Social Justice & Political Theatre

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

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Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest
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Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest

by Rebecca Benzie Fraser
8 July 2019
Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire
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Hearing Each Other Over the Gun Fire

by TJ Parker-Young
24 June 2019
Calling in the Spirits
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Calling in the Spirits

How Theatre Can Help Us Tell the Truth

by Pearl Cleage
20 June 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Debate on Arts & Democracy from the Opening Plenary Session of IETM Budapest
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Debate on Arts & Democracy from the Opening Plenary Session of IETM Budapest

Thursday 5 November 2015
Budapest, Hungary

IETM—international network for contemporary performing arts—presented a Debate on Arts & Democracy from the opening plenary session of IETMBudapest livestreamed on the global, commons based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 5 November at 1 a.m.-3 a.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 4 a.m.-6 a.m. EST (New York) / 9 a.m.-11 a.m. GMT (London) / 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CET (Budapest) / 14:30-16:30 IST (New Delhi) / 17:00-19:00 SGT (Singapore) / 20:00-22:00 AEDT (Sydney). In Twitter, use #IETMBudapest to comment and participate in the conversation.

Establishing the Audience Contract
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Establishing the Audience Contract

31 October 2015

In the second installment of his The Audience Position series, Damon Krometis describes the unwritten contract and relationship between actors and audience members.  

The launch of ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America
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The launch of ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America

Monday 26 October 2015
New York, NY, United States

ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America presented its launch event livestreamed on the global, commons based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 26 October. It is a new, five-year initiative that seeks to explore and understand the dramatic demographic transformation of the United States and its profound impact on arts and culture.

The Every 28 Hours Plays
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The Every 28 Hours Plays

New One-Minute Plays Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement

Saturday 24 October 2015
Ashland, OR, United States

The One-Minute Play Festival and Oregon Shakespeare Festival presented The Every 28 Hours Plays—new one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 24 October at 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 8 p.m. CDT (St. Louis) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) from the Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In Twitter, use #Every28Hours and #1MPF.

Equity in Theatre
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Equity in Theatre

What exactly does it mean and what would it take to actually have it?

24 October 2015

Shellen Lubin summarizes the discussions and themes of the Equity in Theatre Symposium and International Summit on Gender Parity in Theatre, which took place in Toronto in April, 2015.

Every 28 Hours
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Every 28 Hours

Creating a Performance for Ferguson

24 October 2015

Actor/playwright Joe Wilson, Jr. discusses his experience and the cultural climate in St. Louis during the Every 28 Hours Project workshops.

A Call for Theatre That Depicts The Reality of Mediterranean Immigrants
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A Call for Theatre That Depicts The Reality of Mediterranean Immigrants

5 October 2015

Minna Vallaste argues for the importance of theatre pieces that speak directly to international social issues and inspire change and action.

Hands Up Hoodies Down by Zell Miller III and Chelsea Manasseri
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Hands Up Hoodies Down by Zell Miller III and Chelsea Manasseri

Saturday 19 September 2015
Austin, TX, United States

 

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented Hands Up Hoodies Down—the return of this critically-acclaimed hip hop theatre and dance piece for our times—livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September at 8 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York). 

Beyond the Hashtag—a conversation on using art and technology to combat the criminalization of our communities
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Beyond the Hashtag—a conversation on using art and technology to combat the criminalization of our communities

Tuesday 15 September 2015
New York, NY, United States

The Ford Foundation hosted Beyond the Hashtag, a conversation on using art and technology to combat the criminalization of our communities livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 15 September at 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 23:00 GMT. 

Seattle’s eSe Teatro
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Seattle’s eSe Teatro

An Avant-Garde for the Undocumented

15 September 2015

Christopher Goodson on Rose Cano’s adaptation, Don Quixote: Homeless in Seattle, produced by eSe Teatro in Seattle, Washington.

Performance of Ebony Stewart’s Hunger 
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Performance of Ebony Stewart’s Hunger 

Friday 4 September 2015
Austin, TX, United States

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented Hunger by local playwright and poet Ebony Stewart livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 4 September at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 01:00 GMT Saturday 5 September / 11 a.m. AEST Saturday 5 September (Sydney). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @HowlRoundTV.

Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans
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Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans

29 August 2015

José Torres-Tama writes about his experience in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago.

A Flourishing Theatre
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A Flourishing Theatre

Satire and Political Critique at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa

25 August 2015

Paul Adolphsen explores major themes of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

The Gift of Belonging
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The Gift of Belonging

A Journey Into South African Theatre

23 August 2015

Antonio Lyons describes his evolving relationship to South Africa and discusses the country’s rich theatrical history.

Art is not Escapism. Art is Activism
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Art is not Escapism. Art is Activism

a conversation with Amanda Farnsworth of Random Acts of Theatre Company

17 August 2015

LaTeshia Ellerson talks with Amanda Farnsworth about her work as an artist and activist in Selma, Alabama.

Power! Stokely Carmichael at the Capital Fringe
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Power! Stokely Carmichael at the Capital Fringe

13 August 2015

Patricia Davis on Mehshaun Labrone’s Power! Stokely Carmichael at Washington DC’s Capital Fringe Festival.

Fringe NYC
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Fringe NYC

From Silly Titles to Serious Issues

6 August 2015

Jonathan Mandell on the serious fare on display at the forthcoming New York International Fringe Festival.

Johanna
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Johanna

Facing Forward from Victim to Advocate

7 July 2015

Amy Schwabauer on Tlaloc Rivas’ Johanna: Facing Forward, co-produced by Cleveland Public Theatre and Teatro Publico de Cleveland. 

Music and Movements
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Music and Movements

Cry You One at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

2 July 2015

David Bruin on Mondo Bizarro and ArtSpot Productions’ Cry You One at the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven, Connecticut.

Tom Kirdahy on Love, Law, Marriage, Producing Theatre, and Making a Difference
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Tom Kirdahy on Love, Law, Marriage, Producing Theatre, and Making a Difference

1 July 2015

Jonathan Mandell talks with Producer Tom Kirdahy about celebrating a marriage three times and how theatre can make a difference.

Unloose This Tied Up Justice
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Unloose This Tied Up Justice

SHAKE 38 and the Measure4Measure Project

22 June 2015

Jennifer Wintzer shares SHAKE 38’s Measure4Measure Project connecting youth in St. Louis with youth in New York City around the conflict in Ferguson.

Culture Clash
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Culture Clash

Thirty Years and Counting

29 May 2015

Jamie Gahlon interviews Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza, now marking their thirtieth year as ensemble Culture Clash.

Can Theatre Change the World?
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Can Theatre Change the World?

10 May 2015

Jonathan Mandell asks artists at the Drama Desk Awards if theatre can change the world, and compiles their answers into a video.

Should Torture Taste So Good? Belarus Free Theatre’s Trash Cuisine
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Should Torture Taste So Good? Belarus Free Theatre’s Trash Cuisine

7 May 2015

Jonathan Mandell on Belarus Free Theatre's Trash Cuisine, playing through May 17 at La Mama ETC in New York City.

A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
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A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

7 May 2015

Jennifer Lane talks with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg about shattering the stereotypes of women’s work and finding balance in her life.