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Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company
Podcast

Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Episode #7

by Jeffrey Mosser, Leda Hoffmann
15 April 2019
TILTing Perspectives
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TILTing Perspectives

Approaches to Devising New Work Alongside Actors with Disabilities

by Adam Roberts
11 April 2019
Harnessing the Combined Power of Theatre and TV
Essay

Harnessing the Combined Power of Theatre and TV

by Camille Cuzzupoli
7 April 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company
Podcast

Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Episode #7

15 April 2019

“We have a large variety of people in the ensemble in terms of the specific ways they’ve chosen to make their life in the theatre.”—Leda Hoffman

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TILTing Perspectives
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TILTing Perspectives

Approaches to Devising New Work Alongside Actors with Disabilities

11 April 2019

Adam Roberts talks about the devising process used at TILT, a performance company in Austin, Texas, that celebrates the creative work of adult actors with disabilities.

actors onstage underneath a large projection
Harnessing the Combined Power of Theatre and TV
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Harnessing the Combined Power of Theatre and TV

7 April 2019

Camille Cuzzupoli examines the themes present in Manual Cinema’s production The End of TV.

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That Blue Sky with Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions
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That Blue Sky with Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #6 

1 April 2019

“We look at three things: We look at the past, the present, and the possible.” Stephanie McKee

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Invited to be Family with Michaela Petro of Strawdog Theatre Company
Podcast

Invited to be Family with Michaela Petro of Strawdog Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #5

18 March 2019

Michaela Petro walks us down her path to becoming an ensemble member, and now, on the inside, how she contributes to  cultivating their artistic culture.

actors on a boat onstage
Sustaining/Passion with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions
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Sustaining/Passion with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #4

25 February 2019

Host Jeffery Mosser talks with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions about telling immigrant and refugee stories.

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The Challenges of Challenging Work with Emily K. Harrison of square product theatre
Podcast

The Challenges of Challenging Work with Emily K. Harrison of square product theatre

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #3

11 February 2019

“Put people in the room that you can agree to disagree with.” —Emily K. Harrison 

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Putting a Value on the Work and Putting the Work in the Community with Coya Paz and Free Street Theater
Podcast

Putting a Value on the Work and Putting the Work in the Community with Coya Paz and Free Street Theater

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #2

28 January 2019

“How can performance be used to cross racial and economic boundaries?”—Coya Paz

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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.

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Ensemble Dynamics and Rural Physical Theatre with Michael Fields and D'ell Arte International
Podcast

Ensemble Dynamics and Rural Physical Theatre with Michael Fields and D'ell Arte International

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #1

14 January 2019

Jeffrey Mosser speaks with Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International.

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From The Ground Up Podcast
Podcast

From The Ground Up Podcast

Introduction

14 January 2019

Jeffrey Mosser introduces a new podcast series, From the Ground Up, about ensemble-based and collaboratively-created theatre companies.

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2019 Under the Radar Festival Symposium Coming Attractions, a work sharing session
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2019 Under the Radar Festival Symposium Coming Attractions, a work sharing session

The Public Theater, New York

Saturday 5 January 2019
New York City
Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)
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Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Wednesday 12 December 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presents Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 2:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 4:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. EST (New York).

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Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues
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Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues

10 December 2018

Theatremaker Callie Nestleroth discusses devising a show for a library space and shares the process she developed when approaching new site-specific projects.  

 

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National Theater Project (NTP) Twin Cities Regional Convening, Minnesota
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National Theater Project (NTP) Twin Cities Regional Convening, Minnesota

Co-hosted by New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) & Pangea World Theater

Sunday 2 December 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and Pangea World Theater partnered to bring you the National Theater Project (NTP) Twin Cities Regional Convening in Minnesota, which livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 2 December 2018 starting at 9 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. CDT / 12 p.m. EDT. 

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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway
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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway

14 November 2018

Arizona State University student Ricky Quintana talks about taking his education into his own hands—by devising his own show—after a school production was cancelled earlier this year due to unforeseen circumstances.

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re:ROUTES—the 2018 Network of Ensemble Theaters' National Gathering & Symposium in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona
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re:ROUTES—the 2018 Network of Ensemble Theaters' National Gathering & Symposium in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona

Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 4 November 2018
Tempe, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona, USA

The Network of Ensemble Theaters presented re:ROUTES—the 2018 Network of Ensemble Theaters’ National Gathering & Symposium in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 4 November 2018.

On Neo-Futurism
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On Neo-Futurism

15 August 2018

Writer and performer Rob Onorato explores what makes the Chicago Neo-Futurists so special.

Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre
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Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre

23 July 2018

Rob Neill, founding ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, shares his thoughts on the company’s process, devising work, and creating rituals in theatre.

Puerto Rico, Politics, and the Diaspora in Magdalena Gomez's Dancing in My Cockroach Killers
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Puerto Rico, Politics, and the Diaspora in Magdalena Gomez's Dancing in My Cockroach Killers

22 July 2018

Noe Montez interviews ensemble members from New York's Pregones Theatre on Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, which ran from 7 June to 1 July 2018 at the GALA Theatre in Washington, DC.

Mad-Lib Theatre
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Mad-Lib Theatre

Making Plays with Audience Stories

24 June 2018

Director Meggan Gomez reflects on working with her youth ensemble based in New Mexico to create _____ Historias, a play that is created in real-time in response to stories shared by the audience.

Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century
Podcast

Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Nora Williams and Measure (Still) for Measure

3 April 2018

Dr. Nora Williams joins us to talk about Measure (Still) for Measure, a devised theatre project in the US that revises Shakespeare's infamous "problem play" in order to engage with issues such as sexual consent.

Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles
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Five Grounding Techniques to Cultivate Resilient Ensembles

28 March 2018

US director and health and wellness educator Molly Schenck describes five useful rehearsal techniques for ensembles to adapt when creating work around difficult topics. 

In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival
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In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival

13 March 2018

Robert Duffley reflects on four shows from the 2017 Divine Theatre Comedy Festival in Kraków, Poland.

Creating Theatre From Reality
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Creating Theatre From Reality

The Challenge of Documentary Theatre

7 March 2018

Anthony Dvarskas discusses the process of researching and creating America is Hard to See, a documentary theatre piece detailing the lives of a small community of sex offenders, and the town that had to adjust to their new neighbors.