The Boston Globe: "ArtsEmerson expands leadership team," February 2015.

American Theatre: "Encuentro 2014 Makes a National Case for Latino Theatre," November 2014.

Commons Magazine & Shareable Magazine: "Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts," November 2013.

American Theatre: "Hope and Exchange," November 2013. 

David Bollier: "HowlRound Brings Commoning to the Theater," October 2013. 

Artivate: Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts: "Culture Coin: a Commons-Based, Complementary Currency for the Arts and its Impact on Scarcity, Virtue, Ethics, and the Imagination" by Vijay Mathew and Polly Carl, September 2013.

Fast Company Co.EXIST: "Creating An Alternative Economy For Underpaid Artists With A Brand New Currency,August 2013.

Shareable Magazine: "Culture Coin: An Alternative Currency to Sustain Artists," July 2013.

HowlRound: "Modeling a Theater Commons," by Polly Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew, February 2013.

New York Times: "Theater Residencies from Emerson College," January 2013.

Boston Globe: "Melinda Lopez chosen for playwright residency," January 2013.

ArtsFwd/EmcArts: "#NEWPLAY TV—Submission of Excellence" by Vijay Mathew, December 2012. "Nonprofit, commercial theater examined in book." November 2012

Boston Globe: "New report: Are nonprofit theaters too closely tied to commercial producers?October 2012.

American Theatre Magazine: "The Commons Touch," September 2012

Shareable Magazine: "Building a New American Theater Commons" by Polly Carl and Vijay Mathew, January 2012.

Reports are listed alphabetically by author name. Click on the titles to download. Have a report you would like to add to this list? Email

How Do You Develop Plays by Eugenie Chan and Adrien-Alice Hansel
Data collected from applications to NEA’s first New Play Development Program is used to reflect trends in the new play sector. The 191 applications gave insight aesthetics, the development process, the goals of development, and the role of the audience.

Gates of Opportunity by David Dower
A sample of David Dower’s findings from eight months of meetings in theater communities across the country. Through discussing issues of isolation and spreading bright spots across the field, Dower captures a snapshot of the new play infrastructure in 2007.

21st Century Literary Office Convening Report by Janice Paran
On February 24-25, 2012, HowlRound (formerly known as the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage) hosted The 21st Century Literary Office Convening, gathering approximately forty literary managers, dramaturgs, and playwrights to discuss what the literary office of the future looks like and how we can make our vision for the literary office of the future a reality.

2007 New Play Development and Production Summit by Ben Pesner
Ben Pesner reports on a discussion hosted by the Mellon Foundation and moderated by David Dower. The purpose was to highlight bright spots in the infrastructure of the new play sector and analyze the casual relationships that lead to the development of new work.

From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment in the New Play Sector  by Ben Pesner
A report on a three-day one hundred plus participant new play convening hosted by the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage in January 2011 to identify what's next in and for the new works sector.

Today and Tomorrow: New Play Development Before and After Opening Night by Ben Pesner
Ben Pesner reports on a gathering of industry professionals at the Humana Festival who were presented findings of TDF’s Outrageous Fortune and David Dower’s Gates of Opportunity before the reports were published. Twelve people were designated as responders and their reactions were the basis for conversation after the presentation of the materials.

In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector (Paperback) by Diane Ragsdale
A report on a meeting of US nonprofit and commercial theater producers. Washington, DC, November 4–5, 2011. The practice of commingling the commercial and the nonprofit resources of the American Theater has become an accepted and, it would seem from this gathering, increasingly important one since it debuted with the production of Big River in 1984, which is revisited in this report. Both the nonprofit leaders and the commercial producers at the event outline ways in which each sector has become dependent upon the other. But, at the same time, both raise significant doubts and challenges to current standards, priorities, and applications of the practice. Ebooks: Apple iBookstore (free)Amazon KindleEpub file (free), Mobi file (free).

Defining Diversity by Janine Sobeck
A report on a convening of a broad spectrum of theatre artists and institutional leaders focused on exploring diversity in the new play sector. This convening was produced by by the American Voices New Play Institute and held at Georgetown University in December 2009.

Black Playwrights: What Stories are we Allowed to Tell by Janine Sobeck
A report on a convening of playwrights and institutional leaders on the state of Black playwriting in American theatre. The convening was produced by the American Voices New Play Institute and held at Georgetown University in January 2010.

Theater Outside the Box: Devised Work by Janine Sobeck
A report on a convening that explored the development of non-playwright-centered work and the community that creates it. This convening was produced by the American Voices New Play Institute and held at Georgetown University in February 2010.

Our list of must-reads and reference points for general consumption. Think we're missing something? Email jamie(at)

  • Why Are Artists Poor?: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts by Hans Abbing
  • Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons by Peter Barnes
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
  • The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
  • Common as Air: Revoltuion, Art and Ownership by Lewis Hyde
  • Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play by Todd London with Ben Pesner
  • Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • The Lean Start Up:How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky
  • Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, published by Theatre Bay Area