Producing

The Latest

Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other
Essay

Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part II

by Michael Bobbitt, Raymond O. Caldwell
16 September 2019
"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."
Essay

"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part I

by Michael Bobbitt, Raymond O. Caldwell
15 September 2019
“Who are you when scared?”
Essay

“Who are you when scared?”

Confidence, Fearlessness, and Artistic Direction

by Joseph Haj, Rob Melrose
23 June 2019
Three young actors in school uniforms onstage in front of a graffiti wall.
Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other
Essay

Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Each Other

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part II

16 September 2019

Part II of the conversation between Michael J. Bobbitt, the recently appointed artistic director of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, and Raymond Caldwell, the new leader of Washington’s Theater Alliance, who talk about post-show conversations and self-care.

"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."
Essay

"I’m Not Interested in More Allies. I Need Advocates."

Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell in Conversation, Part I

15 September 2019

Michael J. Bobbitt, the recently appointed artistic director of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, and Raymond Caldwell, the new leader of Washington’s Theater Alliance, sit down to talk about race equity work, the guilt they felt leaving their previous posts, and more.

joe haj and rob melrose
“Who are you when scared?”
Essay

“Who are you when scared?”

Confidence, Fearlessness, and Artistic Direction

23 June 2019

Artistic directors Joe Haj of Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater and Rob Melrose of Houston’s Alley Theatre talk about confidence and fearlessness, a company of actors, fighting for the classics, and more.

three people onstage
Nothing About Us Without Us
Essay

Nothing About Us Without Us

Innovation, Creativity, and Inclusion in Professional Theatre

26 May 2019

Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe, co-founders of the National Disability Theatre, introduce their series “The Future of Theatre is Accessible,” talk about some key takeaways from the upcoming articles, and discuss how language is a barrier to inclusion.

two actors onstage
Freedom and Silence
Essay

Freedom and Silence

Theatre Programming in Chile

21 May 2019

Pamela López and Andrés Kalawski talk about the research they have done around theatre programmers in Chile.

performer dances in front of chairs onstage
Responsible Theatremaking
Essay

Responsible Theatremaking

Content Warnings and Beyond

13 May 2019

Sydney Isabelle Mayer discusses the importance of terminology when it comes to “trigger” warnings, how artists can best offer warnings for their shows, and what it means to create a responsible theatremaking process.

a group of people
How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators
Essay

How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators

1 May 2019

Carl(os) Roa offers thoughts on how organizations can create healthier workspaces, weaving in ideas from artists at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Applied Mechanics.

actors onstage
Can a Theatre Company Lead Change?
Essay

Can a Theatre Company Lead Change?

22 April 2019

Owais Lightwala talks about how Toronto’s Why Not Theatre grew from a scrappy startup to an institution in their own right—which came with a greater responsibility to tackle some of Toronto theatres’s biggest challenges: space, childcare, and diversity.

a table with a scone, coffee, and spilled coffee beans
Buy a Scone, Feed a Playwright
Essay

Buy a Scone, Feed a Playwright

9 April 2019

Mora V. Harris offers suggestions for what organizations can do if they can’t afford the travel costs associated with bringing an artist from out of town.

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color
Video

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color

An online conference hosted by Advancing Arts Forward

Friday 1 March 2019
Video Conference

Advancing Arts Forward and HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the panel The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 1 March at 11:30 a.m. PST (San Francisco) / 1:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 2:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 7:30 p.m. UTC +0 (London).

man speaking in front of a crowd
How to Have a Successful Thirty-Five Year Career
Essay

How to Have a Successful Thirty-Five Year Career

Rob Orchard and Joe Melillo in Conversation

16 December 2018

Joe Melillo, BAM’s outgoing executive producer, talks to Rob Orchard about his thirty-five-year-long time at the company, continuing his work with emerging artists, and more.

An actor and a puppet on stage
What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

Photo from Blindfolded in the Bathroom with a Blood Orange.
Pop Theatre
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.