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Livestreaming Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance
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Livestreaming Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance

The Doctoral Theatre Students Association (DTSA) Annual Student Conference 2020

Thursday 23 April 2020
New York City
"French and Yet Never French Enough"
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"French and Yet Never French Enough"

Caribbean Playwrights Challenge the Monolith of French Identity

by Amelia Parenteau
13 January 2020
Theatre for Development in Malawi
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Theatre for Development in Malawi

by Isaac Mafuel
5 November 2019
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Livestreaming Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance
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Livestreaming Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance

The Doctoral Theatre Students Association (DTSA) Annual Student Conference 2020

Thursday 23 April 2020
New York City

The Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance, The Graduate Center, City University of New York presents Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 23 April 2020 at 8:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11:00 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

two performers in red costumes with a backdrop of the moon.
"French and Yet Never French Enough"
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"French and Yet Never French Enough"

Caribbean Playwrights Challenge the Monolith of French Identity

13 January 2020

Amelia Parenteau discusses the Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales festival, which brought together francophones, francophiles, and theatre folks from around the world to witness staged readings of six French Caribbean plays in English translation.

a group of performers outside
Theatre for Development in Malawi
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Theatre for Development in Malawi

5 November 2019

Isaac Mafuel talks about Malawi’s most prevalent form of theatre, its history, and its impact and challenges.

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.

two actors onstage
The Factory of the Future
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The Factory of the Future

A Collaborative Project for Imagining Otherwise

30 September 2019

Zoë Svendsen discusses working with fellow theatremakers to build and present imagined realities of London and Oslo in post-capitalist and post-fossil-fuel cultures.

actors onstage
Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
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Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly

15 August 2019

Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez, part of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, talk about artivism—what it means, what it can look like—in relation to building a jazz opera with various communities around the world.

a colorful mural that says community
So You Want to Move to the Developing Neighborhood?
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So You Want to Move to the Developing Neighborhood?

25 June 2019

Jordan Schwartz discusses gentrification in developing neighborhoods, how artists moving in need to work with the existing communities, and what kind of change that can bring about.

a group of people with their hands raised
Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire
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Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire

24 June 2019

Several months after Pittsburgh’s Quantam Theatre programmed The Gun Show, there was a mass shooting at a synagogue in the city. TJ Parker discusses how the company responded to the crisis, both through the play and through community engagement.

audience members inside an enclosed transparent VR tent
Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology
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Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology

10 June 2019

Members of the Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements discuss the connection between technology, performance, and social justice community organizing.

actors performing outside
Theatre During a Time of Upheaval
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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval

15 May 2019

Farai Mabeza offers an overview of theatre in Zimbabwe, from the major theatre in the capital city, to smaller community theatres, to the country’s festivals.

actors onstage
The Why and How of Site-Specific
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The Why and How of Site-Specific

From Then to Now

2 May 2019

Anne Hamburger, founder of En Garde Arts, talks about the beginnings of her company, and, with it, the beginnings of site-specific theatre in New York City.

actors in a courtroom
When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists
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When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists

10 April 2019

Tita Anntares examines different ways of building empathy in audiences through two recent plays, The Courtroom and To My Unborn Child, and a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

three actors onstage
Climate Change Theatre is LIT
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Climate Change Theatre is LIT

A Study on the Performing Arts and Climate Change Engagement

27 March 2019

Carolyn Reeves looks at multiple barriers to climate change engagement and addresses how the performing arts—and especially theatre—can help overcome them.

a large group of people sit on the ground in a circle
The Creative Climate Movement
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The Creative Climate Movement

25 March 2019

Lucy Latham talks about the work London-based organization Julie’s Bicycle is doing in encouraging the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

three actors on stage behind a clock
Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts
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Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts

21 March 2019

Goran Tomka looks at how arts and culture organizations can best engage with their communities.

a group of people in costume at the Porthcawl Carnival
Should Our Funds for the Arts Pay for Cultural Democracy?
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Should Our Funds for the Arts Pay for Cultural Democracy?

17 March 2019

Nan van Houte expresses a desire for funding bodies to take their responsibility and support cultural democracy without compromising the existing subsidies for the arts.

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Rethinking the Purpose of British Arts Institutions
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Rethinking the Purpose of British Arts Institutions

17 February 2019

Lyn Gardner, theatre critic for the Guardian, looks at how several British theatre companies are redefining their mission and expanding in ways to be of greater benefit to their communities.

Actor staring at a television screen from across a table.
A Look at Penitentiary Theatre in Mexico / Un vistazo al teatro penitenciario en México
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A Look at Penitentiary Theatre in Mexico / Un vistazo al teatro penitenciario en México

13 February 2019

Mariela Lopez looks at the importance of prison theatre in Mexico: the quality of work, its impact on inmates, and how the public can support. / Mariela Lopez analiza la importancia del teatro carcelario en México: la calidad de las obras, su impacto en los internos, y cómo el público puede apoyar.

three people performing onstage
How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives
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How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives

13 December 2018

verity healey looks at how refugees in Paris are using theatre to create connections, break down barriers, and find community.

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Conversation with Choreographer Michael Kliën
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Conversation with Choreographer Michael Kliën

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Monday 3 December 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented a conversation with choreographer Michael Kliën livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 3 December 2018 at 5:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 7:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 8:30 p.m. EST (New York).

Roadside Theater's Living Library
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Roadside Theater's Living Library

29 October 2018

David Dower sits down with Roadside Theater’s Dudley Cocke and Amy Brooks to talk about Appalachian theatre, the power of culture to foster positive social change, how we understand our shared history, and more.

Panel Discussions around the Sanctuary Movement
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Panel Discussions around the Sanctuary Movement

Borderlands Theater in Tucson

Sunday 9 September - Thursday 20 September 2018
AZ, United States

Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona presented a series of panel discussions around their production of Sanctuary by Milta Ortiz, based on real people and events Sanctuary chronicles the Tucson birth of the 1980’s Sanctuary Movement, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Sunday 9 September to Thursday 20 September.

a dancer dancing
Getting Out The Vote
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Getting Out The Vote

Theatres and Civic Responsibility

8 August 2018

Tiffany Antone writes about Get Out the Vote initiatives at US theatre companies of various sizes.

a set piece with cutouts of people on it
Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

5 August 2018

Georgina Young-Ellis looks at the history of the innovative Mexican theatre company Teatro Línea de Sombra, its connection to Portland, Oregon, and two of their projects: Amarillo and Rebuilding Small Territories.

The Global Voices Panel at the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation
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The Global Voices Panel at the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation

2018 Mentorship Institute

Wednesday 18 July 2018
Minneapolis, MN, United States

Art2Action, Inc. and Pangea World Theater are proud to present an extraordinary conversation, featuring several of the international theater directors who are participating in the 2018 National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation—including world-renowned dramaturg Rustom Bharucha, Syrian director Kholoud Sawaf, recent recipient of the Order of Canada Margo Kane, director of Nicaragua’s most important theater Lucero Millan, South African theater professor and Zulu artist Ntokozo Madlala, and more. Tune in for a revolutionary global conversation!