2011 NoPassport theatre alliance conference schedule

 NoPassport and NUYORICAN POETS CAFE present

on MARCH 4 & 5, 2011

5th annual NoPe – NoPassport Conference



NoPassport and Nuyorican Poets Cafe present a two-day conference with the support of Cynthia Cohen, The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, Fulana, Idiom, HotInk @ the Lark, Fulana, Rock Wilk, The Secret City, and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.

Initiated and Curated by Caridad Svich

Co-curated by Catherine Coray & Daniel Gallant

Conference @ Nuyorican Poets Café/NY

Fri. MARCH 4, 2011 10:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Sat. MARCH 5, 2011 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

Two-day Pass Registration/cover required: $25

Registration available online at  

(tickets ordered via either link will count for admission on both days of the conference):




For further information contact: NoPassportPress@aol.com 

Join Kia Corthron, David Greenspan, Melanie Joseph, Taylor Mac, Teresa Eyring, Andrei Serban, Randy Gener, JT Rogers, Erik Ehn, Chiori Miyagawa, Oliver Mayer, Saviana Stanescu, Philip Himberg, 2010 Obie Award winning The Secret City and a distinguished roster of artists & scholars for the 5th annual NoPassport “Dreaming the Americas” Conference held at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. This coming year the two-day conference will focus on a wide range of contemporary works for theatre & performance, viewing cultural transformation from a variety of formal perspectives. Keynote speech by Jose Rivera.  Performances from Rock Wilk and Fulana. There will also be a special documentary film screening, and book launches for the release of new  volumes from NoPassport Press including authors Carson Kreitzer, Ruth Margraff,  Linda Faigo-Hall & more.

Current Schedule–Program is subject to change

 MARCH 4, 2011 Panels:

 10 AM- 10:30 AM Registration.


With CARIDAD SVICH (founder, NoPassport), CATHERINE CORAY (artistic director, HotINK @ the Lark)



Moderators: CHIORI MIYAGAWA (Playwright)+ and KRISTIN HORTON (Gallatin School/NYU) Panel: ZAK BERMAN (Epic Theatre Ensemble), & more TBA


 2:00-3:00 PM LUNCH BREAK

 :15-4:15 PM DAVID GREENSPAN FOUR PLAYS & A MONOLOGUE: Moderator: RANDY GENER (editor, NoPassport Press) DAVID GREENSPAN with MELANIE JOSEPH (Artistic Director, Foundry Theatre), TAYLOR MAC (playwright-performer).

 4:30-5:50 PM DINNER BREAK


 6:30-7:30 PM  GENOCIDE & POLITICAL ATROCITY IN THEATER Moderator: BIANCA BAGA TOURIAN, Panelists: ERIK EHN, LYNN NOTTAGE, J.T. ROGERS (all pending confirmation). *This is an Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance session

 7:45-8:50 PM FILM SCREENING: ACTING TOGETHER, introduced by Cynthia Cohen (Brandeis University) 


MARCH 5,  2011 PANELS:

10 AM-10:10 AM Registration


12:00-1:15 PM: SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE EAST AFRICA: a work session with DEBORAH ASIIMWE (playwright, and specialist, East Africa), PHILIP HIMBERG (Producing Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program) and CHRISTOPHER HIBMA (Associate Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program). Sundance Institute East Africa is a program to support the work of theatre artists in East Africa, as well as to create exchange and exposure opportunities between U.S. artists and East African writers, directors, and performers. In the spirit of this exchange, Sundance Institute East Africa engages with East African artists in Africa as well as East African artists sharing their work with artists in the U.S.

1:30-2:15 PM GLOBAL PLAYGROUND Moderator: SAVIANA STANESCU (New York University) with TERESA EYRING (Executive Director, TCG), KATE LOEWALD (Artistic Director, The Play Company), ANDREI SERBAN (Head of Directing, Columbia University)


3-3:50 PM IDIOM: THE GLOBAL SELF STEPHEN SQUIBB (editor, Idiom). Panel TBA. *This is an Idiom magazine session.

4-4:50 PM HOTINK IN TRANSLATION Moderator: CATHERINE CORAY (Associate Professor, NYU; Artistic Director, HotINK @ the Lark Panel: TBA  *This is a HotINK @ the Lark session.

 5-5:45 PM PERFORMANCE: FULANA Fulana, the Latina, video and satire collective plays the “cocktail” hour.

