Recent Essays

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Ashes and the Serious, Eerie Art of Puppetry
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Ashes and the Serious, Eerie Art of Puppetry

3 April 2019

Jonathan Mandell discusses the Plexus Polaire puppetry show Ashes, recently on at HERE in New York City.

three actors onstage
Theatre and Politics in Malawi
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Theatre and Politics in Malawi

2 April 2019

Mischeck Mzumara looks at the fearful realities of political involvement in Malawian theatre throughout history.

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Making Your Website Accessible is Vital to Your Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Efforts
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Making Your Website Accessible is Vital to Your Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Efforts

31 March 2019

Vijay Mathew discusses how the HowlRound team has worked, and continues to work, to make HowlRound.com an accessible platform.

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Environmentalism Behind the Scenes on Broadway and Beyond
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Environmentalism Behind the Scenes on Broadway and Beyond

28 March 2019

Alice Stevenson shares some of the most successful initiatives of the Broadway Green Alliance, an organization that leads the charge when it comes to advocating for more sustainable practices in theatre.

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Climate Change Theatre is LIT
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Climate Change Theatre is LIT

A Study on the Performing Arts and Climate Change Engagement

27 March 2019

Carolyn Reeves looks at multiple barriers to climate change engagement and addresses how the performing arts—and especially theatre—can help overcome them.

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Towards a Sustainable Aesthetic Theory
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Towards a Sustainable Aesthetic Theory

Climate and Rasa

26 March 2019

Erin B. Mee examines how using the Sanskrit aesthetic theory of rasa—rather than the aesthetic theory of catharsis—is a necessary step when it comes to creating sustainable theatre.

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The Creative Climate Movement
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The Creative Climate Movement

25 March 2019

Lucy Latham talks about the work London-based organization Julie’s Bicycle is doing in encouraging the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative
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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative

24 March 2019

Chantal Bilodeau examines data from the Climate Change Theatre Action initiative, which she runs, to better understand how racial and gender bias plays out in the theatre world.

three actors on stage behind a clock
Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts
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Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts

21 March 2019

Goran Tomka looks at how arts and culture organizations can best engage with their communities.

two actors onstage in costume
At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

20 March 2019

Kim Peter Kovac looks at the way the theatre for young audiences field has changed over the last few years, where it’s at today, and what his hopes are for the future.

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