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Trans Theatre Is More Than a Cast List
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Trans Theatre Is More Than a Cast List

by AJ Schwartz
24 March 2020
Gender is Performance
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Gender is Performance

Why Trans* Actors Should Transcend the Character Breakdown

by Will Wilhelm
24 February 2020
Something for Everybody
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Something for Everybody

Radical Inclusion in a Modern Adaptation

by Ashley O'Mara
20 February 2020
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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Livestreaming the Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts
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Livestreaming the Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts

A Summit for arts & culture leaders committed to building equity

Friday 24 April - Sunday 26 April 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

Arts Connect International presents 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.

a group of youth actors onstage
Trans Theatre Is More Than a Cast List
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Trans Theatre Is More Than a Cast List

24 March 2020

AJ Schwartz responds to Will Wilhelm’s recent HowlRound piece about trans inclusivity in theatre casting, arguing that, while that’s important, theatre companies have to go a lot further.

two actors onstage
Gender is Performance
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Gender is Performance

Why Trans* Actors Should Transcend the Character Breakdown

24 February 2020

Will Wilhelm argues that trans* actors are particularly skilled at performing gender and questions why it is so rare to see them perform on large stages.

six actors onstage
Something for Everybody
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Something for Everybody

Radical Inclusion in a Modern Adaptation

20 February 2020

Aley O’Mara discusses Will Davis’s production of Everybody at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

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.

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New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality?
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New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality?

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City

Thursday 14 November 2019
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the artist talk New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality? livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 14 November 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 3:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 23:30 GMT (London, UTC +0).

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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.

five actors onstage
Unmanly Grief
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Unmanly Grief

Performing A Trans Hamlet

10 September 2019

Aley O’Mara reflects on Daniel Winder’s Hamlet and speaks to the lead—trans actor Jenet Le Lacheur—about the titular character in this production being nonbinary and transfeminine.

four actors in rehearsal
We Didn’t Have Any Role Models
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We Didn’t Have Any Role Models

An Interview with the Founders of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre Group

21 August 2019

Michaela Goldhaber, current artistic director of Wry Crips, talks to the founding and early members of the disabled women’s theatre group about their history.

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A Performance by Dreams of Hope
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A Performance by Dreams of Hope

at Pride Youth Theatre Alliance

Saturday 27 July 2019
Boston, MA

The Pride Youth Theater Alliance presented an expert from Chasing Elevation and other performances by members of Dreams of Hope’s theatriQ ensemble in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Saturday 27 July at 5:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 7:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 8:00 p.m. EDT (New York) / 24:00 UTC+0.

three actors onstage
Beyond the Bathrooms
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Beyond the Bathrooms

Cultivating Meaningful Trans Inclusion in Theatrical Spaces

28 July 2019

John Meredith and M Sloth Levine, of StageSource’s Gender Explosion Initiative, discuss ways theatremakers can dismantle stigmas against trans people and continue creating an inclusive theatre scene.

actors performing outside
Theatre During a Time of Upheaval
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Theatre During a Time of Upheaval

15 May 2019

Farai Mabeza offers an overview of theatre in Zimbabwe, from the major theatre in the capital city, to smaller community theatres, to the country’s festivals.

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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.

actors onstage
From Kosovo
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From Kosovo

A Playwright Who Provokes Change

4 April 2019

Karen Malpede sits down to talk with Kosovar playwright and provocateur Jeton Neziraj about freedom and theatre.

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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.

two actors onstage in costume
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.

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.

Performers on the set of 50 Shades of Gay
Performance of 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution by Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo)
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Performance of 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution by Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo)

Presented by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

Sunday 10 March 2019
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City presented a performance of 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution by Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Sunday 10 March 2019 at 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 19:00 UTC +0 (London) / 20:00 UTC +1 (Berlin). 

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Towards a Queer Reclamation
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Towards a Queer Reclamation

4 February 2019

Ezra Brain looks at how queer theatremakers can reclaim familiar genres and forms—like musicals and kitchen sink dramas—to create a mainstream queer theatrical culture.

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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.

silhouette of performer playing guitar while audience watches, holding flashlights
The Final Act
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The Final Act

Sunsetting a Nonprofit Arts Organization

23 October 2018

Scott Artley talks about the decision to wind down activities of Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis after over thirty years on the scene and details the steps taken to “sunset” the organization in a respectful, beautiful way.

a group of people on stage
Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats
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Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats

Exploring New Styles of Gender Diversity

26 September 2018

Theatremaker Sloth Levine uses the casting conceit in Jaclyn Backhaus’s play Men On Boats as a jumping off point to explore gender diversity in casting.

two actors
A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia
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A Non-Binary Awakening in Philadelphia

12 September 2018

Pax Ressler looks at both the successes and challenges for non-binary theatre artists in Philadelphia.

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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

6 September 2018

Playwright Abraham Johnson reflects on the 2018 Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat, and the importance of supporting emerging Queer playwrights.

Looking for “Lesbians” in God of Vengeance and Indecent
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Looking for “Lesbians” in God of Vengeance and Indecent

3 July 2018

Writer Warren Hoffman dives into the history of God of Vengeance, the Yiddish play from 1907 that inspired Paula Vogel's Indecent, and the questions around language and sexuality the play raised and continues to raise.