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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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous
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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous

Mientras Tanto: Hacia La Porosidad

by Una Chaudhuri, Robert Duffley, Georgina Escobar, Eli Nixon, Adilson Siqueira, brontë velez
21 November 2019
Center for Cultural Innovation's inaugural AmbitioUS convening
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Center for Cultural Innovation's inaugural AmbitioUS convening

Encouraging alternative economies and a fresh social contract for artists and cultural anchors

Wednesday 23 October 2019
Oakland, California
The Promise of the Commons
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The Promise of the Commons

by Javiera Benavente, Liza Bielby, David Bollier, Jamie Gahlon, Jax Gil, Matthew Glassman, Richard Newman, Gina Reichert, Jennie Rose Halperin, JD Stokely, Carlos Uriona
10 October 2019
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From the World Theatre Map
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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

 

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!

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. 

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.

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.

 

The Good Groupthink: How Communities Solve Problems at the 36th Annual Humana Festival
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The Good Groupthink: How Communities Solve Problems at the 36th Annual Humana Festival

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.

From Submission to Searching
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From Submission to Searching

A Paradigm Shift in Connecting Plays and Producers

23 February 2012
Howlround's logo.
A Rapid Conceptual History of #NEWPLAY TV
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A Rapid Conceptual History of #NEWPLAY TV

15 February 2013
Washington, D.C., United States

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

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.

#NEWPLAY Video
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#NEWPLAY Video

"Water Park"

25 January 2012
Washington, D.C., United States

How is the commons like a water park? The HowlRound team explains.

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.