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Psalm's Salons at Studio
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Psalm's Salons at Studio

A virtual dance party with conversation in collaboration with theatre-maker and emcee Psalmayene 24

Friday 18 September
United States
#DeafWoke: An Evening with Samantha Figgins
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#DeafWoke: An Evening with Samantha Figgins

Samantha shares her #DeafWoke journey as a Black Hard of Hearing woman and professional dancer

Thursday 17 September 2020
United States
Livestreaming a Performance: Re-Re-Generation
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Livestreaming a Performance: Re-Re-Generation

Re-imagining performances originally created for Re-Fest 2020, CultureHub’s annual festival that brings together artists, technologists, and activists

Saturday 19 September 2020
Los Angeles, California
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Interview with Ron Simons
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Interview with Ron Simons

13 March 2013

A group of independent producers meet with Broadway producer Ron Simons. Simons discusses the need to invest in black theatre on Broadway.

An man plays the piano in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Keeping the Flame
Essay

Keeping the Flame

12 March 2013

Sarah Bellamy reflects on Penumbra Theatre Company's financial situation, and provides a roadmap of their goals, challenges, and approach to fundraising.

Two people reading scripts.
Who We Are
Essay

Who We Are

Black Theatre in the Bay Area

12 March 2013

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe discusses the climate of black theatre in San Francisco.

A still from Fathers And Sons.
Emerging from the Crucible
Essay

Emerging from the Crucible

11 March 2013

Valerie Curtis-Newton writes about her experience at The Hansberry project, and the neccessity of producing black artists.

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The Tradition of Defining a Tradition
Essay

The Tradition of Defining a Tradition

11 March 2013

For the State of Black Theatre Series, Talvin Wilks looks at the history of black theatre telling its own story.

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, March 14
Essay

Weekly Howl on Thursday, March 14

How do you see black theater in the 21st Century?

10 March 2013

This week's Howl centers around the state of black theater in the United States

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Breaking Through the Bottleneck
Essay

Breaking Through the Bottleneck

Theatre Makers in the Black Community Congregate to Change Dynamics in Boston

25 July 2012

Akiba Abaka discusses her experience at the Model the Movement conference in Boston.

“Pigmeat” and Company
Essay

“Pigmeat” and Company

A Legacy of Black Performance in Durham, NC

20 July 2012

Kashif Jerome Powell on the legacy of Dewy “Pigmeat” Markham on the Black Performance work in the  Durham, North Carolina theater scene, its influcence on the work of local theatermaker Mike Wiely, and the continuation of  said conversation in the current Black performace scene in Durham. 

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Blessed Doors, Opened
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Blessed Doors, Opened

a Theater Life in Pittsburgh

6 June 2012

Pittsburgh is where Tameka Cage-Conley, a nonfiction writer and poet, to become a playwright. She is pursuing the stories of her location to raise questions about the American landscape.

Friday Phone Call # 14
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 14

Kwame Kwei-Armah

16 March 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Kwame Kwei-Armah of Center Stage.

Honoring Excellence in Black Theater
Essay

Honoring Excellence in Black Theater

A Night with Woodie King Jr.

27 February 2012

​ Tune in to #NEWPLAY TV on February 27, 2012 from 7:00-8:30pm EST to celebrate Woodie King Jr.'s induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame through Honoring Excellence in Black Theater:  A Night with Woodie King Jr.

Portrait of Timothy Douglas.
The Benefits of Slavery
Essay

The Benefits of Slavery

30 January 2012

Timothy Douglas writes about his resignation from Chicago’s Remy Bumppo Theatre Company.

Why Am I Afraid to Write African American Characters?
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Why Am I Afraid to Write African American Characters?

9 January 2012

Marshall Botvinick investigates his personal fear of writing African- American characters. 

Discussion of Word Becomes Flesh, by Marc Bamuthi Joseph at 651 ARTS
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Discussion of Word Becomes Flesh, by Marc Bamuthi Joseph at 651 ARTS

Sunday 8 January 2012
Brooklyn, NY, United States

651 ARTS presented a pre-show chat for Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 8 January 2012 at 12 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 3 p.m. EST (New York) / 8 p.m. GMT (London).

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The New Black Fest
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The New Black Fest

13 April 2011

Keith Josef Adkins speaks on his experience working to "diversify within our diversity" and provide fresh black narratives to the canon of American theatre.

Interview with Karen Evans
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Interview with Karen Evans

6 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, Anthony Werner interviews Karen L.B. Evans of the Black Women Playwrights' Group on the future and the intersection of technology and live theatre.

Jennifer Nelson reading New Black Math, an essay by Suzan-Lori Parks, at the Black Playwright's Convening
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Jennifer Nelson reading New Black Math, an essay by Suzan-Lori Parks, at the Black Playwright's Convening

01 January 2010
Washington, D.C., United States

The Black Playwright's Convening presented a reading of "New Black Math" by Suzan-Lori Parks, performed by Jennifer L. Nelson, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv in January 2010.

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National Black Theatre @ Home — Founder's Month
Series

National Black Theatre @ Home — Founder's Month

A letter to the future

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Daughters of Lorraine Podcast
Series

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast

This podcast centers and privileges the narratives of Black theatremakers, scholars, and audiences while also underscoring the need for understanding the influence of Black theatre on the American theatre landscape.

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Conversations Across Generations
Series

Conversations Across Generations

Dialogues with UK based Performance Artists

Each of the dialogues in this series speaks of the connection between political activism, creativity, and spirituality— and highlights the importance of intergenerational knowledge-sharing for the future of the Live Arts and Theatre sectors of the UK.

#BLKARTS Presents: Black Womyn Going Dark!
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#BLKARTS Presents: Black Womyn Going Dark!

Erin Washington and Deanna Downes explore the history and legacy of Black women in the performing arts.

Afrolatin@ Theatre
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Afrolatin@ Theatre

This series highlights many outstanding Afrolatin@ theatre artists around the United States who diligently offer the world their art.

State of Black Theatre
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State of Black Theatre

This series explores the current state of Black theatre and its role in the American theatre landscape.