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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Drawing a Line
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Drawing a Line

Addressing Sexual Harassment in our Theatre Communities

by Dawn Simmons, John Meredith, Jen Lewis
17 July 2019
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
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Video

Culture Coin—Watch, Share, Vote Daily!

23 May 2013

HowlRound presents a video on Culture Coin, a peer-to-peer digital currence and resource sharing economy for all

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, May 23
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, May 23

Culture Coin & Making the Not-for-Profit Arts Economy Work for Artists

20 May 2013

The Weekly Howl is a peer-produced, open-access discussion about theater culture and contemporary performance that happens in real-time on Twitter using the hashtag #newplay.

The topic for this week's Howl will be about how we—together as a field—can rapidly intervene to make the not-for-profit arts economy work for all artists through the Culture Coin project that HowlRound is proposing in the ArtsFwd Business Unusual Challenge.

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Vote for this project
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Vote for this project

Let's put the "equity" back into not-for-profit "sweat equity"

15 May 2013

Vote for HowRound's CULTURE COIN in the ArtsFwd Business Unusual Challenge

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, May 9
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, May 9

"Intellectual Property: How is it benefiting you, your arts community, the world?"—a Twitter chat using hashtag #newplay

6 May 2013

An underlying assumption we want to examine is that the not-for-profit arts community is best served by adopting the market-based economy and legal system that supports and protects intellectual property.

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SPACE on Ryder Farm
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SPACE on Ryder Farm

4 March 2013

Alex Barron reflects on the origins of SPACE on Ryder Farm, and the future of its program... and of artist residences.

Howlround's New Play Map.
Rewriting the Script
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Rewriting the Script

Mapping the Development of New Plays in America

15 February 2013

Jamie Gahlon examines The New Play Map, and how it can help us rewrite the trajectory of new plays and new play development in the U.S.

Modeling a Theatre Commons
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Modeling a Theatre Commons

14 February 2013

P. Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew define their visions of HowlRound as a not-for-profit theatre commons.

13P
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13P

Easy to Revere, Tough to Recreate

24 January 2013

Alex Barron on the challenge of finding leadership to make collectives like 13P work. 

Cover of Diane Ragsdale's book "In The Intersection."
Book Launch of In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector at Emerson College
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Book Launch of In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector at Emerson College

Thursday 1 November 2012
Boston, MA, United States

HowlRound / The Center for Theater Commons at Emerson College presented a conversation with Diane Ragsdale, Robert Brustein, David Dower, Rob Orchard, and P. Carl on the publication of In the Intersection: Partnership in the New Play Sectorlivestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 November 2012 at 3 p.m. PDT / 5 p.m. CDT / 6 p.m. EDT / 22:00 GMT

Howlround's New Play Map.
Build with Us
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Build with Us

New Play Map Version 4—Update # 3

10 October 2012

The New Play Map can now display key information on relationships between organizations, artists, and events.

13P
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13P

Why Implode?

9 October 2012

Rob Handel, co-founder of 13P, explains why the playwrights' collective needed to implode after its final performance. The answer? It simply couldn't happen any other way.

The Finite Animal
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The Finite Animal

13P's End Days

8 October 2012

Maria Goyanes on the conscious imploding of 13P, death, endings, choice and the lessons to be learned from the closing of a curtian. 

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Twitter Conversation using #newplay on Thursday, Oct. 11
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Twitter Conversation using #newplay on Thursday, Oct. 11

13P & Alternative Producing Models

8 October 2012
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Towards a Commons
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Towards a Commons

The Rural Arts and Culture Working Group

6 October 2012

In the belief that rural artists need to be represented, Double Edged Theatre Company headed a conversation with fellow rural artists about action steps for the communities to take.

Build with Us
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Build with Us

New Play Map Version 4—Update # 2

2 October 2012

Vijay answers some questions about knowledge commons and brings us the latest updates of the New Play Map

Howlround's New Play Map.
Build with Us
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Build with Us

New Play Map Version 4 — Update # 1

23 September 2012

HowlRound wants your help in the development of the New Play Map. Read up on how we are innovating it to suit your needs and how to give feedback to ensure our goals are being reached.

Considering Our Dimensions
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Considering Our Dimensions

13 September 2012

Melanie Joseph, the Artistic Director of the Foundry Theater, examines what it means to be an artist and an active citizen. 

Latina/o Theatre Commons
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Latina/o Theatre Commons

Updating the US Narrative

9 August 2012

Anne Garcia-Romero on the genesis of the Latina/o Theatre Commons. 

Howlround's New Play Map.
Introducing The New Play Map Version 3.0
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Introducing The New Play Map Version 3.0

11 July 2012

We've officially launched version 3 of The New Play Map!

Howlround's New Play Map.
Building the New Play Map Version 3.0
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Building the New Play Map Version 3.0

Update # 4

9 July 2012

The last update before the official launch of New Play Map Version 3

So Where Do Artists Work?
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So Where Do Artists Work?

28 June 2012

Ezra Ezzard talks about the rich history and bright future of Harlem, and the necessity of keeping it an affordable place to make art and develop artistic voices.

P Carl giving a speech at a podium.
Finding the Gift and Making Theater for Everyone
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Finding the Gift and Making Theater for Everyone

18 June 2012

P. Carl's keynote from the 2012 CityWrights: Weekend for Playwrights enbolden artists to focus on making good art, rather than being overwhelmed by transactions.

Building the New Play Map Version 3.0
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Building the New Play Map Version 3.0

Update # 3

25 April 2012

Here is a brief quip from the design team in addition to the final list of goals for the new play map.

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The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College
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The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College

18 April 2012

P. Carl and David Dower outline thier plan for what HowlRound will look and function like moving forward. 

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The Commons and Common Ground at Emerson
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The Commons and Common Ground at Emerson

18 April 2012

Melia Bensussen examines how the arrival of The Commons will intersect with the theater professionals that populate Emerson College's faculty.