New Safety Guide for Artists


Artists At Risk Connection have released a
new Safety Guide for Artists


Image and text courtesy of Artists At Risk Connection

Artists take risks, but they should not have to risk their lives. Nevertheless, global watchdogs document hundreds of cases each year of artists who are attacked, imprisoned, and even killed for their work––and countless more cases go undocumented.

In response to these realities, ARC has developed A Safety Guide for Artists, a first-of-its-kind manual that offers practical strategies for artists to understand, navigate, and ultimately overcome risk. While such tools have been developed for journalists, human rights defenders, and cartoonists, no guide has been designed specifically for artists. The Safety Guide for Artists fills this crucial gap in providing artists with a resource tailored to their needs.

When an artist first faces risk, there are not a lot of roadmaps: the experience can be incredibly isolating and disorienting. A Safety Guide for Artists explores topics such as defining and understanding risk, preparing for threats, fortifying digital safety, documenting persecution, finding assistance, and recovering from trauma. Tips and strategies were drawn from testimonies of artists who have faced persecution, including Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, Lebanese singer Hamed Sinno, American visual artist Dread Scott, and Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, as well as the research and expertise of ARC’s vast network of partners.

The guide is available in English, Spanish, and French and you can find it at:

Theatre Conversation: International Theatre with Roberta Levitow

Theatre Artist Conversations continue on Friday, April 2nd at 12 pm (ET-New York). Each week, we engage Special Guests and stay in community dialogue to keep in touch and share ideas, resources and support. Join us for a conversation with Roberta LevitowCo-founder and Director of Theatre Without Borders.

Theatre director, dramaturg and teacher Roberta Levitow has worked in NYC, LA, nationally and internationally. She was with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, focused on creating exposure and exchange opportunities between theatre artists in East Africa, the Middle East North Africa and the US. In 2016 she helped to co-found and is currently the Consulting Producing Director for the Nairobi, Kenya-based NBO Musical Theatre, which works to support the creation of new musical theatre by Africans in Africa and beyond.

She is a co-founder and the director of Theatre Without, a grass-roots all-volunteer international network of theatre artists inspiring person-to-person conversation. Theatre Without Borders is a co-initiator of The Acting Together Project with the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at Brandeis University and a co-instigator of the Climate Change Theatre Project. 

Roberta is a Fulbright Ambassador Emerita with Fulbright grants at: Chinese University of Hong Kong; the National University of Theatre & Cinematography in Bucharest, Romania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. She is part of the Think Tank for the Lab for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University. More information about her work is available at

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: April 2, 2021, 12:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:–rpjIsGdN1QLN5VrTRB2Vz0ud3tBEE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have already registered for a previous session, you can use the same link you already received for this session.

Each week support a charity that is serving our community. Please support the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA). Stop Asian Hate, Support API Theatremakers, Dismantle White Supremacy.  More resources and action steps posted at

See you on Friday (at 12:00.)

David J Diamond
La MaMa Umbria International
Transformational Coaching for Artists
Theatre Without Borders
NOTICE: David J Diamond is offering a New Workshop for Theatre Artists beginning in April: Easing Into the New Normal: How To Think about Transitioning to the Next Phase of Our Artistic Work
For more information: Contact at or view:

TWB Digest #406

Dear reader,
this month, the world celebrates women loved and admired.  Arts projects in New York and Boston create statues for Women Leaders; The African Theatre Magazine profiled women making waves in Theatre in parts of the African continent. Every corner of the world has inspiring women. Let’s continue to celebrate them.

Island Life productions presents a  fantastic opportunity for emerging artists called the Island Life Productions ’66 Prize with an online competition dedicated to recognising the talents of artists who have yet to be professionally recognised (paid for their work). Nominate someone before March 26th .

Call for Presentations: Performing Arts Conference 
International Performing Arts Conference
is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations

Topic: Performing Arts between Tradition and Contemporaneity
Theatre – Dance – Music – Visual & Multimedia Art – Arts administration – Performing Arts Training – Theatre Design & Technology

July 26 – 29, 2021
Laubegg Castle – Austria

The conference program brings together practising performing arts academics and artists from various disciplines from all continents. The conference meeting is highly recommended for performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners.
The meeting offers a wonderful chance for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques to the international audience.

You are welcome to choose the presentation format:
practical workshop or a master class, work in progress, work demonstration, performance fragments not requiring special technical conditions, interactive talk/lecture/discussion, photo/video, exhibition, installation, research presentation, or other ways of demonstration can be considered.

The conference program runs in English.

​How to submit the proposal, travel, stay and other practical details:

Have you considered becoming an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer? Apply by May 31st.

Women in the Arts and Media coalition 

Learn About Women From All Disciplines and Fields:

Women’s History Month Events
Plays About Historical Women from 365 Women a Year: a Playwriting Project

25 Women to Read Before You Die from Powell’s
The Greatest Female Authors of All Time from Echo Lit
10 Books by Trans Authors That Will Change Your Life from Subvrt
Trans and Non-Binary Authors to Read Today from Strand
Black Women Poets You Should Know from The Lily
21 Black Female Poets from The Tempest
12 Female Poets Who Changed the Game from Read Poetry

15 Women Playwrights You Really Should Have Heard Of from What’s Onstage
7 Women of Theatre History You Should Know from The Interval
7 More Women of Theatre History You Should Know from The Interval
6 Plays and Musicals for Trans Awareness

The History of Dance is Feminist from Dance Art Journal
8 Women Choreographers Who Changed Dance from Bach Track
Three African-American Women Who Revolutionized Modern Dance from KCET

The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women from NPR
25 Songs by Black Women that Rocked the World from the 1920s- 2020
Female Artists from the Native American Music Awards
Songs of Native American Women
Greatest Women Composers in Classical Music from Classic FM

10 Native American Women Artists You Should Know
20 Female Artists You Need to Know from Harper’s Bazaar
10 Breakthrough Women Artists from Black Art in America
8 Female Artists Who Caught Fire in Their 80s from Artnet

Theatre and Development Partnerships – Online symposium, 23rd September 2021 University of Warwick, UK

This symposium aims to explore partnerships involving researchers, practitioners, donors and communities from the Global North and South. It will reflect on how we can establish more equal, interconnected and mutually beneficial global partnerships in Theatre for Development (TfD) and applied and socially-engaged performance projects.

Papers or more experimental modes of presentation (including online performances or workshops) are invited. Please send abstracts of 200 words, with short biographies of any speakers, to by 23rd April 2021.

Contributions from researchers and practitioners could consider:
§ Reflections on the successes and limitations of working in global partnerships to achieve change through theatre and performance;
§ The histories of global networks, collaborations and partnerships in TfD and applied theatre involving individuals, institutions and communities in the global North and South;
§ Theoretical, conceptual and methodological interventions in how we understand and
undertake research in TfD and applied theatre involving the Global North and South;
§ Analyses of cultural exchange, flows of knowledge and funding structures in global TfD
and applied and socially-engaged performance projects
§ Decolonising research, practice and the partnerships we participate in.

Find out more here

Update: How to benefit from the NextGenerationEU read more 

Check out a new online resource we have just launched, Performing International Plays (, which is a free online platform showcasing contemporary drama from around the world.

The website has free education packs, essays, author’s and translator’s notes for 20 plays from 6 continents in over 15 languages.

A selection of our plays also have video excerpts performed by professional actors and directed by directors and writers from theatres such as the Royal Court and the Bush theatre, among others.

We hope this resource may be of interest to you and that you might wish to share it with your network. Our aim is to diversify classrooms and help bring more attention to these incredible plays.

I have attached an image, and you can see the website here: