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Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
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Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy

by Nicole Brewer
29 August 2019
Activating the Audience
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Activating the Audience

How Directors Can Intentionally Craft Spectatorship

by Dani Wieder
24 July 2019
Provoked and Triggered
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Provoked and Triggered

Content Warnings and Student Spectators

by Christin Essin
21 July 2019
a slide comparing the number of white directors versus directors of color from 2007-2017
Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
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Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy

29 August 2019

Nicole Brewer examines a prominent racist policy in theatre—when plays written by people of color are staged by white directors—through the lens of actors, theatregoers, and playwrights themselves.

two actors onstage
Activating the Audience
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Activating the Audience

How Directors Can Intentionally Craft Spectatorship

24 July 2019

Dani Wieder looks at the objectification inherent in theatre and the importance of artists crafting engaged performer-spectator relationships.

two actors onstage
Provoked and Triggered
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Provoked and Triggered

Content Warnings and Student Spectators

21 July 2019

Professor Christin Essin talks about problematic staging of gendered violence at a production she recently brought her students to and the importance of content warnings and taking care of survivors in theatrical works.

Lou Bellamy, Diane Rodriguez, Diane Roberts, Andrea Assaf, Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, Michael Malek Najjar.
Directing Praxis panel
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Directing Praxis panel

from the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation at Pangea World Theatre in Minneapolis

Monday 15 July 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The panel Directing Praxis at the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 15 July 2019 at 1:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 3:30 p.m. CDT (Minneapolis, UTC-5) / 4:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 20:30 UST+0.

a lone dancer against a black background
A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

11 July 2019

Sharanya shares her thoughts on restaging gendered violence, including how the representation of sexual violence has the power to be scripted and also to script, the importance of de-spectacling violence, and more.

actors onstage
Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

10 July 2019

Charlene V. Smith talks about asking hard questions around the interpretation of early modern English classics, Brave Spirits Theatre’s production of The Changeling, and five tips for dealing with sexual assault in art responsibly.

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Are We Traumatizing People?
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Are We Traumatizing People?

9 July 2019

Emer McHugh and Jess R. Pfeffer discuss Hamlet’s nunnery scene, how gendered violence onstage is often about the perpetrator’s character development, problematic assaults on TV, and more.

four actors onstage
Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest
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Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest

8 July 2019

Rebecca Benzie Fraser uses Her Naked Skin as an example in the exploration of the different decisions made when it comes to staging violence by women and staging violence against women.

two actors
Controlling the Narrative
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Controlling the Narrative

Gendered Violence on the Contemporary Stage

7 July 2019

Nora J. Williams launches the staging gendered violence series, talks about the importance of creating responsible cultural representations of assault, and introduces the contributors of the series.

two acting books
#MeToo and the Method
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#MeToo and the Method

13 June 2019

Holly L. Derr looks at the history of the Method, where it deviates from Stanislavsky’s System, and the connection between the Method and the behavior called out by #MeToo.

four actors onstage
Directing and Embracing Open Texts
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Directing and Embracing Open Texts

11 June 2019

Kate Bergstrom investigates the open text, looking at how theatremakers approach the form, the balance between respect for the script and unique interpretation, and more.

Melia and Michael hug each other.
From Guest to Host
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From Guest to Host

Melia Bensussen and Michael Wilson in Conversation

24 February 2019

Melia Bensussen, incoming artistic director at Hartford Stage, talks with Michael Wilson, who previously ran the theatre for thirteen years. 

performer in white dress sits in the fiction section of the library
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.  

 

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.

graph of Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Gender: Categories
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 3

26 November 2018

Porsche McGovern shares phase four of her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers.

Six graphs with the title "Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Gender: Regions"
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 2

21 November 2018

For the fourth year, Porsche McGovern shares her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers. In this second installment of this essay, Porsche focuses on region.

graph of twelve pie charts with a title that says "Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Gender: Positions & People"
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 1

19 November 2018

For the fourth year, Porsche McGovern shares her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers. 

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The Magnificent Peony Dreams: Yin Mei – Installation Performance + Artist Talk
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The Magnificent Peony Dreams: Yin Mei – Installation Performance + Artist Talk

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Thursday 8 November 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented The Magnificent Peony Dreams: Yin Mei – Installation Performance + Artist Talk livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 8 November at 3:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York).

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.

How to Respond to a "Casting Controversy"
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How to Respond to a "Casting Controversy"

5 July 2018

Director Lavina Jadhwani summarizes conversations about casting she's been involved with in the past, and offers advice to artists and producers who find themselves facing criticism for their choices.

Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas
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Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas

28 June 2018

Shelby-Allison Hibbs interviews director Marianne T. Galloway and theatre administrator and actor Sherry Jo Ward about representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and what it’s like to create theatre with their unique physical challenges.

The Ground on Which We Stand
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The Ground on Which We Stand

10 June 2018

Playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson and director Claire Syler discuss their collaboration on The Green Duck Lounge, a play that delves into Kansas City, Missouri’s civil rights history.

Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab with Anne Cattaneo
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Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab with Anne Cattaneo

Wednesday 2 May 2018
New York City, NY, United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab with Anne Cattaneo livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 2 May at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco). Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround.

"Positation" in Action
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"Positation" in Action

Director Erin Ortman’s Multi-Year Journey with the Arabian Nights

2 May 2018

Director Erin Ortman loves musical theatre, new plays, theatre families, and William Ball’s idea of “positation” that celebrates the “yes” in artistic collaborations. The development process for One Thousand Nights and One Day produced by Prospect Theater Company in New York City provides a view of Ball’s philosophy in action.