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Lumbering Toward the New
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Lumbering Toward the New

17 March 2020

In this virtual keynote, Todd London reflects on the nature of new work and the social cooperation inherent to making theatre.

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Keynote by Todd London for the 5th Annual ORIGINKC: NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
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Keynote by Todd London for the 5th Annual ORIGINKC: NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday 14 March 2020
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri presented a keynote by Todd London from the 5th Annual ORIGINKC: NEW WORKS FESTIVAL livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 14 March at 8 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Kansas City, UTC-5) / 11 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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A Playwright’s Guide to Self-Producing: Part II
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A Playwright’s Guide to Self-Producing: Part II

3 March 2020

In the second half of this two-part deep dive, playwright John J King continues his exploration into self-producing, looking at the production phase and marketing.

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A Playwright’s Guide to Self-Producing: Part I
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A Playwright’s Guide to Self-Producing: Part I

2 March 2020

In the first half of this two-part deep dive, playwright John J King looks at the world of self-producing, touching on building a mission statement, budget concerns, and the script development process.

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Gasping Whiteness and New Play Development Inspired by Community Organizing
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Gasping Whiteness and New Play Development Inspired by Community Organizing

25 February 2020

Through the lens of developing his show Gasping Whiteness, Will MacAdams talks about the value of creating theatre in partnership with community organizers.

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Roma Futurism and the Future of Roma Theatre
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Roma Futurism and the Future of Roma Theatre

An Interview with Mihaela Drăgan

10 February 2020

HowlRound’s director, Jamie Gahlon, talks with theatremaker Mihaela Drăgan about contemporary Roma theatre and the artistic movement Roma Futurism.

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Writing Comedy and Wielding Power
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Writing Comedy and Wielding Power

27 January 2020

Madeleine George and Mike Lew talk about writing comedy for theatre, vulnerability as playwrights, working with different aesthetics, and more.

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New Work Secret in the Rockies
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New Work Secret in the Rockies

The Colorado New Play Festival and the National Play Lab Conference

12 January 2020

Kristin Leahey, PhD explores the impact of the Colorado New Play Festival and its accompanying conference.

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Collaboration and Profanation
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Collaboration and Profanation

Reflecting on the International Collaboration behind WITKACY / Two-Headed Calf

19 December 2019

Amanda Shank, associate artistic director of California’s CalArts Center for New Performance, talks about bringing an international, cross-cultural collaboration to life with Warsaw’s STUDIO teatrgaleria.

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"Dream Bigger"
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"Dream Bigger"

Developing Artistic Ambition as Playwrights in Residence

27 November 2019

Rehana Lew Mirza and Melinda Lopez talk being playwrights as well as actors and teachers, critiquing their own work, their individual work processes, and more.

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Protect the Body
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Protect the Body

Keeping Daring Depictions of Eating Disorders Safe for Actors and At-Risk Young Adults

26 November 2019

Clare Hennessy discusses the challenges of developing a play that sheds light on eating disorders—depicting them accurately, avoiding triggers—and offers suggestions for other writers in a similar position.

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Keeping the Faith
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Keeping the Faith

A Conversation with Will Arbery

24 November 2019

Caridad Svich shares a correspondence she had with playwright and theatremaker Will Arbery, touching on topics of writing about bleakness and despair, a play’s relationship to breath, faith and faithlessness, and more.

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Building Community in Artistic Processes
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Building Community in Artistic Processes

Four Boston Theatremakers in Conversation

30 October 2019

Ilana M. Brownstein talks with Dawn Simmons, Summer L. Williams, and Kirsten Greenidge about collaborating on new plays, creating healthy communities, vulnerability, and more.

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Notes on Making Theatre in the Dark
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Notes on Making Theatre in the Dark

15 October 2019

Ezra Brain discusses the experience of creating a piece of theatre in the dark, the theory of “rasa,” the act of performance, and more.

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Apollo Meets the Climate Youth Movement on Indigenous Ground
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Apollo Meets the Climate Youth Movement on Indigenous Ground

2 October 2019

Playwright and professor Theresa May talks about creating a show about the planet, Sky Woman, and the Youth Climate Movement, and how collaborating with students enhanced the development process.

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Bringing the Playwright's Perspective to the Table
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Bringing the Playwright's Perspective to the Table

3 September 2019

Playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Peter Nachtrieb talk about what it means to be an artist in residence, how theatres constantly work on their mission, connecting with the community, and more.   

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On Forgetting and Theatre’s Impermanence
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On Forgetting and Theatre’s Impermanence

27 August 2019

Eric Marlin reflects on theatre’s ephemerality, connecting the notion to capitalism, technology, legacies, and more.

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Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
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Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly

15 August 2019

Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez, part of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, talk about artivism—what it means, what it can look like—in relation to building a jazz opera with various communities around the world.

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Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment
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Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment

Reflections on a Six-Year Residency

8 August 2019

Playwright Peter Nachtrieb and artistic director of San Francisco’s Z Space, Lisa Steindler, talk about the National Playwright Residency Program, getting out of your comfort zone, making a living as a writer, and more.

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Confessions of a Sexist Playwright
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Confessions of a Sexist Playwright

25 July 2019

Jerrod Bogard talks about sexism, theatre, and unpacking his invisible knapsack.

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Reimagining the Relationship Between Playwrights and Institutions
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Reimagining the Relationship Between Playwrights and Institutions

Announcing an Open Call for the Third Round of the National Playwright Residency Program

5 July 2019

Applications for the third round of the National Playwright Residency Program, an intervention into the traditional relationships between artists and institutions, are now live!

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The Aesthetic Fingerprint with Quinn Bauriedel of Pig Iron Theatre Company
Podcast

The Aesthetic Fingerprint with Quinn Bauriedel of Pig Iron Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Episode #12

1 July 2019

In episode twelve of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser talks to Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder and co-artistic director Quinn Bauriedel about the history and future of the company, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth year.

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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show

16 June 2019

Roxanna Myhrum looks at the history of the iconic puppet show Punch and Judy and Sarah Nolen’s feminist adaptation of it, Judy Save the Day.

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Disability, Identity, and Representation
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Disability, Identity, and Representation

Notes from a Dramaturg

27 May 2019

Andrea Kovich talks about the glaring need for more disabled theatremakers, the importance of new plays and musicals, and working with a disabled dramaturg during a new work’s development.

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What Does the Play Need?
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What Does the Play Need?

Why I Cancelled a Workshop in Favor of a Two-Week Trip Through Rural Alaska

6 May 2019

Playwright Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) reflects on her journey through rural Alaskan Native communities to reawaken the ancestral spirit of her work, Native Pride (and Prejudice).