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
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Roma Futurism and the Future of Roma Theatre
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Roma Futurism and the Future of Roma Theatre

An Interview with Mihaela Drăgan

10 February 2020

HowlRound’s director, Jamie Gahlon, talks with theatremaker Mihaela Drăgan about contemporary Roma theatre and the artistic movement Roma Futurism.

three actors onstage
Stories from America’s Death Row
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Stories from America’s Death Row

A Conversation with Lynden Harris

29 January 2020

Summer Robinson interviews playwright Lynden Harris about her work creating theatre with men on death row across the United States.

two performers in red costumes with a backdrop of the moon.
"French and Yet Never French Enough"
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"French and Yet Never French Enough"

Caribbean Playwrights Challenge the Monolith of French Identity

13 January 2020

Amelia Parenteau discusses the Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales festival, which brought together francophones, francophiles, and theatre folks from around the world to witness staged readings of six French Caribbean plays in English translation.

an actor swinging above stage
Slovakia Searches for Itself at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra
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Slovakia Searches for Itself at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra

15 December 2019

Kirsten Bowen reflects on Slovakia’s 2019 International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, which was programmed based on the theme “faces of freedom.”

woman with flowers and branches titled The Weeping Woman's Contrived Posture
Livestreaming the National Performance Network Annual Conference 2019
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Livestreaming the National Performance Network Annual Conference 2019

from New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday 10 December - Friday 13 December 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

The National Performance Network presents their 2019 Annual Conference livestreaming from New Orleans on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Tuesday 10 December to Friday 13 December 2019.

four actors onstage
Storytelling as an Act of Survival
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Storytelling as an Act of Survival

The Tradition of Hakawati and its Influence on We Live in Cairo

10 December 2019

Lama El Homaïssi reflects on her experience working with American Repertory Theater on their musical We Live in Cairo, diving into representation in storytelling, the oral Hakawati tradition, and more.

HowlRound Twitter Chat
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HowlRound Twitter Chat

Theatre's Response to Global Colonization and Occupation 

26 November 2019
Twitter

Theatremakers, companies, institutions, and communities: How are you responding to the history and present reality of colonization and occupation around the world?

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Theatremaking During Political Crisis
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Theatremaking During Political Crisis

A Conversation with Chilean Playwright Guillermo Calderón

19 November 2019

ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower speaks with Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón about the ongoing protests in Chile.

an actor onstage
How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism
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How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism

10 November 2019

Sean Anthony Chia examines the impact of a powerful story—one without spectacle—through the lens of Isaac Gomez’s the way she spoke.

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Theatre for Development in Malawi
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Theatre for Development in Malawi

5 November 2019

Isaac Mafuel talks about Malawi’s most prevalent form of theatre, its history, and its impact and challenges.

actors in front of a colorful wall of newspaper
IETM Rijeka Plenary Meeting
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IETM Rijeka Plenary Meeting

from Rijeka, Croatia

Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October 2019
Rijeka, Croatia

IETM presented the IETM Rijeka Plenary Meeting livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October 2019.

two graphs: Are at least half the characters specified as females by the playwright. Are at least half of the characters specified as non-white by the playwright?
What Our New Plays Really Look Like
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What Our New Plays Really Look Like

A Statistical Guide to US World Premieres in the 2019–20 Season

21 October 2019

Marshall Botvinick shares the results of the research he undertook about new plays premiering across the United States in the 2019–20 season: who is being produced, what characters are appearing on stage, and what forms and themes are common.

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Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America
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Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America

presented by Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge Friends School presented the panel Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

a painting of a girl in Mexican "day of the dead" skull makeup.
2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections
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2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections

in Denver, Colorado, USA

Monday 14 October and Wednesday 16 October 2019
Denver, Colorado, USA

Grantmakers in the Arts presented the 2019 GIA Conference Cultural Intersections livestreaming from Denver, Colorado on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 14 October and Wednesday 16 October 2019.

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Performances and Conversations from The Bucharest International Theater Platform #6: My Revolution
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Performances and Conversations from The Bucharest International Theater Platform #6: My Revolution

HUOOOOO!!! by Auăleu, An tan tina by Nicoleta Lefter, and a conversation with Gob Squad

Friday 11 October & Sunday 13 October 2019
Bucharest, Romania

The Bucharest International Theater Platform #6: My Revolution presented a performance of HUOOOOO!!! by Auăleu, a performance of An tan tina by Nicoleta Lefter, and a conversation with Gob Squad livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 11 October and Sunday 13 October 2019.

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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships

9 October 2019

Producer Tobi Kyeremateng and poet/writer Roger Robinson talk about Black writers in the UK, creative citizenship, activism in the arts, and more.

three actors onstage
Raising the Dead and Staging the New
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Raising the Dead and Staging the New

Democracy and Identity at Finland’s Tampere Theatre Festival

7 October 2019

Sam Williams dives into several of the productions at Finland’s Tampere Theatre Festival, which ran between August 5 and 11 and which was curated based on the theme of bravery.

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How To Make Your Leadership Transition a Joyful, Fun Revolution
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How To Make Your Leadership Transition a Joyful, Fun Revolution

6 October 2019

Katy Rubin, founder and former exeuctive director of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, talks with new executive director Meggan Gomez about how long leaders should hold their roles in an organization, mission drift, founder’s syndrome, and more.

yellow cartoon car with pink text PRELUDE 2019
The PRELUDE 2019 Festival
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The PRELUDE 2019 Festival

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Thursday 3 October - Saturday 5 October
New York, New York

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the PRELUDE 2019 Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Thursday 3 October to Saturday 5 October 2019.

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A performance of :HUMPTY
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A performance of :HUMPTY

at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 27 September 2019
Austin, Texas

Ethos and The VORTEX presented a performance of :HUMPTY livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 27 September 2019 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

two actors onstage
Gravity and Responsibility in Film, TV, and Choreography
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Gravity and Responsibility in Film, TV, and Choreography

25 September 2019

Choreographer Malik Nashad Sharpe and film & TV director Liza Johnson talk gravity, abstraction and risk, ethics, and more.

a person sitting in a bathrobe eating breakfast cereal
Radical Disruptions
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Radical Disruptions

How Intergenerational Exchange Builds Community

22 September 2019
four actors in rehearsal
We Didn’t Have Any Role Models
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We Didn’t Have Any Role Models

An Interview with the Founders of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre Group

21 August 2019

Michaela Goldhaber, current artistic director of Wry Crips, talks to the founding and early members of the disabled women’s theatre group about their history.

actors onstage
Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
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Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly

15 August 2019

Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez, part of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, talk about artivism—what it means, what it can look like—in relation to building a jazz opera with various communities around the world.

three actors onstage
Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws
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Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws

Melinda Lopez’s Yerma

31 July 2019

Shari Caplan discusses the Huntington Theatre’s production of Yerma.