Let's change our "mental map" of the theater field. Let's widely distribute the power to map ourselves to a diverse community of theatermakers so that we can acquire new narratives about who we are and about how new theater and artists get supported.
The New Play Map is a project of the HowlRound: a Center for the Theater Commons, Emerson College on behalf of and in collaboration with the field that seeks to develop opportunities that internet and communication tools have for enabling collaborative, culturally transformative, and globally-scaled resource sharing.
The principles and strategy grounding this initiative are influenced by the culture and ethos of open-source software development communities, by community-sourced collaborative projects such as Wikipedia, Ushahidi and Open Architecture Network, and by a large community of thinkers and doers who wish to reclaim the notion of "the commons" as a primary mode of organizing human culture.
Track our developments and news via the @NewPlayMap Twitter account and through the New Play Map blog posts. Additionally, you can email us through the Help System, leave a voice message at +1 617-800-9627, or email newplaymap (at) howlround (dot) com.
The source code for the entire project is open, free, and publicly available on GitHub, a social coding repository. Take it, use it, adapt it, and build with us! We would like to encourage any organization or individual to adapt this project for their own community within the U.S. or even beyond our borders. We could imagine a "New Play Map: World" if, for example, another nation’s arts service organization wanted to take the lead on creating a Map for its particular constituency. Or, one could imagine Mapping something entirely different based on some of work that is already built here.
Since the Fall of 2009, HowlRound (formerly known as the American Voices New Play Institute) has been collaborating with the web development company Quilted which is a worker-owned, cooperatively-managed company stitching together technology and social change.
In the Spring of 2010, several member organizations of the National New Play Network contributed to early prototypes of the New Play Map website and provided crucial feedback and ideas for the current version.
January 10, 2011: Version 1 released for the field's participation.
January 26-29, 2011:Feedback collected at a national convening From Scarcity to Abundance – Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector.
June 2011: Version 2 completes development.
July 2012: Version 3 completes development.
October 2012: Version 4 completes development.
Feedback gathered from the January 2011 convening, hosted by Arena Stage in Washington, DC and through the online feedback system was synthesized and articulated into four major tool-set descriptions. Tools 1 and 2 were addressed in Version 2's development. The following statements are responses to the prompt "The New Play Map is _______."
The New Play Map website is built using Drupal, an open source content management platform, and is hosted by GAIA Host Collective, a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to environmental and social sustainability.
Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.