Playwright Residencies

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Connection, Influence, and Impact as a Playwright-In-Residence
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Connection, Influence, and Impact as a Playwright-In-Residence

by Carlos Murillo, Kira Obolensky
11 December 2019
"Dream Bigger"
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"Dream Bigger"

Developing Artistic Ambition as Playwrights in Residence

by Rehana Lew Mirza, Melinda Lopez
27 November 2019
"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"
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"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"

Celebrating the Artistic Journeys of Two Latino Playwrights

by Luis Alfaro, Herbert Sigüenza
18 September 2019
two actors embracing onstage
Connection, Influence, and Impact as a Playwright-In-Residence
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Connection, Influence, and Impact as a Playwright-In-Residence

11 December 2019

Carlos Murillo and Kira Obolensky talk about their National Playwright Residency Program residencies, creating work for a specific theatre’s audience, playwrights not being part of the sea change of artistic director turnover, and more.

three actors onstage
"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.

four actors onstage
"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"
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"We’ve Got to Protect Our Art"

Celebrating the Artistic Journeys of Two Latino Playwrights

18 September 2019

Luis Alfaro and Herbert Sigüenza talk about their experience in the National Playwright Residency Program, learning about the inner workings of theatre companies, portraying Latinx people in a positive light, the importance of comedy, and more.

four actors onstage
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.   

eight people posing together
The Power of Local
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The Power of Local

Building Community While Building Plays

25 August 2019

Playwrights Will Power and Jonathan Norton talk about what being an artist in residence looks like, championing local playwrights, rejection letters, and more.

two people posing together
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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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!

five women of color in colorful dresses
Calling in the Spirits
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Calling in the Spirits

How Theatre Can Help Us Tell the Truth

20 June 2019

Playwright Pearl Cleage discusses playwriting, activism, and how theatremakers can help save the world in this excerpt from her keynote speech at the 2019 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference.

actors onstage
Discovering Your Authentic Voice As a Playwright
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Discovering Your Authentic Voice As a Playwright

19 May 2019

Herbert Siguenza, co-founder of the Latino performance troupe Culture Clash, talks about his unconventional writing path, his time working with the collective, and finding his unique voice.

two Black actresses sit on a couch
The Gift
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The Gift

The Importance of Difficult Conversations Between Collaborators

12 May 2019

Playwright Pearl Cleage reflects on the power of truth-telling to find common ground and discusses how Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA is working to confront the legacy of Southern racism.

a lake surrounded by mountains
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).

two actors onstage
On Seeing and Being Seen
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On Seeing and Being Seen

30 April 2019

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge talks about what it means to see and be seen in theatre.

a table with a scone, coffee, and spilled coffee beans
Buy a Scone, Feed a Playwright
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Buy a Scone, Feed a Playwright

9 April 2019

Mora V. Harris offers suggestions for what organizations can do if they can’t afford the travel costs associated with bringing an artist from out of town.

two actors in costume
Laughing Matters
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Laughing Matters

How Comedy Tells Us Who We Are

14 February 2019

Professor Matthew McMahan talks about the importance of understanding comedy’s theatrical history: how it has evolved, what it says about a society, and why the genre shouldn’t be forgotten in the American theatre.

Creating Work and Artistic Homes
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Creating Work and Artistic Homes

Friday 26 January 2018

HowlRound at Emerson College in Boston presented a conversation with performance artist Taylor Mac, HERE Arts Center Artistic Director Kristin Marting, and designer Machine Dazzle livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 26 January 2018 at 4:30 p.m. EST (Boston) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 1:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 21:30 GMT (London, UTC +0). 

two performers hiding under a table
I'm Tired of All This Drama!
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I'm Tired of All This Drama!

A Gathering to Discuss Contemporary Comedy in the American Theatre

Wednesday 17 October - Thursday 18 October 2018
Emerson College, Boston, USA

A gathering bringing playwrights from around the US to talk about craft and the state of comedy in our field today.

Diversity for Dummies Part Two
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Diversity for Dummies Part Two

Why The Best Intentions Sometimes Fail

9 October 2018

Director Ralph Peña writes about the importance of beginning every project from a place of inclusion, rather than relying on retroactive "diversity initiatives."

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.

The How of Theatre
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The How of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

24 July 2018

Playwright Lauren Gunderson offers other writers lessons on dramatic structure, building characters, and crafting a powerful ending.

The Why of Theatre
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The Why of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

9 July 2018

Playwright Lauren M. Gunderson add to her video series "Why Theatre?" by discussing why theatre still matters in the age of filmed storytelling.

The Care and Feeding of Playwrights in Nashville
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The Care and Feeding of Playwrights in Nashville

23 April 2018

Nate Eppler shares how Ingram New Works Lab in Tennessee is helping playwrights build a creative home that both feeds the soul and the stomach.

Report on the National Playwright Residency Program
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Report on the National Playwright Residency Program

Emerson College

Tuesday 27 March 2018
Boston, MA, United States

HowlRound Theatre Commons presented a conversation about the National Playwright Residency Program livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 27 March at 11:15 a.m. EST (Boston) / 10:15 a.m. CST (Chicago) / 8:15 a.m. PST (San Francisco).

Assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program
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Assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program

26 March 2018

Alexis Frasz and Holly Sidford assess the first round of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program, co-administered by HowlRound.

A Blueprint for Risk-Taking
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A Blueprint for Risk-Taking

8 March 2018

Artistic Director Kristin Marting discusses how developmental programs can better meet the needs of artists and shares best practices from HERE’s multi-year artist residency program in New York City.

Getting Serious about Promoting Plays by Women
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Getting Serious about Promoting Plays by Women

11 October 2017

Michael Wright discusses how his playwriting residency program WomenWorks is helping tackle the underrepresentation of female playwrights in the US.