Political Theatre

Content here focuses on theatremakers, companies, and projects engaging with politics and political action. A great example of the power of this work is the video series Political Theatre as a Civil Right from the British-Romanian political theatre company BÉZNĂ Theatre.

The Latest

Livestreaming a Performance: Tilos az abadság - F* Ree Artists / New Year's Eve Revue
Video
Livestreaming a Performance: Tilos az abadság - F* Ree Artists / New Year's Eve Revue
GHOST HOURS OF FREE ART livestreaming from the glorious halls of the Hungarian Metal Workers' Union in Budapest
Thursday 24 June 2021
Hungary
Unrehearsed Futures: (Im)possible Futures
Video
Unrehearsed Futures: (Im)possible Futures
Episode 11: Rehearsing Social Justice at the Margins
Thursday 17 June 2021
South Africa
When Theatre Will Become Fully Itself: Digital Supratheatre and the Fight for an Inclusive Future
Essay
When Theatre Will Become Fully Itself: Digital Supratheatre and the Fight for an Inclusive Future
Translated by Cecilia Laslo
by Mihaela Drăgan
25 May 2021
Friday Phone Call # 1
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 1

Melanie Joseph of Foundry Theatre

20 January 2012

Introducing Friday Phone Call, where David Dower calls up some of the most interesting and influential voices in theater today. This week, David talks to Melanie Joseph of Foundry Theatre.

Civic Theater
Essay

Civic Theater

Part 2

28 November 2011

Michael Rohd details the how, the why and the what of his approach to making civic theater. 

Photo of Culture Clash.
A Manifesto
Essay

A Manifesto

22 June 2011

Richard Montoya, of the theater group Culture Clash, delivers his theatrical manifesto; one of outside the lines, in every way. 

Civic Theater
Essay

Civic Theater

29 May 2011

Part one of Michael Rohd's look at "How does the work we do impact, intersect with and contribute to a healthy, functional democracy?"

Peace and Trauma, Part II
Essay

Peace and Trauma, Part II

27 March 2011

Erik Ehn furthers his exploration into theatre for social change by focusing on the vocabulary of used to create art that challenges and energizes us to rise above the trauma toward peace.

Trauma and Peace, Part 1
Essay

Trauma and Peace, Part 1

10 March 2011

Erik Ehn takes on theatre for social change, and the need to create art that challenges and energizes us to rise above the trauma toward peace. 

Paul Watson with Southern Sudan Kids During Civil War. Photo by Andrew Stawicki.
Writing About Myself
Essay

Writing About Myself

23 January 2011

Playwright Dan O'Brien discusses the intersection between the personal and the political, and his findings which indicate that the most compelling stories come from the lives of others.

pink and blue organic shapes with text SAFE HAVENS.
Safe Havens Freedom Talks
Series

Safe Havens Freedom Talks

Conversations about threats towards artistic freedom, free press and intangible heritage

Guests in the Freedom Talks series are highly knowledgeable and prolific actors in the global Arts Rights Justice sector, fighting for artistic freedom.

a clown kissing a clear riot shield
When Clowns Fight the Power
Series

When Clowns Fight the Power

This series features a selection of folx from around the world who are all part of a long and diverse heritage of clown activists who subvert bigots and in cultivate hope in hard-hit communities. From rural villages to urban centers, from popular protests to refugee camps, each of our contributors use grit and humor to activate their communities toward equity and justice.

artist headshots with text details about the event.
NBT @ HOME Presents An "Unbought & Unbossed" Conversation
Series

NBT @ HOME Presents An "Unbought & Unbossed" Conversation

A digital conversation series about the dynamic legacy of Shirley Chisholm and reclaiming our vote.

In tandem with its curated micro-commission series, "Unbought & Unbossed: Reclaiming Our Vote," National Black Theatre is hosting three NBT @ HOME conversations with its commissioned artists as well as community leaders and historians about the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, combating voter suppression, and our power to reclaim our vote.

Glod: Political Theatre as a Civil Right
Series

Glod: Political Theatre as a Civil Right

with BÉZNĂ Theatre

Glod: Political Theatre as a Civil Right is a series of political theatre screenings from around the world including from Romania, Lebanon, UK, Mexico, Palestine and Jordan. Join us every two weeks in solidarity with artists, activists and academics resisting from the ground.

screen shot of a tweet by @pangmeli that reads "I’m all for activist communities, queer communities etc, but communities are few and far between. what we have more of are scenes. Two signs that it’s a scene: it doesn’t have multiple generations (children, elders) and the members all have a suspiciously similar aesthetic."
Conversations Across Generations
Series

Conversations Across Generations

Dialogues with UK based Performance Artists

Each of the dialogues in this series speaks of the connection between political activism, creativity, and spirituality— and highlights the importance of intergenerational knowledge-sharing for the future of the Live Arts and Theatre sectors of the UK.

Decolonizing Theatre Practice / Decolonarizar Practicas de Teatro
Series

Decolonizing Theatre Practice / Decolonarizar Practicas de Teatro

This series explores ways in which theatre artists can decolonize their practice and the field. 

Art in the Age of Populism
Series

Art in the Age of Populism

IETM Brussels

Populism may be considered as an ideology, a movement, or simply a style. Some may perceive it as a weapon against democracy, because it shrinks the space for plurality; some may view it as democracy's last vessel of hope, because it brings politics closer to the people. This series explores how the Belgian arts sector confronts this complex phenomenon.

South African Theatre Artists at National Arts Festival
Series

South African Theatre Artists at National Arts Festival

A nation characterized by its Apartheid legacy and struggle for liberation, we hear the story of a South Africa reborn, and the art at its center, through the voices of some of its most dynamic artists.

Theatre in South Africa
Series

Theatre in South Africa

A nation characterized by its Apartheid legacy and struggle for liberation, we hear the story of a nation reborn and the art at its center through the voices of some of its most dynamic artists.

Hands Up Series by Keith Josef Adkins
Series

Hands Up Series by Keith Josef Adkins

Keith Josef Adkins shares excerpts from Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, ten-minute monologues commissioned in response to the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island.

Ferguson Moment
Series

Ferguson Moment

A series on artists' critical response to the shooting of Michael Brown.

Shakespeare Through the Lens of a Military Veteran
Series

Shakespeare Through the Lens of a Military Veteran

This series examines Shakespeare from a military veteran's perspective and offers a new angle on Shakespeare's text and characters, while delving deep into the challenges facing American theatre and society.

Political Ideology and Art
Series

Political Ideology and Art

A series in which each writer was invited to respond based upon the intersection of political ideology and art in their work.

Gun Control Theatre Action
Series

Gun Control Theatre Action

This series focuses on personal perspectives from a select group of practitioners on theatre and social change, the nature of artistic efficacy, and on past and ongoing gun control theatre actions. We welcome readers to reflect with us.

New England Foundation for the Arts National Touring Theatre Project
Series

New England Foundation for the Arts National Touring Theatre Project

This series traces the progress of the New England Foundation For the Arts's touring initiative.