TWB Digest

Dear reader, check out the Arab Cultural Policyand African Cultural Policy Network.
New York Theatre Workshopis now accpeting applications for their 2050 Admnistrative Fellowship.  From July 2019–June 2020, spend 30 hours per week getting paid to pursue an administrative field of work including artistic workshops, casting, community engagement, development, education, executive, finance & operations, literary, marketing, producing or production management.
For full details about the 2050 Administrative Fellowship program including job descriptions, eligibility and application timelines and recommendations, please visit Deadline March 15, 2019
The ArtsLink Back Apartment Residencyprogram provides opportunities for international artists and curators to conduct research, create new work, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each residency is designed to enable visiting artists and curators to learn about the Russian arts community, develop their own work, and share information about their work and other cultures with local audiences.
Deadline: December 15, 2018
About the Residencies
Application and Guidelines
For more information, please contact Residency Coordinator Liza Matveeva at
The conference, Creative Encounters: Reimagining Residencies, will be hosted by Kyoto City and Kyoto Art Center in cooperation with the Agency of Cultural Affairs from February 6-8, 2019.​ Early bird registration ends on November 30.
Secure your spot and sign up for the meeting now!
b.creative is proud to partner with KOCCA (the Korea Creative Content Agency) and with the Korean Ministry of Culture to contribute to STARTUP:CON 2018 in Seoul on 19-20 November 2018. STARTUP:CON is an annual conference organised by KOCCA dedicated to culture and creative entrepreneurship. It will be attended by more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and start-ups from South Korea and abroad.​
After Shanghai and Mumbai in 2017 b.creative is proud to be back in Asia.
For more information, please contact Clémentine Daubeuf
Physicality in Acting 
Dates: 11-13 January, 2019
Location: Berlin – Germany
The international program aims at performance and movement practitioners from all over the world interested in acting, movement and physical theater. It offers special introduction session to the field of movement for actors and production practice for movement directors.
Theatre Program Deadlines Approaching!
TEH Newsletter
The Mercurian Vol. 7
Words Without Borders
The Magdalena Project 
African Cultral Policy Network 
Cultural Policy in the Arab Region

Digest #350

Translation Projects
Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project.
Deadline: August 2018
Application Fee: Free
Eligibility: Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.
Address: N/A
Application Information

Kenya’s ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ the Musical Heads to Broadway, New York!

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts
through July 31, 2018 (Email Submission Date)
For Submitting Guidelines and Application Form go to:
$300 + a professional reading and Q&A valued at $1,000.

Call for Papers
Sept. 27th & 28th, 2018
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, GC CUNY
The PH.D. Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center &
The Theatre Initiative at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
@ GC CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Submission open for July 16th– 2018
Arabic Dramaturgies and Contemporary Theatre in the Arab World – September 27th & 28th, 2018
Contemporary theatre and performance in the Arabic world is a diverse and contested set of practices that are unfolding in a fast-changing political and culturally complex region.  In this situation, the performing arts are under pressure to independently produce new work, uphold traditions— and simultaneously to speak about contemporary lives, nationalism, class, race, religion, gender and new forms of theatre. In this symposium, we ask how theatre can continue to grow, develop artistically and continue to be a voice in the future of the Arabic world.  How can the theatre in the region thrive?
Submission deadline: July 23, 2018
Acceptance Notification: Within 10-15 days from the date of submission
For more information and submission, please mail to:

Newsletters & News
On the Move
Peace One Day
Words without Borders
The Magdalena Project
Women in the Arts and Media coalition 
The European Parliament unveils KEA Study on the Future of Creative Europe
Center Stage Cultural Diplomacy Exchange Brings Egypt and Ukraine to America

Live streaming Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening

Dear reader,
This weekend, June 8-10, join us remotely in this event.

In 2017, artistic director Chantal Bilodeau of The Arctic Cycle, Elizabeth Doud of Climakaze and Roberta Levitow of Theatre Without Borders were awarded a HowlRound Challenge Grant to organize a convening around theatre and climate change. The convening is happening this weekend, June 8-10, in Boston, MA. Here are three ways you can participate:
Many of our sessions will be livestreamed. Check HowlRound’s website for the complete schedule.
Open Mic
Join us for the Open Mic on Saturday June 9, 5:30-8:00 pm. Bring your poems, songs, rants, tiny dances, raps, and mini-festos in a gloriously low-tech and climate-safe setting. Tree-huggery, humor, and catharsis encouraged. Five minutes max. More info here.
Follow us on Twitter using #theatreandclimatechange.

