(Pictured: Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director; Miriam Weisfeld, Director of Artistic Development; and Brian Smith, General Manager outside the Bolshoi Theatre)
By Miriam Weisfeld, Director of Artistic Development at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Our trip to Moscow was a great catalyst for our international work in the coming season. The Golden Mask Festival gave us a big-picture perspective on new Russian drama, original director-driven work, and reinvented classics. Additionally, we had a private tour of the Bolshoi to learn about repertory producing models; and in a private meeting at the Moscow Art Theatre with Anatoly Smeliansky, we were invited to bring a Woolly Mammoth piece to the Stanislavski Jubilee next winter.
We hope to deepen this relationship by supporting a residency for Russian director Yury Urnov at Woolly next season. Yury would help us implement new ideas for deeper investigation into the sociopolitical relevance of our work; teach a master class to our acting company and help share our international discoveries with the rest of our staff and Board; and facilitate opportunities to take Woolly pieces overseas (such as the Jubilee).
Our travel to Moscow and our work with Russian artists in DC are already pointing the way towards practical and philosophical shifts to deepen our work and its relevance to our audiences.
Global Connections is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. To learn more about the Global Connections program, click here.