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What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?
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What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?

Kim Whitener and Mara Isaacs in conversation

by Kim Whitener, Mara Isaacs
4 November 2018
How We Produced a Green Convening
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How We Produced a Green Convening

by Ramona Ostrowski, JD Stokely
12 August 2018
Embracing the Canoe
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Embracing the Canoe

How Does a Small Company Thrive?

by Olivia D'Ambrosio
17 June 2018
An actor and a puppet on stage
What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?
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What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?

Kim Whitener and Mara Isaacs in conversation

4 November 2018

Kim Whitener, the former executive director of HERE, and theatre producer and consultant Mara Isaacs sit down to talk about moving from institutions to the freelance world (and vice versa), the generosity of other theatre creators, work-life balance, and more.

How We Produced a Green Convening
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How We Produced a Green Convening

12 August 2018

Associate Producer Ramona Ostrowski and Fellow JD Stokely reflect on how HowlRound made the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening on 8-10 June 2018 our greenest convening yet.

Embracing the Canoe
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Embracing the Canoe

How Does a Small Company Thrive?

17 June 2018

Olivia D’Ambrosio, Producing Artistic Director of Bridge Repertory Theater in Boston, Massachusetts discusses how the company's early ambitions led to challenges, and how they're learned to course-correct.

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.

Pop Theatre
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Pop Theatre

Revitalizing and Reimagining a Dying Artform

12 February 2018

Zach Donovan addresses the shortcomings of nonprofit theatre, the glut of self production, and considers Pop Theatre as an alternative theatrical vehicle.

Theatre Without a Theatre
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Theatre Without a Theatre

On Found Spaces and Creativity in the Twin Cities

6 May 2017

Cassandra Snow writes about the challenges and opportunities involved in producing theatre in non-traditional spaces.

How to Get Rid of Chairs
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How to Get Rid of Chairs

Dilemmas of the Independent Performing Arts Sector in Romania

15 April 2017

Iulia Popovici writes about independent theatre in Romania.

Theatre DIY Don’ts
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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Write Checks You Can’t Cash

3 March 2017

In this final installment, Ricky Young-Howze reflects on self-producing new work in a “theatre desert,” and acknowledges the importance of learning, wisdom, and respect.

Theatre DIY Don’ts
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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Forget to Take Pictures

6 February 2017

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the importance of having archival footage of new work, which serves as a historical document.

Theatre DIY Don’ts
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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Settle for Your Venues

4 December 2016

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the importance of choosing the right venue for productions.

A New Model of Female Producers
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A New Model of Female Producers

The WP Lab

20 November 2016

Five of the women producers from the 2014–2016 WP Lab report on producing the Pipeline Festival in partnership with a Lab playwright/director/producer team.

The Ghosts of the Interart
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The Ghosts of the Interart

25 October 2016

Matt Opatrny writes about ensemble company Blessed Unrest and the lack of affordable space for small companies in New York City.

The Signature Awards
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The Signature Awards

a proposal

3 October 2016

Edward Einhorn reflects on the failures of the current awards system for independent theatre in New York, and proposes a solution. 

Behind the Curtain
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Behind the Curtain

PlayPenn, The Ground Floor, and the National Playwrights Conference

31 August 2016

A conversation with new play leaders Sarah Rose Leonard, Paul Meshejian, and Anne Morgan about playwriting.

Theatre DIY Don’ts
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Theatre DIY Don’ts

Don’t Get Too Complicated

28 August 2016

In this installment, Ricky Young-Howze discusses the complex nature of producing and shares what he learned about the art of delegation. 

Don’t Blame Pregnancy for Shuffle Along Closing
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Don’t Blame Pregnancy for Shuffle Along Closing

18 July 2016

Catherine M. Young reflects on the closing of the musical Shuffle Along. 

Rolando Sanz Brings Andrew Lippa’s “Concept Opera” I Am Anne Hutchinson/ I Am Harvey Milk
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Rolando Sanz Brings Andrew Lippa’s “Concept Opera” I Am Anne Hutchinson/ I Am Harvey Milk

16 June 2016

Marcina Zaccaria discusses Rolando Sanz’s role in producing and presenting the opera I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa.

Producing Advice from the Company that Named Themselves “Team Awesome Robot”
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Producing Advice from the Company that Named Themselves “Team Awesome Robot”

Part One

6 June 2016

In the kick-off to this new series, Christopher Diercksen, Artistic Director of Team Awesome Robot, share’s the company’s process for producing their second show. 

Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories
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Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories

3 June 2016

In this second installment, Milta Ortiz discusses her role as the project’s coordinator, and overviews the production process of Barrio Stories.

Going Solo
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Going Solo

Self-Producing Purple Eyes

16 May 2016

Playwright Josh Inocéncio shares his experience self-producing and touring his autobiographical solo show Purple Eyes.

Perfect Partnership
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Perfect Partnership

Workshopping a New Play with a University

25 April 2016

Playwright Donna Hoke writes about an opportunity that allowed her to develop a new play on its feet in advance of a world premiere.

The Creative Producer (noun)
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The Creative Producer (noun)

A Definition

18 January 2016

In the second installment, Ronee Penoi defines her role as a Creative Producer and shares lessons she’s learned in her process. 

The Temporary Forever
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The Temporary Forever

28 November 2015

Artistic Director Bill English discusses the ephemeral, yet perpetual process theatre artists experience while working on productions.

The New Playwright Problem
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The New Playwright Problem

16 November 2015

Independent producer Natalie Gershtein considers the playwright-producer relationship. Where she once thought that playwrights were waiting and hoping for a first production, she now comes across playwrights who want to hold out for a larger company.

New Partnerships Grow in the Garden State
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New Partnerships Grow in the Garden State

An Experiment in New Play Commissioning

14 November 2015

John McEwen and Andy Donald introduce the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Stage Exchange and talk with the three partnering theatres.