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

by Callie Nestleroth
10 December 2018
When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway
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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway

by Ricky Quintana
14 November 2018
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
Howlround Theatre Commons
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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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Livestreaming the National Theater Project (NTP) Twin Cities Regional Convening, Minnesota
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Livestreaming the 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 are partnering to bring you the National Theater Project (NTP) Twin Cities Regional Convening in Minnesota, which will livestream 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
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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.

Opening Space for Collaboration and Change
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Opening Space for Collaboration and Change

5 March 2018

Director Amy Clare Tasker on how the organizing practice of Open Space has revolutionized her work.

Sheila Puts Women Center Stage
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Sheila Puts Women Center Stage

30 January 2018

Can friendships survive a separation in time, values, and life choices? Carey Purcell looks at the quiet questioning of the role of women in Sheila by The Associates.

A Room in India
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A Room in India

If All Theatres were Demolished, Would Anybody Care?

4 January 2018

This month Jonathan Mandell looks at A Room in India by French company Théâtre du Soleil, which considers the question ‘If all theatres were demolished tomorrow, would anybody miss them, and for how long?’

Love and Information at Aquinas College
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Love and Information at Aquinas College

29 October 2017

Randy Wyatt examines how Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, explored the question of mounting contemporary work in a diverse world with limited resources and within a ‘closed’ academic context through a community-based/academic hybrid production of Caryl Churchill's Love and Information.

Bodies on the Edge
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Bodies on the Edge

Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya’s Becoming Pentalogy

20 October 2017

Multidisciplinary artist and cultural producer Ivan Talijancic interviews New York based duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya about LEIMAY ensemble, their recent production Frantic Beauty, and the creation process for their five-part Becoming series.

IN KINSHIP
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IN KINSHIP

A River and Recovery in Many Acts

19 September 2017

Maine artist Jennie Hahn explores environmental stewardship in Maine’s Penobscot River Watershed with the performance project IN KINSHIP and shares her three guiding principles for making art in a time of climate change.

The Complications of Sex
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The Complications of Sex

The Sex Myth

13 September 2017

Carey Purcell engages the complications of sex in The Sex Myth, presented at HERE Arts Center in New York City. 

Process as Collective Property- Nela H. Kornetová / T.I.T.S.
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Process as Collective Property- Nela H. Kornetová / T.I.T.S.

5 September 2017

In the fourth installment of this series, Brendan McCall discusses the work of Czech-born, Norway-based artist Nela H. Kornetová , and her performance collective T.I.T.S. 

Gender Futures
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Gender Futures

A Talk with Christian Appel and Renée Imperato of the TransGenerational Theatre Project

24 August 2017

Patrick Gaughan interviews Christian Appel and Renée Imperato about how they used applied theatre, writing, and utopian world-envisioning to create the all-trans, ensemble- based TransGenerational Theatre Project in NYC. 

We’re Not Done
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We’re Not Done

Creating Ensemble Theatre and Community with Senior Citizens

19 August 2017

Ashley Marinaccio shares her experience working with seniors through a four-month residency with the Queens Theatre in New York City.

Under the Big Top
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Under the Big Top

Creating Multi-Sensory Work for Children with Autism

19 July 2017

Samantha Mueller, a theatre practitioner who works with the special needs community, talks about Seesaw Theatre which creates multi-sensory work for children with autism.

Invitation to Interpret
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Invitation to Interpret

An Audience Makes Meaning Together

29 May 2017

What can we learn about audience engagement and how and why audiences make meaning out of experimental theatre from a twenty-four-year performance experiment?

Collidescope 3.0
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Collidescope 3.0

Adventures in Pre-and Post-Racial America

20 May 2017

Yuko Kurahashi talks about the Collidescope 3.0 project, which uses movement, video projections, and soundscape to explore black and white relations in American history.