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Global Connections

We offer our workshop showing of Alebtong. [Working Title.] this evening at 6PM local time at Kampala’s Uganda National Cultural Centre… What this team has built these three weeks is truly fine, fun and deep. It celebrates what the Lango have to teach us about story, art and survival. But this performance was not the [...]

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(Photo: El burlador de Sevilla at the Teatro Espanol.) Recently, IM Wire had the opportunity to connect with Darío Facal, a director and playwright based in Madrid. He previously collaborated with US director Tamilla Woodard on the site-specific play Inside which was made possible through a TCG Global Connections grant. He is co-founder of Metatarso [...]

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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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PREVIOUSLY BLUE: devising the salvage of beauty

by Ruth Margraff May 27, 2015 Global Connections
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“I look for something to chase away the fire, storms, to lose the scent of danger… I stay with the fear a long time.  To keep it from following you…” One night in Belgrade, Faye told me a deer once looked into her eyes to thank her for distracting wild dogs in the woods behind [...]

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A Trip to Finland – Paupers, Paintings, and Puppets

by Park Cofield May 19, 2015 Global Connections
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Newspaper article about SISU is in the Heart project (Finland, 2014) Perhaps the easiest way to summarize my TCG Global Connections On the Road project is to quote the title of the Finnish newspaper article written about my recent visit: “Laukussa isovanhempien päitä”, which loosely translates to “grandparents’ heads in a bag.” Yes, I know, [...]

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BORDER LABS

by Sage Lewis March 18, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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(This post is part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015, as well as part of his Global Connections project activity.) When I moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 2005 to begin graduate school at CalArts I was excited for many reasons, one [...]

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Putting Our Bodies On the Line– the Ugly Girl in Liverpool

by Terry Galloway February 6, 2015 Global Connections

I had the most interesting chat with Liz Carr, who uses a power chair and Christine Bruno who uses a scooter to get around but isn’t using it on stage in this performance–about the censoring of the disabled body on stage.  Liz who lives and works in London and Christine who lives and works in [...]

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Global Connections & New International Touring Initiative: ON the STAGE

by TCG News February 6, 2015 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the recipients for the latest round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international collaborations. Now in its fourth [...]

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A Salvadoran Collaboration

by Eric Bass February 3, 2015 Global Connections
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A TCG Global Connections grant supported the second phase of development of a collaboration between Vermont’s Sandglass Theater and the Teatro Luis Poma (TLP) in El Salvador.  The collaboration was designed to find the common ground between the two companies through their joint interpretation of an 18th century German epic, G.E. Lessing’s Nathan the Wise [...]

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Conversation on Maria Kizito at Kampala International Theater Festival

by Emily Mendelsohn December 22, 2014 Global Connections
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A TCG Global Connections In the Lab grant supported long time Kampala-based collaborators Tonny Muwangala, Esther Tebandeke, and Allen Kagusuru and (NY-based) I to travel to New Orleans for a three week residency with ArtSpot Productions. This was our third residency to develop Erik Ehn’s Maria Kizito, and our first to partner with ArtSpot. Maria [...]

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Emotional Bandwidth

by Ian Rowlands October 6, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art| People} blog salon curated by Caridad Svich.) These few observations come about following my experience working upon two productions of texts translated into Welsh; Dynas Ddela Leenane – an adaptation of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh) which I directed whilst at the helm of [...]

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“Each Meeting is a ‘New Birth’”

by Park Krausen September 4, 2014 Global Connections
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(Beleck Georges and Park Krausen) (This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon) “Chaque rencontre est une nouvelle naissance”. Translated, but somehow with a lot less poetry – “Each meeting is a ‘new birth’”. This is how Beleck Georges talks. It’s what he writes. This is his motto and “façon d’être”. In a way, [...]

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Space, Scale, Relationship: Writing for the Physical Theatre

by Joan Schirle September 2, 2014 Global Connections
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(Laura Muñoz, Ruxandra Cantir, and Joan Schirle in “Elisabeth’s Book”, Photo by Anthony Arnista) (This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) Without getting into trying to sort out the many definitions of physical theatre itself, let’s just say that what I’ve been working on for the past months is the writing of a [...]

