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Livestreaming a Conversation: Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 5: Gelsey Bell

Tuesday 23 March 2021
United States
Using Critical Fabulation for History-Based Playwriting
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Using Critical Fabulation for History-Based Playwriting

by Calley N. Anderson, Holly L. Derr
3 March 2021
How Sustained Support for Playwrights Impacts Artistry
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How Sustained Support for Playwrights Impacts Artistry

National Playwright Residency Program Evaluation 2020

by Alexis Frasz, Holly Sidford
1 March 2021
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 5: Gelsey Bell

Tuesday 23 March 2021
United States

HERE presents Taylor Talks: Episode 5 with Gelsey Bell livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Livestreaming a Conversation: Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 4: Nia Witherspoon

Tuesday 9 March 2021
United States

HERE presents Taylor Talks: Episode 4 with Nia Witherspoon livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Using Critical Fabulation for History-Based Playwriting
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Using Critical Fabulation for History-Based Playwriting

3 March 2021

Holly Derr and Calley N. Anderson sit down to talk about how Calley adopted historian Saidiya Hartman’s theory of critical fabulation when writing her new play The Story and the Teller about the effect of the Memphis yellow fever epidemic of 1878 on African Americans and immigrants.

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How Sustained Support for Playwrights Impacts Artistry
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How Sustained Support for Playwrights Impacts Artistry

National Playwright Residency Program Evaluation 2020

1 March 2021

Alexis Frasz and Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative share their findings from the most recent assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program.

Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 3: Misha Chowdhury

Tuesday 23 February 2021
United States

HERE presented Taylor Talks: Episode 3 with Misha Chowdhury livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 1 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 2: Baba Israel & Grace Galu

Tuesday 9 February 2021
United States

HERE presented Taylor Talks: Episode 2 with Baba Israel & Grace Galu livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 1 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 1: Gisela Cardenas

Tuesday 26 January 2021
United States

HERE presented Taylor Talks with Gisela Cardenas livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 1 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

De-Mystifying the Playwriting Process
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De-Mystifying the Playwriting Process

With Basil Kreimendahl with Madeleine George and Cori Thomas

Tuesday 15 December 2020
United States

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presented De-Mystifying the Playwriting Process with Basil Kreimendahl with Madeleine George and Cori Thomas livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 15 December at 2 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 4 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 5 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Italian & American Playwrights Project, Third Edition​
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Italian & American Playwrights Project, Third Edition​

Readings of selected works from the upcoming collection New Plays from Italy, Vol. 3

Monday 14 December 2020
United States

Italian & American Playwrights Project presented the selected Italian Playwrights livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 14 December 2020 at 1:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 4:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Play
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Play

14 December 2020

E. M. Lewis shares thirteen ways writers can think about the plays they’re writing, including the stakes, the world, and the music.

Next Generation Voices: Social Change, Youth Activism, and Writing the Future You Want To See
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Next Generation Voices: Social Change, Youth Activism, and Writing the Future You Want To See

Hosted by Lauren Gunderson and featuring #ENOUGH young playwrights

Sunday 13 December 2020
United States

#ENOUGH presented Next Generation Voices: Social Change, Youth Activism & Writing the Future You Want To See after COVID livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 13 December 2020 at 3:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Livestreaming a Conversation: Jamaican playwrights answer George Bernard Shaw (Part 2)
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Jamaican playwrights answer George Bernard Shaw (Part 2)

10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theater Conversations from Jamaica to The World!

Sunday 13 December 2020
Jamaica

Akiba Abaka Arts presented the conversation Jamaican Playwrights Answer George Bernard Shaw (Part 2) as a part of the 10 Weeks in Jamaica series livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 13 December 2020 at 1 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 4 p.m. EST (Kingston, UTC -5).

Jamaican Playwrights Answer George Bernard Shaw (Part 1)
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Jamaican Playwrights Answer George Bernard Shaw (Part 1)

10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theater Conversations from Jamaica to The World!

