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Global Citizenship

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There’s something very intimidating about performing an Ancient Greek play in Athens. If anyone, these people would be the greatest critics, the ones who would know that you’d gone too far with “creative liberties,” or whether your version of these ancient stories does justice to the originals. Perhaps it was a positive thing, then, that [...]

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After completing my studies in Boston University Communications School in Film in 2003 I came back to Greece.   I started working in theatre in 2005 as an assistant director for Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek, Stella etc.) and Stathis Livathinos (National Theatre Artistic Director).   I decided to direct my own performances a few years later.  [...]

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PUSH! Real Athletes. Real Stories. Real Theatre.

by Sara Zatz July 15, 2015 Global Citizenship
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Sometimes making theater can feel more like an endurance test than like making art. We sit in the theater for a 10 out of 12. We go to rehearsal night after night, not seeing our friends or families until the show is done. But you know what is really an endurance test? Swimming across Lake [...]

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Discovering the origins of Ecuadorian Theatre and its relevance in modern audiences: An interview with Victor Hugo Gallegos.

by Salomé Egas November 12, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Teatro Ensayo del Ecuador. Actor: Víctor Hugo Gallegos. 1987. Photo by Teatro Ensayo del Ecuador.) A rainbow of outrageous and worn-out costumes, bodies swinging across the streets with acrobatic movements, and, the uproar of music created by the combination of voices laughing, chanting and even reproducing animal sounds are just some of the vivid memories [...]

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Site-Specific Work en la frontera

by Dora Arreola July 30, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Playas de Tijuana- Friendship Park. Kenia Delgadillo as Antigona. Photo by Alejandra Villalba) The day before our TCG National Conference in San Diego, a group of about 100 U.S. theatre professionals crossed the border and travelled to Tijuana, México to meet with artists from Guadalajara, Mexico City and Tijuana in an unprecedented international Pre-Conference Encuentro.  We [...]

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Where The Chicken Meets The Road

by Leanna Brodie June 30, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) Part 1: Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? “Mais les mots SONT l’action.” Sébastien Harrisson and I are deep in discussion, in a room, in the Rockies, in Alberta, in Canada, in over our heads. [...]

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Theatre as a First Resort

by Brendan McCall June 2, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is part of the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series. More than a choreographer or a teacher, Mary Overlie is a philosopher.  When I got to study with her at the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University´s Tisch School of the Arts 20 years ago, I became aware of the self-created borders I had [...]

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the little canadian play that did

by Jennifer Overton May 19, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series. Pictured above: Stephen Seay as Simon and Scott Miller as Jake in the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production of Spelling 2-5-5.) In this era of theatre for young audiences (TYA) companies increasingly producing presold ‘title’ shows, what are [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Lucie Pohl

by Marcy Arlin May 13, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I met Lucie Pohl when she auditioned (and got the part) in a new play by Ruth Margraff, Three Graces, which we performed at the Ohio Theatre Ice Factory a couple of years ago. Since then we have worked together on readings from Eastern [...]

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Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá

by Alejandra Cisneros & Sandra Delgado May 13, 2014 Global Citizenship
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TCG Young Leaders of Color alums Alejandra Cisneros and Sandra Delgado, recently traveled to Bogotá to attend the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá. This biennial festival is in its 14th incarnation and the focus this year was to highlight “por que la fiesta teatral es de todos nosotros, sin distinción alguna, y todos somos anfitriones e [...]

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The Challenge in Forging Connections: Bring it On!

by Pamela López Rodríguez May 13, 2014 Global Citizenship
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It was September 2009 when I first sat in class at Columbia University. My professor stood in front of a diverse group of aspiring art administrators and popped the question: “Who here is an international student?” A few hands started to raise, including mine of course – the girl from Chile. “Well,” she continued – [...]

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Les Exportables And North American Cross-Cultural Exchanges

by Sofi Lambert & Katie McHugh May 12, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) Les Exportables has a vibrant, living mission: To translate and produce English-language premieres of Québécois plays for diverse audiences. The company seeks to foster North American cross-cultural exchanges, bridging the gap between English speakers and native [...]

