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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
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The Future Is Now: Conversations with Leyli Gafarova and Elena Ishchenko
by Simon Dove
11 November 2021
ArtsLink Assembly 2021: Future Fellows
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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
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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
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. 

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Participate at the Latinx Theatre Commons Dallas Convening October 30-November 1, 2015
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Participate at the Latinx Theatre Commons Dallas Convening October 30-November 1, 2015

5 October 2015

The Latinx 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

Latinx 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 Latinx 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 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.

Carnaval 2015
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Carnaval 2015

Day 1

24 July 2015

Georgina Escobar reflects on Day 1 of Carnaval 2015.

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The Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work
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The Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work

Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July 2015
Chicago, IL, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work—a showcase of new work by Latina/o playwrights and theatremakers in the United States—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July. Download the full Carnaval program here.

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

1 May 2015

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

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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.

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.

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!

The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation at Bowery Poetry
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The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation at Bowery Poetry

Sunday 1 February 2015
New York City, NY, United States

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture presented The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 February at 6:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 23:30 GMT (London). Livestreaming by CultureHub at Bowery Poetry in New York City. 

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.

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The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre
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The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre

Sunday 26 October2014
New York, NY, United States

CultureHub in New York City presented the discussion The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 26 October at 22:00 GMT (London) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 3 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 9 a.m. AEDT on Monday, October 27 (Sydney). In Twitter, use #howlround.

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Participate in The Latinx Theatre Commons Second National Convening Nov. 6-9 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center's Encuentro 2014
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Participate in The Latinx Theatre Commons Second National Convening Nov. 6-9 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center's Encuentro 2014

17 October 2014

The 2014 Latinx Theatre Commons Second National Convening at Los Angeles Theatre Center's Encuentro 2014 runs November 6-9, 2014 and is open to all theatermakers, artists, scholars, administrators, and advocates with an interest in Latina/o theater (or the New American Theater). If you plan to come to any Convening events, please RSVP here no later than November 1, 2014.