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Welcome to HowlRound

Your hub for global theatre conversations

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.

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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National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival 2024

ConFest 2024 will focus on celebrating new works by Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Pacific Islander, and local Asian American theatre practitioners. We want to invite you to come celebrate with us, to come together as a community, and to witness and learn from the work grown on the islands.

What's New

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Redefining Success with Carla Stillwell
Podcast

Redefining Success with Carla Stillwell

23 May 2024

In this episode, Carla Stillwell and Yura Sapi challenge the "starving artist" trope, offering tips to overcome scarcity mindsets in theatre. Carla, founder of the Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art, shares personal experiences advocating for breaking traditional theatre boundaries and fostering holistic, inclusive environments emphasizing the importance of community and collaboration, and highlighting storytelling's power, especially for people of color.

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Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick
Essay

Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick

21 May 2024

In Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick, a new adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well, issues of consent in both the bedroom and the theatre classroom are explored in the modern context of college. Erin Murray explains how the show creates a theatrically slippery and inquisitive space which prompts audience members to examine their own role in a society that fosters rape culture. 

A theatre marquis reading The World is Temporarily Closed.
Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre
Essay

Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre

20 May 2024

Barbara Fuchs shares findings from “For a Resilient US Theater, Post-Pandemic,” a Pandemic Preparedness Performing Arts research project which looked at how the nonprofit theatre sector responded to the COVID pandemic. The report asked what worked, where, and why, in order to recommend new measures to pave long-term stability in theatre. 

Upcoming Livestreams

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No Summary: Freedom Theatre of Jenin
Video

No Summary: Freedom Theatre of Jenin

The second episode of the 2024 virtual artist conversation series

Friday 31 May 2024

Golden Thread's No Summary 2024 virtual artist conversation series will embark on a tour of four Palestinian cities to offer audiences in the Bay Area and beyond a taste of the Palestinian theatre scene today. This episode features Freedom Theatre of Jenin.

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Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts
Video

Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts

A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel One

Tuesday 4 June 2024
New York

A.R.T./New York convenes their 2024 Spring Summit, UNCHARTED: Leading Beyond The Path to encourage solution-sharing and strengthen relationships across New York’s nonprofit theatre community, as we build our shared, prosperous and sustainable future. This multi-day event will be an opportunity for collective learning, relationship building, solution sharing, and, perhaps most importantly, joyful social events!

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The Advocators: Forging Paths to Better Pay! A Panel Discussion
Video

The Advocators: Forging Paths to Better Pay! A Panel Discussion

A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel Two

Wednesday 5 June 2024
New York

A.R.T./New York convenes their 2024 Spring Summit, UNCHARTED: Leading Beyond The Path to encourage solution-sharing and strengthen relationships across New York’s nonprofit theatre community, as we build our shared, prosperous and sustainable future. This multi-day event will be an opportunity for collective learning, relationship building, solution sharing, and, perhaps most importantly, joyful social events!

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