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UN ENCUENTRO: Theater of and for the Borderlands

by Barclay Goldsmith April 30, 2014 Activism
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(This post is part of both the Global Connections grantee salon and the World Theatre Day/Crossing Borders salon, curated by Andrea Thome.) OVERVIEW.  In 2012 Borderlands Theater (Tucson) and El Círculo Teatral (Mexico City) embarked on a transnational project to commission, develop and produce two plays. The two directors of El Círculo, Victor Carpinteiro (who [...]

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The Courage to Change

by Evan Tsitsias April 11, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Interrupted, devised as part of the World Wide Lab, Tom Henning photographer. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) I am a firm believer in serendipity.  This opportunity to share my thoughts about crossing borders could not have come at a more cosmically-charged time [...]

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An International Video Play!

by Fatima Zahra El Filali April 10, 2014 Global Citizenship
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While creating and refining the protocol for Project Alo?, two questions have continued to occupy my mind: How can we keep Alo? in the framework of theater art, rather than video art?           How much of a divide is between the two forms of expression? My background is in visual art. While I find myself [...]

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Caution: Playwright Crossing

by Alicia Payne April 9, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Garland Lee Thompson, Sr.; Garland Lee Thompson, Jr.; Alicia Payne; Donald Molnar – Readers’ Theatre of New Works at the National Black Theatre Festival. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) When I was little my mother taught me how to cross the road.  [...]

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Six minutes driving in downtown Manhattan

by Catherine Banks April 3, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) I am on I-95 driving at a speed that has me slightly terrified, trying not to get squeezed into the lanes reserved for transport trucks (built twice as high as the ones on the roads in [...]

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Permission

by Norm Reynolds March 27, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Poster: by Natalia Reis; photography by Sandra Huh. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) Two years ago, in June 2012, I contacted Canadian Actor’s Equity (Toronto) about a chance I had to perform my own work (from my play Put Up Your Hand) [...]

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BoucheWHACKED!

by Jack Paterson and France Perras March 24, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo of La Liste by Moe Curtin. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) CHANTAL: BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective is a Vancouver company dedicated to the development, production and presentation of multi-language works, cross-disciplinary arts and works in translation. With a specific focus on cross-pollination between francophone [...]

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52nd Annual World Theatre Day Messages

by TCG News March 20, 2014 Global Citizenship
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“Wherever there is human society, the irrepressible Spirit of Performance manifests.” –Brett Bailey, International Message “The power of seeing yourself on stage is like no other. Let’s give that experience to all who live in our cities, our states, our countries.” –Diane Rodriguez, U.S. Message We are pleased to release Brett Bailey and Diane Rodriguez’s [...]

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Embrace Work From Other Cultures

by Catherine Coray March 12, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo of Nic Billon and Lisa Peterson. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) CHANTAL BILODEAU: The hotINK Festival has had a long and varied life. Can you describe its various incarnations and explain where it is going next? CATHERINE [...]

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A Quebec-Born Haitian Actor in New York

by Vincent D'Arbouze March 10, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Frances Velasquez. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) I knew I wanted to be an actor at a young age. My second-grade class elected me to be the Prince in a production of Snow White. I declined and [...]

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The World Theatre Day/Crossing Borders Salon: Canada

by Chantal Bilodeau March 7, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is a part of the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders blog salon. Email Gus Schulenburg if you’d like to participate.) We cross borders all the time. When we take actions that are not in accordance with our values, we cross psychological borders. When we make ourselves vulnerable by opening up to someone we [...]

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Theatre for Dialogue in Ukraine

by Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn March 6, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Roberta Levitow, Co-Founder of Theatre Without Borders, connected TCG with Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn, who is creating theatre work in the Ukraine amid the current political crisis. We sent Hjalmar a few questions about his work; for more details, visit the NITEnews report and Theatre for Dialogue’s Facebook page. Photo above by Joker Tsunami.) GS: Please share a little [...]

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The World Theatre Day/Crossing Borders Salon

by Kevin Bitterman March 5, 2014 Global Citizenship
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We are pleased to welcome Chantal Bilodeau and Andrea Thome as the online curators of TCG’s World Theatre Day 2014 salon! As the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), TCG invites theatre people across the globe to celebrate the 52nd annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2014. World Theatre Day champions the [...]

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TCG/ITI-US Celebrates the 52nd Annual World Theatre Day

by TCG News February 24, 2014 Global Citizenship
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Brett Bailey to Give International Message Diane Rodriguez to Give U.S. Message Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 52nd annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2014. Each year, [...]

