Acting & Performance

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Provoked and Triggered
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Provoked and Triggered

Content Warnings and Student Spectators

by Christin Essin
21 July 2019
A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

by Sharanya .
11 July 2019
Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

by Charlene Smith
10 July 2019
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Livestreaming a performance of The Canción Cannibal Cabaret
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Livestreaming a performance of The Canción Cannibal Cabaret

at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio, Texas

Saturday 27 July 2019
San Antonio, Texas

Aztlan Libre Press in San Antonio, Texas presents a performance of The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs by award-winning author and performance poet Amalia Leticia Ortiz, livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Saturday 27 July at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York) / 03:00 UTC+0.

Livestreaming a performance of Alice's Wonderland
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Livestreaming a performance of Alice's Wonderland

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 26 July 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presents Alice’s Wonderland by Ingrid Oslund, livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 26 July at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / Saturday 27 July at 02:00 UTC+0. 

Provoked and Triggered
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Provoked and Triggered

Content Warnings and Student Spectators

21 July 2019

Professor Christin Essin talks about problematic staging of gendered violence at a production she recently brought her students to and the importance of content warnings and taking care of survivors in theatrical works.

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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

11 July 2019

Sharanya shares her thoughts on restaging gendered violence, including how the representation of sexual violence has the power to be scripted and also to script, the importance of de-spectacling violence, and more.

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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

10 July 2019

Charlene V. Smith talks about asking hard questions around the interpretation of early modern English classics, Brave Spirits Theatre’s production of The Changeling, and five tips for dealing with sexual assault in art responsibly.

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Controlling the Narrative
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Controlling the Narrative

Gendered Violence on the Contemporary Stage

7 July 2019

Nora J. Williams launches the staging gendered violence series, talks about the importance of creating responsible cultural representations of assault, and introduces the contributors of the series.

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The World Reads Jan Kochanowski from New York, Athens, Warsaw, London, Madrid, Los Angeles
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The World Reads Jan Kochanowski from New York, Athens, Warsaw, London, Madrid, Los Angeles

A project of Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, and Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Poland

Sunday 30 June 2019
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The World Reads Jan Kochanowski from New York, Athens, Warsaw, London, Madrid, and Los Angeles on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 30 June.

A performance of black girl love: an adaptation project
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A performance of black girl love: an adaptation project

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 21 June 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented black girl love: an adaptation project livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 21 June 2019 at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / Saturday 22 June at 02:00 UTC+0.

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#MeToo and the Method
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#MeToo and the Method

13 June 2019

Holly L. Derr looks at the history of the Method, where it deviates from Stanislavsky’s System, and the connection between the Method and the behavior called out by #MeToo.

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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.

A performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse
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A performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 1 June 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX proudly presented Chickens in the Yard, a new play by Paul Kruse, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 1 June 2019 at 6:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

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A performance of Unpredicted
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A performance of Unpredicted

by Váróterem Projekt (Waiting Room Project) in Cluj, Romania

Thursday 30 May 2019
Cluj, Romania

Váróterem Projekt presents a performance of Unpredicted livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Cluj, Romania on Thursday 30 May at 1 p.m. EDT (New York UTC-4) / 17:00 UTC+0 / 6 p.m. BST (London UTC+1) /  19:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC+2) /  20:00 (Cluj, UTC+3).

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A performance of Sorry by Via Negativa and Sploh Institute (Slovenia)
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A performance of Sorry by Via Negativa and Sploh Institute (Slovenia)

Prestopi / Crossings: The 4th International Festival of Independent Performing Arts

Wednesday 15 May 2019
Maribor, Slovenia

A performance of Sorry by Via Negativa and Sploh Institute (Slovenia) at Prestopi / Crossings: The 4th International Festival of Independent Performing Arts in Maribor, Slovenia livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 21:00 EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3) / 7 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 UTC +0 / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

HŌ‘IKE: Nā Mo‘olelo Mai ka Papa Hana Keaka Hawai‘i
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HŌ‘IKE: Nā Mo‘olelo Mai ka Papa Hana Keaka Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Acting Workshop Showcase

Thursday 9 May 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Theatre Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa presented HŌ‘IKE: Nā Mo‘olelo Mai ka Papa Hana Keaka Hawai‘i, a Hawaiian Acting Workshop Showcase, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 9 May at 9:30 a.m. HST (Honolulu) / 12:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 2:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

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It’s Important to Have Your Community
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It’s Important to Have Your Community

24 April 2019

Toronto performers Maev Beaty and Bahia Watson discuss being women in theatre, covering everything from the differences between male-led rooms and female-led ones, being a pawn in a director’s work, creating safe environments, and more.

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The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy
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The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 12 April 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX proudly presented the world premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy, an extraordinary new devised play blending improv, comedy, and environmental activism livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 12 April 2019 at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York).

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A performance of The Telling Project
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A performance of The Telling Project

by Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College

Thursday 4 April 2019
Keene, New Hampshire

Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College presented a performance of The Telling Project livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 4 April at 4:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

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A staged reading of Stolen
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A staged reading of Stolen

A new play by  F. Lynne Bachleda at Rich Mix in London

Monday 1 April 2019
London, England

PMJ Productions presented a staged reading of a new play by F. Lynne Bachleda, directed by Prav MJ at Rich Mix, London livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 1 April 2019 at 11:30 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 2:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 18:30 UTC / 7:30 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1).

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Creating a Varied and Exciting Theatre Culture in Malawi
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Creating a Varied and Exciting Theatre Culture in Malawi

26 February 2019

Isaac Mafuel looks at the dominant performance style in Malawian theatre and speaks to local theatremakers and enthusiasts about how to create a more varied and exciting landscape.

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Livestreaming a Performance of Heartland at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas
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Livestreaming a Performance of Heartland at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Thursday 31 January 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas, in partnership with The National New Play Network, presents Heartland livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 31 January 2018 at 6 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EST (New York) / Friday 1 February at 02:00 GMT/UTC+0 (London).

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Who is Being Triggered? 
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Who is Being Triggered? 

Consent, Power, and Trauma in the Acting Classroom

30 January 2019

Scott Harman reflects on acting students’ increased sensitivity to traumatic material, how that plays out in classrooms, and what teachers can do to create safe spaces where their students can thrive.

Performer with microphone, raising their hand up
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

Daniel Alexander Jones

16 January 2019

Todd London celebrates the work of playwright and performer Daniel Alexander Jones.

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Black Acting Methods with Sharrell D. Luckett
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Black Acting Methods with Sharrell D. Luckett

Monday 29 October 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Black Acting Methods with Sharrell D. Luckett livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 29 October at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

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Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr
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Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr

Theatre History Podcast #68

8 October 2018

Why is Mary Ann Yates the greatest actress you've never heard of? Dr. Elaine McGirr introduces us to this eighteenth-century star and recounts her fascinating career.

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A performance of Mawlana
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A performance of Mawlana

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 6 October 2018
Austin, TX, United States

Canopy Theatre, in partnership with La Scéne Theatre from Aix-en-Provence, France, and The VORTEX in Austin, Texas, presents Mawlana livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 6 October at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 20:10 GMT+1 (London).