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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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The Future Is Now: Conversations with Leyli Gafarova and Elena Ishchenko
Podcast
The Future Is Now: Conversations with Leyli Gafarova and Elena Ishchenko
by Simon Dove
11 November 2021
ArtsLink Assembly 2021: Future Fellows
Video
ArtsLink Assembly 2021: Future Fellows
An Annual Convening of Transnational Artists, Thinkers, and Activists Working with Culture to Create a Better World
Friday 19 November 2021
New York City
Power in Theatre Coalition Building
Video
Power in Theatre Coalition Building
Featuring Real Alanis, Lyndsay Burch, CJ Ochoco, Leo Grierson, and Jaz Hall. Moderated by Whitney Reed
Wednesday 20 October 2021
United States
Howlround's New Play Map.
Building the New Play Map Version 3.0
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Video

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
Essay

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
Video

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?
Essay

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
Essay

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
Video

#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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

Commons Projects

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

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

Notes on Generosity in the Theater

10 April 2011

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

The Theatre of the Future
Essay

The Theatre of the Future

9 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, Meiyin Wang hypothesizes on the future of theatre and the impact it can have on the world.

Cuban woman with headphones talking in a video conference.
How to Produce a Livestream Event
Series

How to Produce a Livestream Event

Guides to the tools and embedded values.

A series of guides on how to produce your livestream events which prioritize accessibility, inclusion, low carbon practices, and the commons.

Political Ideology and Art
Series

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.

Rural Theatre
Series

Rural Theatre

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

Emerson College
Series

Emerson College

A series on HowlRound's partner, Emerson College.