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Commons-based Approaches

HowlRound defines commons-based approaches as practices that promote relationality, cooperation, horizontal and decentralized decision-making and networks, bottom-up activity, and peer-to-peer sharing of infrastructure, material goods, knowledge, and ideas. Content in this section directly addresses practices of commoning from around the field. Dive in with essays on the promise of the commons, the birth of a climate commons, and how a commons becomes a selection committee.

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The Future Is Now: Conversations with Leyli Gafarova and Elena Ishchenko
Podcast
The Future Is Now: Conversations with Leyli Gafarova and Elena Ishchenko
by Simon Dove
11 November 2021
ArtsLink Assembly 2021: Future Fellows
Video
ArtsLink Assembly 2021: Future Fellows
An Annual Convening of Transnational Artists, Thinkers, and Activists Working with Culture to Create a Better World
Friday 19 November 2021
New York City
Power in Theatre Coalition Building
Video
Power in Theatre Coalition Building
Featuring Real Alanis, Lyndsay Burch, CJ Ochoco, Leo Grierson, and Jaz Hall. Moderated by Whitney Reed
Wednesday 20 October 2021
United States
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Denver
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Denver

Where Playwrights Love Playwrights (and Actors, Directors, and Producers)

23 August 2018

Leslie C. Lewis looks at how playwrights are working together and building community with Rough Draught Playwrights in Denver, Colorado.

a group of people on stage
Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion
Essay

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion

Welcome to the Carnaval of New Latinx Work

19 July 2018

Lisa Portes' remarks from the opening of the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work in Chicago, Illinois. 

Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad
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Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad

Modeling Decolonized Practices/Las Practicas Hacia La Descolonización

31 May 2018

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian talks with representatives of organizations which are intentionally working towards decolonized practices.

Shifting the Leadership Paradigm
Essay

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.

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.

Opening Space for Collaboration and Change
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Opening Space for Collaboration and Change

5 March 2018

Director Amy Clare Tasker on how the organizing practice of Open Space has revolutionized her work.

Art is Essential to Democracy
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Art is Essential to Democracy

18 January 2018

Tanya Selvaratnam, a  co-founder of The Federation—a coalition of artists and activists—discusses their Art Action Day on 20 January 2018. 

Networks and New Works
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Networks and New Works

NNPN Turns Twenty

16 January 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of its founding, Nan Barnett reflects on the National New Play Network’s growth, and discusses the organization’s impact.

Seven Years in
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Seven Years in

HowlRound Theatre Commons Evolves

9 January 2018

HowlRound staff articulate HowlRound's mission, vision, and values, and discuss how folks can participate in creating the commons. 

#52PlaysbyWomen
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#52PlaysbyWomen

An Advocacy Action Introspection

19 December 2017

Laura Shamas reports on the successes and challenges of launching the year-long social media campaign #52PlaysbyWomen.

Vivir de Teatro en Nuevo León (Making a Life in the Theatre of Nuevo León)
Video

Vivir de Teatro en Nuevo León (Making a Life in the Theatre of Nuevo León)

Wednesday 6 December 2017
Monterrey, Mexico

Mariela López, a World Theatre Map Ambassador, presented the conversation Vivir de Teatro en Nuevo León (Making a Life in the Theatre of Nuevo León) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 19:00 CST (Monterrey, UTC -6) / 5 p.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 8 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 22:00 CLST (Santiago, Chile, UTC -3). In Twitter follow @howlround, and use #howlround.

My Gender is Hot Fire
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My Gender is Hot Fire

The Birth of the Non-Binary Monologues Project

30 October 2017

K. Woodzick talks about creating The Non-Binary Monologues Project, and the need for more resources for non-binary theatremakers.

Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings
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Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings

4 October 2017

HowlRound announces the four selected convening proposals for the HowlRound Challenge, a new initiative to incubate ideas and seed action to make a better theatre and a better world.

How a Commons Becomes a Selection Committee
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How a Commons Becomes a Selection Committee

2017 Encuentro de las Américas / Cómo un 'Commons' se convierte en un comité de selección: 2017 Encuentro de las Américas

1 August 2017

Abigail Vega writes about the process for choosing shows for the 2017 Encuentro de las Américas festival. / Abigail Vega escribe sobre el proceso de selección de obras para el festival Encuentro de las Américas 2017.

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The HowlRound Challenge
Essay

The HowlRound Challenge

An Open Call for Convening Proposals

12 April 2017

Through The HowlRound Challenge, we will produce and host up to five in-person convenings in Boston, from September 2017 to June 2019 that will incubate ideas and seed action to make a better theatre and a better world.

Shape the Future of the World Theatre Map / Crea el futuro del Mapa Mundial de Teatro
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Shape the Future of the World Theatre Map / Crea el futuro del Mapa Mundial de Teatro

1 February 2017

HowlRound has developed and is launching The World Theatre Map. / HowlRound ha desarrollado y está por lanzar el Mapa Mundial de Teatro.

World Theatre Map
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World Theatre Map

Open Development Update # 3

22 December 2016

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

Out The Wastelands
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Out The Wastelands

A Journey Through the Great Lakes of Purgatory

4 December 2016

The first of a two-part report on the tour of The Wastelands, a folk opera developed by the ensemble Children of the Wild, across the Great Lakes region of the United States.

What The Commons Stands For
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What The Commons Stands For

24 November 2016

Read the community responses to our questions, “What do you stand for? What does your art stand for?”

The Creative Commons, or “Commonly Creative”
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The Creative Commons, or “Commonly Creative”

27 September 2016

Playwright and attorney Cheryl Davis delves into the legal specifics of Creative Commons and fair use, explaining how artists can use them to fit their needs.

Art & Survival 2016 at Double Edge Theatre
Video

Art & Survival 2016 at Double Edge Theatre

Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August 2017
Ashfield, MA, United States

Double Edge Theatre in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts presented the gathering Art & Survival 2016 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August. Share your thoughts with #ArtandSurvival16​ in Twitter @doubleedgethtrFacebook, and Instagram @doubleedgetheatre.

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.