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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

by Sam Williams
7 October 2019
New Visions from Slovak Women
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New Visions from Slovak Women

The 2019 Nová Dráma/New Drama Festival

by Dave White
14 August 2019
The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance
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The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance

Observations from HowlRound and SpiderWebShow’s Digital + Performance Convening

by May Antaki
12 August 2019
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.

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The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance
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The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance

Observations from HowlRound and SpiderWebShow’s Digital + Performance Convening

12 August 2019

May Antaki reflects on the Digital + Performance Convening, produced by HowlRound Theatre Commons and SpiderWebShow Performance, which focused on the intersection of digital technology and live performance.

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Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young
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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young

29 July 2019

Alex Ates reflects on the Toddler Takeover at Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre and shares what the growing field of theatre for the very young can teach adult theatremakers about their craft.

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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival
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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival

23 July 2019

verity healey examines the concept of theatrical space as it applies to two shows that were presented at Germany’s Our Stage festival in May: Invited and A Doll’s House.

a dark stage with a spotlight into a pit surrounded by two actors bodies
Risk in the Body and World at Warsaw’s Generation After 3 Showcase
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Risk in the Body and World at Warsaw’s Generation After 3 Showcase

19 June 2019

Amanda L. Andrei reflects on Warsaw’s Generation After 3 festival, which had the theme of “risky projects,” and discusses four pieces she saw on risk as it relates to the body and the world.

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Digital + Live Performance
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Digital + Live Performance

Exploring the Present and the Future

6 June 2019

In the lead-up to HowlRound’s Digital + Performance Convening, Michael Wheeler and Sydney Skybetter chatted, via Slack, about some of the big questions artists are faced with as they contemplate the connection between theatre and technology.

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Toward a More Inclusive Theatre Curriculum
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Toward a More Inclusive Theatre Curriculum

Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater

2 June 2019

Trevor Boffone, Teresa Marrero, and Chantal Rodriguez, co-editors of Encuentro, talk about the content of the book and how it can be used as an educational resource.

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Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre
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Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre

Reporting from Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival

8 May 2019

Howard Shalwitz, Karen Houppert, and Yury Urnov reflect on the productions they saw at this year’s Golden Mask Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russia.

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Exploring Colonization and Identity at Belgium’s New Theatre Festival
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Exploring Colonization and Identity at Belgium’s New Theatre Festival

7 May 2019

verity healey discusses themes and productions from Ghent’s new theatre festival called same same but different.

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Queer Theatre is Visionary Theatre
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Queer Theatre is Visionary Theatre

23 April 2019

Playwright and performer Rhiannon Collett examines the queer theatre landscape in Toronto.

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Learning from and Listening to Latinx Youth at the 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening
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Learning from and Listening to Latinx Youth at the 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening

19 February 2019

Marci R. McMahon reports on the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences Festival and Convening, which took place in January 2019 in Austin, Texas. 

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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, Texas for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin & the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening livestreaming from Austin, Texas on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019.

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Staging “the Document” at the Avignon Festival
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Staging “the Document” at the Avignon Festival

23 January 2019

Mona Merhi reflects on four productions at France’s 2018 Avignon Festival that were created based on real-life events, people, or documentary material and questions whether staging documents is an ethical process.

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Celebrating Historic Milestones While Critically Understanding the Past
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Celebrating Historic Milestones While Critically Understanding the Past

15 January 2019

Gaven Trinidad examines the recent exhibition Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow and wrestles with cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation when it comes to costume design throughout history.

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Power Plays
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Power Plays

Cutting-Edge Political Theatre in Germany

10 January 2019

William Hand reflects on Germany’s Politik im Freien Theater Festival and discusses several shows that were presented there in November 2018.

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2019 Under the Radar Festival Symposium Coming Attractions, a work sharing session
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2019 Under the Radar Festival Symposium Coming Attractions, a work sharing session

The Public Theater, New York

Saturday 5 January 2019
New York City
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.

Bringing French Theatre to Princeton / Amener le théâtre français à Princeton
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Bringing French Theatre to Princeton / Amener le théâtre français à Princeton

20 November 2018

Amelia Parenteau explores the importance of the Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival in Princeton, New Jersey, and discuses the themes and productions at this year’s festival. / Amelia Parenteau explore l’importance du festival de théâtre français Seuls en Scène de Princeton, dans le New Jersey, et discute des thèmes et des productions du festival de cette année.

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Aristide Tarnagda and Theatre in Burkina Faso / Aristide Tarnagda et le Théâtre au Burkina Faso
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Aristide Tarnagda and Theatre in Burkina Faso / Aristide Tarnagda et le Théâtre au Burkina Faso

5 November 2018

Heather Jeanne Denyer speaks with Burkina Faso playwright Aristide Tarnagda about the inspiration that comes from where we live, the Récréâtrales Festival in Ouagadougou, women in Burkinabé theatre, and more. / Heather Jeanne Denyer discute avec le dramaturge burkinabé Aristide Tarnagda à propos de l’inspiration qu’on sort de là où on habite, du festival Les Récréâtrales à Ouagadougou, et des femmes dans le théâtre au Burkina Faso.

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Flirting with the Taboo at the Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre
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Flirting with the Taboo at the Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre

31 October 2018

Egyptian American playwright Adam A. Elsayigh uses the 2018 Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre as a jumping off point to discuss the state of theatre in the city, censorship, playwriting, and more.

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.

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Walking Narrative-Subverters
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Walking Narrative-Subverters

Joyce Rosario and Meiyin Wang in Conversation

21 October 2018

Joyce Rosario, interim artistic director of the PuSh Festival, and producer and curator Meiyin Wang sit down to talk about whether the next crop of leaders is being set up for success, working across differences with colleagues, their respective transitions, and more.

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The Prelude 2018 Festival
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The Prelude 2018 Festival

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City

Thursday 4 October - Saturday 6 October 2018
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents the Prelude 2018 Festival in New York City livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 4 October - Saturday 6 October 2018.