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Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
Essay

Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly

by Benjamin Barson, Gizelxanath Rodriguez
15 August 2019
Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment
Essay

Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment

Reflections on a Six-Year Residency

by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Lisa Steindler
8 August 2019
Confessions of a Sexist Playwright
Essay

Confessions of a Sexist Playwright

by Jerrod Bogard
25 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
actors onstage
Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
Essay

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.

two people posing together
Finding Creative Freedom Through Commitment
Essay

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.

two actors onstage
Confessions of a Sexist Playwright
Essay

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
Essay

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!

a group posing for a photo in a train station
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.

two puppets
Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
Essay

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.

three actors onstage
Disability, Identity, and Representation
Essay

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.

a lake surrounded by mountains
What Does the Play Need?
Essay

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).

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New Works Panels from the ORIGINKC New Works Festival
Video

New Works Panels from the ORIGINKC New Works Festival

at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Saturday 4 May 2019
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Repertory Theatre presented two New Works Panels from the ORIGINKC New Works Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 4 May 2019.

actors in a courtroom
When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists
Essay

When Theatre Turns Audiences Into Activists

10 April 2019

Tita Anntares examines different ways of building empathy in audiences through two recent plays, The Courtroom and To My Unborn Child, and a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

the word "behavior" repeated multiple times.
Livestreaming Behavior
Video

Livestreaming Behavior

A new play by Darrah Teitel (Canada).

Wednesday 27 March 2019
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Great Canadian Theatre Company and SpiderWebShow Performance present Darrah Teitel's new play Behavior livestreaming from Ottawa on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 5 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 8 p.m. EDT (Ottawa).

audience in darkness, except for flashlights
Making Light
Essay

Making Light

22 January 2019

Daniel Jackson talks about creating an interactive DIY lighting system—that the audience partially controlled—for a recent production that took place almost entirely in the dark.

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Entry Point 2019 Panel Discussions
Video

Entry Point 2019 Panel Discussions

Cleveland Public Theatre

Saturday 19 January 2019
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Public Theatre presented two panel discussions as part of Entry Point 2019, A New Play Development Festival, livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 January at 11:00 a.m. PST (San Francisco) / 1:00 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 2:00 p.m. EST (Cleveland).

Experimental Theatre + Performance Publishing
Video

Experimental Theatre + Performance Publishing

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Monday 17 December
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presents Experimental Theatre + Performance Publishing with 3 Hole Press, 53rd State Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 17 December 2018 at 3:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York).

performer in white dress sits in the fiction section of the library
Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues
Essay

Making Theatre in Non-Traditional Venues

10 December 2018

Theatremaker Callie Nestleroth discusses devising a show for a library space and shares the process she developed when approaching new site-specific projects.  

 

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Against the New Play
Essay

Against the New Play

(or, What Is Theatre For?)

3 December 2018

Rob Onorato talks about boredom as an audience member, the uninspired play, what film has going for it that theatre does not, and more.

Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre
Essay

Economic Precarity and Resiliency in Theatre

an American Psalm

29 August 2018

Playwright Caridad Svich reflects on the economic reality of working in theatre.

NEW PLAYS. NEW PROCESS.
Video

NEW PLAYS. NEW PROCESS.

Company One in Boston, MA

Tuesday 14 August 2018
Boston, MA, United States

Company One in Boston presented NEW PLAYS. NEW PROCESS., A Re-Examination of New Play Development in Boston and Beyond livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 14 August at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 7 p.m. PDT (Boston).

The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
Essay

The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

14 August 2018

Katherine Swimm discusses New Rep Theatre’s Boston production of Ripe Frenzy, and the innovative collaboration between playwright Jennifer Barclay and projection designer Jared Mezzocchi.

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
Essay

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

Curating Courage and the Future of Latinx Theatre / Valentía Curatorial y el Futuro del Teatro Latinx
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Curating Courage and the Future of Latinx Theatre / Valentía Curatorial y el Futuro del Teatro Latinx

1 August 2018

Playwright Georgina Escobar reflects on the curation of the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New Latinx Work: ¡ConeXión!, which took place 19-21 July 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. / Escritora Georgina Escobar refleja sobre la curación del 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval de Obras Nuevas, cual fue el 19-21 de Julio del 2018 en Chicago, Illinois.

Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre
Essay

Seventeen Thoughts (in Random Order) about Neo-Futurism and Experimental Theatre

23 July 2018

Rob Neill, founding ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, shares his thoughts on the company’s process, devising work, and creating rituals in theatre.

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

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. 

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion
Essay

Celebration, Abundance, and ConeXion

Welcome to the Carnaval of New Latinx Work

19 July 2018

Lisa Portes' remarks from the opening of the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work in Chicago, Illinois. 

Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness
Essay

Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness

2 July 2018

Dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad reflects on workshopping Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn as a part of UMass Amherst's New Play Lab in December 2017.