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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous
Essay

Meanwhile: Becoming Porous

Mientras Tanto: Hacia La Porosidad

21 November 2019

Robert Duffley, Una Chaudhuri, Georgina Escobar, Eli Nixon, Adilson Siqueira, and Brontë Velez reflect on the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics convening that took place in Mexico City in June 2019.

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“Involuntary”
Essay

“Involuntary”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in the Age of Neurodivergence

20 November 2019

Leon J. Hilton explores the recent production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest created by Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, a company dedicated to making theatre with and for neurodiverse artists and communities.

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Theatremaking During Political Crisis
Essay

Theatremaking During Political Crisis

A Conversation with Chilean Playwright Guillermo Calderón

19 November 2019

ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower speaks with Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón about the ongoing protests in Chile.

Upcoming Events

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Livestreaming Techno Trance Body Beats
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Livestreaming Techno Trance Body Beats

Choreographic research and exploration of the dance culture of clubbing and electronic music festival scenes

Saturday 23 November 2019
Bucharest, Romania

National Dance Centre in Bucharest, Romania presents Techno Trance Body Beats livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 23 November 2019 at 19:30 EET (Bucharest, UTC +2) / 18:30 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 17:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 12:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 11:30 a.m. CST (Detroit, UTC -6) / 9:30 a.m. PST (Vancouver, UTC -8).

HowlRound Twitter Chat
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HowlRound Twitter Chat

Theatre's Response to Global Colonization and Occupation 

26 November 2019
Twitter

Theatremakers, companies, institutions, and communities: How are you responding to the history and present reality of colonization and occupation around the world?

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Livestreaming The (self-)representation of Romas on stage - trends and challenges in today’s Hungary
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Livestreaming The (self-)representation of Romas on stage - trends and challenges in today’s Hungary

A conversation during the dunaPart 5 platform

Saturday 30 November 2019
Budapest, Hungary

dunaPart—an initiative of Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest—presents the conversation The (self-)representation of Romas on stage - trends and challenges in today’s Hungary livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 30 November 2019 at 8 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 11 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 16:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 17:00 CET (Budapest, UTC +1) / 18:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC +2). 

Community Picks

Lists of specially curated content by members of our community.

2018 Trans Week of Awareness/Trans Day of Resistance

In honor of 2018 Trans Awareness week (12-19 November), Trans Day of Remembrance (20 November), and Trans Day of Resistance (21 November), here's a list of some of my favorite HowlRound content for and by trans and non-binary theatremakers. We are here, we have always been here, and #WeWillNotBeErased.

Gender Futures
Essay

Gender Futures

A Talk with Christian Appel and Renée Imperato of the TransGenerational Theatre Project

24 August 2017

Patrick Gaughan interviews Christian Appel and Renée Imperato about how they used applied theatre, writing, and utopian world-envisioning to create the all-trans, ensemble- based TransGenerational Theatre Project in NYC. 

How We Grow
Essay

How We Grow

An Interview with Azure D. Osborne-Lee

15 August 2015

MJ Kaufman interviews playwright, director, and performer Azure D. Osborne-Lee about his plays and what he sees in the field as a trans artist.

#BreakingtheBinary
Essay

#BreakingtheBinary

an interview with SK Kerastas and Lisa Evans

26 January 2017

Regina Victor interviews SK Kerastas and Lisa Evans about their work to make theatre institutions more accessible for trans* people, on and off stage.

The Trans Artistic Body
Essay

The Trans Artistic Body

23 October 2014

I’m at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the women’s restroom washing my hands. A woman walks in, “I must be in the wrong place,” she says and walks out. Then she walks back in, “No, you’re in the wrong place,” she says, seething with confidence. I walk out, not sure of my place.

My Gender is Hot Fire
Essay

My Gender is Hot Fire

The Birth of the Non-Binary Monologues Project

30 October 2017

K. Woodzick talks about creating The Non-Binary Monologues Project, and the need for more resources for non-binary theatremakers.

Oh Gender, Up Yours!
Essay

Oh Gender, Up Yours!

18 November 2015

Three transmasculine playwrights discuss working in the theatre.

A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia
Essay

A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia

12 September 2018

Pax Ressler looks at both the successes and challenges for non-binary theatre artists in Philadelphia.

Don’t Call me Ma’am
Essay

Don’t Call me Ma’am

On the Politics of Trans Casting

29 September 2013

MJ Kaufman offers compelling insight on the politcs of trans casting.

Notes from the Trans Theatre Artists Convening
Essay

Notes from the Trans Theatre Artists Convening

11 March 2016

Azure D. Osborne-Lee and Kestryl Cael Lowery recap the Trans Theatre Artists Convening that took place in December, 2015.

