Recent Essays

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We're Hiring a Communications Manager!
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We're Hiring a Communications Manager!

20 December 2018

Are you interested in working for HowlRound? We’re hiring a full-time Communications Manager—details about applying within.

Celebrating Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago
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Celebrating Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago

19 December 2018

Lucas Garcia talks about creating the first-ever Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago awards ceremony.

one actor holds up another actor onstage
A Call for Exciting Trans Theatre
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A Call for Exciting Trans Theatre

18 December 2018

Nitsan Scharf argues that while cis playwrights are more than welcome to write trans narratives in their plays, they must put in the work necessary to write multidimensional trans characters.

dozens of members of the latinx theatre commons standing a large circle
Are you the next Latinx Theatre Commons Producer?
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Are you the next Latinx Theatre Commons Producer?

17 December 2018

Are you excited about organizing and growing the Latinx Theatre Commons, and interested in implementing the LTC mission, vision, and values through our unique programming? You might be a great fit for us!

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How to Have a Successful Thirty-Five Year Career
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How to Have a Successful Thirty-Five Year Career

Rob Orchard and Joe Melillo in Conversation

16 December 2018

Joe Melillo, BAM’s outgoing executive producer, talks to Rob Orchard about his thirty-five-year-long time at the company, continuing his work with emerging artists, and more.

three people performing onstage
How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives
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How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives

13 December 2018

verity healey looks at how refugees in Paris are using theatre to create connections, break down barriers, and find community.

person leans against a wall near a guitar
Crazy for Theatre
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Crazy for Theatre

Mental Illness and Theatremaking

12 December 2018

Jacob Juntunen, who has bipolar disorder, speaks with several other artists who struggle with mental illness about the realities and challenges working in the field.

What’s Problematic, the Play or the Process?
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What’s Problematic, the Play or the Process?

Pushing Back on Traditional Post-Play Discussion Models

11 December 2018

Maddie Gaw examines the idea of the “problematic” play and Z Space’s inaugural Problematic Play Festival, which aimed to investigate why certain plays cause gatekeepers to turn away from them in favor of other material.

performer in white dress sits in the fiction section of the library
Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues
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Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues

10 December 2018

Theatremaker Callie Nestleroth discusses devising a show for a library space and shares the process she developed when approaching new site-specific projects.  

 

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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes
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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes

Sarah Bellamy and Jamil Jude in Conversation

9 December 2018

Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Saint Paul’s Penumbra Theatre, talks to Jamil Jude, incoming artistic director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, about learning from the founders, the funding disparity between predominantly white institutions and theatres of color, and more.

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