The Ground on Which We Stand
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The Ground on Which We Stand

10 June 2018

Playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson and director Claire Syler discuss their collaboration on The Green Duck Lounge, a play that delves into Kansas City, Missouri’s civil rights history.

Dance the Vote
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Dance the Vote

On Rapid Response, Performance, the Election, and Civic Engagement

11 October 2016

Artistic Director Joan Lipkin discusses the inspiration and process for “Dance the Vote,” a voting registration campaign in St. Louis, Missouri that included performances by local artists. 

Responding to the World Around You
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Responding to the World Around You

An interview with playwright Nathan Louis Jackson

20 July 2016

Marissa Wolf, Director of New Works at Kansas City Rep, talks with playwright in residence Nathan Louis Jackson.

Classic Engagement
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Classic Engagement

What Theatres Can Learn from a Missouri Music Store

5 July 2016

Lauren Smith discusses Westgate Music, a local music store in Missouri, and offers tips for how theatres can engage with their audiences.

Deaf Playwriting
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Deaf Playwriting

A New Art Form

7 April 2016

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

Goin’ to Kansas City
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Goin’ to Kansas City

Dramaturgy Open Office Hours Branches Out

16 February 2016

Dramaturgs Amanda Boyle and Alyson Germinder share their experience with hosting the Dramaturgy Open Office Hour Project in Kansas City, MO.

Every 28 Hours
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Every 28 Hours

Creating a Performance for Ferguson

24 October 2015

Actor/playwright Joe Wilson, Jr. discusses his experience and the cultural climate in St. Louis during the Every 28 Hours Project workshops.

Cross The Edge
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Cross The Edge

A Guide to Successfully Breaking Genres

11 October 2015

Em Piro writes about the exciting wave of cross-genre collaboration she’s witnessing in St. Louis, and addresses the successes and pitfalls of such work.

Unloose This Tied Up Justice
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Unloose This Tied Up Justice

SHAKE 38 and the Measure4Measure Project

22 June 2015

Jennifer Wintzer shares SHAKE 38’s Measure4Measure Project connecting youth in St. Louis with youth in New York City around the conflict in Ferguson.

Life After #Ferguson
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Life After #Ferguson

Continue the Conversation

10 January 2015

Co-founders of St Lou Fringe Em Piro and Tara Daniels talk about how artists and institutions can continue the conversation started after #Ferguson, and how important it is to do so.

A Conversation with Playwright in Residence Nathan Louis Jackson and Director Kyle Hatley
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A Conversation with Playwright in Residence Nathan Louis Jackson and Director Kyle Hatley

2 January 2015

Commons Producer Mackenzie Goodwin Tran talks to Nathan Louis Jackson and Kyle Hatley about what they’ve learned so far in his residency at Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Seasons of War
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Seasons of War

19 May 2014

The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, prides itself on producing “bold new plays,” under artistic director Cynthia Levin. The 2013-2014 season has been somewhat of a “dream” season for the Unicorn staff—“full of the best contemporary theater in America,” said Levin. As the literary assistant and dramaturg, I have the joy and privilege of digging into the scripts selected for the season. Not only are the plays new plays, many that are fresh out of New York, and world premieres, but also several of them have something else in common: war. While war is not new, the new season of plays in Kansas eloquently captures our era of endless war both open and covert.

Photo of a Shake 38 production.
DIY Shakespeare
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DIY Shakespeare

Co-Creating With Your Community

23 April 2014

Founder Rick Dildine tells the story of Shake38, a city-wide Shakespeare interpretation and performance festival.

LEAN IN
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LEAN IN

Sojourn Theatre, Civic Practice & Catholic Charities USA

12 January 2013
Several people wearing animal masks looking at another man in a mask and a top hat.
Primed for Fringe
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Primed for Fringe

27 August 2012

Against all odds, adversity created an ideal setting for Fringe. Em Piro chronicles the inception of the St. Lou Fringe Festival.

the TCG National Conference 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri—Wednesday 13 June - Saturday 16 June 2018
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the TCG National Conference 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri—Wednesday 13 June - Saturday 16 June 2018

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)—the national organization for the American theatre—presented the TCG National Conference 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 13 June to Saturday 16 June 2018.

The 2017 Dance/USA Annual Conference Opening Plenary in Kansas City—Thursday 8 June 2017
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The 2017 Dance/USA Annual Conference Opening Plenary in Kansas City—Thursday 8 June 2017

Dance/USA, the national association for professional dance, presented the Opening Plenary of the Dance/USA 2017 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri livestreamed on the global commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 8 June at 8:30 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 10:30 a.m. CDT (Kansas City) / 11:30 a.m. EDT (New York).

Follow the conversation on social media via the hashtags #DUSAconf and #DanceUSAKC and follow @DanceUSAorg on Twitter.

Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America panel with Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright of Disgraced at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Missouri—Monday 15 February 2016
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Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America panel with Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright of Disgraced at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Missouri—Monday 15 February 2016

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presented the panel discussion Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 15 February at 8:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 7:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles). In Twitter, follow @howlroundtv and use hashtag #howlround

The Every 28 Hours Plays
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The Every 28 Hours Plays

New One-Minute Plays Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland—Saturday 24 October 2015

The One-Minute Play Festival and Oregon Shakespeare Festival presented The Every 28 Hours Plays—new one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 24 October at 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 8 p.m. CDT (St. Louis) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) from the Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In Twitter, use #Every28Hours and #1MPF.

Theatre Communications Group's 2015 Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City—#AudRev15 —Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March 2015
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Theatre Communications Group's 2015 Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City—#AudRev15 —Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March 2015

Theatre Communications Group's 2015 Audience (R)Evolution Convening livestreamed from Kansas City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March. In Twitter, follow @TCG@HowlRoundTV, and use hashtag #AudRev15.

Vi Tran's The Butcher's Son, A Refugee Play & Performance Memoir at Westport Center for the Arts in Kansas City—Friday 15 August 2014
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Vi Tran's The Butcher's Son, A Refugee Play & Performance Memoir at Westport Center for the Arts in Kansas City—Friday 15 August 2014

Westport Center for the Arts in Kansas City, Missouri presented The Butcher's Son—A Refugee Play & Performance Memoir—by Vi Tran livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 15 August at 9 p.m. EDT/ 8 p.m. CDT/ 6 p.m. PDT. 

Kyle Hatley's Master of the Universe at The Living Room Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri—Sunday 29 June 2014
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Kyle Hatley's Master of the Universe at The Living Room Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri—Sunday 29 June 2014

The Living Room Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri presented a performance of Master of the Universe written and directed by Kyle Hatley livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 29 June at 6 p.m. PDT/ 8 p.m. CDT/ 9 p.m. EDT. Use Twitter hashtag #howlround to share.

A performance of The Death of Cupid: A Whiskey Musical at The Living Room Theatre in Kansas City, MO—Monday 15 July 2013
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A performance of The Death of Cupid: A Whiskey Musical at The Living Room Theatre in Kansas City, MO—Monday 15 July 2013

The Living Room Theatre of Kansas City, MO presented the livestreaming of The Death of Cupid: A Whiskey Musical livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 15 July at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Kansas City) / 9 p.m. EDT (Toronto).