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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 International Presenting Commons Convenes at Last
Essay
The International Presenting Commons Convenes at Last
by Janice Paran
6 February 2023
International Presenting Now: Collaborative Models, Practices, and Pathways Toward a Sustainable Future
Video
International Presenting Now: Collaborative Models, Practices, and Pathways Toward a Sustainable Future
Monday 9 January 2023
New York City, New York
Moving at the Speed of Trust: Two Theatres, One Playwright-in-Residence
Essay
Moving at the Speed of Trust: Two Theatres, One Playwright-in-Residence
by Star Finch, Sean San José, Mina Morita
24 October 2022
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
Essay

From Submission to Searching

A Paradigm Shift in Connecting Plays and Producers

23 February 2012
Logo for Howlround.
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?
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.

An illustration of hands pulling a silhouette towards the edge of the image.
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.

two female performers standing in the middle of a rehearsal room holding hands
Rebuilding for the Future: A Convergence of Thought Leaders in Intimacy Practice
Series

Rebuilding for the Future: A Convergence of Thought Leaders in Intimacy Practice

The intimacy industry is under pressure. While many creatives and artistic leaders see the benefits of intimacy direction and coordination as specific care and technical support for actors, the industry itself has not yet created an equitable and inclusive training process for marginalized people. In this series, Ann James, founder of Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC), interviews eight queer and global majority intimacy specialists about the joys and challenges they face in the industry. What emerges from this series of interviews is a complex, multifaceted range of approaches, training models, and innovations for the future of intimacy that actively decenter whiteness, colonization, and appropriation.

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.