Social Justice & Political Theatre

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

The Latest

Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
Essay

Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly

by Benjamin Barson, Gizelxanath Rodriguez
15 August 2019
Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws
Essay

Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws

Melinda Lopez’s Yerma

by Shari Caplan
31 July 2019
The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
Essay

The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project

by Karen Malpede
30 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
What’s Done Cannot be Undone
Essay

What’s Done Cannot be Undone

Lies in the Theater and Some Thoughts on Mike Daisey

20 March 2012
Havel, Powerlessness, and Us
Essay

Havel, Powerlessness, and Us

An appreciation

19 March 2012

David Chapman draws attention to the ways we can continue to learn and be inspired  from the multi-facted legacy of Václav Havel, first post-Soviet President of Czechoslovakia. 

On Being a So-Called Political Playwright
Essay

On Being a So-Called Political Playwright

1 March 2012

Karen Malpede discusses the necessity for true political theater in the United States.

 

Kira Obolensky and Michelle Hensley in Conversation
Essay

Kira Obolensky and Michelle Hensley in Conversation

16 February 2012

Kira Oblenskey talks to Michelle Hensley, the founding artistic director of Ten Thousand Things in Minnesota, about the necessity of big stories, and the joys of bringing theater to audiences who have very little experience with it.

 

Friday Phone Call # 7
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 7

Moisés Kaufman of Tectonic Theater Project

10 February 2012

On this week's edition of Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to Moisés Kaufman of Tectonic Theater Project about challenging assumptions about theater, how it works, and the artists who make it.

Occupy, Hope, Exchange
Essay

Occupy, Hope, Exchange

A (Sort of) Travelogue

6 February 2012

 

Brandon Woolf describes what he learned from taking part in the Occupy Wall Street movement at University of California Berkley, and how that applies to creating theater that embraces Occupy's spirit of public openness.

 

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. 

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.

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.