COVID-19

Here, you’ll find content that directly engages with the COVID-19 pandemic. From work created digitally in response to the shutdown, like La Mama’s series Downtown Variety, to advice on digital gathering, teaching theatre, and making work, this is the space for conversation about this global crisis and how to move forward.

The Latest

Island Hopping in New York City for Theatre: How Live, In-Person Theatre Is Being Reimagined as it Reemerges
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Island Hopping in New York City for Theatre: How Live, In-Person Theatre Is Being Reimagined as it Reemerges
by Jonathan Mandell
2 August 2021
“Layers of Distance”: On Loop as a Pandemic Play
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“Layers of Distance”: On Loop as a Pandemic Play
by Kate Purdum
13 July 2021
Unrehearsed Futures
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Unrehearsed Futures
Episode 12: Theatre, no longer the bastard child?
Thursday 24 June 2021
South Africa
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Writing from Shock: Writing During a Pandemic
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Writing from Shock: Writing During a Pandemic

with playwright Crystal Skillman

Wednesday 22 April 2020
United States

Playwright Crystal Skillman presented Writing from Shock: Writing During a Pandemic livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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SEGAL TALKS: Basil Jones (South Africa)
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SEGAL TALKS: Basil Jones (South Africa)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Wednesday 22 April 2020
South Africa

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Basil Jones (South Africa) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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SEGAL TALKS: Richard Schechner (NYC)
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SEGAL TALKS: Richard Schechner (NYC)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Tuesday 21 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Richard Schechner (NYC) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Loving Theatre in the Time of COVID-19
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Loving Theatre in the Time of COVID-19

A Playwright's Response

21 April 2020

Playwright Noelle Viñas reflects on the grief she’s experiencing during the current global pandemic and talks about reframing theatre as an art of the now rather than an art of futurity.

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SEGAL TALKS: Milo Rau (Switzerland)
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SEGAL TALKS: Milo Rau (Switzerland)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Monday 20 April 2020
Switzerland

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Milo Rau (Switzerland) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 20 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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SEGAL TALKS: Grzegorz Jarzyna (TR Warszawa) with Agata Kołacz & Roman Pawłowski (Poland)
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SEGAL TALKS: Grzegorz Jarzyna (TR Warszawa) with Agata Kołacz & Roman Pawłowski (Poland)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Friday 17 April 2020
Poland

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Grzegorz Jarzyna (TR Warszawa) with Agata Kołacz & Roman Pawłowski (Poland) livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 17 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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SEGAL TALKS: Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan) + Abhishek Majumdar & Anurupa Roy (India)
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SEGAL TALKS: Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan) + Abhishek Majumdar & Anurupa Roy (India)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Thursday 16 April 2020
India & Pakistan

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan) + Abhishek Majumdar & Anurupa Roy (India) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 16 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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"Our Voices Are the Future of Theatre"
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"Our Voices Are the Future of Theatre"

An Interview with Seven Latinx Playwrights During COVID-19

16 April 2020

Playwright Herbert Sigüenza talks to seven of his Latinx playwriting friends about how they’ve been affected by COVID-19, writing during this time, the future of Latinx theatre in the United States, and more.

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SEGAL TALKS: Melanie Joseph (The Foundry Theatre) with Aaron Landsman & Aurin Squire (NYC, USA)
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SEGAL TALKS: Melanie Joseph (The Foundry Theatre) with Aaron Landsman & Aurin Squire (NYC, USA)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Wednesday 15 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Melanie Joseph (The Foundry Theatre) with Aaron Landsman & Aurin Squire (NYC, USA) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 15 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

Look for the Helpers: Learnings and Teachings for Building Resilience (ASL & Captioned)
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Look for the Helpers: Learnings and Teachings for Building Resilience (ASL & Captioned)

an #ArtistResource talk with Leslie Ishii, Lana Smithner, Aaron McKinney, David Shmidt Chapman, and B. Anderson

