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The International Presenting Commons Convenes at Last
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The International Presenting Commons Convenes at Last

6 February 2023

The International Presenting Now convening brought a collective of US-based presenters of international work together in physical space in January 2023, following almost three years of virtual conversations and events. Janice Paran details the conversations that arose around the convening’s key question: how might international presenters want to work differently?

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Every Production Is a Moonshot: Research on Improving Repertoire Selection
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Every Production Is a Moonshot: Research on Improving Repertoire Selection

19 January 2023

For three years, Kristin Patton and Nick Rabkin worked with five case study theatre companies to study the often fraught, high risk, and complex decision-making process of theatrical repertoire selection. The result of their research project, the Moonshot Report, offers insights into their process and practical recommendations for strategic approaches to season planning.

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A Symposium Focusing on the Future of Producing and Presenting Independent Theatre
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A Symposium Focusing on the Future of Producing and Presenting Independent Theatre

The Under the Radar Professional Symposium

Friday 13 January 2023
New York City

The UTR Professional Symposium—one of the core activities of the Under the Radar Festival—will focus on the future of producing and presenting independent theater as we transition fitfully to a post-Covid world. The many challenges facing performance programs now are amplified in the section of the field made of independent companies, often emerging artists, or those not fitting into a regular category.

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Climate Crisis
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Climate Crisis

21 October 2022

In this episode, co-hosts Bíborka and Zsófi are joined by visual and performance artist and environmental activist, Éva Bubla; dancer, choreographer, researcher, and founder of the performance research group SVUNG, Kinga Szemessy; and culture manager, event organizer, curator, founder of the PLACCC Festival, and the Hungarian liaison for the IN SITU Network, Fanni Nánay. Drawing from their individual experiences, they discuss the current climate crisis and how different artists engage with this complex issue.

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How to Produce a Podcast Series: A Beginner-Friendly Guide to the Art of Podcasting
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How to Produce a Podcast Series: A Beginner-Friendly Guide to the Art of Podcasting

7 June 2022

Tatiana Hernandez-Mitchell, a podcast consultant for HowlRound, offers a guide to the technical side of producing podcasts. This guide focuses on equipment, software, and best practices.

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Step One, Collaborate: Emerson Stage Plans a Season
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Step One, Collaborate: Emerson Stage Plans a Season

1 March 2022

Annie G. Levy shares how Emerson Stage works to make their season selection process as open, collaborative, and student-driven as possible.

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Connecting Collaborative Passion to a National Network
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Connecting Collaborative Passion to a National Network

15 February 2022

Tony Award-winning producer Mara Isaacs discusses how she puts collaboratively creative work in front of national audiences through her producing organization, Octopus Theatricals. This final episode of season two holds hot takes on boards, theatricality, and the connective tissue around artist-centered producing.

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Committing to a Community
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Committing to a Community

Ronee Penoi and Shanta Thake in Conversation

4 January 2022

Ronee Penoi and Shanta Thake discuss their transitions into new leadership roles as Director of Artistic Programming at ArtsEmerson and Chief Artistic Officer of Lincoln Center, respectively—including their work to shift narratives on stage, see institutions as community resources, and keep deep listening at the core of their leadership practices.

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Funding the Regional-Ensemble Producing Model
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Funding the Regional-Ensemble Producing Model

8 December 2021

Founding Program Director for the Arts at Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Olga Garay-English and Jeffrey Mosser discuss the revolutionary process of getting ensemble work in regional theatre spaces including her unprecedented partnership with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Other topics include touring models, festival culture, and her experience as an international arts consultant.

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The Future Requires Faith: A Conversation on Trust, Transparency, and Transformation
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The Future Requires Faith: A Conversation on Trust, Transparency, and Transformation

8 October 2021

Rika Iino and Marc Bamuthi Joseph talk about the way trust and transparency have shown up in their work, both individually and as a duo, and how theatre practitioners and organizations can use those elements to work towards a more equitable future.

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Centering Artists and The Development of New Work
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Centering Artists and The Development of New Work

7 October 2021

Miranda Wright discusses the vitality of supporting new work development in the field and shares learnings from her experiences doing so as the founder of Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) and the Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival.

