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The content in this section includes video or transcripts of conference events and reports from field gatherings. We regularly livestream conferences from the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA), IETM, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), the National Performance Network (NPN), On the Move, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and more.

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The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference
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The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference
Panels and Conversations about the State of American Theatre
Thursday 20 June to Saturday 22 June 2024
Chicago, IL
The Advocators: Forging Paths to Better Pay! A Panel Discussion
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The Advocators: Forging Paths to Better Pay! A Panel Discussion
A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel Two
Wednesday 5 June 2024
New York
Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts
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Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts
A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel One
Tuesday 4 June 2024
New York
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The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference
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The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference

Panels and Conversations about the State of American Theatre

Thursday 20 June to Saturday 22 June 2024
Chicago, IL

The TCG National Conference is one of the largest nationwide gatherings of the not-for-profit theatre community. TCG has been gathering folks this way since 1976 and each year, the National Conference creates space for theatre practitioners across the globe to get inspired, learn from one another, and build toward collective action. It’s also been a way for TCG and the field to get intimately familiar with theatre communities around the country, and to channel the particular energy of their artists.

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The Advocators: Forging Paths to Better Pay! A Panel Discussion
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The Advocators: Forging Paths to Better Pay! A Panel Discussion

A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel Two

Wednesday 5 June 2024
New York

A.R.T./New York convenes their 2024 Spring Summit, UNCHARTED: Leading Beyond The Path to encourage solution-sharing and strengthen relationships across New York’s nonprofit theatre community, as we build our shared, prosperous and sustainable future. This multi-day event will be an opportunity for collective learning, relationship building, solution sharing, and, perhaps most importantly, joyful social events!

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Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts
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Champions of Transition: A Panel on Succession Planning, Leadership Changes, and Foundational Shifts

A.R.T./New York's Spring Summit, Panel One

Tuesday 4 June 2024
New York

A.R.T./New York convenes their 2024 Spring Summit, UNCHARTED: Leading Beyond The Path to encourage solution-sharing and strengthen relationships across New York’s nonprofit theatre community, as we build our shared, prosperous and sustainable future. This multi-day event will be an opportunity for collective learning, relationship building, solution sharing, and, perhaps most importantly, joyful social events!

A promotional graphic for the Kunafa and Shay podcast.
Affinity Spaces for Middle Eastern and North African/Southwest Asia and North African and LGBTQIA+ Artists
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Affinity Spaces for Middle Eastern and North African/Southwest Asia and North African and LGBTQIA+ Artists

13 December 2023

Affinity spaces have been an undercurrent of discussion across the three seasons of Kunafa and Shay. In this live session at the 2023 MENATMA Convening at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, in partnership with Mizna+RAWIfest, Marina and Nabra sit down with artists to discuss the nuances of MENA and SWANA affinity spaces and MENATMA, Mizna, and RAWI’s roles in facilitating national cultural affinity among artists of intersectional identities.

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8th Annual Inclusive Theatre Festival (ITF)
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8th Annual Inclusive Theatre Festival (ITF)

A Weekend-long Conference Celebrating the Strides Being Made in Inclusive and Accessible Theatre

Saturday 11 November 2023
Evanston, Illinois

Seesaw Theatre Presents: the 8th Annual Inclusive Theatre Festival (ITF)! This event is a weekend-long conference celebrating the strides being made in inclusive and accessible theatre. ITF aims to bring together theatre artists and practitioners from across the country, giving us all the chance to learn about the amazing work being done and how we can also improve our own work while supporting marginalized communities. The conference is intended not only for theatre artists (students and professionals alike), but also for the disability community and their families, educators working with autistic and otherwise disabled individuals, and truly anyone interested in this ever-expanding and heartwarming field of inclusive theatre.

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Restorying Our Past and Present, Imagining Our Future
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Restorying Our Past and Present, Imagining Our Future

9 February 2023

Theatremaker and advocate Ronee Penoi shares her inspired keynote speech from the Public Theater’s 2023 Under the Radar Professional Symposium.

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Our Theater Ecology
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Our Theater Ecology

TCG's 2021 National Conference Online

Thursday 13 May to Friday 21 May 2021
United States

Theatre Communications Group presented their 2021 National Conference: Our Theatre Ecology livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Thursday 13 May to Friday 21 May 2021.

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What Is the Role of the Artist Today?
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What Is the Role of the Artist Today?

13 October 2020

Michael Rohd shares an edited version of a recent talk he gave at the Clarke Forum, Dickinson College, on the role of art and artists today.

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Modeling Solidarity: Theater As Political Action
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Modeling Solidarity: Theater As Political Action

Part of Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists’ ConFest Virtual Series

Monday 14 September 2020
United States

Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists presented a panel discussion Modeling Solidarity: Theater As Political Action livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 14 September 2020 at 1 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-), 3 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-), 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7), 5 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6), 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5), 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Build from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater with FoolsFURY Theater Company
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Build from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater with FoolsFURY Theater Company

Conversations and workshops about labor ethics and project finance reform, design and technology, education, accessibility, and equity and diversity from story selection and development to casting.

Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September 2020
United States

FoolsFURY Theater Company presented its national convening of ensemble theater makers BUILD from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September 2020.

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How to Produce a Livestreamed Event
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How to Produce a Livestreamed Event

A Producer’s Guide to the Tools and Embedded Values

14 April 2020

Vijay Mathew, HowlRound’s cultural strategist, offers a guide to producing and livestreaming events online.

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Lumbering Toward the New
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Lumbering Toward the New

17 March 2020

In this virtual keynote, Todd London reflects on the nature of new work and the social cooperation inherent to making theatre.

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Gathering to Define Community
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Gathering to Define Community

On the National Convening for Artists of Middle Eastern, North African, and Southwest Asian Descent

5 March 2020

Denmo Ibrahim reports on the National Convening for Artists of Middle Eastern, Southwest Asian, and North African Descent, which took place in San Francisco in November 2019.

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New Work Secret in the Rockies
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New Work Secret in the Rockies

The Colorado New Play Festival and the National Play Lab Conference

12 January 2020

Kristin Leahey, PhD explores the impact of the Colorado New Play Festival and its accompanying conference.

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Parents of Color and the Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices
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Parents of Color and the Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices

3 December 2019

Nicole Brewer talks about the term “child friendly,” reconstructing the issue of parent support as an issue of race and racism, supporting parent-artists with an anti-racist lens, and more.

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Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

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Livestreaming the 2019 Annual LMDA Conference
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Livestreaming the 2019 Annual LMDA Conference

Crossing Borders, Pt. 2: Action in a Time of Division

Thursday 20 June - Saturday 22 June 2019.
Chicago, Illinois

Livestreaming the 2019 Annual Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference: Crossing Borders, Pt. 2: Action in a Time of Division from Chicago, Illinois livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 20 June to Saturday 22 June 2019.

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Calling in the Spirits
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Calling in the Spirits

How Theatre Can Help Us Tell the Truth

20 June 2019

Playwright Pearl Cleage discusses playwriting, activism, and how theatremakers can help save the world in this excerpt from her keynote speech at the 2019 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference.

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The Living Ticket Model with Heather Cohn and Corinna Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble
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The Living Ticket Model with Heather Cohn and Corinna Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #11

18 June 2019

In this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser talks with Heather Cohn and Corinna Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble about their Living Ticket model is making transparent how much it costs to make a living wage in the theatre. This episode was recorded live at the TCG Miami 2019 Conference on Friday 7 June 2019.

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FoldA
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FoldA

Festival of Live Digital Art

Thursday 13 June through Saturday 15 June 2019
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

SpiderWebShow Performance and HowlRound presented events from FoldA (Festival of Live Digital Art) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Thursday 13 June to Saturday 15 June 2019.

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Digital + Performance Convening
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Digital + Performance Convening

at the foldA Festival in Kingston, Ontario

12 June 2019
Kingston, Ontario At The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

On 12 June 2019 in Kingston, Ontario, HowlRound Theatre Commons and SpiderWebShow Performance will co-produce a one day Digital + Performance Convening that will bring together up to fifty practitioners, curators, and scholars from the US and Canada working at the intersection of performance and digital technology for a day of discussion that aims to break open assumptions and reveal future possibilities for the art form.

The 2019 TCG National Conference
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The 2019 TCG National Conference

Miami, Florida

Tuesday 4 June to Saturday 8 June 2019
Miami, Florida

Theatre Communications Group presented their 2019 National Conference livestreamed from Miami, Florida on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Tuesday 4 June to Saturday 8 June 2019.

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Keynote by Marcus Youssef at PACTcon 2019: A Work in Progress
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Keynote by Marcus Youssef at PACTcon 2019: A Work in Progress

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

Thursday 23 May 2019
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres presented the keynote speech by Marcus Youssef from PACTcon 2019 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 23 May at 8:15 a.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 9:15 a.m. CST (Saskatoon) / 11:15 a.m. EDT (Toronto) / 15:15 UTC +0.

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Focal point: Culture of Mobility in the Time of Climate Change
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Focal point: Culture of Mobility in the Time of Climate Change

A public forum during On the Move's General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic  

Thursday 25 April 2019
Center for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAMP), Prague, Czech Republic

On the Move, Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CZ) presented Focal point: Culture of Mobility in the Time of Climate Change—a public forum during On the Move's General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 25 April 2019 at 10:00 CEST (Prague, UTC +2) / 09:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 08:00 UTC +0 / 4 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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The IETM Hull Plenary Meeting 2019
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The IETM Hull Plenary Meeting 2019

Theme: Everyone and Anyone

Thursday 28 March to Saturday 30 March 2019
Hull, United Kingdom

IETM — International network for contemporary performing arts — presented the IETM Hull Plenary Meeting 2019 with the theme Everyone and Anyone livestreamed from Hull, United Kingdom on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 28 March to Saturday 30 March 2019.

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