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(A)pollonia: A Festival of Readings of New Polish Plays

by Robert Avila December 17, 2013 American Theatre magazine
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(Cast and director of Foreign Bodies.) A slate of 9 compelling works reveals a nation at odds with its own history On or about May 2009, Polish theatre changed. That’s probably a little grand and a little too specific. But sometime in the early 21st century, something new definitely arrived on Polish stages. A little [...]

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You Over There, Let’s Work Together!

by Fatima Zahra El Filali December 9, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Golden Thread Productions is America’s first theatre company dedicated to developing and producing plays from and about the Middle East. When creating Middle East inspired theater outside of its geographical boundaries, one cannot help but pause and ask: What are THEY doing over there? How are THEY doing it over there? Where are THEY doing [...]

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Tricklock goes to Africa. Part One.

by Juli Hendren December 2, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Elsa Menendez receives her Yellow Fever shot for Uganda.) As a company who creates devised work, we rely heavily on images. It is a technique we learned in Gardzienice, Poland while training at the Staniewski Center. We call it Icon Work and through the use of photos and paintings, we enhance the research portion [...]

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Fulbrighting in Foreign Land: Ripples in the Pond

by Eric Trules October 10, 2013 Global Citizenship
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I’ve had the good fortune and privilege of traveling abroad as a Fulbright Scholar – twice – once to Malaysia in 2002 and a second time to Romania in 2010. Both times as a theater “lecturer”, or more accurately, as a teacher of workshops in solo performance, improvisation, and clowning. They were both extraordinary experiences, [...]

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Another Opening, Another Show

by Blair Ruble and Barbara Lanciers September 19, 2013 Global Citizenship

Art is a reflection of society. When mapping the trajectory of a particular culture over time, it is imperative to look closely at the artistic voices of the day; those voices track not only major societal events but reflect upon the impact — be it personal, political, moral, or otherwise — of those events. With [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Dmitry Troyanovsky

by Marcy Arlin September 18, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) What do you love about theatre in the U.S. for yourself and in general? At its best, American theatre brings together people who take a lot of pride in their craft.  I love the feeling of walking through the backstage areas of a busy [...]

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Dear China, The American Dream is More Than Money

by Elise Lammers July 26, 2013 Education
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I have been teaching drama in China for 3 months and I’ve learned that Chinese people, namely the Chinese students in my drama classes, have a one-dimensional view of America: Money.  China is on its way to becoming the most powerful country in the world and they’re demonstrating it with big buildings, blinking lights, and [...]

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Driving Through the Red Lights

by Aizzah Fatima July 26, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Dirt roads, chaotic city streets, eating mangos, stealing guava off trees with my cousins, lazy summer days, getting chased down the street by a rabid dog, and getting so sick that I have to be hospitalized. Those are the images my mind conjures up at the mention of Pakistan. It probably brings up very different [...]

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“It’s a revolution, not a coup.”

by Erin B Mee July 8, 2013 Activism
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(Photo taken from video by Hazem Azmy) As TCG Circle readers know, Egypt has undergone a second revolution, begun and largely orchestrated by artists. In her upcoming TDR article “The Fire and the Frying Pan: Censorship and Performance in Egypt,” Nehad Selaiha outlines the history of artistic censorship in Egypt – both government-imposed, and self-imposed. [...]

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Artists in Egypt Update, July 1

by Dalia Basiouny July 1, 2013 Activism
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(For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here. Also read Cynthia Schneider’s article Opinion: Get ready for Egypt’s ‘second revolution’) Dear loop friends, Protests, marches and occupy are starting already  in many locations around Egypt. The air is full of energy, frustration, and hope. Mahala workers [...]

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Attempt to Disperse Artists in Egypt Fails

by Erin B Mee June 12, 2013 Activism
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(Photo of Nesma Abdel Aziz from video by Hazem Azmy. For more information about the situation in Egypt, and to learn how you can help, go here.) On 11 June Islamist supporters of Egyptian Minister of Culture Alaa Abdel-Aziz made a failed attempt to forcibly disperse a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture, which began [...]

