Commons-based Approaches

Interested in learning more about working within a commons framework? This content explores practices that encourage sharing and collaboration, and examples of commons in action.

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Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound

Reflections on 2018

by Jamie Gahlon
31 December 2018
What If
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What If

The JUBILEE’s Vision of Unity and Action

by Rachel Grossman, Kirk Lynn
24 October 2018
The Birth of a Theatre Commons
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The Birth of a Theatre Commons

HowlRound from 2009-2017

by Alexis Frasz, Holly Sidford
3 October 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Is Theatre Helpful? (or some things I learned from rehearsing The Oldest Boy)
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Is Theatre Helpful? (or some things I learned from rehearsing The Oldest Boy)

9 April 2016

Playwright Sarah Ruhl discusses the impulse and plan for theatres across the country to host readings of her play The Oldest Boy as a benefit to raise relief funds to aid earthquake victims in Nepal.

World Theatre Map
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World Theatre Map

Open Development Update # 2

4 March 2016

The HowlRound community is designing and building the World Theatre Map. Track its progress and participate in its design and development.

World Theatre Map
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World Theatre Map

Open Development Update # 1

1 February 2016

The HowlRound community is designing and building the World Theatre Map. Track its progress and participate in its design and development.

Scripts For Free
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Scripts For Free

23 January 2016

Edward Einhorn discusses the benefits and pitfalls of posting scripts online.

Five Years
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Five Years

22 January 2016

On the five-year anniversary of HowlRound, P. Carl looks back with a grateful eye to the future.

Write for the HowlRound Journal!
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Write for the HowlRound Journal!

21 November 2015

In an attempt to make it even easier for everyone to have their voice heard in the HowlRound journal, we’ve recently made some changes to the way we collect pitches. 

Participate at the Latina/o Theatre Commons Dallas Convening October 30-November 1, 2015
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Participate at the Latina/o Theatre Commons Dallas Convening October 30-November 1, 2015

5 October 2015

The Latina/o Theatre Commons invites theatremakers to participate in a regional convening in Dallas, Texas October 30-November 1, 2015. 

Showcase of the New American Theatre
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Showcase of the New American Theatre

Latina/o Theatre Commons’ Carnaval 2015

8 September 2015

Tiffany Ana López on the LTC’s Carnaval of New Latina/o Work hosted by the Theatre School at DePaul University July 23-25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Session Reflections
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2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Session Reflections

4 September 2015

A report out on 2015 LTC Carnaval Breakout Sessions on advocacy, artmaking, convening/networking, and scholarship. 

Confessions of a Convert
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Confessions of a Convert

22 August 2015

Lisa Portes on the power of shared leadership and collective action as embodied by the Latina/o Theatre Commons.

Carnaval 2015
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Carnaval 2015

Day 3

26 July 2015

Luis Alfaro reports on the third day of Carnaval, and shares the note the community ended on—commitment and movement. 

Carnaval 2015
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Carnaval 2015

Day 2

25 July 2015

Olga Sanchez reports on Carnaval 2015, Day 2, sharing summaries of conversations and the three readings of the day.

Carnaval 2015
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Carnaval 2015

Day 1

24 July 2015

Georgina Escobar reflects on Day 1 of Carnaval 2015.

Carnaval 2015 Opening Remarks
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Carnaval 2015 Opening Remarks

24 July 2015

Lisa Portes, P. Carl, and José Luis Valenzuela offer opening remarks on Carnaval 2015 at the Theatre School at DePaul University.

Join us at Carnaval 2015!
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Join us at Carnaval 2015!

1 May 2015

The Latina/o Theatre Commons Steering Committee invites you to attend Carnaval 2015, July 23-25 at the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

Presente
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Presente

A Roll Call of New Latina/o Plays

29 April 2015

The twelve plays to be showcased at Carnaval 2015 are just the tip of the iceberg. The totality of the plays submitted for consideration represents the depth and breadth of artistic ambition within the Latina/o theatremaking community.

Announcing the 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work
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Announcing the 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work

13 April 2015

The Latina/o Theatre Commons announces the lineup for the 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work, hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University July 23-25th in Chicago.  

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We're hiring a new Fellow! Could it be you?
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We're hiring a new Fellow! Could it be you?

12 March 2015

Are you looking for some hands-on experience to continue your education? Are you interested in a bird's eye view of not-for-profit theatre? Consider becoming the next HowlRound Fellow!

An Art for the Commons in a Commons for the Arts
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An Art for the Commons in a Commons for the Arts

12 February 2015

Michael Milligan explores the bare minimum needed to make solo theatre, as well as the grassroots nature of it, and what can happen when you collaborate with people who are deeply passionate, though perhaps not artists.

Meet You in the #WikiTurgy Commons!
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Meet You in the #WikiTurgy Commons!

6 February 2015

This post gives more details for the #WikiTurgy Edit-a-Thon, scheduled for Tuesday, February 17. All are welcome to participate!

Dispatches from the Hub of the Universe
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Dispatches from the Hub of the Universe

Making Space for Theatre In Boston

6 February 2015

One guy’s version of how the geography and history of Boston shaped its theatre scene, with a view on how to utilize and reform the space we occupy.

Public Dramaturgy, Wikipedia, and Combatting “Columbusing”
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Public Dramaturgy, Wikipedia, and Combatting “Columbusing”

6 January 2015

Three dramaturgs ban together to produce an “Edit-a-Thon,” with the hopes of making Wikipedia's theatre coverage more inclusive.

2014 HowlRound Blog Retrospective
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2014 HowlRound Blog Retrospective

1 January 2015

A sampling of the HowlRound community’s voices in the 2014 Blog.

HowlRound Essays End-of-Year Retrospective
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HowlRound Essays End-of-Year Retrospective

31 December 2014

January 2015 marks the four-year anniversary of the launch of the commons project called the HowlRound Journal. Thank you authors, readers, and commenters—and thank all of you for participating in this ongoing conversation about theatre.

Café Onda 2014 End-of-Year Roundup
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Café Onda 2014 End-of-Year Roundup

29 December 2014

We hope 2015 activates us all and that we can continue to function as a digital-stage in which to strengthen our conversations, and augment our visibility. For now, we leave 2014 by offering you some of our favorite excerpts from Café Onda this year.