SH 022: Collaboration and Creating a Commons | Ramona Ostrowski and Adewunmi Oke of HowlRound

Establishing a creative environment that fosters collaboration, communication, and a sense of community is essential to developing strong work.

HowlRound embodies this approach to work as a commons for theatrical research and discourse.

HowlRound representatives and dramaturgs, Ramona Ostrowski and Adewunmi Oke join us to discuss their personal approaches to the creative process as well as the HowlRound philosophy of sharing, learning, and growing.

HowlRound was born five years ago—as a place for artists to provide feedback, learning, expertise, frustration, and vision—in an effort to enliven the fields of theatre and performance to the aspiring and established artist alike.

Ramona Ostrowski is the Associate Producer of HowlRound at Emerson College. An advocate for new plays, Ramona has worked on various projects as a dramaturg, reads scripts for multiple companies, and is an editor of the New England New Play Alliance's weekly newsletter. Ramona is a member of LMDA and a graduate of Boston University.

Adewunmi Oke is a Fellow at HowlRound and recent MFA graduate from UMass Amherst. Recent work includes serving as festival Dramaturg for the Five College Multicultural Theatre Committee’s WORD! Festival and producing the Black/queer/diaspora/womyn Festival as part of her MFA thesis project.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Flexibility and the collaborative spirit of theatre
  • A dramaturg’s approach to the creative process
  • Balancing structure and roles with creative freedom in a collaborative setting
  • The space between safe and uncomfortable
  • Managing focus when work overloads excitement
  • Creating a business structure that thrives on community involvement and word of mouth
  • Learning what doesn’t excite you to better focus your goals and decisions

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