% free and open, and enables us to compensate our contributors—send us a donation to help support our continued work.

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Livestreams Happening Today

Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work event poster.
A Playwriting Masterclass

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.

Event streams later today at listed time.

What's New

Critical Stages in Malawian Contemporary Theatre teaser image with the title at the top and a picture of the guest in the middle.
Theatre as a Tool for Menstrual Hygiene Education
Podcast

Theatre as a Tool for Menstrual Hygiene Education

30 November 2022

Lydia Deborah Banda infuses theatre into community initiatives that work toward gender equality, educate girls about menstruation, and provide leadership and support opportunities in schools and prisons. In this interview, she shares her experiences conducting these initiatives in Malawi and touring internationally to Germany.

Five people pretending to run in the same direction in a classroom.
Dealing with the Feels: Demystifying Emotions in Acting Classes with Emotional Intelligence
Essay

Dealing with the Feels: Demystifying Emotions in Acting Classes with Emotional Intelligence

28 November 2022

Theatre artist and educator Janet Neely advocates for incorporating emotional intelligence instruction into acting training and offers insights on, and resources for, teaching emotional intelligence to students.

Teaser image for Season 1, Episode 5 of Critical Stages In Malawian Contemporary Theatre featuring the headshot of Bright Phumayo Chayachaya.
Building an Audience for Malawian Political Theatre
Podcast

Building an Audience for Malawian Political Theatre

22 November 2022

Bright Phumayo Chayachaya’s Umunthu Theatre pulls together political theatre, poor theatre, theatre for development, and educational theatre to create productions that centralize Malawian narratives. In this interview, he discusses the company’s genesis and the need to bring audiences back to theatre.

Upcoming Livestreams

Event poster for the International Presenting Commons.
International Presenting Now: Collaborative Models, Practices, and Paths Toward A Sustainable Future
Video

International Presenting Now: Collaborative Models, Practices, and Paths Toward A Sustainable Future

Monday 9 January 2023
New York City, New York

This roundtable conversation will explore pathways for sustaining and furthering global exchange and international touring in the United States. Livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 9 January 2023 at 11:30 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 1:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 2:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 19:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 20:30 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

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