Festivals

Festivals, often organized within a specific geographic community or around a theme, are a great way for different works to be in conversation with each other. Content in this section primarily focuses around recapping theatre festivals and analyzing multiple works that were featured.

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2021 UBUMUNTU Arts Festival
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2021 UBUMUNTU Arts Festival
A celebration of arts and humanity
Friday 16 July and Saturday 17 July 2021
Rwanda
Future Every Day
Essay
Future Every Day
by Carra Martinez
1 July 2021
Festivals for a New Age: Models of Responsiveness, Flexibility and Resistance
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Festivals for a New Age: Models of Responsiveness, Flexibility and Resistance
Friday 11 June 2021
United States
event poster for ubumuntu arts festival 2021.
2021 UBUMUNTU Arts Festival
Video

2021 UBUMUNTU Arts Festival

A celebration of arts and humanity

Friday 16 July and Saturday 17 July 2021
Rwanda

Ubumuntu Arts Festival presented Rebirth, their 2021 celebration of arts and humanity livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 16 July and Saturday 16 July at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. CAT (Kigali, UTC +2).

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Future Every Day
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Future Every Day

1 July 2021

Carra Martinez, with thoughts from Justin Favela, Ty Defoe, Ron Berry, and Leyya Tawi, writes about how the future is a structurally minded labor of the everyday.

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Festivals for a New Age: Models of Responsiveness, Flexibility and Resistance
Video

Festivals for a New Age: Models of Responsiveness, Flexibility and Resistance

Friday 11 June 2021
United States

The International Presenting Commons (IPC) in partnership with Global Pillow and HowlRound Theatre Commons presents Festivals for a New Age: Models of Responsiveness, Flexibility and Resistance livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 11 June 2021 at 9:30-11:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

A map with two-faced performing arts symbols located within the US and in northwestern Europe.
Taking Rural Playwriting International
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Taking Rural Playwriting International

20 May 2021

Jacob Juntunen shares how the MFA playwriting program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale adapted their new play festival for the online world and how open-access software and streaming platforms helped students at the rural school transcend geography.

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Letters From Warsaw
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Letters From Warsaw

24 March 2021

Marta Keil and Grzegorz Reske share letters from the past and the future, from June 2020 to June 2029, detailing the changes to the theatrical landscape in their hometown of Warsaw, Poland.

four actors onstage
There’s an Array of Theatrical Talent on Display in Kosovo. So Why Won’t Its Government Support It Properly?
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There’s an Array of Theatrical Talent on Display in Kosovo. So Why Won’t Its Government Support It Properly?

25 January 2021

verity healey, who spent time in Kosovo for its Theatre Showcase last October, discusses the precarious nature of Kosovo’s independent theatre sector and shares her thoughts about the plays she saw while visiting.

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Seuls en Scène Festival 2020 / Festival Seuls en Scène 2020
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Seuls en Scène Festival 2020 / Festival Seuls en Scène 2020

The Show Must Go On / Le spectacle doit continuer

5 January 2021

Amelia Parenteau explores the most recent Seuls en Scène Festival, which took place in September 2020 on Zoom and had a programmatic mix of video recordings of live performance, “staged” readings, one making-of documentary, and a series of docutheatre work. / Amelia Parenteau explore la dernière édition du festival Seuls en Scène, qui a eu lieu en septembre 2020 sur Zoom et qui a présenté une programmation variée, avec des captations vidéo de performances, des lectures de pièces, un documentaire sur un processus de création et une série de docu-théâtres.

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Seven Performers Living in Bogotá / Siete artistas viviendo en Bogotá
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Seven Performers Living in Bogotá / Siete artistas viviendo en Bogotá

Actions and Reflections to Cope with the “New Normal” / Acciones y Reflexiones para Afrontar la "Nueva Normalidad"

1 December 2020

Michelle Yemayá notes that while Colombian theatre artists have found ways to face the unexpected changes this year, artists are still struggling to stay afloat. She talks about how she has adapted her practice under the circumstances and shares the stories of three other artists living and working as artists in Colombia right now. / Michelle Yemayá ha notado que, si bien los artistas del teatro colombiano han encontrado formas de enfrentar los cambios inesperados de este año, la lucha por mantenerse a flote es constante. Habla sobre cómo ha adaptado su práctica a las circunstancias y comparte las historias de otras tres personas que en este momento viven y trabajan como artistas en Colombia.

an actor onstage
Welcome to Weimar Kunstfest
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Welcome to Weimar Kunstfest

How an Arts Festival is Promoting a Better Germany

23 November 2020

verity healey recaps the multidisciplinary arts festival Kunstfest, which took place in Weimar, Germany in late August and early September this year and tackled issues such as immigration, identity, COVID-19, and the environment.

Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Short Play Festival (Live-captioned)
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Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Short Play Festival (Live-captioned)

Three nights of short plays written by up-and-coming trans* playwrights followed by roundtable discussions

Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November
United States

Presenting Trans [Plays] of Remembrance livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

SEGAL TALKS with Stefania Bulbarella, Yeujia Low, Le'Andra LeSeur, Dena Igusti, and Ray Jordan Achan
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SEGAL TALKS with Stefania Bulbarella, Yeujia Low, Le'Andra LeSeur, Dena Igusti, and Ray Jordan Achan

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Friday 30 October 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS with Stefania Bulbarella, Yeujia Low, Le'Andra LeSeur, , Dena Igusti, and Ray Jordan Achan livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 30 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

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SEGAL TALKS with Bryn Herdrich and Jeesun Choi as well as Elevator Repair Service's John Collins, Greig Sargeant, and Ben Williams
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SEGAL TALKS with Bryn Herdrich and Jeesun Choi as well as Elevator Repair Service's John Collins, Greig Sargeant, and Ben Williams

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Thursday 29 October 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS with Bryn Herdrich and Jeesun Choi as well as Elevator Repair Service's John Collins, Greig Sargeant, and Ben Williams (United States) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

Mei Ann Teo, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Zachariah Ezer, and Dominique Rider.
SEGAL TALKS with Mei Ann Teo, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Zachariah Ezer, and Dominique Rider (United States)
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SEGAL TALKS with Mei Ann Teo, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Zachariah Ezer, and Dominique Rider (United States)

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Wednesday 28 October 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS with Mei Ann Teo, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Zachariah Ezer, and Dominique Rider (United States) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

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Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution
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Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution

Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Tuesday 20 October to Friday 30 October 2020
New York City

The 2020 Prelude Festival: Sites of Revolution, brings together artists, critics, activists, and producers from New York City and beyond to explore the many ways in which revolutions are taking place today.

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SEGAL TALKS with Kelsey Pyro
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SEGAL TALKS with Kelsey Pyro

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Tuesday 27 October 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS with Kelsey Pyro livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

two actors onstage
Foundations for a Cross-Cultural Community Theatre in Dharamshala
Essay

Foundations for a Cross-Cultural Community Theatre in Dharamshala

29 July 2020

Parvathi Ramanathan talks about the community-based, cross-cultural theatre project, d.r.i.f.t., in India’s Dharamshala region.

four actors onstage
Lumbering Toward the New
Essay

Lumbering Toward the New

17 March 2020

In this virtual keynote, Todd London reflects on the nature of new work and the social cooperation inherent to making theatre.

Aleshea Harris onstage
"in this fine suit"
Essay

"in this fine suit"

On Being a Black Playwright in the American Theatre

19 January 2020

Playwright Aleshea Harris reflects on the tensions of being a Black theatremaker and "negotiating bodily presence" in a speech at the 2020 Under the Radar Festival Professional Symposium.

two performers in red costumes with a backdrop of the moon.
"French and Yet Never French Enough" / « Français, mais jamais assez français »
Essay

"French and Yet Never French Enough" / « Français, mais jamais assez français »

Caribbean Playwrights Challenge the Monolith of French Identity / Les dramaturges caribéens disputent l’identité française monolithique

13 January 2020

Amelia Parenteau discusses the Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales festival, which brought together francophones, francophiles, and theatre folks from around the world to witness staged readings of six French Caribbean plays in English translation. / Amelia Parenteau parle du festival Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales (ACT), qui a rassemblé des francophones, francophiles et gens de théâtre de partout dans le monde pour assister aux lectures publiques de six pièces franco-caribéennes traduites en anglais.

two actors onstage
New Work Secret in the Rockies
Essay

New Work Secret in the Rockies

The Colorado New Play Festival and the National Play Lab Conference

12 January 2020

Kristin Leahey, PhD explores the impact of the Colorado New Play Festival and its accompanying conference.

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The 2020 Under the Radar Festival Professional Symposium
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The 2020 Under the Radar Festival Professional Symposium

at The Public Theater, New York

Thursday 9 January 2020
New York City

The Public Theater presented the 2020 Under the Radar Festival's Professional Symposium livestreaming from New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 9 January 2020 at 9:30 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 14:30 GMT (London, UTC -0) / 15:30 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

an actor swinging above stage
Slovakia Searches for Itself at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra
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Slovakia Searches for Itself at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra

15 December 2019

Kirsten Bowen reflects on Slovakia’s 2019 International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, which was programmed based on the theme “faces of freedom.”

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Theatremaking During Political Crisis
Essay

Theatremaking During Political Crisis

A Conversation with Chilean Playwright Guillermo Calderón

19 November 2019

ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower speaks with Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón about the ongoing protests in Chile.

three actors onstage
Raising the Dead and Staging the New
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Raising the Dead and Staging the New

Democracy and Identity at Finland’s Tampere Theatre Festival

7 October 2019

Sam Williams dives into several of the productions at Finland’s Tampere Theatre Festival, which ran between August 5 and 11 and which was curated based on the theme of bravery.

two people onstage
New Visions from Slovak Women
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New Visions from Slovak Women

The 2019 Nová Dráma/New Drama Festival

14 August 2019

Dave White dives into the programming at this year’s Nová Dráma Festival in Slovakia, where women were front and center.