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Livestreaming a performance of black girl love: an adaptation project
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Livestreaming a performance of black girl love: an adaptation project

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 21 June 2019
Austin, Texas
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 

by Jeffrey Mosser, Stephanie McKee
1 April 2019
At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
Essay

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

by Kim Peter Kovac
20 March 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Livestreaming a performance of black girl love: an adaptation project
Video

Livestreaming 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 presents black girl love: an adaptation project livestreaming 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.

three actors onstage
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

“We look at three things: We look at the past, the present, and the possible.” Stephanie McKee

two actors onstage in costume
At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
Essay

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.

A group of performers on stage
Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls
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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.

Two men talking
Standing in Our Grandfathers' Shoes
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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.

performer with arm extended
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
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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
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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
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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.

Black Pain On Stage
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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
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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.

A conversation Leading from the Audience
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A conversation Leading from the Audience

Monday 23 October 2017
Boston, MA, United States

ArtsEmerson and ArtsBoston presented Leading from the Audience: a Conversation with Susan Peevy and Candelaria Silva-Collins livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound.TV network on Monday 23 October at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco).

TWENTYEIGHT presented by Gale Theatre Company
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TWENTYEIGHT presented by Gale Theatre Company

Friday 11 August 2017
Austin, TX, United States

Gale Theatre Company and The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented TWENTYEIGHT— a new play by Tyler English-Beckwith, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 11 August at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

Urban Bush Women’s 2017 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performances
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Urban Bush Women’s 2017 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performances

Saturday 5 July 2017
Brooklyn, NY, United States

Urban Bush Women presented the 2017 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performances livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound.TV network Saturday 5 July at 5:00 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2:00 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) and 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

 

 

Current Events as a Backdrop in Hands Up
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Current Events as a Backdrop in Hands Up

7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

8 June 2017

Lydia K. Valentine looks at Hands Up, a series of monologues that address the killing of unarmed black men by police.

Theatre History Episode # 32
Podcast

Theatre History Episode # 32

Seret Scott Looks Back on the Free Southern Theater

22 May 2017

Michael Lueger talks with director and performer Seret Scott about her work with the Free Southern Theater.

#BLKARTS Artists of the Week
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#BLKARTS Artists of the Week

15 April 2017

Erin Washington highlights Black women who are doing extraordinary work, and encourages others to leave shout-outs in the comments.

“Put On Your Good Bra!”
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“Put On Your Good Bra!”

An Interview with Dr. Omi Osun Joni Jones on Theatrical Jazz

13 April 2017

In this installment, scholar-artist Dominique C. Hill interviews Omi Osun Joni L. Jones about the Theatrical Jazz aesthetic, and how it intersects with academic theatre.

Black Women Have Theorized Everything
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Black Women Have Theorized Everything

12 April 2017

Sola Bamishigbin and Tia-Simone Gardner look at plays by Lorraine Hansberry and Lynn Nottage with intersecting themes, written at different times in US history.