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Livestreaming a Dialog: Open Channels and the Caribbean Roots of Theatre for Social Change

Imagining America and Open Channels current Open Channels & The Caribbean Roots of Theater for Social Change livestreaming on the worldwide, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV community at howlround.television on Saturday 15 October 2022 at 11:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1:30 p.m. CDT (CDMX, UTC -5) / 2:30 p.m. EDT (Havana, UTC -4).

It is a hybrid trade between Imagining America and Open Channels, a web-based studying neighborhood of theater artists, researchers and fans from throughout the Caribbean. Individuals in New Orleans will work together with one another and a panel of theater artist-researchers within the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Barbados. Collectively, we are going to discover the dialectical potentialities for “re-ritualizing” theater and “re-theatricalizing” on a regular basis life within the twenty first century.


  • Tomas Montoya, Canoa
  • Isabel Carolina Caballero, Tulane College (Host)
  • Helen Ceballos, Plataforma Eje (Panelist)
  • Michelle Hinkson, College of the West Indies (Panelist)
  • Jose Emilio Bencosme, Teatro Lluvia, Dominican Republic (Artist)
  • Kelly S. White, EVOLVE Diaspora, New Orleans (Facilitator)


  • Welcome and Blessing (3 minutes)
  • Opening Feedback (12 minutes)
  • Roundtable (half-hour)
  • Watch Video: Excerpt of Teatro Lluvia’s “Somos Mujeres” (3)
  • Panelists every reply for 2-3 minutes (12)
  • Q&A with IA (15)
  • BREAK (5)
  • Somatic Studying: Embodied Actions Impressed by the Artist’s Work (half-hour)
  • Q&A with IA and on-line panelists (15)
  • Closing Ideas (10 minutes)
  • Tour/Presentation on La Canoya/Metatranca/Open Channels 2023 (half-hour)

Open Channels is a multi-lingual, multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-national studying neighborhood based in January 2020, just a few quick weeks earlier than the Pandemic. Envisioned initially as a one-time on-line workshop as a part of the annual Competition del Fuego in Santiago de Cuba in July, it has advanced into an ongoing supply for data, networking and curricula centered on the historic and up to date roots of theater for social change within the Caribbean. Organizational companions embrace: HowlRound, Stone Middle for Latin American Research at Tulane College, Estudio Teatral Macubá, and their Taller de Teatro Common: Rumbos del Teatro Caribeño.

New Orleans is a deeply Caribbean metropolis, a “Sankofa Metropolis” each within the sense of its robust West African influences and its that means as a cultural place for the remainder of the world: “Look again, with a view to dwell ahead.” It’s no accident that Open Channels‘ founding and operational headquarters is right here.

Open Channels was solid out of collective exhaustion, grief, and anger, as a means for members to maintain ourselves related to one another and the world round us beneath insufferable circumstances. We not solely establish with the IA notion of “peering by means of the portal of the worldwide pandemic,” we imagine we’ve got managed to manifest it by utilizing on-line communications to do one thing we beforehand thought was unattainable.

In our session, we are going to present members a chance to have interaction in a hybrid live-online collective ritual of restore, renewal, and launch. We’ll present a tangible instance of a brand new means of being collectively that doesn’t transcend or erase variations of language, tradition, race and hemisphere, however permits all of us to see extra clearly the various ties that bind us collectively as theater artists, activists and educators.



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