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Mentorship, Empowerment, and Cultural Equity: Ingredients to Build Community
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Mentorship, Empowerment, and Cultural Equity: Ingredients to Build Community

6 October 2021

Carlos Diaz Stoop shares the impact of mentorship on his career as an arts administrator, educator, and independent producer and explains how the Creative Independent Producer’s Alliance (CIPA) and the International Creative Producers (ICP) are creating organizational environments that encourage co-learning and collective decision-making.

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Perspectives on Safety and Sustainability for Venues and Cultural Spaces
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Perspectives on Safety and Sustainability for Venues and Cultural Spaces

A conversation with Sophie Blumberg, Ben Johnson, and Jonathan Secor

5 October 2021

Sophie Blumberg, Ben Johnson, and Jonathan Secor discuss the importance of safety and sustainability in theatremaking and what it means to make an artistic space safe for taking risks.

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Creative Producers Take Their Seat at the Table
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Creative Producers Take Their Seat at the Table

4 October 2021

Independent producers Jennifer Harrison Newman and Marianna Mott Newirth kick off the Creative and Independent Producer Alliance (CIPA) series by reflecting on the creation of CIPA and highlighting the role and importance of creative and independent producers in the theatre field.

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It's Not Easy Being Green
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It's Not Easy Being Green

14 September 2021

Playwright John J King shares his experience with and advice for centering sustainability in theatre productions.

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Pay Equity in the Theatre Industry
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Pay Equity in the Theatre Industry

How we can embrace our shared responsibility to hold institutions accountable and advocate where we have agency

Thursday 22 July 2021
United States

Wingspace Theatrical Design presented a Virtual Salon on Pay Equity in the Theatre Industry livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 22 July 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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Mentorship Programs
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Mentorship Programs

Join Producer Hub and X organizations as they give us insight into their mentorship programs

Thursday 20 May 2021
United States

Producer Hub presented the conversation Mentorship Programs with their series Producing Ethically in 2021 livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 20 May 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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Theatre-making in the Arab World and North Africa
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Theatre-making in the Arab World and North Africa

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

Monday 26 April 2021
Kenya

Tebere Arts Foundation presented the conversation Theatre-making in the Arab World and North Africa with The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 26 April 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 8 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

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Economic Transparency in the Commercial Theatre
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Economic Transparency in the Commercial Theatre

Let’s talk about how we talk about money

Thursday 15 April 2021
United States

Producer Hub presented the conversation Economic Transparency in the Commercial Theatre with their series Producing Ethically in 2021 livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 15 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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Imagining a Way Forward
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Imagining a Way Forward

Discussions on Theatre and Race

30 March 2021

Kamilah Forbes, artistic director of the Apollo Theater, speaks with Wes Jackson and P. Carl about the American theatre being a very slow-moving ship, genre-crossing for artists and organizations, systemic racism in the field, and more.

Pitching in the Pandemic
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Pitching in the Pandemic

How to build relationship in the middle of a pandemic

Thursday 4 March 2021
United States

Producer Hub presented the conversation Pitching in the Pandemic livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 4 March 2021 at 5 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 7 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 8 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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How Did We Get Here?
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How Did We Get Here?

The History/Future of International Presenting: The US Perspective

Monday 1 March 2021
United States

IPG International Presenters Group presented the conversation How did we get here? The History/Future of International Presenting: The US perspective livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 1 March 2021 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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Perform Europe  
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Perform Europe  

Introducing a project which will support experiments to find more sustainable ways for international physical and digital touring in Europe.

Thursday 28 January 2021
European Union

Launching of the Perform Europe project on livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 28 January 2021 at 14:00 CET (Brussels, UTC +1) / 15:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC +2) / 13:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 8 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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Streaming in the Just Transition
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Streaming in the Just Transition

A Producer’s Guide to Measuring, Budgeting, and Lowering the Carbon Emissions of Livestreams and Video Conferences

7 January 2021

Vijay Mathew asks, and then offers ideas to approach, the question: "How will the performing arts field contribute to climate justice during the sixth mass extinction?"

Giving Voice to New Artists
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Giving Voice to New Artists

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

Monday 7 December 2020
United States

Tebere Arts Foundation presented the conversation Giving Voice to New Artists 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 7 December 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).