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Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other
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Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part II

by Michael Bobbitt, Raymond O. Caldwell
16 September 2019
"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."
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"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part I

by Michael Bobbitt, Raymond O. Caldwell
15 September 2019
The Power of Local
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The Power of Local

Building Community While Building Plays

by Jonathan Norton, Will Power
25 August 2019
Three young actors in school uniforms onstage in front of a graffiti wall.
Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other
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Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part II

16 September 2019

Part II of the conversation between Michael J. Bobbitt, the recently appointed artistic director of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, and Raymond Caldwell, the new leader of Washington’s Theater Alliance, who talk about post-show conversations and self-care.

"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."
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"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part I

15 September 2019

Michael J. Bobbitt, the recently appointed artistic director of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, and Raymond Caldwell, the new leader of Washington’s Theater Alliance, sit down to talk about race equity work, the guilt they felt leaving their previous posts, and more.

eight people posing together
The Power of Local
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The Power of Local

Building Community While Building Plays

25 August 2019

Playwrights Will Power and Jonathan Norton talk about what being an artist in residence looks like, championing local playwrights, rejection letters, and more.

four actors in rehearsal
We Didn’t Have Any Role Models
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We Didn’t Have Any Role Models

An Interview with the Founders of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre Group

21 August 2019

Michaela Goldhaber, current artistic director of Wry Crips, talks to the founding and early members of the disabled women’s theatre group about their history.

a colorful mural that says community
So You Want to Move to the Developing Neighborhood?
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So You Want to Move to the Developing Neighborhood?

25 June 2019

Jordan Schwartz discusses gentrification in developing neighborhoods, how artists moving in need to work with the existing communities, and what kind of change that can bring about.

a group of people with their hands raised
Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire
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Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire

24 June 2019

Several months after Pittsburgh’s Quantam Theatre programmed The Gun Show, there was a mass shooting at a synagogue in the city. TJ Parker discusses how the company responded to the crisis, both through the play and through community engagement.

audience members inside an enclosed transparent VR tent
Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology
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Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology

10 June 2019

Members of the Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements discuss the connection between technology, performance, and social justice community organizing.

three different frames of a dancer
New to New Orleans / Venant d’arriver à la Nouvelle Orléans
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New to New Orleans / Venant d’arriver à la Nouvelle Orléans

Three Theatremakers’ Impressions on Parades versus Protests /  Les impressions de trois femmes de théâtre des parades et des manifestations

23 May 2019

Amelia Parenteau, along with theatremakers Eva Doumbia and Marie Houdin, explores the similarities and differences of parades and protests.

actors performing outside
Theatre During a Time of Upheaval
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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval

15 May 2019

Farai Mabeza offers an overview of theatre in Zimbabwe, from the major theatre in the capital city, to smaller community theatres, to the country’s festivals.

actors onstage
The Why and How of Site-Specific
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The Why and How of Site-Specific

From Then to Now

2 May 2019

Anne Hamburger, founder of En Garde Arts, talks about the beginnings of her company, and, with it, the beginnings of site-specific theatre in New York City.

three people sit at a table reading
Listening and Finding Common Ground
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Listening and Finding Common Ground

Chris Coleman and Marya Sea Kaminski in Conversation

28 April 2019

Artistic directors Marya Sea Kaminski, of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Chris Coleman, of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, talk about board relationships, connecting with new audiences, budgets as moral documents, and more.

a large group of people sit on the ground in a circle
The Creative Climate Movement
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The Creative Climate Movement

25 March 2019

Lucy Latham talks about the work London-based organization Julie’s Bicycle is doing in encouraging the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

three actors on stage behind a clock
Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts
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Escaping the Imaginary of Engaged Arts

21 March 2019

Goran Tomka looks at how arts and culture organizations can best engage with their communities.

a group of people in costume at the Porthcawl Carnival
Should Our Funds for the Arts Pay for Cultural Democracy?
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Should Our Funds for the Arts Pay for Cultural Democracy?

17 March 2019

Nan van Houte expresses a desire for funding bodies to take their responsibility and support cultural democracy without compromising the existing subsidies for the arts.

large installation
Rethinking the Purpose of British Arts Institutions
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Rethinking the Purpose of British Arts Institutions

17 February 2019

Lyn Gardner, theatre critic for the Guardian, looks at how several British theatre companies are redefining their mission and expanding in ways to be of greater benefit to their communities.

Meet the Neighbours project logo
Conversation about the Meet the Neighbours project
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Conversation about the Meet the Neighbours project

Who do you work for?—an international symposium on artistic practices with local communities, hosted by Labirynt Gallery and East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) in Lublin, Poland

Friday 14 December 2018
Lublin, Poland

East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) and Labirynt Gallery presented a livestreaming conversation about the Meet the Neighbours project during the Who do you work for? international symposium at Labirynt Gallery in Lublin, Poland on artistic practices with local communities. Livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 14 December 2018 at 14:00 UTC +1 (Berlin) / 13:00 UTC +0 (London) / 8 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

three people performing onstage
How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives
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How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives

13 December 2018

verity healey looks at how refugees in Paris are using theatre to create connections, break down barriers, and find community.

Roadside Theater's Living Library
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Roadside Theater's Living Library

29 October 2018

David Dower sits down with Roadside Theater’s Dudley Cocke and Amy Brooks to talk about Appalachian theatre, the power of culture to foster positive social change, how we understand our shared history, and more.

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre
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Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre

21 August 2018

Actor and former Naa Kahidi Theatre ensemble member Allan Hayton(Gwich’in) reflects on the history of the company and how theatre can be used as a tool for community building and healing.

Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

5 August 2018

Georgina Young-Ellis looks at the history of the innovative Mexican theatre company Teatro Línea de Sombra, its connection to Portland, Oregon, and two of their projects: Amarillo and Rebuilding Small Territories.

The City of Brotherly Love Presents
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The City of Brotherly Love Presents

The Empathy Project

12 July 2018

Amelia Parenteau explores the value of bringing theatre and the humanities into the medical field through the collaboration between Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater Company and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club Colloquium
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ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club Colloquium

Monday 9 July 2018
Boston, MA, United States

ArtsEmerson in Boston presented the Play Reading Book Club Colloquium—a community engagement initiative—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 9 July 2018 at 6 p.m. EDT (Boston, UTC -4) / 3 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 11 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1).

The Importance of Military Theatre in Europe
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The Importance of Military Theatre in Europe

1 July 2018

Tammie Pollard details the history of military theatre in Europe, explores its benefits, and looks at the challenges it faces today.

Building Understanding between Veterans and the Community through Playwriting
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Building Understanding between Veterans and the Community through Playwriting

14 June 2018

Leilani Squire explores the healing power of writing through her experience of working with veterans to write a play about their time at war and sharing their stories with the community.