HowlRound is a non-profit service organization based out of Emerson College’s Office of the Arts. Its aim is to support developing theatre practitioners and facilitating dialogue within not-for-profit theatre and performance arts field.[1] Like Wikipedia, their platforms use commons-based peer production as their content methodology.[2][3]

Available inEnglish
OwnerEmerson College
Created byP. Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew
Launched2011; 11 years ago (2011)


HowlRound's projects include an online Journal,[4] a livestreaming TV channel, and the World Theatre Map.[5] HowlRound also produces in-person convenings.[6][7] In 2013, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and HowlRound began a National Playwright Residency Program.[8][9]


HowlRound first started as an online journal launched in 2011, created by P. Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew[10] as part of the American Voices New Play Institute (AVNPI).[11][12] The concept for HowlRound evolved out of work and research performed in 2005 and 2006 and the writings of David Dower’s “The Gates of Opportunity” and Todd London and Ben Pesner’s Outrageous Fortune, both of which examined the lack of institutional support and resources in the non-profit theatre community. In December 2011 it was decided that all of the documentation and dissemination work of the AVNPI would move to Emerson College in Boston. This included the HowlRound journal, the livestreaming television channel then called NewPlay TV (now HowlRound TV), the New Play Map, and all of the convening activity. At the time of the move, it was decided that the entirety of the work would come under the name “HowlRound” and that the remaining parts of AVNPI would remain at Arena Stage. In July 2012, HowlRound officially began operations at Emerson College.[13][1]


  1. ^ a b "Modeling a Theater Commons". HowlRound. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  2. ^ "Curtain up on HowlRound, the theater knowledge commons". Creative Commons. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  3. ^ "About". HowlRound. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  4. ^ "Journal". HowlRound. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  5. ^ "About the World Theatre Map". World Theatre Map.
  6. ^ "Curtain up on HowlRound, the theater knowledge commons". Creative Commons. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  7. ^ "Convenings". HowlRound. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  8. ^ "National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP)". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  9. ^ "National Playwright Residency Program". HowlRound Theatre Commons. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ "HowlRound Brings Commoning to the Theater | David Bollier". Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  11. ^ "Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts | On the Commons". Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  12. ^ "American Theatre – November 2013". Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  13. ^ "ArtsEmerson expands leadership team - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2017-09-09.