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Indigenous Theater in Australia

by Jeremy B. Cohen August 29, 2014 Global Connections
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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) One of the most fascinating dynamics of spending two weeks in Australia was learning how the realities of the size of a country truly challenge the speed and depth of the new play development process, even with its current level of strong government support. I [...]

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Cycle B Recipients of Third Round of Global Connections Program

by TCG News June 30, 2014 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the Cycle B recipients for the third round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international [...]

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Found My Way, That Way

by Reneltta Arluk June 4, 2014 Global Connections
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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 chose to cross borders. I had to. Borders were put on me and I didn’t want to walk in circles or squares so I crossed my first border and went outside. I was nineteen when [...]

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Wayfinding in Canada and the U.S.

by Elaine Avila June 2, 2014 Global Connections
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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.) (PHOTO:  Arvaarluk: an Inuit Tale, playwright: Arvaarluk Kusagak, director: Heidi Specht, actor/ puppeteers: Lenard Stanga, Elaine Avila, photo by Rosa Hong.) “The full measure of a culture embraces both the actions of a people and the [...]

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Working With Our Neighbors

by Park Krausen May 28, 2014 Global Connections
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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.) (Photo from left to right: Olivier Kemeid, Park Krausen, and Aimée LaBerge) The first time I went to Montreal, the snow piled up six inches. The next time I went to Montreal, the Christmas Market was [...]

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Borders

by Kevin Loring May 27, 2014 Global Connections
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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.) Underneath the odd lines separating states and provinces, laws, ideas, commerce and cultures, an older matrix of lines persist. Buried beneath the structure of the Americas are the remnants of the ancient and persistent borders of [...]

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Cross-national theatre: coupling American and Argentine icons

by Anisa George May 23, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) Today is my last day in Buenos Aires. I came here a couple of weeks ago with the aid of a Global Connections Grant to embark on a new creation with an old collaborator, Natalia Chami (now co-director and founder of the company LindaLinda). The day [...]

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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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Producing Canadian Work in the U.S.

by Charles C Bales April 21, 2014 Global Connections
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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.) A Canadian in New York On Monday, March 30, Canadian playwright and translator Daniel Libman (Cecil & CleopaYtra, O’Neill, Alma and Mrs. Woolf) arrived from Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a three-week stint in New York City. [...]

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The Spectrum of Signed Languages

by David Kurs February 19, 2014 Global Connections
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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) That sign language is universal is a meme that just won’t die. People seem to think that it would be so convenient for all speakers of sign language to conform to one language. I was about ten years old when I encountered a deaf person from [...]

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Seeing the New Geographies

by Paula Cizmar February 18, 2014 Global Connections
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(Photo: View of Eastern Orthodox church in Belgrade, Serbia. This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) People have said to me,  “Playwrights aren’t particularly visual ” and I used to take offense.  Painters or filmmakers—now they’re visual.  But I guess we theatre writers are supposed to be literary and in our [...]

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Cycle A Recipients of Third Round of Global Connections Program

by TCG News January 30, 2014 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the Cycle A recipients for the third round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international [...]

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International Encounters

by Aaron Landsman January 28, 2014 Global Connections
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(Photo credit: David A Brown / dabfoto creative) I travel a lot for work, and have worked internationally pretty regularly as an actor, teacher, and playwright, over the past ten years. I find myself Skyping and Vibering about work almost weekly; for the past three years I’ve also split my time between rural Illinois and New [...]

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Arresting Moments of Theatre

by Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel January 15, 2014 Global Connections
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The 28-hour journey from Philadelphia to Bangkok would be disorienting for even the most seasoned traveler.  What began as buses with wifi and video screens from Philly to JFK, followed by comfortable air travel through Qatar and on to Bangkok, ended with open-air three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxis and traffic jams that tested my patience and created [...]

