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Jamie Gahlon

Jamie is the Director and a Co-Founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons.

Jamie (she/her/hers) is a cultural organizer, producer, and theatremaker. Jamie is the Director and a Co-Founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons, a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and connects diverse practitioners. Since 2012, HowlRound has been based in the Office of the Arts at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Prior to her work at HowlRound, Jamie launched the American Voices New Play Institute and the NEA New Play Development Program as part of the Artistic Development team at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where she worked for six years. Jamie has also worked for New York Stage & Film, and the New Victory Theatre. Jamie holds a B.S. in Foreign Service with a focus on Culture & Politics from Georgetown University and is currently pursuing her MA in Performance Curation from Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. She originally hails from the land of 10,000 lakes, and is a doodler, a dabbler, a list maker, and a Libra.

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Devising Our Future Through a Commons-Based Approach
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Devising Our Future Through a Commons-Based Approach

16 February 2021

Jamie Gahlon, HowlRound’s director, kicks off the Devising Our Future series by reflecting on the necessity of working together now to co-envision and co-create the future we need for the theatre field.

Call to Action, Academics!
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Call to Action, Academics!

#HigherEdHireArtists

8 June 2020

Olga Sanchez, Juliette Carrillo, Jamie Gahlon, and Armando Huipe issue a call to action: for people currently employed in higher education to leverage their privilege toward maximum paid opportunities for independent artists in the coming academic year.

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Roma Futurism and the Future of Roma Theatre
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Roma Futurism and the Future of Roma Theatre

An Interview with Mihaela Drăgan

10 February 2020

HowlRound’s director, Jamie Gahlon, talks with theatremaker Mihaela Drăgan about contemporary Roma theatre and the artistic movement Roma Futurism.

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Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound

Reflections on 2019

31 December 2019

Jamie Gahlon, director of HowlRound, reflects on the past year of conversations, convenings, livestreams, and more—all in the name of creating a more equitable, just, and progressive theatre field—and looks forward to 2020.

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The Promise of the Commons
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The Promise of the Commons

10 October 2019

In honor of World Commons Week 2019, a working group of eleven US-based arts and cultural makers share their vision on how adopting a commons-based approach can help transform the arts into a more equitable and just field.

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Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound

Reflections on 2018

31 December 2018

HowlRound Director Jamie Gahlon reflects on 2018 and looks forward to 2019.

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Welcome to the New HowlRound
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Welcome to the New HowlRound

2 October 2018

Today, we are proud to welcome you to a brand new HowlRound website!

Seven Years in
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Seven Years in

HowlRound Theatre Commons Evolves

9 January 2018

HowlRound staff articulate HowlRound's mission, vision, and values, and discuss how folks can participate in creating the commons. 

Encountering Eastern Europe
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Encountering Eastern Europe

4 March 2017

Jamie Gahlon, Senior Creative Producer of HowlRound, reports on a trip she took in fall 2016 to explore, deepen, and build partnerships with theatremakers and organizations in Eastern Europe.

2015 NewCrit in Review
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2015 NewCrit in Review

29 December 2015

HowlRound Senior Creative Producer Jamie Gahlon reveals the most-shared NewCrit pieces of the past year, and a few of her own favorites. 

Cafecito
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Cafecito

Mando Alvarado

2 October 2015

Jamie Gahlon interviews Mando Alvarado about the inspiration for his play Parachute Men, his writing process, and the challenges facing the American theatre.

Culture Clash
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Culture Clash

Thirty Years and Counting

29 May 2015

Jamie Gahlon interviews Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza, now marking their thirtieth year as ensemble Culture Clash.

Hot off the Presses! The Latinx Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening Book
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Hot off the Presses! The Latinx Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening Book

12 January 2015

HowlRound's Jamie Gahlon spoke with scholar Brian Herrera about what he learned compiling The Latinx Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening book, and his vision for how others may find it useful. 

Cafecito
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Cafecito

The Roots and Work of Café Onda

7 November 2014

We want it to be for everybody. I think that we have to make it so that our readership sees us as a chapter in the narrative, not a separate narrative. That Café Onda acts as an archive, as a living conversation, and as a chapter in the story of the American theater. I hope that the present and future readership of Café Onda consists of those who are interested in that greater narrative.

In Dialogue with José Luis Valenzuela
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In Dialogue with José Luis Valenzuela

13 August 2014

Jamie Gahlon interviews José Luis Valenzuela on the LATC and the upcoming Encuentro 2014: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival.

Portrait of Abigail Vega.
Latina/o Theatre Commons Producer
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Latina/o Theatre Commons Producer

Abigail Vega

29 April 2014

Since the October 2013 Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) National Convening in Boston, the LTC has been moving forward on a number of upcoming planned initiatives. As the momentum and enthusiasm for the LTC has grown, so to has the need for a full-time, dedicated producer. On behalf of the LTC Hiring Committee, I'm pleased to announce that we have hired Abigail Vega—she will begin working full-time in June as the dedicated Latina/o Theatre Commons Producer.

Video
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Video

Culture Coin—Watch, Share, Vote Daily!

23 May 2013

HowlRound presents a video on Culture Coin, a peer-to-peer digital currence and resource sharing economy for all

Howlround's New Play Map.
Rewriting the Script
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Rewriting the Script

Mapping the Development of New Plays in America

15 February 2013

Jamie Gahlon examines The New Play Map, and how it can help us rewrite the trajectory of new plays and new play development in the U.S.

Modeling a Theatre Commons
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Modeling a Theatre Commons

14 February 2013

P. Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew define their visions of HowlRound as a not-for-profit theatre commons.

Now Hiring
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Now Hiring

A Call for Commons Producers

11 January 2013

A call for Commons Producers!

2012 Blog Series In Review
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2012 Blog Series In Review

21 December 2012

A glimps into the 2012 blog series which stretch from parenting and playwrighting, to the Olympics. A moment of thanks to the contributors for making regular blog series part of HowlRound!

Join Us for a Boston Potluck on Monday, October 22!
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Join Us for a Boston Potluck on Monday, October 22!

16 October 2012
Howlround's New Play Map.
Building the New Play Map Version 3.0
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Building the New Play Map Version 3.0

Update # 4

9 July 2012

The last update before the official launch of New Play Map Version 3

Interview with Lisa Steindler
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Interview with Lisa Steindler

17 May 2012

Lisa Steindler, Executive Artistic Director of San Francisco's Z Space sat down with Jamie Gahlon to talk about their technical residencies. 

Building the New Play Map Version 3.0
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Building the New Play Map Version 3.0

Update # 3

25 April 2012

Here is a brief quip from the design team in addition to the final list of goals for the new play map.