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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love
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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

14 May 2019

Alix Rosenfeld talks about the difference between inclusion and belonging when it comes to working with the disability community, using the Philadelphia-based FringeArts production of A Fierce Kind of Love as an example.

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Acknowledging Impact, Regardless of Intent
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Acknowledging Impact, Regardless of Intent

9 May 2019

Bri Ng Schwartz looks at the importance of companies doing the hard work when it comes to equity, diversity, and inclusion conversations and initiatives.

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How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators
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How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators

1 May 2019

Carl(os) Roa offers thoughts on how organizations can create healthier workspaces, weaving in ideas from artists at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Applied Mechanics.

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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.

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The IETM Hull Plenary Meeting 2019
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The IETM Hull Plenary Meeting 2019

Theme: Everyone and Anyone

Thursday 28 March to Saturday 30 March 2019
Hull, United Kingdom

IETM — International network for contemporary performing arts — presented the IETM Hull Plenary Meeting 2019 with the theme Everyone and Anyone livestreamed from Hull, United Kingdom on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 28 March to Saturday 30 March 2019.

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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative
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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative

24 March 2019

Chantal Bilodeau examines data from the Climate Change Theatre Action initiative, which she runs, to better understand how racial and gender bias plays out in the theatre world.

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The Arts Equity Summit
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The Arts Equity Summit

A three-day summit and arts-integrated experience examining issues of equity both in, and through, the arts.

Friday 22 March 2019 and Saturday 23 March 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

Arts Connect International presented the Arts Equity Summit livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 22 March 2019 and Saturday 23 March 2019.

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Encouraging New Voices in Theatre Criticism
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Encouraging New Voices in Theatre Criticism

19 March 2019

Jamie Potter from Middle Child Theatre discusses how their New Critics' Programme is helping grow and diversify theatre criticism in the UK. 

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The Necessity of Including Youth in the Development of Theatre for Young Audiences
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The Necessity of Including Youth in the Development of Theatre for Young Audiences

5 February 2019

Playwright Jenny Kokai talks about co-writing a piece of theatre for young audiences with her now twelve-year-old son.

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Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children
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Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children

2 January 2019

Tim Collingwood talks about the importance of creating “ability-positive” theatre so that people with different ability statuses have the chance to see themselves represented on stage.

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The National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference
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The National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The National Performance Network presented their Annual Conference 2018 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday-Sunday 14-16 December.

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The Gender Explosion Forum
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The Gender Explosion Forum

Creating a Space for Gender Diverse Theatre

Tuesday 20 November 2018
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

StageSource in Boston presented the Gender Explosion Forum—a moderated panel discussion on ways to foster gender diversity in the New England theatre community—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 6:30 p.m. EST (Boston) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 23:30 UTC +0 (London).

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Still Here, Still Enraged
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Still Here, Still Enraged

A Manifesto

15 November 2018

Joanna Lugo and Leah Harris use Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions as a framework to speak out about gender inequalities they've notice in the theatre community, and call on the larger theatre community to fight for gender parity. 

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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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Eurocentrism is the new colonial by Fabio Roberto Tolledi and Nora Amin
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Eurocentrism is the new colonial by Fabio Roberto Tolledi and Nora Amin

IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018

Saturday 3 November 2018
Munich, Germany

Whether European artists and professionals struggle against it or play along with it, Eurocentrism—in other words, post-colonialism—is undoubtedly influencing artistic production and shaping art dissemination networks. Will Europe overcome its colonial past and think outside its box? Can Europe be part of the world and not consider its values and aesthetic as universal? Can Europe relate to other cultures by different means other than exotism and cultural appropriation?

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They call me an artist by Liwaa Yazji and Ramzi Maqdisi
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They call me an artist by Liwaa Yazji and Ramzi Maqdisi

IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018

Friday 2 November 2018
Munich, Germany

How can there be meaningful work on a diverse society if ensembles and programes don’t reflect the diversity of the societies they are a part of? How can artists make any knowledgeable statement about their society, if their teams are not as diverse as society is? How do we stop casting or programing of migrant artists only because of their migrant backgrounds? Artists just want to be artists. Or should they use their specific origins to an even greater extent to make their voices heard?

What If
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What If

The JUBILEE’s Vision of Unity and Action

24 October 2018

Rachel Grossman and Kirk Lynn announce the JUBILEE, a year-long nationwide festival in 2020/20201 that asks companies to commit to producing a season of work by artists who have been traditionally excluded from the American theatre.

Diversity for Dummies Part Two
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Diversity for Dummies Part Two

Why The Best Intentions Sometimes Fail

9 October 2018

Director Ralph Peña writes about the importance of beginning every project from a place of inclusion, rather than relying on retroactive "diversity initiatives."

Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats
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Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats

Exploring New Styles of Gender Diversity

26 September 2018

Theatremaker Sloth Levine uses the casting conceit in Jaclyn Backhaus’s play Men On Boats as a jumping off point to explore gender diversity in casting.

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.

Casting An Actor with Albinism
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Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

2 August 2018

Playwright and scholar Julie Taiwo Oni reflects on the experience of casting an actor with albinism for her play Chisel, and discusses why authentic casting is worth the work.

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.

Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness
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Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness

2 July 2018

Dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad reflects on workshopping Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn as a part of UMass Amherst's New Play Lab in December 2017.

How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre
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How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre

20 June 2018

LA arts administrator David Mack explores the topic of labor law, proposing that complying with it will help create and sustain a more equitable theatre community—both in his city and across the country.

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.