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Welcome to HowlRound

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National Playwright Residency Program Convening in Boston, Massachusetts on 27—28 March 2018

We’re a free and open platform

for theatremakers worldwide.

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. 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—donate to help support HowlRound and the artists who are impacted, however big or small, by the unfolding uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Erasing the Middle East
Essay

Erasing the Middle East

White Gatekeeping and the Painful Path of Progress

17 September 2020

Ali-Reza Mirsajadi talks about struggles for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) artists in the American theatre community and details some of the changes that are happening for inclusivity and equity.

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Making Theatre, or Something Else Entirely, in a Pandemic
Essay

Making Theatre, or Something Else Entirely, in a Pandemic

On Protests and Virtual Performance

16 September 2020

Soyica Colbert sits down with playwright Natsu Onoda Power to talk about protesting against the United States military presence in Okinawa, Japan; in-person audiences versus virtual ones, Natsu’s new piece Okiniawa Demo Reel, and more.

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Staging Bilingual Classical Theatre
Essay

Staging Bilingual Classical Theatre

15 September 2020

Carla Della Gatta offers strategies and considerations for theatremakers who are looking to create bilingual or semi-bilingual renditions of the canonized classics.

Upcoming Livestreams

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Livestreaming: Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined
Video

Livestreaming: Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined

A Performative Lecture, Q&A & Workshop by Kai Syng Tan

Saturday 19 September 2020
United Kingdom

performingbordersLIVE20 and Contact present Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September 2020 at 6:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 9:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 2:30 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Livestreaming a Performance: Re-Re-Generation
Video

Livestreaming a Performance: Re-Re-Generation

Re-imagining performances originally created for Re-Fest 2020, CultureHub’s annual festival that brings together artists, technologists, and activists

Saturday 19 September 2020
Los Angeles, California

CultureHub LA presents a performance Re-Re-Generation livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September 2020 at 7 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 9 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 10 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: Shoddies (Hungary)
Video

Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: Shoddies (Hungary)

As part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020

Monday 21 September 2020
Hungary

Independent Theater Hungary presents a performance and conversation around Shoddies with the Roma Theatre Retrospective livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 21 September 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (UTC -4) / 18:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2).

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