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'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 Twitter logo.
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
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. 

Several people walking towards a colorful tent.
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.

Several people in colorful outfits dance on stage.
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.

Portrait of P Carl.
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. 

The Commons Comes to Emerson
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The Commons Comes to Emerson

17 April 2012

Student Nick Medvescek writes about the synergy of HowlRound and Emerson College's student-led theatre community. 

Howlround's logo.
Flying High
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Flying High

A Video Explanation of The Commons by Jamie Gahlon & Vijay Mathew

16 April 2012

A video introducing our big move!

The Center for the Theater Commons
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The Center for the Theater Commons

Why Emerson? Why Now?

16 April 2012

Rob Orchard reflects on his professional career at the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre, leading to his new position and excitment for Emerson's Office of the Arts.

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 # 2

16 April 2012

The next big jump for the new play map is the ability to control the look of a new play’s journey.

 

A row of buildings in a city.
Welcoming the Commons to Emerson
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Welcoming the Commons to Emerson

15 April 2012

President Lee Pelton welcomes The Commons to Emerson College!

A graphic for the New Play Institute's annual report.
New Play Institute 2010-2011 Illustrated Annual Report!
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New Play Institute 2010-2011 Illustrated Annual Report!

14 April 2012

As the New Play Institute transitions to Emerson College as the new Center for the Theater Commons, we celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year with our annual report.

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 # 1

11 April 2012

Next iteration of the New Play Map is coming along!  We are updating it with the current mapping system to make the process quick and easy to use. 

Nourishing the Commons
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Nourishing the Commons

Rethinking Intellectual Property

15 March 2012

Isaac Butler argues for a re-thinking of the way we as theater artists approach and apply copyright and intellectual property.

 

Howlround's New Play Map.
Let's Change our Mental Map
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Let's Change our Mental Map

A Call to Co-Develop a Theater Commons

15 March 2012

Welcome to the New Play Map, an innovative, crowd-sourced way to track all the new work being made across the nation. But for our newest project to succeed, we need your help.