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Spaces of Puppetry in Lübeck
Essay

Spaces of Puppetry in Lübeck

by Antonia Napp, Sonja Riehn, Silke Technau, Stephan Schlafke
7 April 2021
Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers
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Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers

by Michael Maag, Annie Wiegand
25 February 2021
Three Costume Designers Meet for Tea on the Edge of a Cliff
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Three Costume Designers Meet for Tea on the Edge of a Cliff

by Lux Haac, Dominique Fawn Hill, Deb Sivigny
24 February 2021
Image of two puppeteers on stage using puppets in front of a digital created forest backdrop.
Spaces of Puppetry in Lübeck
Essay

Spaces of Puppetry in Lübeck

7 April 2021

Antonia Napp, Sonja Riehn, Silke Technau, and Stephan Schlafke share learnings about running KOLK 17, a cultural institution in Lübeck, Germany that combines a puppetry theatre company and puppetry museum, and where the goal is to redefine exhibiting the art form.

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DESIGN Meeting
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DESIGN Meeting

Structured as a departmental check in, designers will report out on the state of our community and the field as whole

Friday 28 February 2021
United States

Presenting DESIGN Meeting livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 26 February 2021 at 1:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC- 6) / 4:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

The backstage area of a theatre, with a red curtain on a raised platform. There are random props and items strewn about. A woman in a 1940s outfit is standing at stage left. Down on the lower level is a ghost light. The entire stage is covered in textured, selective lighting.
Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers
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Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers

25 February 2021

Lighting designers Annie Wiegand and Michael Maag discuss how being part of the Deaf and disability community intersects with their design work.

an actor onstage
Three Costume Designers Meet for Tea on the Edge of a Cliff
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Three Costume Designers Meet for Tea on the Edge of a Cliff

24 February 2021

Lux Haac, Dominique Fawn Hill, and Deb Sivigny, three costume designers from around the United States, get together to talk about how they bring their values and identities into their individual practices, the importance of not tying their creativity to work, and more.

overlapping collage of plays featuring kate mcgee's lighting designs
Industry or Community
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Industry or Community

What Are We Going Back To?

23 February 2021

Masha Tsimring talks about pay equity in the design world, the upsides and downsides of freelancing, how COVID-19 has affected designers, and more.

An illustration of protest signs with slogans reading Black Trans Lives Matter
Design with an Equity Lens
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Design with an Equity Lens

Cultivating a Theatre Ecosystem That Can Hold Us All in Our Full Humanity

22 February 2021

Kate Freer and Porsche McGovern begin their series, Design (in a Time of Reckoning), with an opening essay about how theatremakers are currently being presented with a chance to reimagine the way the art form is made and how designers are an essential part of the solution.

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The Technological Theatre Experimenters
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The Technological Theatre Experimenters

18 February 2021

In envisioning of the future, Jared Mezzocchi begins by questioning: “What if theatre’s identity is not lost in the digital, but instead is enhanced in it?”

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Level Up: The Dramaturgy of Digital Performance and Design
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Level Up: The Dramaturgy of Digital Performance and Design

Engaging in meaningful conversations on digital tools in live performance

Monday 18 January - Saturday 13 February 2021
Canada

Associated Designers of Canada and ToasterLab presented the symposium Level Up: The Dramaturgy of Digital Performance and Design livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Monday 18 January to Saturday 13 February 2021.

an actor onstage
Alternate World Design During the Pandemic and Beyond
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Alternate World Design During the Pandemic and Beyond

11 February 2021

Heidi Coleman and Patrick Jagoda discuss alternate reality games (ARG) as a means of motivating audiences to take action, what goes into creating ARGs, game-based improvisation, and more.

Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: Positions and People
Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: 2020
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: 2020

22 December 2020

Porsche McGovern shares the results of the sixth year of her study on who designs and directs in LORT theatres by pronoun.

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Revolutionary Costume Pedagogy
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Revolutionary Costume Pedagogy

2 September 2020

Michelle Souza looks at how costume designers and educators can dismantle the status quo of Western-focused, chronological teaching of historical garments and move toward a pedagogy that acknowledges and honors diversity, intersectionality, and globalism.

a clown nose on a laptop
Theatre, Clown, and Physical Comedy… Online?
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Theatre, Clown, and Physical Comedy… Online?

17 August 2020

Charlie Peters, who has spent the early days of the pandemic thinking about and experimenting with how physical comedy can (and can’t) live online, shares what he’s learned.

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Inequity by Design
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Inequity by Design

13 July 2020

Elsa Hiltner discusses equity issues for designers in the theatre industry and offers tips for how artists can work together to change the system.

The Edwin Booth Award: Mimi Lien
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The Edwin Booth Award: Mimi Lien

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the traditional in-person event is replaced by an enduring online tribute

Friday 29 May 2020
New York City, USA

The GC CUNY Doctoral Theatre Students' Association in collaboration with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and GC Public Programs presented The Edwin Booth Award: Mimi Lien livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 29 May at 4:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC-7) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance
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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance

26 February 2020

Irina Kruzhilina discusses the importance of visuals as a means of expression in politically and socially engaged theatre.

Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: Positions & People
Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: 2019
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: 2019

16 December 2019
four actors onstage surrounding by an audience standing
Drag, Disco, and the Donkey
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Drag, Disco, and the Donkey

Performed Masculinities in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

23 October 2019

James Montaño discusses The Donkey Show, cross-gendered performances vs. drag, camp as an aesthetic concept, and more.

actors onstage
Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself
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Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself

Women Finding Their Power in Cendrillon

17 October 2019

Shari Caplan discusses Opera del West’s recent production of Cendrillon at the Boston Center for the Arts.

an actor against a projection of rain
Modes of Media in Digital Performance
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Modes of Media in Digital Performance

5 June 2019

David Z. Saltz—director, installation artist, and teacher of digital performance—talks about the early days of digital media in theatre and the six main roles it plays in live performance.

two actors onstage
The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers
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The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers

29 May 2019

Mallory Kay Nelson and Michael Maag talk about the low number of full-time designers working in theatre; the realities of costume, lighting, and projection design as a disabled artist; and how delegation is a skill they’ve both had to master.

A man in blue suit is speaking in a large conference room. Next to him is a woman in a green blouse and behind them is a woman in black suit ASL interpreting. They are all in front of a curtain which is lit in blues and yellows.
Nothing About Us Without Us
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Nothing About Us Without Us

Innovation, Creativity, and Inclusion in Professional Theatre

26 May 2019

Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe, co-founders of the National Disability Theatre, introduce their series “The Future of Theatre is Accessible,” talk about some key takeaways from the upcoming articles, and discuss how language is a barrier to inclusion.

an actor onstage
Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre
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Toward a Greater Empathy in the American Theatre

22 May 2019

D.R. Baker examines some of the realities of artists working in the American theatre and explores how empathy can be harnessed to make the industry a more positive place to work.

audience in darkness, except for flashlights
Making Light
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Making Light

22 January 2019

Daniel Jackson talks about creating an interactive DIY lighting system—that the audience partially controlled—for a recent production that took place almost entirely in the dark.

a woman looks at two paintings
Celebrating Historic Milestones While Critically Understanding the Past
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Celebrating Historic Milestones While Critically Understanding the Past

15 January 2019

Gaven Trinidad examines the recent exhibition Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow and wrestles with cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation when it comes to costume design throughout history.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Four: Part 4

28 November 2018

Porsche McGovern wraps up Phase Four of her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers.