Acting & Performance

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Livestreaming a performance of Unpredicted
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Livestreaming a performance of Unpredicted

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

Thursday 30 May 2019
Cluj, Romania
Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse
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Livestreaming 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
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
Livestreaming a performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse
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Livestreaming 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 presents Chickens in the Yard, a new play by Paul Kruse, livestreaming 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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Livestreaming a performance of Unpredicted
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Livestreaming 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.

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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 at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas
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A performance of Mawlana at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Saturday 6 October 2018

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).

This Sentence
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This Sentence

How Do We Comprehend the Effects of Climate Change?

17 September 2018

Kendra Fanconi explains why it might take us eighty-eight minutes to digest one simple sentence about climate change.

A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia
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A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia

12 September 2018

Pax Ressler looks at both the successes and challenges for non-binary theatre artists in Philadelphia.

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

On Neo-Futurism
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On Neo-Futurism

15 August 2018

Writer and performer Rob Onorato explores what makes the Chicago Neo-Futurists so special.

Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1
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Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1

29 July 2018

David Dudley explores the story behind John Cage’s Theater Piece No. 1 and discuses SITI Company’s recent production of it, which was conceived and directed by Anne Bogart.

Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas
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Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas

28 June 2018

Shelby-Allison Hibbs interviews director Marianne T. Galloway and theatre administrator and actor Sherry Jo Ward about representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and what it’s like to create theatre with their unique physical challenges.

Body-Shaming
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Body-Shaming

The Epidemic Plaguing Collegiate Theatre Programs

7 May 2018

Rachel Bykowski speaks up about body-shaming in the theatre industry, and its effect on students in collegiate programs.

A Guide to Constructing Empathy
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A Guide to Constructing Empathy

19 April 2018

James Wyrwicz reflects on how two shows, Say Something Bunny! and Margarete, use found audio and video recordings as the basis for storytelling.

The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”
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The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”

12 April 2018

Ana Dinger explores theatre as a “place of listening” through the work of Mónica Calle and Rui Catalão.

Representation Matters
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Representation Matters

The Monologue Project

8 April 2018

Gab Cody reflects on the birth of The Monologue Project, an initiative that started in Pittsburgh, USA and Dallas, USA to increase the canon of audition-length monologues for women of African Descent.