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Livestreaming a Conversation: Unrehearsed Futures
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Unrehearsed Futures
Episode #17: Theatre Beyond The Show
Thursday 29 July 2021
South Africa
Pandemic Dreams
Essay
Pandemic Dreams
by Jonathan Mandell
8 June 2021
What Theatre Do We Want to Return To?
Essay
What Theatre Do We Want to Return To?
by Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza
27 May 2021
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Unrehearsed Futures
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Unrehearsed Futures

Episode #17: Theatre Beyond The Show

Thursday 29 July 2021
South Africa

Presenting Unrehearsed Futures Episode #17: Theatre Beyond The Show livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 29 July 2021 at 7 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 12 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 1 p.m. SAST (Cape Town, UTC +2).

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Pandemic Dreams
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Pandemic Dreams

8 June 2021

Jonathan Mandell reflects on his experience of A Dozen Dreams, an art installation that began when twelve New York City-based women playwrights were asked: “What are you dreaming about right now?”

A man inflating a mirror with curtains.
What Theatre Do We Want to Return To?
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What Theatre Do We Want to Return To?

27 May 2021

Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza sit down to discuss how COVID has forced a breakup between artists and theatres and what it will take to get back together again.

A map with two-faced performing arts symbols located within the US and in northwestern Europe.
Taking Rural Playwriting International
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Taking Rural Playwriting International

20 May 2021

Jacob Juntunen shares how the MFA playwriting program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale adapted their new play festival for the online world and how open-access software and streaming platforms helped students at the rural school transcend geography.

poster with headshots R to L: Candrice Jones, Heather Raffo, and Tamilla Woodard.
ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: New Frameworks for Performance—Now and Beyond
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ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: New Frameworks for Performance—Now and Beyond

With Candrice Jones, Heather Raffo, and Tamilla Woodard

Tuesday 27 April 2021
United States

Playwrights' Center presented ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: New Frameworks for Performance—Now and Beyond with Candrice Jones, Heather Raffo, and Tamilla Woodard livestreaming on the global, common-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network on Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Write to the Future→
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Write to the Future→

26 April 2021

Georgina HL Escobar believes the impossible can be written into existence and shares that the power of imagination is the first step towards active realization.

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Empowering Directors and Playwrights
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Empowering Directors and Playwrights

A summit for theater practitioners on creation, collaboration, and communication

Wednesday 31 March 2021
United States

Playwrights’ Center presented Empowering Directors and Playwrights: A summit for theater practitioners on creation, collaboration, and communication keynote address livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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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 5: Gelsey Bell

Tuesday 23 March 2021
United States

HERE presented 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).

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The Importance of Centering Neurodivergent and Mad Writers
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The Importance of Centering Neurodivergent and Mad Writers

16 March 2021

Cortland Nesley argues that Neurodivergent and Mad writers should be leading the charge in shaping Neurodivergent and Mad narratives.

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 4: Nia Witherspoon

Tuesday 9 March 2021
United States

HERE presented 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
Video

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).

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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
Podcast

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).