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When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists
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When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists

by Tita Anntares
10 April 2019
Climate Change Theatre is LIT
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Climate Change Theatre is LIT

A Study on the Performing Arts and Climate Change Engagement

by Carolyn Reeves
27 March 2019
The Creative Climate Movement
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The Creative Climate Movement

by Lucy Latham
25 March 2019
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. 

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.

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.

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 City of Brotherly Love Presents
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The City of Brotherly Love Presents

The Empathy Project

12 July 2018

Amelia Parenteau explores the value of bringing theatre and the humanities into the medical field through the collaboration between Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater Company and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

The Ground on Which We Stand
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The Ground on Which We Stand

10 June 2018

Playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson and director Claire Syler discuss their collaboration on The Green Duck Lounge, a play that delves into Kansas City, Missouri’s civil rights history.

Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood
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Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood

24 May 2018

Mihaela Drăgan interviews Sandra and Simonida Selimovic of Mindj Panther about their show Roma Armee, and the activist work they are doing in Austria to fight against Roma oppression.

In Search of Lost Hope
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In Search of Lost Hope

Theatre Against All Odds in Afghanistan

15 May 2018

Theatre activist Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn reflects on the founding of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization, a political theatre group that has been working together for over ten years to create social change.

The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”
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The Role Theatre Can Play in the Emergence of “Places of Listening”

12 April 2018

Ana Dinger explores theatre as a “place of listening” through the work of Mónica Calle and Rui Catalão.

#MeToo
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#MeToo

Power, Complicity, and Collective Responsibility

11 April 2018

Holly L. Derr writes about recent cases of sexual harassment in the American theatre, and asks when and how institutions and abusers will truly be held accountable.

Shifting the Leadership Paradigm
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Shifting the Leadership Paradigm

the Berkshire Leadership Summit and Beyond

9 April 2018

Sara Brookner interviews the steering committee of the Berkshire Leadership Summit, which brought together a hundred present and future US and Canadian women leaders to discuss equity and advancement in the theatre field.

Working with Students to Reclaim the Revolutionary Roots of Czech Theatre
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Working with Students to Reclaim the Revolutionary Roots of Czech Theatre

4 April 2018

Arts educator Hannah Sachs talks about how introducing Theatre of the Oppressed to her students in the Czech Republic helped address xenophobia in the classroom, and slowly began to change the culture of the school for the better.

Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places
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Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places

20 March 2018

Peterson Toscano describes his solo show Everything is Connected, which tackles religion, LGBTQ issues, privilege, and climate change.

Does Laughter Have a Place Here?
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Does Laughter Have a Place Here?

19 March 2018

Aysan Celik talks about the ways she’s found laughter to be a catalyst for honest conversations with her students about Climate Change.

Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?
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Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?

18 March 2018

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week’s series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change by suggesting that women in the arts may be our planet’s best bet for survival.

Amplifying Civic Engagement Through #TheatreActionGunControl
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Amplifying Civic Engagement Through #TheatreActionGunControl

11 March 2018

Playwright Tiffany Antone discusses Protest Play Projects, a new initiative that is organizing theatrical action around gun control in the United States. 

Theatre and Resistance
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Theatre and Resistance

Ten Things You Can Do

25 January 2018

Jonathan Mandell reports on the Martin Segal Theatre Center's 2018 Theatre and Resistance Symposium, and lists ten things theatre community can do right now to make a change.