Gender Politics

Writing about and video of theatre pieces that deal with gender, as well as gender issues in the field as a whole.

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Livestreaming a Conversation: Women as Culture Keepers
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Women as Culture Keepers

The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent

Monday 2 November 2020
Kenya
Towards a Fat Theatre
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Towards a Fat Theatre

Reimagining Bodies Onstage

by Jeff Bouthiette
26 October 2020
Finish the Fight and Making the Virtual Visceral
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Finish the Fight and Making the Virtual Visceral

by Rebecca Salzhauer
24 September 2020
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Women as Culture Keepers
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Women as Culture Keepers

The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent

Monday 2 November 2020
Kenya

Tebere Arts Foundation presents the conversation Women as Culture Keepers with The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 2 November 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

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Towards a Fat Theatre
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Towards a Fat Theatre

Reimagining Bodies Onstage

26 October 2020

Jeff Bouthiette notes that the pandemic has provided an opportunity to reevaluate and rethink everything about the way theatre is created in America, argues that this work has to include fat people, and offers suggestions for a way forward.

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Conversations on Playwriting and Social Unrest in Chile
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Conversations on Playwriting and Social Unrest in Chile

A discussion of Chile’s exciting feminist vanguard and the performance of gender in Chilean theatre

Friday 25 September 2020
United States

The Theatre Arts and Latin American and Latinx Studies Programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Interdram, the Theatrical Platform for New Playwriting, presented the first of two Conversations on Playwriting and Social Unrest in Chile livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 September 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 1 p.m. CLST (Santiago, UTC -3).

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School of Resistance, Episode 5: Beyond Europe
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School of Resistance, Episode 5: Beyond Europe

Building Transnational Futures with Ulrike Guérot and Srećko Horvat

Friday 25 September 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Five: Beyond Europe: Building Transnational Futures livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 September 2020 at 18:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

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Finish the Fight and Making the Virtual Visceral
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Finish the Fight and Making the Virtual Visceral

24 September 2020

Rebecca Salzhauer writes about Finish the Fight, a piece of online theatre that reminds viewers how theatre is a communion, a two-sided contract between storyteller and story-hearer, bound by the terms of being alive.

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Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance
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Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance

25 August 2020

As artists and companies re-examine the failures of their infrastructures and unconscious biases, Emily C. A. Snyder argues that the lessons learned and challenges faced so far within the field of intimacy direction may be of particular value.

“The Count” for Liberal Arts Colleges
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“The Count” for Liberal Arts Colleges

Data on Gender and Race in the Production Seasons of Davidson College and Its Peers

11 August 2020

Sharon L Green and her research team—David Lee, Clare Harbin, Katie Stewart, and Landin Eldridge—discuss their recent project, which aimed to answer the question: Who is being produced by liberal arts colleges around the United States?

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A staged reading of “Ravayana”
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A staged reading of “Ravayana”

A queer, feminist, modern reinterpretation of the Hindu epic of Ram and Sita presented by Fresh Lime Soda Productions

Saturday 18 July 2020
United States

Fresh Lime Soda Productions presented a staged reading of “Ravayana” livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 18 July 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).

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A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre  
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A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre
 

New Virtual Theatre about Islam, Sexuality, and Cultural Appropriation

 

Saturday 13 June 2020
United States

Convergence Theatre presented its virtual performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Asif Majid, livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 13 June 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 7 p.m. GMT (London, UTC+0).

Headshots of Marissa Wolf, Ari Afsar, and Hana Sharif.
Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!
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Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 28 April 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented Feminism + Theatre Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif Ari Afsar livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 19:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts (ASL & Captioned)
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Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts (ASL & Captioned)

A Summit for arts & culture leaders committed to building equity

Friday 24 April - Saturday 25 April 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

Arts Connect International presented the Arts Equity Summit livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April 2020.

