The Weekly Howl is a peer-produced, open-access discussion about theater culture and contemporary performance that happens in real-time on Twitter using the hashtag #newplay.*
Join us Thursday, May 2 for the Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay at 11am PDT – 12pm PDT (San Francisco) / 1pm CDT – 2pm CDT (Austin) / 2pm EDT – 3pm EDT (Boston) / 18:00 GMT – 19:00 GMT / 7pm BST - 8pm BST (London). Click here for an automatic conversion into your local time.
Following up on HowlRound’s Journalism Series on Gender Parity that began last week and its Weekly Howl on the topic, this week's Howl will be co-moderated by Marisela Treviño Orta @MariselaTOrta and Amy Clare Tasker @AmyClareTasker who members of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Yeah, I Said Feminist Theatre Salon.
The purpose of this conversation is to give the community a chance to focus last week’s gender parity conversation on advocacy best practices and concrete ideas for action. In preparation for this week’s Howl you can find the TACTICS interview series (Theater Artists’ Collected Thoughts Insights Challenges & Strategies for Gender Parity Advocacy) hosted by the Works by Women San Francisco website.
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.
Making Space for Self-Authorship through Audio Description
With Guests H. May and Liz Thomson
26 July 2023
Host Nicolas Shannon Savard, Dr. H. May, and Dr. Liz Thomson discuss the creative and collaborative possibilities that emerge when audio description (AD) is made an integral part of the artistic process, as opposed to solely an accommodation for individual audience members. They critique traditional models of AD that demand objectivity and propose alternative approaches that embrace self-determination, specificity of lived experience, and universal design.
With Guests Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield and Raja Benz
21 June 2023
In the first part of a two-part conversation on queer-trans intimacy direction and choreography, Nicolas talks with Theatrical Intimacy Education faculty members Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield and Raja Benz about their courses Working with Trans & Non-Binary Artists and Staging Intimacy Beyond the Binary. They discuss crafting courses that are less Trans-101 and more cracking gender open, resisting patriarchal and colonialist scripts, and bringing queer culture into the rehearsal room.
Making Space for Thriving Queer Communities Through Applied Theatre
With Guest Dr. Jesse O’Rear
7 June 2023
Host Nicolas Shannon Savard talks with Dr. Jesse O’Rear about applied theatre with LGBTQ students on college campuses. Jesse describes some alternatives to traditional models of bystander intervention and diversity trainings to create embodied learning opportunities for LGBTQ students to step into positions of leadership and for audience-participants to practice “kinesthetic allyship.”