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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
Several people walking towards a colorful tent.
Towards a Commons
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Towards a Commons

The Rural Arts and Culture Working Group

6 October 2012

In the belief that rural artists need to be represented, Double Edged Theatre Company headed a conversation with fellow rural artists about action steps for the communities to take.

Build with Us
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Build with Us

New Play Map Version 4—Update # 2

2 October 2012

Vijay answers some questions about knowledge commons and brings us the latest updates of the New Play Map

Howlround's New Play Map.
Build with Us
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Build with Us

New Play Map Version 4 — Update # 1

23 September 2012

HowlRound wants your help in the development of the New Play Map. Read up on how we are innovating it to suit your needs and how to give feedback to ensure our goals are being reached.

Considering Our Dimensions
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Considering Our Dimensions

13 September 2012

Melanie Joseph, the Artistic Director of the Foundry Theater, examines what it means to be an artist and an active citizen. 

photo array of people at a conference
Latinx Theatre Commons
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Latinx Theatre Commons

Updating the US Narrative

9 August 2012

Anne Garcia-Romero on the genesis of the Latinx Theatre Commons. 

Howlround's New Play Map.
Introducing The New Play Map Version 3.0
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Introducing The New Play Map Version 3.0

11 July 2012

We've officially launched version 3 of The New Play Map!

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 # 4

9 July 2012

The last update before the official launch of New Play Map Version 3

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
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
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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.