Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Taking Action
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Taking Action

An Artist Becomes an Advocate

13 May 2018

Jessica Litwak, artistic director of the H.E.A.T Collective, explores the growing field of artist rights and safety, and talks about her dedication to “art of service,” the work that serves communities by facilitating creative personal and social change.

Sexuality in India’s Proscenium Theatre
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Sexuality in India’s Proscenium Theatre

16 April 2018

Social researcher Bincy Mary George details the history of the proscenium theatre in India and explores what independent artists and festivals like the Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival are doing to change cultural norms.

Theatre History Podcast #57
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Theatre History Podcast #57

Dr. Claudia Orenstein on the Evolving Art of Tolpavakoothu

20 February 2018

Dr. Claudia Orenstein of Hunter College introduces us to the art of tolpavakoothu, a shadow puppet tradition from Kerala, in southern India.

Theatre History Podcast #49
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Theatre History Podcast #49

Dr. Erin Mee on Modern and Contemporary Indian Theatre

07 November 2017

Dr. Erin Mee of New York University joins us for the second part of our series on Indian theatre. In this episode, she explains how modern Indian theatre developed in the decades before and after independence.

Theatre History Podcast #48
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Theatre History Podcast #48

Learning About Kutiyattam with Dr. Erin Mee

31 October 2017

Dr. Erin Mee of New York University joins us to discuss kutiyattam, a style of theatre from southwestern India that brings ancient Sanskrit dramas to life.

AsiaTOPA
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AsiaTOPA

Redefining Performing Arts Festivals

30 August 2017

Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, who attended the AsiaTOPA Performance Festival in Australia, reflects how as the United States devalues diversity and imposes restrictions on immigration, Australia recognizes the value of its relationship with its Asian neighbors, and of its own diverse population.

Introducing the World Theatre Map Ambassadors
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Introducing the World Theatre Map Ambassadors

14 July 2017

The World Theatre Map beta project has engaged its first cohort of twenty-eight World Theatre Map Ambassadors from twenty-four countries to direct community organizing, outreach, and feedback gathering.

The Case for Hiring Asian American Directors
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The Case for Hiring Asian American Directors

01 October 2016

Director Lavina Jadhwani shares her experience as an Asian American director, advocating the need for more spaces and opportunities for Asian American theatre artists to collaborate together. 

Dweepa (The Island)
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Dweepa (The Island)

A play with beginnings in the questions of Climate Change

19 April 2016

Playwright Abhishek Majumdar describes the creation of his play Dweepa, inspired by eco-philosophy.

Deaf Playwriting
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Deaf Playwriting

A New Art Form

07 April 2016

In this installment, Playwright and poet Sabina England shares her process for creating performances for deaf and hearing audiences.

Winter Pageant at Redmoon
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Winter Pageant at Redmoon

23 January 2014

Dani Snyder-Young writes about Winter Pageant, a collaborative spectacle piece created by the (now closedRedmoom in Chicago.

Postcards from India, no. 2
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Postcards from India, no. 2

Double Dip

27 September 2013

Chanakya Vyas teams up with the HartBeat Ensemble to explore the connections between India and America through oral interviews to find the obvious can be overlooked. 

Postcards from India
Series

Postcards from India

This four-part blog series explores India's growing global presence, its cultural Americanization, and what this knowledge might mean for theatre on East West connections in the twenty-first century.

This four-part blog series explores India's growing global presence, its cultural Americanization, and what this knowledge might mean for theatre on East West connections in the twenty-first century.

Two Original Plays in Kolkata, India by Arena Stage and Voices of Now in Kolkata—Saturday 18 January 2014
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Two Original Plays in Kolkata, India by Arena Stage and Voices of Now in Kolkata—Saturday 18 January 2014

Arena Stage in Washington, DC and Voices of Now: India presented two original plays livestreaming from Kolkata, India "Breaking Through" and "Train of Thought" livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 18 January at 6:30 a.m. CST (Chicago) / 7:30 a.m. EST (Washington, DC) / 12:30 GMT (London) / 6 p.m. IST (Kolkata). To participate in online discussion, direct your comments on Twitter @arenastage and @USAndKolkata and use #VoicesofNow and #howlround.

High School Theatre
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High School Theatre

A snapshot of today's high school theatre educators across the country sharing about what they do and how and why they do this work.