Social Justice & Political Theatre

Content here focuses on theatremakers, companies, and projects with a political or social justice mission.

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Livestreaming: Monira Hashemi's Masks Under Burqa
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Livestreaming: Monira Hashemi's Masks Under Burqa

A viewing and discussion of the play from the Afghan company Simorgh

Monday 28 September 2020
International
Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: The Hardest Word (Hungary)
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Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: The Hardest Word (Hungary)

As part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020

Tuesday 29 September 2020
Hungary
Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: You Didn’t See Anything! (Hungary)
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Livestreaming a Performance and Conversation: You Didn’t See Anything! (Hungary)

As part of the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020

Monday 28 September 2020
Hungary
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Gathering of Generation NOW: Freedom Fighter & ARTivists
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Gathering of Generation NOW: Freedom Fighter & ARTivists

A virtual gathering for frontline youth/young activists and artists

Saturday 11 July 2020
United States

Gathering of Generation NOW: Freedom Fighter & ARTivists livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 11 July 2020 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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Anti-Oppression in the Performing Arts LAB with Lavie Williams
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Anti-Oppression in the Performing Arts LAB with Lavie Williams

A two hour learning session guiding performers to consider how whiteness, tokenization, appropriation and allyship manifest in their arts practices

Thursday 9 July 2020
Kingston, Ontario

Kingston Circus Arts and anARC Theatre presented Anti-Oppression in the Performing Arts LAB with Lavie Williams livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 9 July 2020 at 8 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11 a.m. EDT (Kingston, UTC-4).

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BÉZNĂ Theatre’s ILLEGALISED
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BÉZNĂ Theatre’s ILLEGALISED

An international, multi-lingual production exposing the dehumanising effects of the British State’s anti-immigration policies on migrants and those seeking asylum in the UK.

Monday 6 July 2020
International

Glod: Political Theatre as a Civil Right presented a performance of BÉZNĂ Theatre’s ILLEGALISED livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 6 July 2020 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 6 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1) / 8 p.m. EEST (Cluj, UTC+3).

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Contested Homes: a Migrant Liberation Movement Suite
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Contested Homes: a Migrant Liberation Movement Suite

A new free jazz opera that combines jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, dance, and visual art animated and illustrated by students and guest artists

Tuesday 30 June 2020
Madison, WI United States

The Afro Yaqui Music Collective, in collaboration with UW-Madison Jazz Studies presented Contested Homes: a Migrant Liberation Movement Suite livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CDT (Madison, UTC -5) / 2:30 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 4:30 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC -8) / 5:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6:30 pm.m MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 8:30 p.m. EDT (New York City, UTC -4)

Lifting Up What We’re Throwing Down
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Lifting Up What We’re Throwing Down

Company One’s Use of Amplify Language

23 June 2020

Kirsten Greenidge discusses how being the Playwright in Residence at Company One Theatre gave her a stronger appreciation for the work of the staff, particularly around speaking to the social justice goals of all the company’s programming.

Livestreaming a performance of Diana Oh's My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theatre
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Livestreaming a performance of Diana Oh's My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theatre

produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company in partnership with Aye Defy and HowlRound

Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June 2020
United States

Ma-Yi Theater Company, Aye Defy, and HowlRound present a performance of Diana Oh's My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theatre livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June at 4:45 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6:45 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7:45 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Coronavirus Response: Building a future that reimagines systems for justice
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Coronavirus Response: Building a future that reimagines systems for justice

a conversation hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts

Tuesday 16 June 2020
United States

Grantmakers in the Arts presented the conversation Coronavirus Response: Building a future that reimagines systems for justice livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 16 June 2020 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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Throw Away the Script
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Throw Away the Script

How Ruth Kanner Uses Stories to Amplify a Polyphony of Voices

16 June 2020

Flo Low interviews Israeli theatremaker Ruth Kanner about what she calls “storytelling theatre,” her experience teaching in an American classroom, the impact of cross-cultural exchange, and more.

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#ENOUGH presents The Inciting Incident: Playwriting in a Moment of Change - Panel Discussion
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#ENOUGH presents The Inciting Incident: Playwriting in a Moment of Change - Panel Discussion

With Idris Goodwin, Lauren Gunderson, David Henry Hwang, Robert Schenkkan, and Karen Zacarías

Tuesday 9 June 2020
United States

#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence presented The Inciting Incident: Playwriting in a Moment of Change - Panel Discussion livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 9 June 2020 at 9 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-10) / 11 a.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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In Search of Complexities
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In Search of Complexities

Documentary Theatre in Today’s Russia

13 May 2020

Anastasia Patlay talks about creating documentary theatre with the Moscow-based company Teatr.doc.

