HowlRound Summer Reading

Summer is a great time to catch up on some reading. As you stumble out of your rehearsal room, studio, or office into the summer sun, toss one of these great reads into your beach bag!

All the Lights On: Reimagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things

by Michelle Hensley

Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in association with HowlRound.

All the Lights On is a history of the Twin Cities theatre company Ten Thousand Things, which for more than twenty years has been bringing intelligent, lively theatre to nontraditional audiences—to prisons and homeless shelters, adult education centers, and rural areas—as well as the general public.


I’m writing this book in the hopes that it will provoke you and perhaps inspire you. I am not trying to argue that everyone should do theater the way Ten Thousand Things does it—there is room for all kinds of theater in the world, of course. … I do hope I have provoked you to think about “audience” differently. I hope you will no longer take them for granted. —Michelle Hensley, epilogue, All the Lights On

Order your paperback copy here.


The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report

by Brian Eugenio Herrera

This book offers a detailed narrative account of what happened at the 2013 Latina/o Theatre Commons National Convening, which was the first national gathering of U.S. Latina/o theatremakers in more than twenty-five years. The convening was hosted by HowlRound at Emerson College in Boston from October 31 to November 2, 2013.



At the 2013 conference, the LTC created an ambitious national agenda. The only way to sustain our momentum is to work in waves: with members sprinting and passing the baton as they complete projects and conceive new ideas. ... At its core, the LTC is about taking sustainable dramatic “action.” At the end of the day, our purpose is to provide different modes of connectivity, support, and inspiration to help us all (not just artists of Latina/o heritage) grow and deepen individually and collectively as theater artists. —Karen Zacarías, forward, The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening

Order your paperback copy here, or Download the free PDF (or pay-what-you-can). You can also purchase the ebook from the Apple iBookstore ($0.99) or the Amazon Kindle Store ($1).


In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector

by Diane Ragsdale

A report on a meeting of US not-for-profit and commercial theatre producers. Washington, DC, November 4–5, 2011.



There was a sense that this was an important conversation and that the blurring of the lines between the commercial and not-for-profit theater, though perhaps inevitable to some degree, is disconcerting and requires deeper examination because these deals are done in the intersections between two sectors that are (or perhaps should be) driven by different goals, processes, and values. —Diane Ragsdale, executive summary, In the Intersection

Order your paperback copy here, or get the ebook from the Apple iBookstore (free) or Amazon Kindle Store ($.99). You can also download the Epub file (free) or the Mobi file (free).


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