Artist Rights & Safety

Artists around the world are at risk. In this section, advocates and artists discuss the dangers faced by creative people around the world, and what we can do to protect them.

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The Politician as an Artist—Lecture and Conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog
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The Politician as an Artist—Lecture and Conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog

with Philip Arnoult and Ramona Ostrowski

Thursday 1 November 2018
Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright
Podcast

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright

by Michael Lueger
24 September 2018
On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo
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On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo

by Kitty Drexel
26 August 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
noemi herczog portrait
The Politician as an Artist—Lecture and Conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog
Video

The Politician as an Artist—Lecture and Conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog

with Philip Arnoult and Ramona Ostrowski

Thursday 1 November 2018
Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Center for International Theatre Development presented The Politician as an Artist—a lecture and conversation featuring Budapest-based Theatre Critic Noémi Herczog with Philip Arnoult and Ramona Ostrowski livestreaming from Emerson College in Boston on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 1 November 2018 at 9 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York) / 16:00 UTC +0 (London) / 17:00 UTC +1 (Budapest). 

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright
Podcast

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright

24 September 2018

In this week's Theatre History Podcast, Dr. Derek Miller joins us to talk about the origins and development of theatrical copyright.

On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo
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On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo

26 August 2018

Kitty Drexel discusses how the New England theatre community is working to improve their harassment policies, and what the critic's role can be in making inclusive spaces that are safe for all.

How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre
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How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre

20 June 2018

LA arts administrator David Mack explores the topic of labor law, proposing that complying with it will help create and sustain a more equitable theatre community—both in his city and across the country.

A Global Network That Protects and Defends Artists at Risk
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A Global Network That Protects and Defends Artists at Risk

17 May 2018

Julie Trébault and Laura Kauer García discuss the work that Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) has been doing to connect, defend, and protect artists worldwide.

Why Artists Should Pay Attention to US Visas, Policy, and Cultural Exchange
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Why Artists Should Pay Attention to US Visas, Policy, and Cultural Exchange

16 May 2018

Matthew Covey, founding director of Tamizdat, discusses why American theatre artists should be more knowledgable about US visas and policies, and describes how Tamizdat is working to support international artists performing in the US. 

In Search of Lost Hope
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In Search of Lost Hope

Theatre Against All Odds in Afghanistan

15 May 2018

Theatre activist Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn reflects on the founding of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization, a political theatre group that has been working together for over ten years to create social change.

Artistic Freedom
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Artistic Freedom

a Moveable Feast

14 May 2018

Mary Ann DeVlieg discusses different types of artistic censorship and organizations that are fighting globally for freedom of expression. 

Taking Action
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Taking Action

An Artist Becomes an Advocate

13 May 2018

Jessica Litwak, artistic director of the H.E.A.T Collective, explores the growing field of artist rights and safety, and talks about her dedication to “art of service,” the work that serves communities by facilitating creative personal and social change.

Playwrights Say #NeverAgain
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Playwrights Say #NeverAgain

8 May 2018

Rachael Carnes discusses organizing Playwrights Say Never Again to School Shootings, a new anthology of work on gun violence by nineteen playwrights with readings all over the United States.

Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles
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Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles

28 March 2018

US director and health and wellness educator Molly Schenck describes five useful rehearsal techniques for ensembles to adapt when creating work around difficult topics. 

Amplifying Civic Engagement Through #TheatreActionGunControl
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Amplifying Civic Engagement Through #TheatreActionGunControl

11 March 2018

Playwright Tiffany Antone discusses Protest Play Projects, a new initiative that is organizing theatrical action around gun control in the United States. 

Not In Our Schools
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Not In Our Schools

Creating Self-Advocating Artists Starts in the Classroom

26 February 2018

Elizabeth Horn reflects on how in the aftermath of #MeToo, it is more important than ever to teach the next generation of theatremakers ideas of consent, respect, and how to advocate for themselves as artists.

Does Your Theatre Department Have a Patriarchy Problem?
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Does Your Theatre Department Have a Patriarchy Problem?

17 December 2017

Director and theatre professor Holly Derr gives advice on how to identify whether your theatre department might be ripe for sexual harrassment, and offers tangible steps for professors to change the culture of their departments.

Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts
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Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts

15 December 2017

Adriana Gaviria speaks on how entertainment industry unions and institutions in the US can step up to better advocate for parent artists. 

Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment
Essay

Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment

11 December 2017

Devon Berkshire lays out some tangible steps for decision-makers on creating a more family-friendly work environment. 

Theatre History Podcast #51
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #51

Death-Defying Acts with Amy Meyer

5 December 2017

Amy Meyer joins us to talk about acrobatic accidents in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as what they tell us about our appetite for risky entertainment.

No Pictures, Please
Essay

No Pictures, Please

Queer Theatre in Beirut /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

9 October 2016

Raphael Khouri writes about creating a work of queer Arab theatre in secret.

Is Art the Best Way to Tell the Truth? /الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية
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Is Art the Best Way to Tell the Truth? /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

28 September 2016

Wael Qadour describes creating a piece of theatre with young people living in northern Jordan.  

An Opposite is Made Visible by Another /الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية
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An Opposite is Made Visible by Another /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

20 September 2016

A prominent theatre figure in Lebanon and the Arab region, Hanane Hajj Ali reflects in this piece on the personal and professional encounters that have made her the free woman she is today.

History of Censorship in Lebanon /الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية
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History of Censorship in Lebanon /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

20 August 2016

Lebanese writer and advocate Mona Merhi writes about the history of censorship in Lebanon and its current state of play.

Artist Rights and Safety
Series

Artist Rights and Safety

This series highlights the work that is being done around artist rights and safety in the theatre world, in the hopes that we can ignite dialogue, spark further exploration, and encourage more people to get involved in this growing field.

Theatre and Power—a panel discussion at dunaPart – Platform of Hungarian Performing Arts—Thursday 30 November 2017
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Theatre and Power—a panel discussion at dunaPart – Platform of Hungarian Performing Arts—Thursday 30 November 2017

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest, Hungary presented Theatre and Power— a panel discussion at dunaPart – Platform of Hungarian Performing Arts livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 30 November 2017 at 10:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 4:00 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 9:00 a.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 11:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC +2) / 17:00 SGT (Singapore, UTC +8) / 8:00 p.m. AEDT (Sydney, UTC +11). In Twitter, follow @HowlRound for updates, and use #howlround.

Belarus Free Theatre's performance of Burning Doors at La MaMa, New York—Sunday 22 October 2017
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Belarus Free Theatre's performance of Burning Doors at La MaMa, New York—Sunday 22 October 2017

La MaMa in New York City presented Belarus Free Theatre's performance of Burning Doors livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Sunday 22 October at 4 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 UTC / 9 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 22:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 23:00 MSK/EEST (Minsk, Moscow, Beirut, UTC +3). On Twitter, follow @HowlRound@BFreeTheatre, and use #BurningDoors to share your thoughts.

Why do we need theatre? at Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Poland—Thursday 19 October 2017
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Why do we need theatre? at Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Poland—Thursday 19 October 2017

The Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival in Poland presented the debate Why do we need theatre? livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 19 October at 16:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 17:00 EEST (Beirut, UTC +3) / 3 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 14:00 UTC +0 / 10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4). In Twitter, follow @howlround for updates and use #howlround.