Recent Essays

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Miki Braniște
The Evolving Cultural Ecosystem of Cluj
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The Evolving Cultural Ecosystem of Cluj

13 February 2020

Széker Jetta sits down with Miki Braniște to talk about Cluj’s arts and culture policies, how they have changed over time, and how they have affected the city’s independent artistic scene.

two actors onstage
Beyond “Decolonizing” the Syllabus
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Beyond “Decolonizing” the Syllabus

Finding a Path to Anti-Racist, Actively Inclusive Theatre Education

12 February 2020

David Valdes talks about Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s work to shift their theatre department into a more truly equitable program, why using the right language matters in the process, and tips for individuals and institutions looking to be actively inclusive.

three actors onstage
Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy
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Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy

11 February 2020

Devika Ranjan talks about the ways in which migration can influence performance structures, what she has identified as “migratory dramaturgy.”

three actors onstage
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.

several people seated on a stage
How Ambiguity Sustains Artistic Purpose
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How Ambiguity Sustains Artistic Purpose

What It Means to Be an Independent Theatremaker in Cluj

6 February 2020

Panna Adorjáni talks about what it means to be an independent theatremaker in Cluj, including having to work part-time jobs, finding community in your collaborators and audiences, and wanting to prove the world wrong.

four actors with hand puppets onstage
The City and Its Off Stages
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The City and Its Off Stages

Independent Theatres of Cluj

5 February 2020

István Sebesi looks at Cluj-Napoca’s independent theatre scene, focusing on two theatre companies: Waiting Room Project and Reactor.

nine people standing in a large space
My Cultural Cluj
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My Cultural Cluj

Building Community in Post-Communist Romania

4 February 2020

Mihai Mateiu discusses his trajectory as an arts organizer in Cluj, from open-air music festivals to running a bookshop and cultural venue, to working to build arts audiences by partnering with businesses.

black and white drawing of a large interior
The Theatrical Heritage of the City of Cluj
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The Theatrical Heritage of the City of Cluj

3 February 2020

Anca Hațiegan looks at the history of theatre in Cluj-Napoca, from the first production in the 1600s, to the power dynamics between the Romanian and Hungarian companies, to what transpired after the communist era, and beyond.

daytime rooftop view of the city of cluj, romania
The Cities We Live In
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The Cities We Live In

Exploring the Multiple Identities of Cluj

2 February 2020

Zenkő Bogdán and Viktória Barazsuly introduce the Cluj-Napoca series, speaking to the history, diversity, and theatrical heritage of this Romanian city.

Intimacy Director Tonia Sina expressing an idea with her arms and hands in a rehearsal with two actors
The Art and Craft of Intimacy Direction
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The Art and Craft of Intimacy Direction

30 January 2020

Holly L. Derr examines the history of the intimacy choreography movement in the United States and speaks to several of the artists behind it all.

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