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Livestreaming a Convening: The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium
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Livestreaming a Convening: The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium
Bringing together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas
Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 January 2022
Chicago, Illinois
Thinking Through Racism: Nigerian Theatre’s Response
Essay
Thinking Through Racism: Nigerian Theatre’s Response
by Eseovwe Emakunu, Israel Wekpe
11 January 2022
Civic-Minded and Morally-Guided Practices
Podcast
Civic-Minded and Morally-Guided Practices
by Jeffrey Mosser, Michael Rohd
5 January 2022
a puppet of frederick douglass sits on a bench reading a newspaper.
Livestreaming a Convening: The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium
Video

Livestreaming a Convening: The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium

Bringing together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas

Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 January 2022
Chicago, Illinois

The 2022 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and The School of the Art Institute Chicago present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Saturday 22 January and Saturday 29 January 2022.

Several people dancing together in a room.
Thinking Through Racism: Nigerian Theatre’s Response
Essay

Thinking Through Racism: Nigerian Theatre’s Response

11 January 2022

Eseovwe Emakunu sits down with theatre practitioner Israel Wekpe to discuss how he and other Nigerian theatre artists use theatre to address racism and discrimination.

From the Ground Up Podcast image featuring Michael Rohd.
Civic-Minded and Morally-Guided Practices
Podcast

Civic-Minded and Morally-Guided Practices

5 January 2022

The job of the facilitator, the logic of shared leadership, and how it all translates to directing a process. Michael Rohd stands at the forefront of ensemble-based practices equipped with questions about how we create the future that we want to be working in socially, civically, and artistically. Join us as we unpack and define what’s next.

Two actors on the set of The Elephant Man.
Naming the Trope: A Deep Dive into the Harmful Uses of Disability Stereotypes in the American Theatre
Essay

Naming the Trope: A Deep Dive into the Harmful Uses of Disability Stereotypes in the American Theatre

3 January 2022

From the “Gentleman Freak” to the “Rage-Filled Recluse,” simplistic tropes limit popular representation of disabled individuals. Ben Ranaan explains these tropes and advocates for more complex portrayals of disability in theatre and other media.

From The Ground Up Title.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Resident Ensemble Theatre: UNIVERSES
Podcast

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Resident Ensemble Theatre: UNIVERSES

22 December 2021

Alison Carey, formerly of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and Steven Sapp, co-founders and artistic directors of UNIVERSES, discuss putting ensemble producers inside a major producing entity and the capacity necessary for things to fall into place.

A man and woman sitting next to each other, smiling at one another.
Oh, Snap!
Essay

Oh, Snap!

Sean San José and Margo Hall in Conversation

20 December 2021

Sean San José, artistic director of Magic Theatre, and Margo Hall, artistic director of the Lorraine Hansberry theatre discuss stepping into their positions as artistic directors and reflect on their work together as two of the co-founders of Campo Santo Theatre.

A man in a suit and glasses standing and smiling behind two figures.
You Want Me to Balance What?
Essay

You Want Me to Balance What?

Why the Argument That Fiscal Sustainability is More Important Than Investing in Racial Justice Needs to Go Away

16 December 2021

Ryan Ferrebee discusses the disadvantages of theatres attempting to balance fiscal responsibility with anti-racism work from his perspective as a white fundraising professional.

A woman facing her back to three men and another woman.
The Mother of All Emotions
Essay

The Mother of All Emotions

7 December 2021

Playwright, author, screenwriter, and actor Betty Shamieh discusses her experience navigating the complexities of new motherhood as a woman in the theatre industry.

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#DeafWoke with Jermaine Williams
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#DeafWoke with Jermaine Williams

#DeafWoke is a Virtual Consciousness-raising, Engaging Online Talk Show, Led by Black and Native American Deaf Host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow

Thursday 2 December 2021
United States

Antoine Hunter presented #DeafWoke with Jermaine Williams livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 2 December 2021 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -5).

When Nice Isn’t Enough: How Arts Fundraising Can Evolve
Essay

When Nice Isn’t Enough: How Arts Fundraising Can Evolve

2 December 2021

Jackson Cooper calls on fundraising professionals to reinterrogate their institutions’ relationships with wealth and value to forge more equitable development practices.

A photo of Patricia Garza on a graphic for From the Ground Up.
A Roadmap for the Ensemble-Regional Producing Model
Podcast

A Roadmap for the Ensemble-Regional Producing Model

1 December 2021

From the Ground Up returns to the airwaves with Patricia Garza who shares their experience producing hyper-collaborative and ensemble-based theatre at the regional theatre level. Their work at the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Los Angeles Performance Practice, Center Theatre Group, and artEquity provides significant insights into contemporary theatre-making practices and next steps for the industry.

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#DeafWoke with Dr. Liann Obsborne
Video

#DeafWoke with Dr. Liann Obsborne

#DeafWoke is a Virtual Consciousness-raising, Engaging Online Talk Show, Led by Black and Native American Deaf Host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow

Tuesday 23 November 2021
United States

Antoine Hunter presented #DeafWoke with Dr. Liann Obsborne livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 5 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -6) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -5).

