World Theatre Day Message To Be Delivered By John Malkovich

by TCG News

in Events,Global Citizenship

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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Centerof the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 50th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2012. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide in Paris to craft an international message to mark the global occasion. This year the message will be written by award-winning actor, director and producer John Malkovich. Upon its release in March, the message will be translated into more than 20 languages to reach tens of thousands in the international theatre community.

Through World Theatre Day 2012, TCG/ITI-US will celebrate the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders. There are many ways to join this celebration, including:

  • Generation Without Borders, a call for early-to-mid career theatre practitioners and students to submit essays envisioning our global theatre movement 50 years from now (;
  • SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan, a nationwide fundraising event on March 11, the first anniversary of the earthquakes, involving more than 50 theatres to raise relief funds for the Japanese theatre community affected by the disaster (;

“Having the 50th Anniversary of World Theatre Day fall within the same year as TCG’s own 50th Anniversary is a wonderful symbol of the growing interdependence of our global theatre movement,” said Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of TCG. “We look forward to celebrating this occasion with other ITI centers across the world, to champion our core value of Global Citizenship and continue our support of cultural exchange across borders.”

On March 22, 2012, John Malkovich will deliver his international message at UNESCO in Parisat a gala event that will include readings of play excerpts with Malkovich and other theatre artists. The message will be available on the TCG website in March at

John Malkovich won an Obie for Steppenwolf’s True West in 1983. The following year, he appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a television film in 1985. He received Academy Award nominations for Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire and burlesqued his own public persona in the films Adaptation and Being John Malkovich.

The first World Theatre Day international message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. Succeeding honorees include Arthur Miller (1963), Ellen Stewart (1975), Vaclav Havel (1994), Ariane Mnouchkine (2005), Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi (2007), Augusto Boal (2009), Dame Judi Dench (2010) and Jessica A. Kaahwa (2011).

International Theatre Institute (ITI) was formed in 1948, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined with world-renowned theatre experts to form an international non-governmental organization in the field of the performing arts. The mission of ITI is to “promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts in order to consolidate peace and friendship between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and to increase creative cooperation between all people in the theatre arts.” Today, ITI consists of approximately 90 Centers worldwide. An ITI Center is made up of professionals active in the theatre life of a country and representative of all branches of the performing arts. For more information, visit

  • Avila Productions

    You’re invited to the World Premiere of a new play I’ve written titled, TERESA’S ECSTASY, at Cherry Lane Theatre.  Opens March 4th through April 1st.  I hope you can come.  Directed by Will Pomerantz and Starring Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin and myself.  Let keep theatre alive.

  • Deblina Das Gupta

    I wish to be an active participant pf your movement. Long live theatre! Deblina Das Gupta. Jhargram Kathakriti.  Jhargram, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India.

  • Save the Playhouse

    Please help the Vancouver theatre community by supporting our struggle to Save the Playhouse.   One of our most important cultural institutions is under a crushing attack.  We need everyone who can to check out and like the Save the Playhouse page on fb, to support us by sending testimonials we can read at our major event planned for the 27th, to help by signing our petitions, sending e-mails to the politicians involved.  We need huge solidarity and viral numbers, and if we get them we have a chance to win this fight. 
    Many thanks to everyone who has already come out in support.  Please spread the word. xo Steve

  • Natrang Jammu

    Natrang Jammu (India) celebrating World Theatre Day with the presentation of Moliere’s French Comedy in Hindustani ‘BICHOO’ under the direction of Sumeet Sharma on 27th March, 2012 at 5 pm at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu. All Theatre Lovers are cordially invited……….Balwant Thakur Director Natrang, Jammu (India)

  • Nancy Cheryll Davis

    The Towne Street Theatre in Los Angles will be presenting a staged reading of Colette Freedman’s Sister Cities at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood at 8 pm – only $5 donation requested.  Wonderful play, fab actors and certainly a universal story – 4 daughters dealing with their mother and her impact on their lives.  Do join us if you are in LA and enjoy some gumbo and tasty treats at intermission! RSVP to – our site is – See you there! Nancy Cheryll Davis – Artistic Producing Director – Towne Street Theatre – LA’s Premiere African-American Theatre Company. Long live LIVE THEATRE!

  • Doc Waller

    We here at The Layman Group (, a nonprofit mulit-disciplinary Arts organization based in Auburn Alabama, love any opportunity to
    celebrate the value and beauty of the theatre! After stumbling upon the
    Theatre Communications Group’s details on World Theatre day and seeing
    their call for participation, we knew we had to join the fun!

    That being said, on March 27th (World Theatre Day) @ 7pm we will present
    a live-streamed staged reading of the play “Long Term Parking” by Ruth
    Mckee. This will be an ALL LIVE STREAM staged reading. No audience present.
    We’re bringing this play to your homes by way of the web! Then, our fans can
    pay us back by getting out of the house and attending our next
    production =)

    Visit for more details.

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  • Sarah

    As a high school drama teacher  I was able to spend the day researching and studying theatre.  There are several quotes from the book, The Necessity of Theater written by Paul Woodruff that I returned to today. Here is one from the preface.
      …”human beings apply the art of theater in every corner of their lives. They have to. Like the art of the art of language, the art of theater is one of the things we have to have in order to be human.”