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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
Essay

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.

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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership
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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership

26 September 2019

Linda Parris Bailey and Diane Rodriguez talk about their own leadership transitions and what’s next, gender, race, and economic barriers; documenting work; and more.

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You Must Kick Up a Fuss
Essay

You Must Kick Up a Fuss

24 September 2019

Black British writers Matilda Ibini and Oladipo (Dipo) Agboluaje talk about choosing to study theatre at school, crowdfunding, Afrofuturism, and more.

A performance of The Mamalogues
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A performance of The Mamalogues

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 30 August 2019
Austin, Texas

Color Arc Productions and The VORTEX presented a performance of The Mamalogues livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 30 August 2019 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). 

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Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
Essay

Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy

29 August 2019

Nicole Brewer examines a prominent racist policy in theatre—when plays written by people of color are staged by white directors—through the lens of actors, theatregoers, and playwrights themselves.

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A New Identity for Oklahoma
Essay

A New Identity for Oklahoma

7 August 2019

Tara Brooke Watkins discusses how Oklahoma! has shaped the state’s cultural identity, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Spinning Plates’s production of the musical with an all-black cast.

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Urban Bush Women's 2019 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performance
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Urban Bush Women's 2019 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performance

at Gibney Dance in New York City

Saturday 20 July 2019
New York City

Urban Bush Women presented the 2019 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performance livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 20 July at 4 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles), and then again at 7:315 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6:15 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:15 p.m. (Los Angeles). 

The Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival Closing Roundtable
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The Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival Closing Roundtable

Hosted by the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis

Sunday 14 July 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis presented the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival Closing Roundtable livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 14 July 2019 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Minneapolis, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 18:00 UTC+0.

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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That Blue Sky with Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions
Podcast

That Blue Sky with Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #6 

1 April 2019

In episode six of the From the Ground Up podcast, Jeffrey Mosser interviews Stephanie McKee about the history of Junebug Productions, and how they look to "that blue sky" to imagine what is possible for the future. 

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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

20 March 2019

Kim Peter Kovac looks at the way the theatre for young audiences field has changed over the last few years, where it’s at today, and what his hopes are for the future.

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Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls
Essay

Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls

21 February 2019

Alex Ates examines the recent production of Christina Ham’s Four Little Girls at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes
Essay

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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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).

How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution
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How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution

16 August 2018

Using three different plays—M. Butterfly, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, and QPH—playwright Massi Monfiletto examines theatre’s revolutionary potential.

Urban Bush Women's 2018 Summer Leadership Institute
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Urban Bush Women's 2018 Summer Leadership Institute

Arizona State University in Tempe

Saturday 28 July 2018
Tempe, AZ, United States

Urban Bush Women presented their 2018 Summer Leadership Institute at Arizona State University livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 28 July at 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco).

Theatre and Civil Rights
Podcast

Theatre and Civil Rights

Dr. Julie Burrell on the Importance of A Medal for Willie

5 June 2018

How did Black theatre connect with the Civil Rights Movement? Dr. Julie Burrell of Cleveland State University joins the Theatre History Podcast to talk about William B. Branch's one-act play A Medal for Willie and the underappreciated radicalism of theatre in the 1950s.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Carlyle Brown

4 June 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright Carlyle Brown, who recently won the William Inge Theater Festival’s award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater.

Coloring Music City's Theatrical Landscape
Essay

Coloring Music City's Theatrical Landscape

26 April 2018

Artistic Director Shawn Whitsell talks about the importance of Nashville, Tennessee's black theatre community.

Representation Matters
Essay

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.

Black Pain On Stage
Essay

Black Pain On Stage

1 March 2018

Jonathan Mandell looks at several current plays that depict violence by or against African Americans, including  LeKethia Dalcoe's A Small Oak Tree Runs Red, Gabriel Jason Dean's Terminus, and Althea Harris's Is God Is.

Resurgence in America’s Roots Region
Essay

Resurgence in America’s Roots Region

8 February 2018

Alex Ates looks at how the Free Southern Theater established a model of artmaking and activism in the South in the '60s and considers how the New South is primed for another generation of civic action artmaking. 

Camille A. Brown's The Gathering 2018: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World—New York City—Sunday 14 January 2018
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Camille A. Brown's The Gathering 2018: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World—New York City—Sunday 14 January 2018

Sunday 14 January 2018
New York City, NY, United States

Camille A. Brown's The Gathering 2018: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World livestreamed from New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 14 January at 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST (New York). On Twitter, use #TheGatheringCAB​.

The Monologue Project
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The Monologue Project

A special event that celebrates Women of the African Diaspora and their impact on theater and the world.

Monday 20 November 2017
Dallas, TX, United States

Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents The Monologue Project in Dallas, Texas livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 20 November 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST (New York) / 7:00 p.m. CST (Dallas) / 5:00 p.m. PST (San Francisco).

Theatre History Podcast #50
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #50

Opening Up New Approaches to Acting with Dr. Sharrell D. Luckett

14 November 2017

Dr. Sharrell Luckett joins us to discuss her new book Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches.