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We're a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide, and we've been amplifying progressive and disruptive ideas about theatre and facilitating connections between diverse practitioners for more than a decade. We function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values.

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A group of protesters carrying a sign in support of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.
Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part Two
Essay

Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part Two

18 June 2024

In the final installment of this two-part conversation, artists from the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and Al Límite Collective in New York City come together to discuss the performance of Youth Against Invasion in the Cultural Resistance March, the Freedom Theatre’s global impact, and hopes for the future of the Freedom Theatre.

A promotional graphic for Kunafa and Shay featuring ancient architecture.
People of the Cave
Podcast

People of the Cave

18 June 2024

Hosts Marina Johnson and Nabra Nelson talk about Egyptian playwright Tawfiq al-Hakim and his “unstageable” classic play People of the Cave. They provide historical context of the play, al-Hakim’s career, and the Christian and Islamic stories that served as al-Hakim’s inspiration.

A zoom meeting featuring the authors of Youth Against Invastion.
Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part One
Essay

Art as a Weapon (Youth Against Invasion), Part One

17 June 2024

In the first installment of this two-part conversation, artists from the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and Al Límite Collective in New York City come together to discuss the work of the Freedom Theatre and its school and the creation of Youth Against Invasion.

Upcoming Livestreams

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The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference
Video

The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference

Panels and Conversations about the State of American Theater

Thursday 20 June to Saturday 22 June 2024
Chicago, IL

The TCG National Conference is one of the largest nationwide gatherings of the not-for-profit theatre community. TCG has been gathering folks this way since 1976 and each year, the National Conference creates space for theatre practitioners across the globe to get inspired, learn from one another, and build toward collective action. It’s also been a way for TCG and the field to get intimately familiar with theatre communities around the country, and to channel the particular energy of their artists.

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On the RISE: How Maestra Music is Changing the Theatre Industry
Video

On the RISE: How Maestra Music is Changing the Theatre Industry

A Panel Discussion and Industry Reception

Monday 24 June 2024
New York City

In the past year, Maestra’s reach has continued to grow through a partnership Directory with MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equity) and with the launch of the RISE Theatre Directory, built in partnership with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda Family Fund and created for backstage, administrative, and creative professionals in the performing arts. Join us at this panel discussing the importance of visibility with the creation of these Directories and learn how community is cultivated and supported through the programming offered by Maestra Music.  

Still of curtain call for the live performance of SAY GAY PLAYS.
SAY GAY PLAYS: A Call for Theater Activism for LGBTQ+ Rights
Video

SAY GAY PLAYS: A Call for Theater Activism for LGBTQ+ Rights

How Theatremakers and Educators Can Engage Local Communities Through Storytelling

Wednesday 26 June 2024

This Pride Month, join SAY GAY PLAYS collaborators as they discuss how you can use these LGBTQ+ stories of courage, triumph, and pride as a tool for change in your community — and how the project’s collective impact can help change hearts, minds, and legislation.

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