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We Don’t Want Your Statements, American Theatre
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We Don’t Want Your Statements, American Theatre

or, The Solidarity We Actually Needed

by Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Al Heartley
11 June 2020
Alchemy of the Reset with Carlton Turner
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Alchemy of the Reset with Carlton Turner

hosted and created by YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman

Wednesday 1 July 2020
United States
Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera (Live-captioned)
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Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera (Live-captioned)

hosted and created by YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman

Wednesday 24 June 2020
United States
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Alchemy of the Reset with Carlton Turner
Video

Alchemy of the Reset with Carlton Turner

hosted and created by YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman

Wednesday 1 July 2020
United States

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presented Alchemy of the Reset with Carlton Turner livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 1 July 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera (Live-captioned)
Video

Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera (Live-captioned)

hosted and created by YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman

Wednesday 24 June 2020
United States

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presented Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 24 June 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz
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Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz

hosted and created by YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman

Wednesday 17 June 2020
United States

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presented Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

kevin dinkins jr and al heartley
We Don’t Want Your Statements, American Theatre
Essay

We Don’t Want Your Statements, American Theatre

or, The Solidarity We Actually Needed

11 June 2020

Al Heartley and Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Black theatre managers who work in predominantly white American theatres, respond to the recent “solidarity” statements posted by theatres across the country after George Floyd was killed.

REAL TALK!
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REAL TALK!

A guided response to Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance, a tentatively-titled, living document-in-progress

Thursday 14 May 2020
United States

REAL TALK!, a guided response to Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance, a tentatively-titled, living document-in-progress, was livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 14 May 2020 at 12 p.m. HST (Hawaii, UTC-10) / 2 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

actors on stage reading from music stands
A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren
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A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 21 April 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented a conversation A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Instigating Institutional Change Towards Decolonization
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Instigating Institutional Change Towards Decolonization

13 April 2020

Roya Amirsoleymani and Erin Boberg Doughton of the Portland Institute of for Contemporary Art share the steps they’ve taken toward decolonizing and indigenizing the practices and curatorial processes of their organization, which have been supported by Emily Johnson and the advisory council of the Global First Nations Performance Network.

three actors onstage
How Theatre Organizations Can Best Serve Youth Artists
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How Theatre Organizations Can Best Serve Youth Artists

9 March 2020

Tiffany Vega-Gibson shares information she gleaned from seven theatre companies around the United State about how to best work with young artists who may be struggling in their personal lives.

Miki Braniște
The Evolving Cultural Ecosystem of Cluj
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The Evolving Cultural Ecosystem of Cluj

13 February 2020

Széker Jetta sits down with Miki Braniște to talk about Cluj’s arts and culture policies, how they have changed over time, and how they have affected the city’s independent artistic scene.

protest image saying culture is the national fund.
Hungary’s Funding Emergency in the Performing Arts
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Hungary’s Funding Emergency in the Performing Arts

A call-to-action panel discussion about the context of this crisis and how to help.

Sunday 8 December 2019
Budapest, Hungary

A call-to-action panel discussion about Hungary’s funding emergency in the performing arts livestreamed from Jurányi performing arts theatre, Budapest on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Sunday 8 December 2019 at 1:30 p.m PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 4:30 p.m EST (New York, UTC -5) / 21:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 22:30 CET (Budapest, UTC +1) / 23:30 (Bucharest, UTC +2).

a row of strollers
Making Radical Parent Inclusion Replicable and Sustainable
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Making Radical Parent Inclusion Replicable and Sustainable

5 December 2019

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, founder of the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL), talks about putting PAAL’s handbook of best practices for parent support into action in collaboration with New York City’s the Playwrights Realm.

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Parents of Color and The Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices
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Parents of Color and The Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices

3 December 2019

Nicole Brewer talks about the term “child friendly,” reconstructing the issue of parent support as an issue of race and racism, supporting parent-artists with an anti-racist lens, and more.

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Why Parent-Artists and Institutions Need Human Resources Support
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Why Parent-Artists and Institutions Need Human Resources Support

2 December 2019

Iris McQuillan-Grace writes about the importance of providing an advocacy structure with a human resources lens to the performing arts landscape.

three actors onstage
When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body
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When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body

How Interconnected Access Benefits Multiple Communities

1 December 2019

Introducing the second installment of the Parent-Artist Advocacy series, Sally Lobel talks about how the parent-artist community and the disability community have the potential to be excellent accomplices and allies.

actors onstage
Committing To A Season of Historically Excluded Voices
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Committing To A Season of Historically Excluded Voices

A Moment of Reflection at University of Minnesota

14 November 2019

Lisa Channer, professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, talks about her school’s work in crafting a pledge to join the JUBILEE—a yearlong, nationwide theatre festival featuring work by traditionally excluded artists.

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“But Does It Pay?”
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“But Does It Pay?”

Internship Culture and Diversity in Theatre Administration

7 November 2019

Brídín Clements talks about the accessibility of educational and professional programs, like internships, in theatre administration.

The State of Acting Training in Canada
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The State of Acting Training in Canada

A Summary of the Results from Got Your Back’s 2018 National Survey

3 November 2019

Sarah Robbins, Neil Silcox, and Jennifer Wigmore share findings from Got Your Back Canada’s national survey on actor training in the country.

a group of people stand around a piece of artwork on the floor
Beyond the “Other”
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Beyond the “Other”

Seeking Commonality in a Divided World

31 October 2019

Jan Cohen-Cruz looks at how collaborative art-making can help bridge the divide between groups of people with different identities.

actors in front of a colorful wall of newspaper
IETM Rijeka Plenary Meeting
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IETM Rijeka Plenary Meeting

from Rijeka, Croatia

Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October 2019
Rijeka, Croatia

IETM presented the IETM Rijeka Plenary Meeting livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October 2019.

a vintage show poster
Trade Show Business
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Trade Show Business

Rethinking the Commoditized Theatre and the Public Space

22 October 2019

Charles M Pepiton discusses professional theatre’s commercial roots, how mission statements of non-profits today focus on social engagement, community-based development, and more.

shadows of legs walking
All We Need Is Audience Development?
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All We Need Is Audience Development?

13 October 2019

Goran Tomka looks at what audience development is, the phenomenon of an implied or implicit audience, decolonizing institutions, and more.

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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships

9 October 2019

Producer Tobi Kyeremateng and poet/writer Roger Robinson talk about Black writers in the UK, creative citizenship, activism in the arts, and more.

an audience view of a concert
Cultural Participation Policies
Essay

Cultural Participation Policies

A Poverty of Ambition

8 October 2019

Dr. David Stevenson talks about audience diversification, confronts the dominant hierarchy of cultural activities, and looks to create space for valuing everyone’s chosen cultural experiences the same way.

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Debates from The Paintbrush Factory / Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj, Romania.
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Debates from The Paintbrush Factory / Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj, Romania.

as part of their 10th anniversary season.

Saturday 5 October 2019
Cluj, Romania

The Paintbrush Factory / Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj, Romania presents three debates as part of their 10th Anniversary season livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV at howlround.tv starting on Saturday 5 October 2019 at 6 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 10:00 UTC +0 / 11 a.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 13:00 EEST (Cluj, UTC +3). 

Three young actors in school uniforms onstage in front of a graffiti wall.
Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other
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Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part II

16 September 2019

Part II of the conversation between Michael J. Bobbitt, the recently appointed artistic director of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, and Raymond Caldwell, the new leader of Washington’s Theater Alliance, who talk about post-show conversations and self-care.