Glenn Davis, left, and Ken-Matt Martin, right.
Our Versions of Better
Essay

Our Versions of Better

Glenn Davis and Ken-Matt Martin in Conversation

22 November 2021

Glenn Davis, co-artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, sits down with Ken-Matt Martin, artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater, to talk about shifting relationships with donors, the concept of term limits for leadership, the joys of returning to rehearsal rooms, and their shared experiences as Black men at the helm of Chicago theatres.

5 Actors on stage looking at a TV Screen. Four actors wear schoolgirl uniforms. One actor stands wearing a green blouse one and skirt
To Be a Long Hauler; or, If We Build It We Can Thrive
Essay

To Be a Long Hauler; or, If We Build It We Can Thrive

16 November 2021

Actress and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Tania Richard gets candid about her experience having long-haul COVID as a theatremaker and offers tips on how to create more inclusive and equitable rehearsal spaces.

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#DeafWoke with Armani Lawrence
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#DeafWoke with Armani Lawrence

#DeafWoke is a Virtual Consciousness-raising, Engaging Online Talk Show, Led by Black and Native American Deaf Host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow

Thursday 4 November 2021
United States

Antoine Hunter presented #DeafWoke with Armani Lawrence livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 4 November 2021 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Academia Through a Black Woman's Lens
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Academia Through a Black Woman's Lens

How can we help ensure the safety of Black women in Academia?

Thursday 28 October 2021
United States

Tonya Pinkins presented Through A Black Woman’s Lens—Academia livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Dreaming the Queer Future
Video

Dreaming the Queer Future

A Conversation with the New Visions Fellowship on the Importance of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Representation, Hosted by Activist and International Star, Peppermint (she/her)

Tuesday 19 October 2021
United States

The Dramatists Guild presented the online conversation Dreaming the Queer Future livestreaming on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 19 October at 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Four people on a Zoom call.
Arts Advocacy for Newbies: How to Break All the Rules and Create a New Paradigm
Essay

Arts Advocacy for Newbies: How to Break All the Rules and Create a New Paradigm

12 October 2021

Brooke Ishibashi, performer and co-founder of Be An #ArtsHero, shares her experiences organizing with and advocating for arts workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Three men on stage in front of a projection of someone's eyes.
The Future Requires Faith: A Conversation on Trust, Transparency, and Transformation
Essay

The Future Requires Faith: A Conversation on Trust, Transparency, and Transformation

8 October 2021

Rika Iino and Marc Bamuthi Joseph talk about the way trust and transparency have shown up in their work, both individually and as a duo, and how theatre practitioners and organizations can use those elements to work towards a more equitable future.

Seven people sitting on a lit-up rooftop.
Centering Artists and The Development of New Work
Essay

Centering Artists and The Development of New Work

7 October 2021

Miranda Wright discusses the vitality of supporting new work development in the field and shares learnings from her experiences doing so as the founder of Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) and the Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival.

Two people standing on stage looking out into the audience. One person is raising their hand while the other is person stands close to a teal backdrop.
Mentorship, Empowerment, and Cultural Equity: Ingredients to Build Community
Essay

Mentorship, Empowerment, and Cultural Equity: Ingredients to Build Community

6 October 2021

Carlos Diaz Stoop shares the impact of mentorship on his career as an arts administrator, educator, and independent producer and explains how the Creative Independent Producer’s Alliance (CIPA) and the International Creative Producers (ICP) are creating organizational environments that encourage co-learning and collective decision-making.

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Spirituality and Sexuality Through a Black Woman's Lens
Video

Spirituality and Sexuality Through a Black Woman's Lens

How Can We Use Our Spirituality and Sexuality to Reclaim Our Bodies?

Thursday 30 September 2021
United States

Tonya Pinkins presented Through A Black Woman’s Lens—Spirituality & Sexuality livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 30 September 2021 at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Learning About the History—and Future—of Stand-up Comedy
Podcast

Learning About the History—and Future—of Stand-up Comedy

With Rachel Blackburn

29 September 2021

Michael Lueger is joined by director, performer, and educator Dr. Rachel Blackburn to discuss diversity and intersectionality within the stand-up comedy world and how comics are engaging with social issues and movements.

A headshot of the guest, Eric Lockley, against a galaxy background.
Transforming Organizational Structures
Podcast

Transforming Organizational Structures

With Eric Lockley of The Movement Theatre Company

15 September 2021

Yura Sapi speaks with Eric Lockley, co-founder of the Movement Theatre Company. Lockley is a member of the company’s producing artistic leadership team, who work together to create an artistic social movement by developing and producing new works by artists of color. Their work engages audiences in a rich theatrical dialogue, enlightens communities to the important issues affecting our world, and empowers artists to celebrate the many sides of their unique voice.

A magical black female figure breaking open a door.
Can I Come? Envisioning the Future of Inclusion on Broadway and Beyond
Essay

Can I Come? Envisioning the Future of Inclusion on Broadway and Beyond

13 September 2021

Regina Victor paints a picture of a future for the theatre industry with cultural strategy at the center.