Recent Essays

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Directing and Embracing Open Texts
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Directing and Embracing Open Texts

11 June 2019

Kate Bergstrom investigates the open text, looking at how theatremakers approach the form, the balance between respect for the script and unique interpretation, and more.

audience members inside an enclosed transparent VR tent
Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology
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Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology

10 June 2019

Members of the Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements discuss the connection between technology, performance, and social justice community organizing.

an actor kneeling onstage before four seated actors
Artists and Otherwise
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Artists and Otherwise

What Working With Veterans Has Taught Me About What Artists Have to Offer

9 June 2019

Jonathan Wei, founder of The Telling Project, writes about what he has discovered artists can do for communities through his work with veterans and military families.

two actors onstage with three large projections behind them
Digital + Live Performance
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Digital + Live Performance

Exploring the Present and the Future

6 June 2019

In the lead-up to HowlRound’s Digital + Performance Convening, Michael Wheeler and Sydney Skybetter chatted, via Slack, about some of the big questions artists are faced with as they contemplate the connection between theatre and technology.

an actor against a projection of rain
Modes of Media in Digital Performance
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Modes of Media in Digital Performance

5 June 2019

David Z. Saltz—director, installation artist, and teacher of digital performance—talks about the early days of digital media in theatre and the six main roles it plays in live performance.

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The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia
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The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia

How Teatr.doc’s “Civil Theatre” Is Exposing Injustice

4 June 2019

verity healey looks at Teatr.doc’s latest show, Torture, and the vital need for “truth-telling” theatre.

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Toward a More Inclusive Theatre Curriculum
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Toward a More Inclusive Theatre Curriculum

Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

2 June 2019

Trevor Boffone, Teresa Marrero, and Chantal Rodriguez, co-editors of Encuentro, talk about the content of the book and how it can be used as an educational resource.

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Disability and Management
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Disability and Management

30 May 2019

Nicole Kelly and Jenn Poret, two arts managers with disabilities, reflect on the most and least accessible aspects of the jobs, accommodations they need, and the future of accessible theatre management.

two actors onstage
The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers
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The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers

29 May 2019

Mallory Kay Nelson and Michael Maag talk about the low number of full-time designers working in theatre; the realities of costume, lighting, and projection design as a disabled artist; and how delegation is a skill they’ve both had to master.

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Producing with a Disabled Lens
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Producing with a Disabled Lens

28 May 2019

Claudia Alick talks about growing up as an abled youth and her sudden onset illness as an adult, how areas of inaccessibility in the theatre suddenly became hypervisible to her, “crip time,” and more.

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