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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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Polish Connections: A New Generation of Theatre Linkages Between the United States and Poland
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Polish Connections: A New Generation of Theatre Linkages Between the United States and Poland
by Howard Shalwitz, Julieanne Ehre, Brandice Thompson
19 September 2022
Out of the Frame
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Out of the Frame
International Theatre Forum Hosted by Shoshin Theatre Association in Cluj, Romania
Saturday 17 September 2022
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Intimacy and Equity: A Balancing Act
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Intimacy and Equity: A Balancing Act
by Ann James
23 August 2022
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
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Carnaval 2015

Day 1

24 July 2015

Georgina Escobar reflects on Day 1 of Carnaval 2015.

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.

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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.

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Artists’ Entrance
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Artists’ Entrance

A Homegrown Artist Colony

29 September 2014

Today Westport has one of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States. A hedge fund responsible for $120 billion of the world’s money is nestled in the woods there. In this gilded environment, my family has always been slightly out of place. Though now winterized and expanded, our house is one of a dwindling number of non-mansions on the street. Recently, my parents and I decided to experiment with sharing that resource, thinking other artists might also benefit from the opportunity to get away and spread out.

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The Inaugural Latina/o Studies Conference
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The Inaugural Latina/o Studies Conference

Reflections on the Long Table & Good Company

26 August 2014

I walk away, reflection upon reflection, moved and inspired. Even now, the questions that came up at the long table stay with me: What is your fire? What is it that you are here to uniquely do? As many of us prepare to meet again in Los Angeles this fall, we will keep these questions in mind. I can’t help but to think back to the idea of a spherical journey, which is the unstoppable future of the LTC and Latina/o theater in this the US.

In Dialogue with José Luis Valenzuela
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In Dialogue with José Luis Valenzuela

13 August 2014

Jamie Gahlon interviews José Luis Valenzuela on the LATC and the upcoming Encuentro 2014: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival.

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Paying Dues and the Social Contract
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Paying Dues and the Social Contract

9 August 2014

“Paying your dues”—it’s a pervasive refrain, and one that clearly lives deeply within us; it has gotten under our skin and through our veins. I can’t help but think that it’s a lie. The concept of “paying dues” implies a sort of social contract that’s simply no longer present, if it ever was.

Calling Future American Theater Leaders
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Calling Future American Theater Leaders

We Want You!

8 August 2014

The Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) in downtown Los Angeles is looking for ten arts leaders of various backgrounds who represent the future leadership of the American theater to apply to our newly minted Artistic Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship will take place from October 1 through November 21, 2014 at The LATC, and run concurrently with the 2014 LATC Encuentro—the largest National Latina/o theater festival in over twenty-five years. // El Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC), localizado en el centro de Los Ángeles, busca a 10 diversos líderes en las artes que representan el futuro liderato del Teatro Americano para que soliciten la nueva beca llamada Artistic Leaders Fellowship. Este programa se llevará a cabo del 1 de octubre al 21 de noviembre en el LATC en paralelo con el Encuentro LATC 2014—el festival nacional latino más grande en la nación en los pasados veinticinco años.

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We Want You at the 2014 LTC National Convening!
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We Want You at the 2014 LTC National Convening!

6 August 2014

To understand the deep impact Latina/o artists have had in our collective history, it is crucial to discuss the varied artistic expressions that exist within the polycultural Latina/o theater landscape. The Encuentro seeks to understand how and why we arrive to each form—be it community-based, avant-garde, ensemble-based, playwright-driven, devised, or experimental work. // Para poder entender el impacto que han tenido varios artistas Latinos/as en nuestra historia colectiva, es necesario discutir las varias formas de expresión artística existentes en nuestro territorio multi-cultural mediante el teatro Latino. Este Encuentro busca entender el como y el porque de cada proyecto escénico—sea teatro de la comunidad, avant-garde, colectivo, basado en material original y en el dramaturgo, teatro ideado, o experimental.

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ALTA Chicago
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ALTA Chicago

Unlocking the Dream Box

2 August 2014

The ALTA Unified General Auditions reminded us, and the theater community at large, of the breadth of Latina/o theater talent that is multiplying and thriving in our beloved windy city. The goal of the Unified General Auditions was to serve as a resource for the participants and also to anchor them in the broader Chicago Latina/o theater community. In doing so, ALTA fulfilled one of the most important aspects of our organization’s purpose: to give Latina/o actors, both new and old, a sense of community and the warmth of a home effectively achieved through alliance and advocacy.