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 staged reading of “Ravayana”
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Livestreaming 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
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
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
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”
Video

Livestreaming 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 presents a staged reading of “Ravayana” livestreaming 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).

four outlines of people with one in a hijab
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.

Virtual Amplify promotional poster.
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).

graphics of feminine heads with text good friday
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
actor in overalls crouching with posters with text in the background.
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.

three actors onstage
When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body
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When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body

How Interconnected Access Benefits Multiple Communities

1 December 2019

Introducing the second installment of the Parent-Artist Advocacy series, Sally Lobel talks about how the parent-artist community and the disability community have the potential to be excellent accomplices and allies.

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2 Women by Linotip
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2 Women by Linotip

presented by Fabrica de Pensule and Tranzit House in Cluj, Romania

Monday 11 November 2019
Cluj, Romania

Fabrica de Pensule presented a performance of 2 women livestreamed from Tranzit House in Cluj, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV at howlround.tv on Monday 11 November at 19:00 EET (Cluj, UTC +2) / 18:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 17:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

The State of Acting Training in Canada
Essay

The State of Acting Training in Canada

A Summary of the Results from Got Your Back’s 2018 National Survey

3 November 2019

Sarah Robbins, Neil Silcox, and Jennifer Wigmore share findings from Got Your Back Canada’s national survey on actor training in the country.

four actors onstage surrounding by an audience standing
Drag, Disco, and the Donkey
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Drag, Disco, and the Donkey

Performed Masculinities in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

23 October 2019

James Montaño discusses The Donkey Show, cross-gendered performances vs. drag, camp as an aesthetic concept, and more.

two graphs: Are at least half the characters specified as females by the playwright. Are at least half of the characters specified as non-white by the playwright?
What Our New Plays Really Look Like
Essay

What Our New Plays Really Look Like

A Statistical Guide to US World Premieres in the 2019–20 Season

21 October 2019

Marshall Botvinick shares the results of the research he undertook about new plays premiering across the United States in the 2019–20 season: who is being produced, what characters are appearing on stage, and what forms and themes are common.

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.

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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership
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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership

26 September 2019

Linda Parris Bailey and Diane Rodriguez talk about their own leadership transitions and what’s next, gender, race, and economic barriers; documenting work; and more.

taylor mac in costume on stage
A Conversation with Taylor Mac
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A Conversation with Taylor Mac

at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts

Sunday 15 September 2019
Worcester, Massachusetts

Arts Transcending Borders at the College of the Holy Cross presented “A Conversation with Taylor Mac,” moderated by Scott Malia, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 15 September 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).