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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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

by Sharanya .
11 July 2019
Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

by Charlene Smith
10 July 2019
Are We Traumatizing People?
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Are We Traumatizing People?

by Emer McHugh, Jess R Pfeffer
9 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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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.

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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
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Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

10 July 2019

Charlene V. Smith talks about asking hard questions around the interpretation of early modern English classics, Brave Spirits Theatre’s production of The Changeling, and five tips for dealing with sexual assault in art responsibly.

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Are We Traumatizing People?
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Are We Traumatizing People?

9 July 2019

Emer McHugh and Jess R. Pfeffer discuss Hamlet’s nunnery scene, how gendered violence onstage is often about the perpetrator’s character development, problematic assaults on TV, 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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Controlling the Narrative
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Controlling the Narrative

Gendered Violence on the Contemporary Stage

7 July 2019

Nora J. Williams launches the staging gendered violence series, talks about the importance of creating responsible cultural representations of assault, and introduces the contributors of the series.

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Sympathy for the Incel?
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Sympathy for the Incel?

On Oklahoma! and Jud Fry in the #MeToo Era 

26 June 2019

Catherine M. Young discusses the recent Broadway production of Oklahoma!, which she believes, despite inclusive casting and adventurous aesthetics, asks audiences to pay more attention to white men than anyone else.

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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show

16 June 2019

Roxanna Myhrum looks at the history of the iconic puppet show Punch and Judy and Sarah Nolen’s feminist adaptation of it, Judy Save the Day.

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Culture After #MeToo 
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Culture After #MeToo 

A panel hosted by Játéktér Theatre Journal — Cluj, Romania

Wednesday 29 May 2019
Cluj, Romania

Játéktér theatre journal presented the panel Culture after #MeToo livestreamed from Planetarium Cafe in Cluj, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 16:00 UTC+0 / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2) / 19:00 EEST (Cluj, UTC +3).

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Pathetic: Staging Women’s Desire with Julia Jarcho and Minor Theater
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Pathetic: Staging Women’s Desire with Julia Jarcho and Minor Theater

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Thursday 16 May 2019
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented Pathetic: Staging Women’s Desire with Julia Jarcho and Minor Theater livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 16 May at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco UTC-7) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York UTC-4) / 22:30 UTC+0 / 11:30 p.m. BST (London UTC+1).

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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.

It Doesn't Have to be #MeToo
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It Doesn't Have to be #MeToo

Progress of Education and Prevention in The Theatre

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It’s Important to Have Your Community
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It’s Important to Have Your Community

24 April 2019

Toronto performers Maev Beaty and Bahia Watson discuss being women in theatre, covering everything from the differences between male-led rooms and female-led ones, being a pawn in a director’s work, creating safe environments, and more.

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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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Can a Theatre Company Lead Change?
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Can a Theatre Company Lead Change?

22 April 2019

Owais Lightwala talks about how Toronto’s Why Not Theatre grew from a scrappy startup to an institution in their own right—which came with a greater responsibility to tackle some of Toronto theatres’s biggest challenges: space, childcare, and diversity.

The Women in Theatre Leadership: Agency, Challenges, and Changes
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Princeton University
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The Women in Theatre Leadership: Agency, Challenges, and Changes

at Princeton University

Tuesday 26 March 2019
Princeton, New Jersey
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The 2019 Theatre Women Awards 
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The 2019 Theatre Women Awards 

by The League of Professional Theatre Women at the Sheen Center in New York City

Monday 25 March 2019
New York City

The League of Professional Theatre Women presented the 2019 Theatre Women Awards livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 25 March 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco).

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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.

The Revolution is Here and Now
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The Revolution is Here and Now

The Revolution is Roma, Queer, and Feminist

12 March 2019

Arman Heljic uses the play Roma Armee to discuss how European Roma are rejecting their colonial legacy and reclaiming their narrative.

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A Call for Exciting Trans Theatre
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A Call for Exciting Trans Theatre

18 December 2018

Nitsan Scharf argues that while cis playwrights are more than welcome to write trans narratives in their plays, they must put in the work necessary to write multidimensional trans characters.

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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.

Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

5 December 2018

Lydia Milman Schmidt, founder of the advocacy group Parents in Chicago Theatre, looks at the progressive policies Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has in place when it comes to working with parent artists on production.

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Hope in the Shadows
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Hope in the Shadows

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me

29 November 2018

Jenifer Schmidt examines Heidi Schreck’s new solo play that speaks to women’s political, cultural, and social history in the United States.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Four: Part 4

28 November 2018

Porsche McGovern wraps up Phase Four of her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers.

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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Four: Part 3

26 November 2018

Porsche McGovern shares phase four of her research on the gender of LORT theatre designers.