#BreakingtheBinary: A Dialogue on Accessibility for Trans People Working in the Arts
Video

#BreakingtheBinary: A Dialogue on Accessibility for Trans People Working in the Arts

Monday 30 January 2017
Boston, MA, United States

#BreakingTheBinary is a free and public symposium focusing on accessibility for trans* people working in the arts presented by the American Repertory Theater at the Oberon. The event included a panel discussion of trans-identified theatre workers—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network howlround.tv Monday 30 January at 12 p.m. EST to 1:00 p.m. EST (Boston) / 11 a.m. CST to 12 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 10 a.m. MST to 11 a.m. MST (Denver) / 9 a.m. PST to 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco)/ 17:00 GMT—18:00 GMT. Follow the conversation on social media via the hashtag #BreakingtheBinary and follow @howlroundtv.

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry
Essay

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry

25 March 2018

Yan Chen talks with poet, performer, and playwright Kit Yan about the intersections of genre and intersections of identity in his work.

The Fornés Institute

This collection explores The Fornés Institute through essays that champion Maria Irene Fornes and highlight work celebrating her legacy.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
Essay

Reflections from the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

30 April 2018

Trevor Boffone, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Georgina Escobar, and Lauren Villegas reflect on the Latinx Theatre Commons María Irene Fornés Symposium on 14 April 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey.

2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Session Reflections
Essay

2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Session Reflections

4 September 2015

A report out on 2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Sessions on advocacy, artmaking, convening/networking, and scholarship. 

“The Camera is My Beloved”
Essay

“The Camera is My Beloved”

Michelle Memran Creates Documentary Art with María Irene Fornés

12 June 2018

Journalist and filmmaker Michelle Memran reflects upon the easy beginning, the messy middle, the focused concluding months, and MOMA premiere screening of her documentary dreamscape film The Rest I Make Up about her great friend, the beloved playwright and teacher María Irene Fornés.

Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020
Essay

Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020

23 May 2018

Announcing the Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés initiative, a year-long event to raise awareness of Maria Irene Fornés’s impact on theatre and preserve the legacy of her work.

An Original HowlRound Contributor Looks Back

These are five of my favorite pieces. Todd London's "A Lover's Guide to Edward Albee" is not only brilliant, but has also by far the best cameo I've ever seen in user comments. Harvey Young's Theatre after Obama (or with Trump) asks "Where are we? Where have we been? Where are we going?" Lauren Gunderson's class on dramatic structure is a great video to play at your day job instead of Spotify. Start reading P.Carl's "Becoming a White Man in the Theatre," then go read the essay it references and all of the comments on that essay, and then come back to finish it out. Finally, "How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists" is essential reading on fighting blindspots.

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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Edward Albee

28 February 2011

In this installation of A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights, Todd London salutes Edward Albee. 

Theatre after Obama (or with Trump)
Essay

Theatre after Obama (or with Trump)

5 February 2017

Harvey Young, chair of Northwestern University’s theatre department, looks at how American theatre has responded to a rise in conservativism to forecast not only what may appear on the horizon but also to anticipate a renewed attention to political/activist theatre following the 2016 election.

Dramatic Structure
Essay

Dramatic Structure

a Playwriting Class

3 May 2017

Lauren Gunderson continues her series of videos asking "Why theatre?" In this class, she addresses active characters in plays, and dramatic structure.

Becoming a White Man in the Theatre
Essay

Becoming a White Man in the Theatre

11 July 2017

After a comment storm on a recent HowlRound post about bias in criticism in the American Theatre, P. Carl addresses how the democratization of the arts is a form of inclusion.

How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists
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How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists

10 September 2018

Dramaturg Sierra Carlson describes her process for hosting a Women in Theatre Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at her university, and encourages others engage in digital dramaturgical activism.

Series

Decolonizing Theatre Practice / Decolonarizar Practicas de Teatro

This series explores ways in which theatre artists can decolonize their practice and the field. 

Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad
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Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad

Modeling Decolonized Practices/Las Practicas Hacia La Descolonización

31 May 2018

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian talks with representatives of organizations which are intentionally working towards decolonized practices.

Decolonizing Texts, Words, and Communication
Podcast

Decolonizing Texts, Words, and Communication

30 May 2018

In this podcast, DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen, and mia susan amir discuss how we can decolonize the primacy of the written word and text in theatre.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras
Essay

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives/Reclamando Nuestras Narrativas
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Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives/Reclamando Nuestras Narrativas

El Giro Decolonial en el Proceso Creativo

28 May 2018

Robert Goodwin and Mary Kathryn Nagle discuss decolonizing Western theatre, linear narrative structures, the historic silencing of underrepresented voices, Shakespeare, and more.

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.

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