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Update on Trouble for Artists in Egypt

by Nehad Salaiha June 10, 2013 Activism
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(Dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company performed excerpts from Zorba the Greek on the street outside the Ministry of Culture in Zamalek to protest the attack on arts and culture.) (Ed. note: To learn more about the evolving trouble facing artists in Egypt, and how you can help, read the original post and letter, and Dr. [...]

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Trouble for Artists in Egypt

by Erin B Mee June 8, 2013 Activism

The Egyptian government is targeting artists, intellectuals, and journalists. To learn more, please contact the U.S. State Department to register your concern. To add your name to the letter below, which has been sent to The New York Times, The Guardian, and Democracy Now, email Erin B. Mee. On 5 June, The Guardian ran an [...]

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Danza Abierta

by Mara Isaacs May 7, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo of Danza Abierta by Mara Isaacs. This post is part of a series reporting back from TCG’s Cuba Exploratorium for World Theatre Day). Between a nasty respiratory virus that was making its way through our ranks and the cumulative exhaustion of our event-filled week, many of us were barely standing by this final night of [...]

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Do you see me?

by Deborah Asiimwe and Emily Mendelsohn May 6, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). A ragged teenage girl selling cooking oil by the roadside in a “developing” country asks do you see me? A teenage girl dreaming of her law school graduation asks do you see me? [...]

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Iraq Theatre Book Donation for World Theatre Day

by August Schulenburg April 18, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Alissa Moore. Pictured: Theatre Communications Group staff members Sandra Nance, Zach Chotzen-Freund, J.P. Smith, Jessica Lewis, Abby Lynch, Jacob Lasser, Kevin Bitterman, Laurie Baskin, Caroline Saudek, Amy Dorman.) As part of the World Theatre Day celebration, TCG partnered with Theatre Without Borders, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at [...]

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Fulbright Stories: Maureen Towey

by Jake Lasser April 15, 2013 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Brett Bailey) Between World Theatre Day, the Global Connections Round 2 Cycle B application deadline, and our delegation to Cuba, March was a big month for international theatre exchange here at TCG. Although TCG is always actively working towards facilitating cultural exchange for the artists and organizations in our family, it’s important to [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Christine Evans

by Marcy Arlin April 5, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) What do you love about theatre in the U.S. for yourself and in general? The talented, gritty and brilliant people I’ve met, and the exuberance and amazing diversity of work being made.  Discovering the work of Latino/a writers in particular has been a [...]

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Cuban Theater Looks Into the Future

by David Lozano March 28, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Members of Estudio Teatral (Santa Clara, Cuba) with members of Cara Mía Theatre Co. (Dallas, TX) My North American friends and family have always insisted that Fidel’s revolution of 1959 was a disaster for Cuba. In Mexico, friends and family insisted that the revolution was one of Latin-America’s greatest victories against US imperialism. I wanted [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Andrew Guilarte

by Marcy Arlin March 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) What do you love about theatre in the U.S. for yourself and in general? Well, for one thing you never know what you’re going to get here. I’ve been severely disappointed and I’ve been wonderfully surprised, sometimes, both, in the same show.  I’ve [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Cuba Part One Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 25, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Last week concluded TCG’s Cuba Exploratorium trip, which brought nearly 20 TCG Member Theatre staffers and artists to Cuba as pasrt of our World Theatre Day programming.  Arts officials in Cuba believe ours is the largest delegation of U.S. theatre professionals to ever visit their country! We visited with theatres like Teatro de los Elementos, an [...]

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The Worst Times, the Best Poetry

by Jessica Lewis March 19, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(Photo by: Stan Barouh. Pictured: Brian Hemmingsen, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh.) Katrina: I hate this time of day. When the light fades, the winds begin to blow and the house gets filled with the stench from the factories. Yehuda: It’s not stench. Katrina: No? Yehuda: It’s the smell of industry. Katrina: Thanks for reminding me. Yehuda: It gets caught [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Cosmin Chivu

by Marcy Arlin March 1, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I don’t remember when I first met Cosmin, but I have always admired his tenacity, good humor, intelligence and directing talent; he directed for Immigrants’ Theatre Project’s Czech Plays series way back when. He is a tremendous supporter of colleagues, students and excellence [...]

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Dario Fo to Give World Theatre Day Message

by TCG News February 21, 2013 Global Citizenship
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Photo by Guido Harari. Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 51st annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2013. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is [...]

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