Weekly Howl on Thursday, February 14
Join Us for an "Idea Hackathon" on Sharing Resources & Infrastructure!
The Weekly Howl is a peer-produced, open-access discussion about theatre culture and contemporary performance that happens on Twitter using the hashtag #newplay.* Join us Thursday, February 14 for the Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay at 11am PST – 12pm PST (San Francisco) / 1pm CST – 2pm CST (Chicago) / 2pm EST – 3pm EST (New York) / 19:00 GMT – 20:00 GMT (London). This week, we're going to attempt an "idea hackathon" or brainstorm about how the global, national, and/or local theatre communities can share resources and infrastructure for the purposes of resource efficiency and preservation and for the development of community. Here are a few already existing examples and ideas for inspiration:
- The Austin Scenic Co-op's purpose is to reduce the waste, labor, and expense involved in producing staged work of all kinds, to strengthen the mutual support structure of Austin's creative community, and to facilitate the elevation of craft and quality across the spectrum of stage arts. In the process, the arts in Austin become more ecologically sound and sustainable.
- This project is a type of "resource mapping" for local communities, aggregating "resources" and artist community "needs": Spaces is an application that provides a comprehensive online database of space listings. For artists, finding the right space is easy and quick, while venues have direct access to a targeted localized audience of potential renters.
- This project is an example of organizations sharing and combining human resources around the work that they share in common: "New Play Exchange will combine a script database, crowd-sourced recommendations, and the interactivity of a social networking site to change the way literary departments and playwrights function field-wide."
If you already have specific prompts or questions you want addressed for this chat, please write them in the comments section below. If you have more examples of sharing, please add them here as well. On Thursday, get heard in the conversation by searching for #newplay in Twitter (sort by “all”) and by putting “#newplay” somewhere in your messages. Spread the word!
*The hashtag #newplay in Twitter is a commons tag (i.e. non-proprietary, community-invested tag) for aggregating global knowledge, information, and conversation related to new works, new performance, and new strategies in the theater.