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Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening. Boston, MA. 8-10 June 2018.

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La Complejidad De Mi Ciudad
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La Complejidad De Mi Ciudad

A Report on the LTC Miami in Motion Convening

19 September 2019

Carl(os) Roa reflects on the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening, which took place between 12 and 14 July.

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"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"
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"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"

Celebrating the Language and Experience of Community

18 September 2019

Luis Alfaro and Herbert Sigüenza talk about their experience in the National Playwright Residency Program, learning about the inner workings of theatre companies, portraying Latinx people in a positive light, the importance of comedy, and more.

Three young actors in school uniforms onstage in front of a graffiti wall.
Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other
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Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part II

16 September 2019

Part II of the conversation between Michael J. Bobbitt, the recently appointed artistic director of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, and Raymond Caldwell, the new leader of Washington’s Theater Alliance, who talk about post-show conversations and self-care.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming Performance of Etiquette, or the Perfect Human by Stereo Akt (Hungary)
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Livestreaming Performance of Etiquette, or the Perfect Human by Stereo Akt (Hungary)

Presented by Zug in Cluj, Romania. 

Monday 23 September 2019
Cluj, Romania

Zug in Cluj, Romania presents a performance of Etiquette, or the Perfect Human by Stereo Akt (Hungary) as a part of the Guest Performance Series in the Zug livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 23 September 2019 at 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 UTC +0 / 6 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 19:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 20:00 EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3). 

white background with blue text Analogio: in memory we trust
Livestreaming the Analogio Theater Festival 2019
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Livestreaming the Analogio Theater Festival 2019

in Athens, Greece

Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 September 2019
Athens, Greece

Livestreaming events from the International Meeting on Ancient Greek Drama at the Analogio Theater Festival in Athens, Greece on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September 2019.

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Livestreaming a performance of :HUMPTY
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Livestreaming a performance of :HUMPTY

at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 27 September 2019
Austin, Texas

Ethos and The VORTEX present a performance of :HUMPTY livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 27 September 2019 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

Current Discussions on Race and Gender

This is HowlRound content that I either teach in class or read to prepare for the Race and Gender in Performance class at SUNY New Paltz.

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
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Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

Is Your Theatre Only “Diverse and Inclusive” Twice a Year?
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Is Your Theatre Only “Diverse and Inclusive” Twice a Year?

20 February 2016

Malesha Taylor shares her experience working in audience development and emphasizes the need for regional theatres to continue building relationships with diverse audiences. 

Theatre and Resistance
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Theatre and Resistance

Ten Things You Can Do

25 January 2018

Jonathan Mandell reports on the Martin Segal Theatre Center's 2018 Theatre and Resistance Symposium, and lists ten things theatre community can do right now to make a change.

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

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.

On the Physical Embodiment of Trans Women Onstage and the Follies of Symbolic Representation
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On the Physical Embodiment of Trans Women Onstage and the Follies of Symbolic Representation

1 October 2017

Massimo Monfiletto questions the representation of trans women in a commercial theatrical setting.

Devising!

Recommended reading/watching/listening for DRA1012 Research & Performance students

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Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 1
Podcast

Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 1

Theatre History Podcast #71

6 December 2018

The Theatre History Podcast is proud to partner with Stories from the Eastern West to present the first of a two-part episode on the life and work of revolutionary theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.

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Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 2
Podcast

Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 2

Theatre History Podcast #72

20 December 2018

We welcome back Stories from the Eastern West for Part 2 of their exploration of the life and work of Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.

Avant-garde theatre.
Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 1
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Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 1

The Old Coup and the New Now

28 August 2014

Whereas the old avant-garde was oriented toward an imagined future and engaged in a revolutionary project of overthrowing stale regimes and remaking art—and society—according to visionary principles, the new avant-garde is focused on the current moment.

Set for a play by Megan and Murray McMillan.
Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 2
Essay

Devising the New Avant-garde—Part 2

The Renaissance Kid and the Open Play

18 October 2014

The rise of artistic multi-functionalism, and the open, assimilative, and collaborative values it implies, has coincided with the emergence of devising as a major theatrical discipline. Although devising is hardly new the process of developing work through collaboration among a group of artists has gained traction in recent years. It makes sense: both multi-functionalism and devising are solutions to an economic downturn, ways to continue creating complex and multivalent art in a scale-back climate.

Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)
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Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Wednesday 12 December 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presents Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 2:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 4:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. EST (New York).

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
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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
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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.

Climate Change Series Highlights

I've been curating the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change series for four years. Here are some of the pieces that have really stuck with me.

Looking for the Ending (Or is it the Beginning?)
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Looking for the Ending (Or is it the Beginning?)

20 April 2015

Alanna Mitchell talks about transforming her book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis into a one-woman show, and the conversation she found in theatre.

The Nature of Positive
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The Nature of Positive

22 April 2015

Australian scenic designer Tanja Beer explores designing with the intentions of enriching audiences as well as our environment and communities.

A Courtship with Impermanence
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A Courtship with Impermanence

21 September 2015

New Orleans-based artist Nick Slie writes about creating Cry You One, an interdisciplinary, site-responsive project addressing the ongoing effects of climate change on the Gulf Coast.

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
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I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

26 September 2015

Kendra Fanconi addresses climate change in her work not as an abstract concept, but as a real and immediate concern that is deeply rooted in a sense of place: the forests of British Columbia.

Dweepa (The Island)
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Dweepa (The Island)

A play with beginnings in the questions of Climate Change

19 April 2016

Playwright Abhishek Majumdar describes the creation of his play Dweepa, inspired by eco-philosophy.

Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage
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Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage

19 September 2016

Playwright Jaisey Bates urges us to include Native communities and artists in the work to combat climate change and in the work we put on stage.

How Theatre Renewed My Perspective on Climate Change
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How Theatre Renewed My Perspective on Climate Change

21 September 2016

Undergraduate actor Sterling Oliver writes about how performing Forward led him to rediscover a passion for working to prevent climate change.

We Are the Climate
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We Are the Climate

16 April 2017

In this first installment, Playwright Katie Pearl explores the implications of climate change, storytelling, and intersectionality in the theatre community in relation to Donald Trump’s administration.

Kill Climate Deniers
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Kill Climate Deniers

What Happens When You Threaten Murder in the Title of Your Play?

20 September 2017

In the third installment of this series, Australian playwright David Finnigan discusses how he navigated the attacks of climate deniers on his provocatively titled play. 

Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places
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Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places

20 March 2018

Peterson Toscano describes his solo show Everything is Connected, which tackles religion, LGBTQ issues, privilege, and climate change.

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