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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

by Kim Peter Kovac
20 March 2019
Theatre History Podcast #50
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Theatre History Podcast #50

Opening Up New Approaches to Acting with Dr. Sharrell D. Luckett

by Michael Lueger, Sharrell D. Luckett
14 November 2017
Ordinary Magic
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Ordinary Magic

Where Hip-Hop Theatre Meets Opera

by Malesha Taylor
27 July 2017
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

20 March 2019

Kim Peter Kovac looks at the way the theatre for young audiences field has changed over the last few years, where it’s at today, and what his hopes are for the future.

Theatre History Podcast #50
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #50

Opening Up New Approaches to Acting with Dr. Sharrell D. Luckett

14 November 2017

Dr. Sharrell Luckett joins us to discuss her new book Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches.

Ordinary Magic
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Ordinary Magic

Where Hip-Hop Theatre Meets Opera

27 July 2017

Maelsha Taylor talks with Ise Lyfe and Gill Sotu about their spoken-word opera Ordinary Magic

Vietgone, Hamilton, and the Decolonization of American Theatre
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Vietgone, Hamilton, and the Decolonization of American Theatre

15 March 2017

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez looks at how colonization impacts her view of Hamilton and Vietgone.

Interview with Shaun Neblett, Playwright and Founder of Changing Perceptions Theater
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Interview with Shaun Neblett, Playwright and Founder of Changing Perceptions Theater

15 June 2016

Amy Brady interviews Shaun Neblett about hip-hop inspired theatre, Black Lives Matter, and getting young audiences excited about theatre.

From Page to Stage
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From Page to Stage

Teaching Slam Poetry in the High School Classroom

7 March 2016

Jasminne Méndez writes about being a teaching artist with the Alley Theatre and introducing student to spoken word poetry.

Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions
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Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions

19 November 2015

Jeff Chang on Detroit-based Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions, a narrative, concert, visual installation, architectural piece, and convening space to distribute revolutionary ideas and activate creative ecosystems and economies of change. 

Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion Curated and Emceed by Zell Miller III
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Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion Curated and Emceed by Zell Miller III

Friday 6 November 2015
Austin, TX, United States

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 6 November at 8 p.m. CST (Austin) / 6 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 9 p.m. EST (Washington, DC). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @HowlRoundTV.

Hands Up Hoodies Down by Zell Miller III and Chelsea Manasseri
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Hands Up Hoodies Down by Zell Miller III and Chelsea Manasseri

Saturday 19 September 2015
Austin, TX, United States

 

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented Hands Up Hoodies Down—the return of this critically-acclaimed hip hop theatre and dance piece for our times—livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September at 8 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York). 

Respecting Hip Hop in Rising Youth Theatre’s production of antonia
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Respecting Hip Hop in Rising Youth Theatre’s production of antonia

a latina hip-hop Antigone

7 September 2015

Playwright José Casas discusses Rising Youth Theatre’s process for incorporating hip-hop in its upcoming project for theatre for young audiences.

A Call for Solidarity: A Real-Time Networked Performance Linking Hawaii, Alaska, and NYC
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A Call for Solidarity: A Real-Time Networked Performance Linking Hawaii, Alaska, and NYC

Wednesday 15 April 2015
Alaska, Hawaii, & New York City; United States

A Call for Solidarity—a real-time networked performance linking Hawaii, Alaska, and New York City—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 15 April at 8 p.m. EDT (New York) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Alaska) / 2 p.m. HAST (Hawaii).

Hamilton
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Hamilton

Five Ways Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip-Hopped History Musical Breaks New Ground

5 March 2015

There is a sense that this piece somehow transcends theatre even as it embodies it—or, as Hamilton puts it: “This is not a moment, it’s a movement.”

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Forum Theatre’s How We Got On
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Forum Theatre’s How We Got On

9 December 2014

Though set in 1988, the play’s insistence on the power of words, creativity, and voice as a means of self-assertion, growth, and transformation is of timeless importance and is especially relevant now.

Where Broadway At?
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Where Broadway At?

Meditations On the Closing of the Tupac Musical.

23 July 2014

Idris Goodwin investigates the potential financial and critical success of Hip-Hop-oriented theatre.

Hip Hop Culture Conversation with Clyde Valentin & Will Power at Double Edge Theatre
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Hip Hop Culture Conversation with Clyde Valentin & Will Power at Double Edge Theatre

Sunday 16 March 2014
Ashfield, MA, United States

Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts presents The Power of Hip Hop Culture: A Conversation with Clyde Valentin and Will Power livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 16 March at 8 a.m. PDT/ 10 a.m. CDT/ 11 a.m. EDT/ 15:00 GMT. In Twitter, use #howlround.

Holiday Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion at The VORTEX
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Holiday Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion at The VORTEX

Saturday 21 December 2013
Austin, TX, United States

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented The Holiday Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 21 December 2013 at 6 p.m. CDT (San Francisco)/ 8 p.m. CST (Austin)/ 9 p.m. EST (New York). Use Twitter hashtag #howlround & direct comments @VORTEXonManor.

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Donnie Welch's Leaving Dynamite Workshop Performance
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Donnie Welch's Leaving Dynamite Workshop Performance

Saturday 10 August 2013
New Orleans, LA, United States

Slam poet Donnie Welch presented a workshop performance of Leaving Dynamite livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 10 August 2013 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 7 p.m. CDT (New Orleans) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York). Expected run time: 45 minutes. 

All the Hip-Hop World’s a Stage, and the Critic Is a Player
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All the Hip-Hop World’s a Stage, and the Critic Is a Player

4 April 2013

Rebecca Haithcoat draws parallels between Hip-hop and theatre and why the public finds hip-hop more accessible 

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Ciphers, Freestyles, and Posse Cuts
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Ciphers, Freestyles, and Posse Cuts

The Parallels of Ensemble/Devised Theatre and Hip-Hop

20 October 2012

Clyde Valentin explores the similarities between hip-hop and devised theatre, and what large-scale theatre companies can learn from hip-hop's culture.

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Hip-Hop Theater Festival
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Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Making Space in Harlem

29 June 2012

The mission is to bring stories by and about the hiphop generation. Now Hip-hop Theatre Festival is finished with the nomadic lifestyle and have a space to call our own.

 

Harlem Lab on My Mind
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Harlem Lab on My Mind

26 June 2012

After connecting the top rap albums to playwriting, it is time to look at how Harlem is theatre.

New Orleans Hip Hop & Charter Schools in Catch the Wall
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New Orleans Hip Hop & Charter Schools in Catch the Wall

Friday 22 June 2012
New Orleans, LA, United States

Contemporary Arts Center presented Catch the Wall's workshop livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 22 June 2012 5:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 7:30 CST (New Orleans) / 8:30 EDT (New York) / 00:30 GMT (Saturday 23 June) / 9:30 a.m. KST (Seoul - Saturday 23 June) / 10:30 a.m. EST (Sydney - Saturday 23 June).

Discussion of Word Becomes Flesh, by Marc Bamuthi Joseph at 651 ARTS
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Discussion of Word Becomes Flesh, by Marc Bamuthi Joseph at 651 ARTS

Sunday 8 January 2012
Brooklyn, NY, United States

651 ARTS presented a pre-show chat for Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 8 January 2012 at 12 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 3 p.m. EST (New York) / 8 p.m. GMT (London).

Interview with Steven Sapp
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Interview with Steven Sapp

15 December 2011

Erin Washington interviews Steven Sapp about his process with Universes, and their show Party People at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.