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Virtual AMPLIFY! An Online Celebration of Women+ in Performance
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Virtual AMPLIFY! An Online Celebration of Women+ in Performance

Bay Area superstar performer and comedy legend Marga Gomez will host this showcase

Saturday 18 April 2020
Bay Area, California

The Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival presented Virtual AMPLIFY! An Online Celebration of Women+ in Performance livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 18 April 2020 at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 19 April 2020 2 a.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women
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Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women

at La MaMa Experimental Theater in New York City

Monday 23 March 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater and CultureHub presented Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 23 March 2020 at 4:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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(Canceled) Performance of Urban Body by Giuvlipen, a feminist Roma theatre company
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(Canceled) Performance of Urban Body by Giuvlipen, a feminist Roma theatre company

in Bucharest, Romania

Tuesday 10 March 2020
Bucharest, Romania

(Event Canceled) Giuvlipen—a feminist Roma theatre company—presents their performance of Urban Body livestreaming from Bucharest, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 18:00 GMT (London, UTC+0) / 19:00 CET (Budapest, UTC+1) / 20:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC+2).

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A performance of the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday
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A performance of the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 6 March 2020
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX and New Manifest Theatre Company presented the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s timely drama good friday, featuring an all-female cast and design team, livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 6 March 2020 at 9 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-8) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC-5).

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A performance of Portrait of the female artist as influencer
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A performance of Portrait of the female artist as influencer

from Bucharest, Romania

Sunday 1 March 2020
Bucharest, Romania

A performance of Portrait of the female artist as influencer livestreamed from Bucharest, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 March 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5) / 17:00 GMT (London, UTC+0) / 18:00 CET (Budapest, UTC+1) / 19:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC+2).

two performers on stage in Rovegan
A Performance of Rovegan
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A Performance of Rovegan

by Catinca Drăgănescu, in Bucharest, Romania

Sunday 26 January 2020
Bucharest, Romania

Centrul de Teatru Educational Replika in Bucharest, Romania presented a performance of Rovegan by Catinca Drăgănescu livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Sunday 26 January 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (Vancouver, UTC-8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. GMT (London, UTC-0) / 18:00 CET (Budapest, UTC+1) / 19:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC+2).

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You Say You Want a Revolution…
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You Say You Want a Revolution…

National New Play Network's Continuing Commitment to Radical Change

26 January 2020

Nan Barnett, National New Play Network’s executive director, talks about the organization’s twenty-year evolution; the realization that, as a governing body, they were “really, really white”; and their commitment to turning the organization into a replicable model of a diverse and inclusive ecosystem.

A performance of the Regional Premiere of Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger
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A performance of the Regional Premiere of Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 24 January 2020
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX presented the Regional Premiere of Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger, currently nominated for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the 2020 LAMBDA Literary Award, and the 2020 James Black Tait Memorial Prize. Livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 24 January 2020 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-8) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC-5).

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Performance of GUILT,Y
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Performance of GUILT,Y

by BÉZNĂ Theatre in Bucharest, Romania

Wednesday 22 January 2020
Bucharest, Romania

BÉZNĂ Theatre and Centrul de Teatru Educational Replika presented a performance of GUILT,Y livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (Vancouver, UTC-8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. GMT (London, UTC-0) / 18:00 CET (Budapest, UTC+1) / 19:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC+2)

woman in dramatic lighting.
Translating the Bard
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Translating the Bard

What Does a Modern Shakespeare Look Like?

6 January 2020

Loren Noveck discusses the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! project, which commissioned thirty-six playwrights to translate the entire corpus of Shakespeare into contemporary modern English.

five students standing in a classroom
Invisible Labor in Theatre Academia
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Invisible Labor in Theatre Academia

or, How Bulbasaur Saved My Summer

18 December 2019

Kate Busselle talks about the invisible emotional labor inherent to teaching theatre and how, while leading a six-week summer intensive, she was able to establish professional boundaries and delegate some of the labor.

Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: Positions & People
Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: 2019
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun: 2019

16 December 2019
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Queering Theatre Criticism
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Queering Theatre Criticism

12 December 2019

Linnea Valdivia discusses the weight of reviews in theatre, the failure in arts journalism to approach queer stories with respect and empathy, how a critic should react if they misgender an artist, and more.

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The National Theater Project (NTP) Appalachia Regional Convening
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The National Theater Project (NTP) Appalachia Regional Convening

presented by New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and Carpetbag Theatre

Sunday 1 December 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and Carpetbag Theatre presented the National Theater Project (NTP) Appalachia Regional Convening livestreamed from Knoxville, Tenessee on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 December 2019.