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Audiences, Parasites, and Personal Revelations
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Audiences, Parasites, and Personal Revelations

Perspectives on Criticism and Playwriting

by Ava Wong Davies, Alice Birch, Maddy Costa
20 October 2019
Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America
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Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America

presented by Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships

by Tobi Kyeremateng, Roger Robinson
9 October 2019
a group of actors onstage
Audiences, Parasites, and Personal Revelations
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Audiences, Parasites, and Personal Revelations

Perspectives on Criticism and Playwriting

20 October 2019

Playwright/critic Ava Wong Davies talks to critic Maddy Costa and plawright Alice Birch about who reviews are for, responses to criticism, self-censorship, and more.

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Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America
Video

Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America

presented by Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge Friends School presented the panel Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships

9 October 2019

Producer Tobi Kyeremateng and poet/writer Roger Robinson talk about Black writers in the UK, creative citizenship, activism in the arts, and more.

yellow cartoon car with pink text PRELUDE 2019
The PRELUDE 2019 Festival
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The PRELUDE 2019 Festival

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Thursday 3 October - Saturday 5 October
New York, New York

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the PRELUDE 2019 Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Thursday 3 October to Saturday 5 October 2019.

a group of actors onstage
Adapting to a New Normal in Jeune Terre
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Adapting to a New Normal in Jeune Terre

29 September 2019

Playwright Gab Reisman discusses writing a play about climate change and moving toward a model of collective accountability and civic action.

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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership
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Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership

26 September 2019

Linda Parris Bailey and Diane Rodriguez talk about their own leadership transitions and what’s next, gender, race, and economic barriers; documenting work; and more.

three actors onstage
You Must Kick Up a Fuss
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You Must Kick Up a Fuss

24 September 2019

Black British writers Matilda Ibini and Oladipo (Dipo) Agboluaje talk about choosing to study theatre at school, crowdfunding, Afrofuturism, and more.

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Bring the Conversation
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Bring the Conversation

On Twitter, What We Leave Behind, and Processing Trauma

23 September 2019

Demi Nandhra and Rajni Shah talk about their performance practices, social media, mental health, ego, 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.

an actor onstage
We Have Suffered Enough
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We Have Suffered Enough

The Cost of Performing Trauma for Women of Color

12 September 2019

Melisa Pereyra talks about how suffering goes hand in hand with being a woman of color actor, how trauma is held in the body, and how audiences react when stories lack grief.

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.   

a slide comparing the number of white directors versus directors of color from 2007-2017
Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
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Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy

29 August 2019

Nicole Brewer examines a prominent racist policy in theatre—when plays written by people of color are staged by white directors—through the lens of actors, theatregoers, and playwrights themselves.

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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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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.

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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.

two actors onstage
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.

The Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival Closing Roundtable
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The Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival Closing Roundtable

Hosted by the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis

Sunday 14 July 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis presented the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival Closing Roundtable livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 14 July 2019 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Minneapolis, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 18:00 UTC+0.

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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
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A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

11 July 2019

Sharanya shares her thoughts on restaging gendered violence, including how the representation of sexual violence has the power to be scripted and also to script, the importance of de-spectacling violence, and more.

four actors onstage
Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest
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Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest

8 July 2019

Rebecca Benzie Fraser uses Her Naked Skin as an example in the exploration of the different decisions made when it comes to staging violence by women and staging violence against women.

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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.

four actors onstage
Directing and Embracing Open Texts
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Directing and Embracing Open Texts

11 June 2019

Kate Bergstrom investigates the open text, looking at how theatremakers approach the form, the balance between respect for the script and unique interpretation, and more.

three actors onstage
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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Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work from The Public Theater, New York
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Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work from The Public Theater, New York

A playwriting masterclass

Monday 20 May 2019
New York City

Watch Me Work is a play with an action and dialogue — it’s also a meta-theatrical, free writing class! Come join us. Livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 20 May 2019 at 2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (Montréal) / 22:00 UTC +0 (London).

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.