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On Art and Activism
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On Art and Activism

12 May 2020

Israel Aloni argues that the lack of governmental support for artists has pushed them to pursue activism but contends that art ought to remain independent of the civil-political sphere.

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Expanding Where, Why, How, and With Whom Artists in the United States Work
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Expanding Where, Why, How, and With Whom Artists in the United States Work

Invitation for Participatory Research

6 May 2020

Jan Cohen-Cruz invites theatremakers working in community-based and socially engaged art in the United States to take part in research about commonalities across the field, the practices and principles adhered to, where people work and with whom, and more.

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Willing Change in a World of Many Crises
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Willing Change in a World of Many Crises

5 May 2020

Ragnhild Freng Dale questions what it means to talk about theatre, politics, and activism at a time when we all isolate our bodies from those of others.

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The Power of Transcripts
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The Power of Transcripts

Waterwell and Immigration

22 April 2020

Lee Sunday Evans, the artistic director of New York City’s Waterwell, discusses the power of transcripts in performance, the topics of immigration and deportation, and the urgent attention that needs to be paid to the United States border right now.

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It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along (ASL & Captioned)
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It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along (ASL & Captioned)

an #ArtistResource talk with Rachel Spencer Hewitt (PAAL); Claudia Alick (CallingUP); Ashley Hanson (Department of Public Transformation); and more

Tuesday 7 April 2020
United States

Livestreaming the #ArtistResource panel It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along (ASL & Captioned) on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 7 April 2020 at 8 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UST-10) / 10 a.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 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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Praxis Sessions for Virtual Collaboration: Land Acknowledgements
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Praxis Sessions for Virtual Collaboration: Land Acknowledgements

hosted by Unsettling Dramaturgy: Crip & Indigenous Dramaturgies ​​​​​​

Tuesday 31 March 2020
United States

Unsettling Dramaturgy presented Praxis Sessions for Virtual Collaboration: Land Acknowledgements livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 31 March 2020 at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women
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Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women

at La MaMa Experimental Theater in New York City

Monday 23 March 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater and CultureHub presented Poetry Electric: Powerful Words/Powerful Women livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 23 March 2020 at 4:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Megan Sandberg-Zakian in conversation with Melinda Lopez
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Megan Sandberg-Zakian in conversation with Melinda Lopez

at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, Massachusetts

Monday 23 March 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

Brookline Booksmiths presented Megan Sandberg-Zakian in conversation with Melinda Lopez livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 23 March 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Re-Fest NYC
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Re-Fest NYC

CultureHub’s annual festival brings artists, activists, and technologists together to envision our role in re-shaping the future

Thursday 12 March - Saturday 14 March 2020
New York City

CultureHub presented their annual festival Re-Fest livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 12 March to Saturday 14 March 2020.

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A performance of the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday
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A performance of the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 6 March 2020
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX and New Manifest Theatre Company presented the Texas premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s timely drama good friday, featuring an all-female cast and design team, livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 6 March 2020 at 9 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-8) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC-5).

WELCOME TO OUR SPACE? A Town Hall on Audience Interactions
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WELCOME TO OUR SPACE? A Town Hall on Audience Interactions

at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, California

Monday 2 March 2020
Berkeley, California

The Aurora Theatre Company presented WELCOME TO OUR SPACE? A Town Hall on Audience Interactions livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 March 2020 at 7 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 9 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-6) / 10 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5).

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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance
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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance

26 February 2020

Irina Kruzhilina discusses the importance of visuals as a means of expression in politically and socially engaged theatre.

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Gasping Whiteness and New Play Development Inspired by Community Organizing
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Gasping Whiteness and New Play Development Inspired by Community Organizing

25 February 2020

Through the lens of developing his show Gasping Whiteness, Will MacAdams talks about the value of creating theatre in partnership with community organizers.

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A performance of The Hands That Feed You by Annie Danger
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A performance of The Hands That Feed You by Annie Danger

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Thursday 13 February 2020
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX presented the debut of Annie Danger’s new work, The Hands That Feed You, livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 13 February 2020 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-8) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC-5).

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Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy
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Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy

11 February 2020

Devika Ranjan talks about the ways in which migration can influence performance structures, what she has identified as “migratory dramaturgy.”