HowlRound Convenings

One of HowlRound’s core activities is producing convenings—gatherings for theatremakers organized around a specific identity, issue, or area of practice. In this section, you’ll find written reports from past convenings produced by HowlRound and the Latinx Theatre Commons, and videos from the events.

The Latest

Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings
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Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings
by Taiwo Afolabi, Karishma Bhagani, Adam Elsayigh
19 November 2020
Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound
Reflections on 2019
by Jamie Gahlon, HowlRound Theatre Commons
31 December 2019
Building a Future on Our Terms
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Building a Future on Our Terms
The Latinx Theatre Commons Announces Four Years of Programming
by Latinx Theatre Commons, Armando Huipe
17 December 2019
a colorful written diagram titled "Glocal Pedagogy"
Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings
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Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings

19 November 2020

Karishma Bhagani, Adam Ashraf Elsayigh, and Taiwo Afolabi—three fellows of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University—talk about their learnings from creating and participating in a weeklong Zoom convening.

group of nine people smiling and laughing.
Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound

Reflections on 2019

31 December 2019

Jamie Gahlon, director of HowlRound, reflects on the past year of conversations, convenings, livestreams, and more—all in the name of creating a more equitable, just, and progressive theatre field—and looks forward to 2020.

a person speaking in front of a standing and applauding audience
Building a Future on Our Terms
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Building a Future on Our Terms

The Latinx Theatre Commons Announces Four Years of Programming

17 December 2019

Armando Huipe, new Latinx Theatre Commons producer, announces the next four years of programming which include the Creative Renewal Retreat, a Comedy Carnaval, and furthering the internal work of anti-oppression, coalition building, and combating colorism.

three groups sitting in circles
La Complejidad De Mi Ciudad
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La Complejidad De Mi Ciudad

A Report on the LTC Miami in Motion Convening

19 September 2019

Carl(os) Roa reflects on the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening, which took place between 12 and 14 July.

a group sitting in three concentric circles inside a large windowed space
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.

group of artists at convening gathered in a circle
Miami in Motion
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Miami in Motion

The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening

Friday 12 July - Sunday 14 July 2019
Miami, Florida

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented Miami in Motion: The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2019.

A large group of people
Creating an Intersectional Future
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Creating an Intersectional Future

The Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session

2 July 2019

Jill Marie Bradbury reflects on the Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session, co-produced by HowlRound, when thirty Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing theatre artists, administrators, and scholars gathered in Boston for a weekend-long convening.

a photo array of people at a conference
Digital + Performance Convening
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Digital + Performance Convening

at the foldA Festival in Kingston, Ontario

12 June 2019
Kingston, Ontario At The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

On 12 June 2019 in Kingston, Ontario, HowlRound Theatre Commons and SpiderWebShow Performance will co-produce a one day Digital + Performance Convening that will bring together up to fifty practitioners, curators, and scholars from the US and Canada working at the intersection of performance and digital technology for a day of discussion that aims to break open assumptions and reveal future possibilities for the art form.

Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session
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Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session

at Emerson College in Boston, MA

Friday 15 March 2019 - Sunday 17 March 2019
Emerson College, Jackie Liebergott Black Box in the Paramount Theatre, Boston

The Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session was a convening that took place Friday to Sunday 15-17 March 2019 at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

dozens of members of the latinx theatre commons standing a large circle
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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Happy New Year from HowlRound
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Happy New Year from HowlRound

Reflections on 2018

31 December 2018

HowlRound Director Jamie Gahlon reflects on 2018 and looks forward to 2019.

We Had a Convening About Comedy in Theatre and People Couldn’t Stop Farting
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We Had a Convening About Comedy in Theatre and People Couldn’t Stop Farting

27 November 2018

Playwright Peter Nachtrieb gives his reflections on the Comedy Convening co-hosted by HowlRound in Boston, MA on 17 and 18 October 2018. 

a group of people
The Birth of a Climate Commons for Theatre and Performance
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The Birth of a Climate Commons for Theatre and Performance

18 September 2018

Lani Fu introduces the Climate Commons, an initiative that emerged from the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change convening in June 2018. 

a large group of people
Art on a Damaged Planet
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Art on a Damaged Planet

the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening

16 September 2018

Playwright MJ Halberstadt reports on Theatre of the Age of Climate Change convening, which took place 8-10 June 2018 in Boston, MA. 

How We Produced a Green Convening
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How We Produced a Green Convening

12 August 2018

Associate Producer Ramona Ostrowski and Fellow JD Stokely reflect on how HowlRound made the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening on 8-10 June 2018 our greenest convening yet.

2018 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New Latinx Work Opening Ceremonies
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2018 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New Latinx Work Opening Ceremonies

Thursday 19 July 2018
Chicago, IL, United States

Beginning on 19 July, the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work brought over 200 Latinx and allied theatremakers, scholars, and decision makers together in Chicago, Illinois, USA at The Theatre School at DePaul University for a new play festival and convening celebrating Latinx talent. #LTCCarnaval18.

Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening
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Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening

Emerson College

Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June 2018
Boston, MA, United States

HowlRound, in partnership with Chantal Bilodeau (The Arctic Cycle), Elizabeth Doud (Climakaze Miami/Fundarte), and Roberta Levitow (Theater Without Borders) presented the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June 2018. Follow @howlround in Twitter, and use hashtag #theatreandclimatechange.

María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium
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María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium

Friday 13 April & Saturday 14 April 2018
Princeton, NJ, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April. Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround and #FornesLTC18.

2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening at the Encuentro de las Américas Festival
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2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening at the Encuentro de las Américas Festival

Thursday 9 November to Sunday 12 November
Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2017 LTC International Convening livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 9 November to Sunday 12 November. In Twitter, search @howlround and#LTCenc17.

Convening: Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities
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Convening: Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities

10 March to Sunday 12 March 2017
Boston, MA, United States

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) partnered with HowlRound to livestream the convening Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities from Boston on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March. Use Twitter hashtag #artsandmilitary to participate in online conversation.

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The Latinx Theatre Commons 2016 Pacific Northwest Convening
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The Latinx Theatre Commons 2016 Pacific Northwest Convening

Friday 15 April 2016
Seattle, WA, United States

Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) proudly presented the LTC Pacific Northwest Convening Opening Ceremonies livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 15 April at 8 p.m. PDT-10 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 10 p.m. CDT-12 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11 p.m. EDT-1 a.m. EDT (New York).

Greater Boston Theatre Board Convening
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Greater Boston Theatre Board Convening

Saturday 19 September 2015
Boston, MA, United States

HowlRound presented the Greater Boston Theatre Board Convening livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September. In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @howlroundtv.

photo array of people at a conference
The Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work
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The Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work

Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July 2015
Chicago, IL, United States

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work—a showcase of new work by Latina/o playwrights and theatremakers in the United States—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July. Download the full Carnaval program here.

Triple Play Project: A Convening of Theatre Practitioners to Discuss The Relationship Between Playwrights, Theatres & Audiences
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Triple Play Project: A Convening of Theatre Practitioners to Discuss The Relationship Between Playwrights, Theatres & Audiences

Friday 16 January and Saturday 17 January 2015
Boston, MA, United States

Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Bay Area announced the culmination of the 18‐month Triple Play Project with a convening of theatre practitioners from throughout the U.S. livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 16 January and Saturday 17 January from Emerson College.

Poster for Encuentro 2014.
Encuentro 2014 at the The Los Angeles Theatre Center
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Encuentro 2014 at the The Los Angeles Theatre Center

#CafeOnda

Saturday 18 October through Monday 10 November 2014
Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Los Angeles Theatre Center in association with the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) proudly presented Encuentro 2014: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Saturday 18 October through Monday 10 November 2014.