Tuesday 14 April 2020
United States

Livestreamed the #ArtistResource panel Look for the Helpers: Learnings and Teachings for Building Resilience (ASL & Captioned) on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 8 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UST-10) / 10 a.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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SEGAL TALKS: Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska (Nature Theatre of Oklahoma) + Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theatre) (NYC, USA)
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SEGAL TALKS: Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska (Nature Theatre of Oklahoma) + Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theatre) (NYC, USA)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Tuesday 14 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska (Nature Theatre of Oklahoma) + Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theatre) (NYC, USA) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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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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SEGAL TALKS: Keith Adkins (The New Black Fest) with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, Lisa Strum (NYC, USA)
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SEGAL TALKS: Keith Adkins (The New Black Fest) with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, Lisa Strum (NYC, USA)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Monday 13 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Keith Adkins (The New Black Fest) with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, Lisa Strum (NYC, USA) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 13 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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SEGAL TALKS: Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso)
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SEGAL TALKS: Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Friday 10 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 10 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Performance Despite the Pandemic
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Performance Despite the Pandemic

Continuing to Create at the Intersection of Coronavirus, Crisis, and Care

9 April 2020

Theatremaker Asif Majid talks about adapting his show, Snapshots, for a digital space after COVID-19 shut down theatres across the country.

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SEGAL TALKS: Chou Tung-yen, Wu-Kang Chen, & Kathy Hong (Taiwan)
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SEGAL TALKS: Chou Tung-yen, Wu-Kang Chen, & Kathy Hong (Taiwan)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Wednesday 8 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Chou Tung-yen, Wu-Kang Chen & Kathy Hong (Taiwan) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Taking a Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World
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Taking a Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World

8 April 2020

Kaja Dunn reflects on how quickly the world turned upside down with COVID-19 and offers a simple idea before rushing into to creating new work: take a breath and allow for a moment to process all that is happening.

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SEGAL TALKS: Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani & Valeria Orani (Italy)
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SEGAL TALKS: Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani & Valeria Orani (Italy)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Tuesday 7 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: SEGAL TALKS: Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani & Valeria Orani (Italy) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 7 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Pandemic Theatre Aesthetic
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Pandemic Theatre Aesthetic

7 April 2020

Jonathan Mandell examines the new theatrical landscape brought on by COVID-19 and discusses the emerging aesthetic—one that is low-tech, low-key, one-on-one, close-up.

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SEGAL TALKS: Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Dalia Basiouny & Laila Soliman (Egypt)
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SEGAL TALKS: Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Dalia Basiouny & Laila Soliman (Egypt)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Monday 6 April 2020
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Dalia Basiouny & Laila Soliman (Egypt) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 6 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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SEGAL TALKS: Toshiki Okada (Japan)
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SEGAL TALKS: Toshiki Okada (Japan)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Friday 3 April 2020
Japan

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Toshiki Okada (Japan) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 3 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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SEGAL TALKS: Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari; Teatro delle Albe (Ravenna, Italy)
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SEGAL TALKS: Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari; Teatro delle Albe (Ravenna, Italy)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Thursday 2 April 2020
Ravenna, Italy

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari; Teatro delle Albe (Ravenna, Italy) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 2 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Answering the Call to Pause
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Answering the Call to Pause

On Deciding to Postpone Due to COVID-19

2 April 2020

David Dower and David Howse—artistic director and executive director of ArtsEmerson, respectively—talk with artist Toshi Reagon about the decision to postpone her show due to COVID-19, and how that decision came from a place of power and progress.

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SEGAL TALKS: Thomas Ostermeier (Berlin, Germany)
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SEGAL TALKS: Thomas Ostermeier (Berlin, Germany)

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

Wednesday 1 April 2020
Berlin, Germany

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Thomas Ostermeier, (Berlin, Germany) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Lost Works
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Lost Works

What Could Have Been

1 April 2020

Kristin Idaszak and Kristen Osborn invite you to pay tribute to the work you have lost due to the recent theatre closures.