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
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.

From Submission to Searching
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From Submission to Searching

A Paradigm Shift in Connecting Plays and Producers

23 February 2012
A watercolor art piece in which a blue figure and an orange figure interact with each other.
A New Revolution?
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A New Revolution?

9 February 2012

Jaan Whitehead addresses the revolutionary attitude necessary for artists to reclaim the theatre from the institutions that produce it. 

Goal of a Knowledge Commons
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Goal of a Knowledge Commons

Transformation and Innovation?

27 January 2012

Vijay Mathew provides the latest update from the HowlRound office, in which the staff and some special guests start defining "knowledge commons" and "community sourcing" through videos.

Portrait of P. Carl.
A Virtual Theater Movement
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A Virtual Theater Movement

6 January 2012

P. Carl asks if the virtual connectedness of the twenty first century theater community can provide the place for artists to move beyond the brick and mortar settings of the current regional theater movement, and into greater creative freedom.

The Valley To Those Who Will Water It
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The Valley To Those Who Will Water It

28 December 2011

Molly Smith reflects on the transformations of Areana Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater over the past year. 

Turning Our Eyes Forward
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Turning Our Eyes Forward

19 December 2011

Deborah Cullinan asks how the theater community can create work that crosses the fractured lines of our contemporary communities and truly converges with the outside world. 

 

Commons Projects
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Commons Projects

14 December 2011
Five people stand on a stage with two large black squares on the floor.
Theater as a Collective Experience
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Theater as a Collective Experience

6 October 2011

The Workhaus Playwrights Collectivewhich disbanded in 2016 — came from a desire to create a playwright-driven theatre company, where no administrative infrastructure chooses the plays or plans the seasons.

A logo that reads "TCG at 50: What if..."
Getting Over Ourselves
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Getting Over Ourselves

27 June 2011

Reflecting on the 2011 TCG Conference, P. Carl asks “What if we could get over ourselves?” at both the individual and institutional level.

My Body, My Words
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My Body, My Words

6 June 2011

Tracing the family she's created artistically and socially, Virginia Grise writes about art-making as a process of survival, self-actualization, and community building.

Civic Theater
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Civic Theater

29 May 2011

Part one of Michael Rohd's look at "How does the work we do impact, intersect with and contribute to a healthy, functional democracy?"

A book entitled "The Gift: How the creative spirit transforms the world."
Notes on Generosity in the Theater
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Notes on Generosity in the Theater

10 April 2011

Thoughts on maintaining a sense of abundance and gratitude as a theatre artist.

Art & Survival 2016 at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts—Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August 2016
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Art & Survival 2016 at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts—Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August 2016

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.

The Latina/o Theatre Commons’ 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work in Chicago—Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July 2015
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The Latina/o Theatre Commons’ 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work in Chicago—Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July 2015

The Latina/o 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

The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation at Bowery Poetry in New York—Sunday 1 February 2015—#PSOTU, #PoeticAddress
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The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation at Bowery Poetry in New York—Sunday 1 February 2015—#PSOTU, #PoeticAddress

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. 

The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre at CultureHub in New York—#howlround—Sunday 26 October 2014
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The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre at CultureHub in New York—#howlround—Sunday 26 October 2014

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.

Panel Discussions on Intellectual Property in Theatre at Samuel French's #RightsWeek in New York—Monday 14 July - Thursday 17 July 2014
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Panel Discussions on Intellectual Property in Theatre at Samuel French's #RightsWeek in New York—Monday 14 July - Thursday 17 July 2014

Samuel French, Inc in New York City presents four livestreaming panel discussions for #RightsWeek: Protecting & Sharing Your Intellectual Property on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at HowlRound.TV this Monday, July 14 through Thursday, July 17. What is the state of intellectual property? What are the rights of theatre artists and new work? The complete #RightsWeek series will include these four livestreamed panel discussions, five essays and blog posts on HowlRound, and live tweeting throughout the week including a real-time Twitter chat on Thursday, July 17. To participate in these four livestreamed panel Q&A's, watch HowlRound.TV, follow @MrSamuelFrench, @HowlRound, and use hashtags #RightsWeek and #howlround. Alternatively, you can watch the livestreams and comment using Samuel French's Facebook page.

Political Ideology and Art
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Political Ideology and Art

A series in which each writer was invited to respond based upon the intersection of political ideology and art in their work.

Art & Survival Convening at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA—Saturday 3 August - Sunday 4 August 2013
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Art & Survival Convening at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA—Saturday 3 August - Sunday 4 August 2013

Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts presented the Art and Survival Convening livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on  Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August 2013.

A Rapid Conceptual History of #NEWPLAY TV
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A Rapid Conceptual History of #NEWPLAY TV

#NEW PLAY TV is innovating how TV develops community.  Changing the power from capital producers to pedestrians will decentralize content and reinvigorate local culture.  

Book Launch of In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector at Emerson College in Boston—Thursday 1 November 2012
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Book Launch of In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector at Emerson College in Boston—Thursday 1 November 2012

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

Rural Theatre
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Rural Theatre

A series featuring voices from the United States' rural arts communities.

Emerson College
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Emerson College

A series on HowlRound's partner, Emerson College.

The Good Groupthink: How Communities Solve Problems at the 36th Annual Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, KY—Saturday 10 March 2012
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The Good Groupthink: How Communities Solve Problems at the 36th Annual Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, KY—Saturday 10 March 2012

As part of the 36th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, the Actors Theatre of Louisville presented the first of four panel discussions livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv  on Saturday 10 March 2012 at 11 a.m. EST / 10 a.m. CST.