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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
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The Commoners Occupy Teatro Valle in Rome
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The Commoners Occupy Teatro Valle in Rome

24 July 2014

The three-year occupation of Teatro Valle in Rome is now legendary: a spontaneous response to the failures of conventional government in supporting a venerated public theater, and the conversion of the theater into a commons by countless ordinary citizens. Now the mayor of Rome is threatening to end the occupation, evict the commoners, and privatize the management of the facility.

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Welcome to the New Café Onda!
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Welcome to the New Café Onda!

20 July 2014

We are committed to providing a safe, crowd-sourced space for online dialogue and discussions around the topic of Latina/o theater. As the definitions of Latinidad and Latina/o theater continue to shift and evolve, so will Café Onda / Nos dedicaremos a proveer un espacio positivo, creado de opiniones publicas donde las conversaciones acerca de los temas de el teatro Latino/a puedan florecer. Así como es cambiante e indefinida la identificación académica y artística de lo que es Latinidad y el teatro que lo representa, así también Café Onda será siempre cambiante y evolucionará en forma colectiva.

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Panel Discussions on Intellectual Property in Theatre
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Panel Discussions on Intellectual Property in Theatre

Monday 14 July through Thursday 17 July 2014
New York, NY, United States

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.

Welcome to #RightsWeek
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Welcome to #RightsWeek

Identifying & Sharing Intellectual Property

13 July 2014

Amy Rose Marsh provides an overview of HowlRound's #RightsWeek.

The Anxiety of Generosity and the Abundance of the Commons
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The Anxiety of Generosity and the Abundance of the Commons

1 May 2014

A Keynote speech delivered by P. Carl at North Dakota State University “Playing on Common Ground: Theatre and the Complex Communities of the 21st Century.” 

The Scarcity Matrix
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The Scarcity Matrix

23 April 2014

ArtsEmerson Artisitic Director David Dower questions the competitive culture of theatre and advocates for a commitment to truth seeking and resource sharing.

Portrait of P. Carl.
Not Planning to Cross Dress This Time…
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Not Planning to Cross Dress This Time…

7 October 2013

P. Carl writes about his experience cross-dressing to fundraise for HowlRound, and makes an appeal to help us continue our mission of highlighting the dissonances of the theater industry.

Practicing the Art of Freedom
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Practicing the Art of Freedom

7 September 2013

Winebrenner discusses how to utilize our freedom by using theatre as a  vehicle for cooperative political debate.

Art & Survival Convening at Double Edge Theatre
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Art & Survival Convening at Double Edge Theatre

Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August 2013
Ashfield, MA, United States

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.

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Let's "Put the Equity Back into Sweat Equity"—Be a part of building a new arts economy at CultureCoin.org
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Let's "Put the Equity Back into Sweat Equity"—Be a part of building a new arts economy at CultureCoin.org

1 July 2013

Howlround crowdsources to help make better decisions in how they can support a better arts economy.

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Practical Applications of the Culture Coin
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Practical Applications of the Culture Coin

28 May 2013

David Dower examines the Culture Coin, and provides a sneak peek into a world where this new currency replaces cash in the theater industry.

Portrait of P Carl.
Why the Crowd? Why a Culture Coin?
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Why the Crowd? Why a Culture Coin?

27 May 2013

In this essay, P. Carl gives insight on promoting cultural exchanges and uplifting communities of artists.

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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