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Loving Theatre in the Time of COVID-19
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Loving Theatre in the Time of COVID-19

A Playwright's Response

21 April 2020

Playwright Noelle Viñas reflects on the grief she’s experiencing during the current global pandemic and talks about reframing theatre as an art of the now rather than an art of futurity.

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Taking Risks to Promote Community with Visky’s Juliet
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Taking Risks to Promote Community with Visky’s Juliet

20 April 2020

Neil Blackadder writes about three productions of Juliet at Chicago’s Theatre Y, including the most recent one that configured and filled the small black-box space in an unusual way.

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"Our Voices Are the Future of Theatre"
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"Our Voices Are the Future of Theatre"

An Interview with Seven Latinx Playwrights During COVID-19

16 April 2020

Playwright Herbert Sigüenza talks to seven of his Latinx playwriting friends about how they’ve been affected by COVID-19, writing during this time, the future of Latinx theatre in the United States, and more.

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ANDI BOI
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ANDI BOI

One Transgender Youth’s Story on Stage

15 April 2020

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce talks about Dallas Children’s Theater’s production of ANDI BOI and the importance of seeing trans stories in theatre for young audiences.

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How to Produce a Livestreamed Event
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How to Produce a Livestreamed Event

A Producer’s Guide to the Tools and Embedded Values

14 April 2020

Vijay Mathew, HowlRound’s cultural strategist, offers a guide to producing and livestreaming events online.

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Instigating Institutional Change Towards Decolonization
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Instigating Institutional Change Towards Decolonization

13 April 2020

Roya Amirsoleymani and Erin Boberg Doughton of the Portland Institute of for Contemporary Art share the steps they’ve taken toward decolonizing and indigenizing the practices and curatorial processes of their organization, which have been supported by Emily Johnson and the advisory council of the Global First Nations Performance Network.

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Performance Despite the Pandemic
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Performance Despite the Pandemic

Continuing to Create at the Intersection of Coronavirus, Crisis, and Care

9 April 2020

Theatremaker Asif Majid talks about adapting his show, Snapshots, for a digital space after COVID-19 shut down theatres across the country.

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Taking A Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World
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Taking A Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World

8 April 2020

Kaja Dunn reflects on how quickly the world turned upside down with COVID-19 and offers a simple idea before rushing into to creating new work: take a breath and allow for a moment to process all that is happening.

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Pandemic Theatre Aesthetic
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Pandemic Theatre Aesthetic

7 April 2020

Jonathan Mandell examines the new theatrical landscape brought on by COVID-19 and discusses the emerging aesthetic—one that is low-tech, low-key, one-on-one, close-up.

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Answering the Call to Pause
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Answering the Call to Pause

On Deciding to Postpone Due to COVID-19

2 April 2020

David Dower and David Howse—artistic director and executive director of ArtsEmerson, respectively—talk with artist Toshi Reagon about the decision to postpone her show due to COVID-19, and how that decision came from a place of power and progress.

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