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Community Engagement

by Megan Campisi December 16, 2013 Global Connections
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(Pictured: Mr. Wang, Mr. Xie, Grant Zhong, and an unnamed gentleman looking at a drawing of Gold No Trade set designer Danica Pantic. Read the first and second installments of this series.) For my third blog post about Gold No Trade’s collaborative production of The Subtle Body in China, I recount a fortuitous meeting in [...]

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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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Expectations

by Megan Campisi November 25, 2013 Global Connections
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(Pictured: Megan Hill, Liu Zixiao, and William Wu. Read Megan’s first post here.) One of the exciting challenges with producing a historical play in China is that there is an extensive body of widely-viewed teleplays and films set in the past that have generated certain expectations among Chinese audiences. Unsurprisingly—given that our production is an international [...]

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A Subtle Equation

by Megan Campisi October 29, 2013 Global Connections
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My project is a new collaboration between Brooklyn-based Gold No Trade theater company and Shanghai-based Grass Stage (Caotaiban) theater company on a play I wrote about literal and figurative interpretations of the human heart entitled, The Subtle Body. The play follows an 18th-century British doctor and his wife, galvanized by a revolutionary new concept called [...]

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On Broadway with Pedro

by Pedro Salazar and Saviana Stanescu October 8, 2013 Global Connections

(The work in this post is supported through a Global Connections grant–learn more about the program here.) We talk about the style and scope of our show. Pedro is used to working on big stages in Colombia and France lately. I am a “theatrical mutt” with a back eye to the big theatrical shows in [...]

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Going in Blind: A Crash Course in Stagecraft with Samuel Beckett

by Pamela Sabaugh September 30, 2013 Global Connections
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Rehearsals for Waiting for Godot—scheduled to travel to Zagreb, Croatia, for the Blind In Theater festival, October 11 to the 17th–have been underway in earnest since July, and it is already proving to be quite the journey. Our goal with this production, which features two blind actors in the central roles of Vladimir and Estragon, [...]

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Theatre Beyond the Stage

by Tamilla Woodard September 27, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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Theatre is moving out of theatres. Or more accurately some play makers are moving their work out of the traditional structures named theatres. I have done this. I am actually quite obsessed with making theatre out of theatres. This “movement” is, by no means new or even innovative. The desire to have a different relationship [...]

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Forging New Sounds

by Steve Cosson September 19, 2013 Global Connections
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(Photo of Héctor Buitrago.) Sitting at Joe Allen’s restaurant in the theater district talking after a show with Colombian musician Héctor Buitrago and his North American manager Yuzzy Acosta, we were reminiscing about the wild music and cultural scene of Bogotá in the early 1990’s (I lived there for a year on a Fulbright).  I was [...]

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Conversation as Art

by Sara Kerastas September 3, 2013 Global Connections
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It’s June 20th, our third night in Toronto. The connectivity in the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (BIBTT) space is out of control. All of us are paired off and scattered throughout this bright cavernous space like glitter. Five intergenerational queer artists from About Face Theatre (AFT) in Chicago and 22 from Buddies in Bad [...]

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Me. You and Me. The Group.

by Ioli Andreadi August 29, 2013 Global Connections
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(Members of WorldWideLab) What does it take to build an international community of artists so they can collaborate with one another?  What does a mutual cultural exchange look like?  One example that we can be proud to see being nourished in our theatre field is World Wide Lab, a collective of international theatre directors hailing [...]

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The 1984 Project: Part 2

by Mashuq Deen August 27, 2013 Global Connections
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(Pictured: Sangeeta Gupta and Loveleen Kaur) The 1984 Project’s description for Global Connections–ON the ROAD: Mashuq Deen is traveling with Meetu Chilana and Rita Suri to Amritsar, Chandigarh and Delhi, India to work with Roopak Kala and Welfare Society, a theatre troupe and social activist organization, on the development of a work about the anti-Sikh [...]

