We are a knowledge commons that's produced by and for you! We're looking for contributors who are deeply invested in and committed to the theatre field. You could be a current student or a seasoned professional, but if you're actively involved in theatre, we'll be thrilled to hear from you.
We're looking for pieces about:
- Theatre commoning (resources managed and produced with generosity and abundance, community and collaboration)
- Ideas and practices that challenge—and seek to revolutionize—the status quo
- Lesser-known or marginalized aesthetics, or new forms of theatre practice
- Equity, inclusivity, and accessibility for underrepresented theatre communities and practices
- Theatre practice, process, and relevant issues in a specific geographic location that are meaningful and relevant to others around the world.
We do not publish personal attacks, promotional material, or material that has been previously published.
Our team of editors work with all writers to edit pieces for style and content.
We pay an honorarium of $200 USD per essay. We believe in paying artists for their time. We also acknowledge that many folks cannot afford to volunteer their perspectives and experience to benefit the overall theatre community, so we fundraise to compensate theatremakers for the time it entails to write this essay contribution to the commons.
Most of the essays we publish are single-authored pieces on a broad topic, but not all.
- If you’re interested in conducting an interview or creating a piece in dialogue with other theatremakers, check out these interview guidelines and best practices.
- If you’re interested in writing an analysis of a specific show, going beyond a traditional “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” review, check out these NewCrit guidelines and best practices.
HowlRound regularly publishes weeklong series on specific topics. Curating a series is a big commitment that usually requires at least three to four months of work. If you are interested in curating a series, we recommend that you write a stand-alone essay first to understand our editorial process before serving as a curator. We pay curators $300 USD once the series is running, and we pay contributors at the standard rate. Learn more about the requirements and parameters for curators.
HowlRound TV’s arts, culture, and theatre programming is entirely produced by the global community that it serves. We livestream field-facing discussions, panels, and artistic programming that further our stated values. As part of this process, we provide in-depth technical support and training, we help to get the word out about your event in advance through our communications channels, and we video archive the event for on-demand viewing moving forward.
While the majority of our livestreams are produced with organizations who put their own institutional resources toward compensating participants for their time, we do have a limited pool of funds to provide honoraria to support events produced by independent artists who do not have institutional backing.
Do you have a technical / producing question that isn’t answered in this livestream guide? Contact email@example.com for more information.
Interested in podcasts? We welcome pitches for original series or stand-alone episodes to be published on HowlRound. If you have an idea for a theme or topic you want to explore, or people you want to interview, get in touch!
Unlike journal articles, which we edit in-house, we don’t have the resources to help with podcast recording or editing. While we’re happy to share as much information as we can about the tech side of podcast producing, as the producer, you would have full responsibility for the content and quality. For each episode, you would send us a final audio file, which we would transcribe so the content is fully accessible and then distribute to our channels.
Like with essays, we pay an honorarium of $200 for each episode, knowing that many people are not able to volunteer their perspectives and experience to make this contribution to the commons.
We have hosted hundreds of conversations on Twitter via #howlround and, previously, via #newplay. Moderators and topics come from the worldwide theatre community. Upcoming chats are announced as events, and can be joined simply by tweeting with #howlround during the hour-long chats. We pay twitter chat hosts $50 USD to acknowledge their time and facilitation.
If you have created a list of your favorite HowlRound Theatre Commons essays or videos, or if you have created a list with a specific theme or subject matter—such as a classroom syllabus or reading list—and you would like this list to be featured on the homepage, let us know!
Want to propose something that isn't on this list? Go ahead—we love new ideas!
All comments on the site are moderated. Most comments will be posted if they are on topic and not personal attacks, but moderating decisions are subjective. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers and generally cannot alter a comment once it is posted. We will delete an offensive posting. We have limited tolerance for trolling and baiting, incoherence, and shouting. We seek to create a conversation that is an invitation to real and positive inquiry in a community of shared learning. If you post comments that consistently violate the spirit of this policy, we reserve the right to ban you from the comments section.