 6-6:50 PM WANNA TEACH? ARTISTS IN & OUT OF THE IVORY TOWER Moderator: CHARLOTTE MEEHAN (Wheaton College) panel: KEN PRESTININZI (Yale School of Drama), ELANA GREENFIELD (New School), RUTH MARGRAFF (Art Institute of Chicago), and LISA SCHLESINGER (Columbia College, Chicago), DESI MORENO-PENSON

 7-8:15 PM NoPASSPORT PRESS SALON on METAMORPHOSES: KIA CORTHRON, CATHERINE FILLOUX, LINDA FAIGO-HALL, CARSON KREITZER, OLIVER MAYER, RUTH MARGRAFF Moderators: RANDY GENER, OTIS RAMSEY-ZOE (editors, NoPassport Press) with Cynthia Cohen (Brandeis University), and Shawn Marie-Garrett (Yale University)

8:20 PM CLOSING REMARKS and announcement of forthcoming NoPassport books from Christine Evans, Rinde Eckert, Kara Hartz, Naomi Iizuka, Michael John Garces, and Elaine Romero.



 NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated theatre alliance & press devoted to cross-cultural, Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. Caridad Svich and NoPassport is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of [Caridad Svich & NoPassport] may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For online donations go directly to https://www.fracturedatlas.org/donate/2623

Further information about NoPassport: http://www.caridadsvich.com/NoPassport/upcoming.html

and http://nopassport.wordpress.com


CARIDAD SVICH, founder of NoPassport, is an award-winning playwright, translator and lyricist. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge/UK), and contributing editor of TheatreForum. Visit her at www.caridadsvich.com

NoPassport’s work is made possible by personal donations.

Artistic Affiliates for this Conference:

The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance strives to fulfill its mission of projecting the Armenian voice on a world stage through theater and film by offering contests for new writing, play readings and various educational programs. For more information, please see www.armeniandrama.org or www.biancabagatourian.com

Idiom is an online publication of urban artistic practice. By allowing emerging artists, writers and arts professionals to report on, review, and otherwise cover overlooked or under-thought aspects of the larger creative community, Idiom offers a local, engaged counterpoint to the prevailing discourse of contemporary art. www.idiommag.com

HotINK @ the Lark: Formerly known as The hotINK International Festival of Play Readings, hotINK at the LARK hosted by the Lark Play Development Center features ten plays from non US countries, over five afternoons and evenings in March.  www.hotink.org

Fulana is a media collective that emerged as the vision-fusion of four New York-based Latina artists joined by a love of video and satire, a critical gaze, a bilingual sense of humor and—most of all—a shared desire to create art within a collaborative onda. In 2000, Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Andrea Thome, Lisandra Ramos-Grullón and Cristina Ibarra put their Spanglish brains together, drank some coffee, and founded Fulana. http://fulana.net/index.html

Lark Play Development Center was founded in 1994, the Lark is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, providing playwrights with indispensable resources to develop their work. The Lark brings together actors, directors, playwrights and the community to allow writers to learn about their own work by seeing and hearing it, and by receiving feedback from a dedicated and supportive community. The company reaches into untapped local populations and across international boundaries to seek out and embrace unheard voices and diverse perspectives, celebrating differences in language and worldviews. The Lark also plays a leading role in advancing unknown writers and their works to audiences through carefully stewarded partnerships with a host of theaters, universities, community-based organizations, and NGOs, locally, nationally and globally.  www.larktheatre.org

The Nuyorican Poets Café was founded circa 1973 as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet, Miguel Algarin. The mission of the Cafe is to create a multi-cultural venue that both nurtures artists and exhibits a variety of artistic works. Without limitation, we are dedicated to providing a stage for the arts with access for the widest public. www.nuyorican.org

Rock Wilk is an acto
r, a playwright and a poet, New York City’s own Rock WILK is also a socially and politically charged vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet’s semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican’s national team, Rock also was recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights. Rock is currently developing his play, BROKE WIDE OPEN, which was recently presented at undergroundzero, which is part of the Playgroundzero Festival at the acclaimed theater, Performance Space 122 in Manhattan. BROKE WIDE OPEN was also recently mounted as a 3 week, 12 performance workshop at The Medicine Show Theatre, also in NYC. http://www.rockwilk.com/home.html

The Secret City serves the spiritual, social and human needs of artists.  We do this by creating and providing live, interactive programs that engage a growing community in restoring the sacred roots of art-making. Our primary program is our monthly service. The Secret City won a 2010 Obie Award. www.thesecretcity.org

The Sundance Institute Theatre Program advances the work of risk-taking theatre artists by providing rare developmental opportunities that support artists throughout their careers. By providing a continuum of support, we ultimately hope to contribute to a meaningful and engaging cultural dialogue between artists and their audiences. http://www.sundance.org/programs/theatre/

About nopassport

NoPassport is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of [Caridad Svich & NoPassport] may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For online donations go directly to https://www.fracturedatlas.org/donate/2623 A Pan-American theatre/performance/media alliance and press. NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich as a Pan-American theatre alliance devoted to action, advocacy and change toward the fostering of cross-cultural diversity and difference in the arts with an emphasis on the embrace of the hemispheric spirit in US Latina/o and Latin-American theatre-making.

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