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Lifting Up What We’re Throwing Down
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Lifting Up What We’re Throwing Down

Company One’s Use of Amplify Language

by Kirsten Greenidge
23 June 2020
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference 2020
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Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference 2020

Crossing Borders Pt. 3: On the (Digital) Threshold

Friday 19 - Saturday 20 June 2020
North America
Navigating Indigenous Storytelling with Mixed Company
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Navigating Indigenous Storytelling with Mixed Company

by keith barker, Lindsay Lachance
20 May 2020
Lifting Up What We’re Throwing Down
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Lifting Up What We’re Throwing Down

Company One’s Use of Amplify Language

23 June 2020

Kirsten Greenidge discusses how being the Playwright in Residence at Company One Theatre gave her a stronger appreciation for the work of the staff, particularly around speaking to the social justice goals of all the company’s programming.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference 2020
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Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference 2020

Crossing Borders Pt. 3: On the (Digital) Threshold

Friday 19 - Saturday 20 June 2020
North America

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas presented Crossing Borders, Pt 3: On the (Digital) Threshold livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June 2020.

four actors onstage
Navigating Indigenous Storytelling with Mixed Company
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Navigating Indigenous Storytelling with Mixed Company

20 May 2020

Keith Barker and Lindsay Lachance talk about the challenges and rewards of working in mixed company with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, including what it’s like to navigate work with sensitive subject matter, including Indigenous histories and colonization.

David Ball and the book Backwards and Forwards.
Playwrighting Class with David Ball!
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Playwrighting Class with David Ball!

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 13 May 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented Playwrighting Class with David Ball! livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 20:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 21:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance
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Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance

The Doctoral Theatre Students Association (DTSA) Annual Student Conference 2020 produced with generous support from the Cohn Fund, the Roberts Fund, the Lortel Fund, the Executive Officer’s Fund, Martin E. Segal Center, The Doctoral Theatre Students Association, and the Doctoral Students' Council

Thursday 23 April 2020
New York City

The Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance, The Graduate Center, City University of New York presented Net-Works: Mapping Labor in Theatre and Performance livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 23 April 2020 at 8:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11:00 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 16:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 17:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

actors on stage reading from music stands
A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren
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A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 21 April 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented a conversation A Critical Approach: Playwriting, Advocacy and Dramaturgy with Regina Victor and Lauren livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

actors in shakespearean garb
Dramaturgs + Playwrights - Lauren and Martine Greene-Rogers talk
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Dramaturgs + Playwrights - Lauren and Martine Greene-Rogers talk

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 14 April 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented a conversation Dramaturgs + Playwrights - Lauren and Martine Greene-Rogers talk livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 12:05 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2:05 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3:05 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

three people writing on a large circular paper hanging on a wall
Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance
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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance

26 February 2020

Irina Kruzhilina discusses the importance of visuals as a means of expression in politically and socially engaged theatre.

three actors onstage
Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy
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Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy

11 February 2020

Devika Ranjan talks about the ways in which migration can influence performance structures, what she has identified as “migratory dramaturgy.”

yellow cartoon car with pink text PRELUDE 2019
The PRELUDE 2019 Festival
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The PRELUDE 2019 Festival

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Thursday 3 October - Saturday 5 October
New York, New York

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the PRELUDE 2019 Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Thursday 3 October to Saturday 5 October 2019.

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.

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.

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Livestreaming the 2019 Annual LMDA Conference
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Livestreaming the 2019 Annual LMDA Conference

Crossing Borders, Pt. 2: Action in a Time of Division

Thursday 20 June - Saturday 22 June 2019.
Chicago, Illinois

Livestreaming the 2019 Annual Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference: Crossing Borders, Pt. 2: Action in a Time of Division from Chicago, Illinois livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 20 June to Saturday 22 June 2019.

three actors onstage
Disability, Identity, and Representation
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Disability, Identity, and Representation

Notes from a Dramaturg

27 May 2019

Andrea Kovich talks about the glaring need for more disabled theatremakers, the importance of new plays and musicals, and working with a disabled dramaturg during a new work’s development.

A man in blue suit is speaking in a large conference room. Next to him is a woman in a green blouse and behind them is a woman in black suit ASL interpreting. They are all in front of a curtain which is lit in blues and yellows.
Nothing About Us Without Us
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Nothing About Us Without Us

Innovation, Creativity, and Inclusion in Professional Theatre

26 May 2019

Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe, co-founders of the National Disability Theatre, introduce their series “The Future of Theatre is Accessible,” talk about some key takeaways from the upcoming articles, and discuss how language is a barrier to inclusion.

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Entry Point 2019 Panel Discussions
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Entry Point 2019 Panel Discussions

Cleveland Public Theatre

Saturday 19 January 2019
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Public Theatre presented two panel discussions as part of Entry Point 2019, A New Play Development Festival, livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 January at 11:00 a.m. PST (San Francisco) / 1:00 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 2:00 p.m. EST (Cleveland).

What’s Problematic, the Play or the Process?
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What’s Problematic, the Play or the Process?

Pushing Back on Traditional Post-Play Discussion Models

11 December 2018

Maddie Gaw examines the idea of the “problematic” play and Z Space’s inaugural Problematic Play Festival, which aimed to investigate why certain plays cause gatekeepers to turn away from them in favor of other material.

Towards Arab Dramaturgies Symposium
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Towards Arab Dramaturgies Symposium

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City

Thursday 27 September 2018
New York, NY, United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents the  Towards Arab Dramaturgies symposium livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 27 September and Friday 28 September. Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround.

 

a study group
How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists
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How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists

10 September 2018

Dramaturg Sierra Carlson describes her process for hosting a Women in Theatre Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at her university, and encourages others engage in digital dramaturgical activism.

an actor onstage
The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
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The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

14 August 2018

Katherine Swimm discusses New Rep Theatre’s Boston production of Ripe Frenzy, and the innovative collaboration between playwright Jennifer Barclay and projection designer Jared Mezzocchi.

a poster with four people on it. it reads "a snowflake: or rare white people"
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.

The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas 2018 Conference
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The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas 2018 Conference

Crossing Borders

Thursday 21 June 2018
Toronto, Canada

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas presented their 2018 Conference Crossing Borders livestreamed from Toronto, Canada on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 21 June to Saturday 23 June 2018. On Twitter, follow @LMDAmericas and @HowlRound for updates. Watch the livestream at howlround.tv and on the LMDA Facebook Page.

"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.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

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.