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The 1984 Project: The First Interview

by Rita Suri August 14, 2013 Global Connections
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The 1984 Project’s description for Global Connections–ON the ROAD: Mashuq Deen is traveling with Meetu Chilana and Rita Suri to Amritsar, Chandigarh and Delhi, India to work with Roopak Kala and Welfare Society, a theatre troupe and social activist organization, on the development of a work about the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and to engage [...]

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Global Connections Round 3 Cycle A

by TCG News July 31, 2013 Global Connections
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GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: ROUND 3 • CYCLE A ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013, NOON EST Global Connections encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world by supporting the unrestricted travel and projects of professionals working in all aspects of theatre. Recipients may use the funds to pursue theatre-based activities abroad or to host [...]

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Technology in Theater: One Step Ahead

by Brett Elliott July 30, 2013 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo Caption: An audience member listens to spoken text, and music by local Chicago musicians, during a performance of en route. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented this special production of en route devised specifically for the City of Chicago by Australian company One Step at a Time Like This in the summer of 2011. Photo by [...]

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Experience the Difference: The American Anti-Torture Play “Another Life” Goes to London

by Karen Malpede July 23, 2013 Global Connections
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(Photo by Beatriz Schiller: Christen Clifford (Tess, in box), Abbas Noori Abbood (Abdul), George Bartenieff (Handel)–Handel’s loft Soho) In the late winter of 2010, while I was researching and writing additional scenes for “Another Life” (which had been published in the Kenyon Review as a one-act that fall) I sat in the public meeting hall [...]

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Global Connections Round 2 Cycle B Recipients

by TCG News June 27, 2013 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the Cycle B recipients for the second round of Global Connections . Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing [...]

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Punks’ Carnival

by Jacob Titus May 13, 2013 Global Connections
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(PUNKS cast: Cast after a reading of PUNKS CARNIVAL by Meng Jinghui at Signature Theatre, part of the Contemporary Chinese Playwriting Series. Photo by Erik Carter.) To give context to the difficulty of translating Punks’ Carnival, we need to look at its germination.  Originally, Punks’ Carnival started with Meng Jinghui, the final author and original [...]

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TCG’s World Theatre Day 2013: Cuba, Iraq, Sudan

by TCG News March 27, 2013 Global Connections
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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 today, March 27, 2013. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide [...]

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Swimming to Shanghai (and Beijing)

by Corey Fischer February 25, 2013 Global Connections

(This post was originally shared by Corey Fischer in January 2013 on his blog, Story Passage. We’re sharing it here to cast more light on our Global Connections recipients. Stay tuned for further posts from Corey’s travels!) I was one of six theatre-makers to be awarded a “Global Connections” grant, a grant aimed at seeding [...]

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Global Connections Round 2 Cycle B Open

by TCG News January 15, 2013 Global Connections
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Now Available: Applications and Guidelines for TCG’s International Grant Program GLOBAL CONNECTIONS ROUND 2 • CYCLE B ONLINE REGISTRATION & APPLICATION POSTMARK DEADLINE MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013, 11:59 PM EST Global Connections encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world by supporting the unrestricted travel and projects of professionals working in all aspects of theatre. [...]

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Global Connections Round 2 Cycle A Recipients

by TCG News January 14, 2013 Global Connections
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We are pleased to announce the second round of Global Connections recipients. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant program encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world through ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international collaborations. Now in its [...]

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Guerra: A Clown Play, Arrives!

by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo September 7, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

(Read more about the genesis and process of this project here!) Our clown army is ready for the big time. Since we started developing GUERRA: A CLOWN PLAY last winter in Chicago and Mexico City (a collaboration made possible by TCG’s “On The Road” grant), our troupe has found a name (“La Piara”, or ‘herd [...]

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Applications and Guidelines for Global Connections

by TCG News August 15, 2012 Global Connections
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Now Available: Applications and Guidelines for TCG’s International Grant Program GLOBAL CONNECTIONS ROUND 2 • CYCLE A ONLINE REGISTRATION & APPLICATION POSTMARK DEADLINE MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012 Global Connections encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world by supporting the unrestricted travel and projects of professionals working in all aspects of theatre. Recipients may use [...]

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