Sunday 6 December 2020
Jamaica

Akiba Abaka Arts presented the conversation Jamaican Playwrights Answer George Bernard Shaw (Part 1) as a part of the 10 Weeks in Jamaica series livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 6 December 2020 at 1 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 4 p.m. EST (Kingston, UTC -5).

Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Short Play Festival (Live-captioned)
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Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Short Play Festival (Live-captioned)

Three nights of short plays written by up-and-coming trans* playwrights followed by roundtable discussions

Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November
United States

Presenting Trans [Plays] of Remembrance livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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When Form Meets Content
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When Form Meets Content

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #11

18 November 2020

In this episode, Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss how Black playwrights, such as Adrienne Kennedy, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Ntozake Shange, have experimented with form.

Contemporary Authorship and Traditional Practice
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Contemporary Authorship and Traditional Practice

The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent

Monday 16 November 2020
Kenya

Tebere Arts Foundation presented the conversation Contemporary Authorship and Traditional Practice with The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 16 November 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

NO SUMMARY with Golden Thread Fairytale Players
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NO SUMMARY with Golden Thread Fairytale Players

Online conversations with artists that don’t fit in a box

Friday 6 November 2020
United States

Golden Thread Productions presented NO SUMMARY with Golden Thread Fairytale Players livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 6 November 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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We Need to Invest in Writers
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We Need to Invest in Writers

Learnings from Administering the National Playwright Residency Program

29 October 2020

Ramona Rose King shares learnings from five years of working on the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) and argues that if we want to reinvigorate our art form and come back from this lull with vibrant, groundbreaking work, we need to invest in the artists who are making it.

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Unearthing Your Languages
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Unearthing Your Languages

27 October 2020

Amanda L. Andrei discusses learning Romanian—her father’s native tongue—for her play Lena Passes By and shares methodology for dealing with translations, identifies unique issues of heritage language learners who are also writers, and reflects on the pain of being separated from language.

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Towards a Fat Theatre
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Towards a Fat Theatre

Reimagining Bodies Onstage

26 October 2020

Jeff Bouthiette notes that the pandemic has provided an opportunity to reevaluate and rethink everything about the way theatre is created in America, argues that this work has to include fat people, and offers suggestions for a way forward.

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NO SUMMARY with playwrights Hassan Abdulrazzak, Tariq Hamami, Hannah Khalil, and Mona Mansour
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NO SUMMARY with playwrights Hassan Abdulrazzak, Tariq Hamami, Hannah Khalil, and Mona Mansour

Online conversations with artists that don’t fit in a box

Friday 23 October 2020
United States

Golden Thread Productions presented NO SUMMARY: a conversation with playwrights Hassan Abdulrazzak, Tariq Hamami, Hannah Khalil, and Mona Mansour livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 23 October 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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SEGAL TALKS with Saviana Stănescu (NYC)
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SEGAL TALKS with Saviana Stănescu (NYC)

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Friday 9 October 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Segal Talks with Saviana Stănescu (NYC) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 9 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

portrait of playwright Naghmeh Samini
NO SUMMARY with playwright Naghmeh Samini
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NO SUMMARY with playwright Naghmeh Samini

Online conversations with artists that don’t fit in a Box

Wednesday 7 October 2020
United States

Golden Thread Productions presented NO SUMMARY: a conversation with playwright Naghmeh Samini livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Banned Together 2020: Banned BIPOC Writers
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Banned Together 2020: Banned BIPOC Writers

Highlighting writers who have been censored and cut from the theatrical canon due to America's racial prejudices
 

Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2020
United States

The Dramatists Guild Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) and The Dramatists Guild Political Engagement Initiative presented Banned Together 2020 livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Conversations on Playwriting and Social Unrest in Chile
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Conversations on Playwriting and Social Unrest in Chile

Discussing indigenous rights and social movements in Chile

Friday 2 October 2020
United States

The Theatre Arts and Latin American and Latinx Studies Programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Interdram, the Theatrical Platform for New Playwriting, presented the second of two Conversations on Playwriting and Social Unrest in Chile livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 2 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 1 p.m. CLST (Santiago, UTC -3).