Digest #340

Alas, it’s March 9th!
We had some trouble with the website on the D-day! so this post is somewhat late!
Quote of the week
‘We have no friend 
But resolution 
And the briefest end’
– Cleopatra (Anthony and Cleopatra, 1607)
It’s  International Women’s day! Bravo to all women from around the world. 
NY Times has a list of remarkable women, often overlooked. Often ignored.
Not to mention warriors like Nyabingi, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, political activists like Winnie Mandela, writers like Ama Ata Adoi, and many more from the African continent.

This women’s day, dear reader,  in addition to all the trail blazing women in different fields,  celebrate women in the Arts.  Playwrights, directors, choreographers, Theatre Directors,  actors, curators, designers, Academics, et cetera from around the Globe!
For this International Women’s day Words without Borders  highlights women writers, motivating others and inciting change!
Dragoslava Barzut,
Jeon Sam-hye

Wayétu Moore
Find out more here (Words without Borders)
More on Women Playwrights

March 15th, 2018 is the deadline for nominating a female Playwright for International Center for Women  50/50 Applause for Theatre Gender Parity.

Name: Patricia L. Morin, Margaret McSeveney
Phone: 01-415-328-1050
Women in the Arts and Media has a vast array of opportunities for Female writers and female friendly writers.
Special Opportunity
Athena Project–located in Denver, Colorado call for submissions for its Plays in Progress (PIP Series)
Deadline April 15th, 2018
Full Submission Guidelines and FAQs can be accessed their website:

The inaugural DC Symposium on the New Frontiers of Peacebuilding will be held from 14th to August 4th, 2018 at American University International Service in the United States.
In an effort to ensure that the field of art is represented at the New Frontiers of Peacebuilding Symposiums we want to offer applicants from your department the New Horizons of Peacebuilding Award, which represents a 700 USD discount on the program tuition (instead of a tuition of 3.299 USD, they could attend for 2.599 USD).
To apply for this award, potential participants should follow this link, complete the application, and select the option “New Frontiers” in the question “How did you hear about us?”

Announcement about the HowlRound Theatre Map

Dear Theatre Without Borders network members,

I have some great news to share! Now you can “put yourself on the map” on the Theatre Without Borders Map and on the HowlRound World Theatre Map!


HowlRound is an online “knowledge commons by and for the entire theatre community”, a place where you can join a range of conversations by and about theatre makers, like yourself. Theatre Without Borders is thrilled to link up with HowlRound to support connections between artists nationally and globally.


The HowlRound Map is an ever-growing, user-generated directory for theatre artists of all kinds from all over the world.  Similar to our own Theatre Without Borders Map, the HowlRound Map’s purpose is to make artists more available to each other.  On the World Theatre Map, you can see what theatre is happening around the globe on any given day, you can search for artists using a variety of categories and tools, and you can add your own events and resources.  Like Wikipedia, anyone can add information and edit the Map. Currently, the project is in English, Spanish, and soon to be in French. As you will see, The Map already features thousands of people, organizations, and performances around the world.


To start, create a profile for yourself and your affiliate organizations. This way anyone searching the Map can easily connect with you and attend your events. When you create your profile, be sure to include Theatre Without Borders as an Affiliation.


HowlRound also welcomes you to author blog posts and articles for their commons.  To find more information about that, please visit, or get in touch with me directly.


Meanwhile, our Theatre Without Borders Map is still alive and well!  With its focus on grassroots artist-to-artist connection on the themes of social engagement, peacebuilding, and empowerment, the Theatre Without Borders Map will continue to help you make connections artist-to-artist and people-to-people.  HowlRound’s Map offers you a way to post your profile and inform a larger community about what you are doing.


As a Theatre Without Borders Next-Gen Member and a HowlRound World Theatre Map Ambassador, I am working to expand the categories on the Map to be as inclusive and useful as possible.  Any questions or comments are very much appreciated and can be posted in the Map’s forum or sent to me directly.


I look forward to seeing you on the Map!


For more information contact:
Theatre Without Borders Next-Gen Member & HowlRound World Theatre Map Ambassador


Theatre Without Borders Map:

World Theatre Map website:

HowlRound Theatre Commons website:

Can We Perform Our Way to Power?

The ninth Performing the World (PTW) conference was held in New York City, Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, 2016. This cultural/political crossroads raises anew the question of power. How is it created? What are the limitations and where are the opportunities for ordinary people to exercise power?

Great scholarship opportunity with the Royal College of Art in London!

The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship is a great scholarship opportunity in 23 eligible countries.
The deadline: January 13, 2016 [so HURRY!] The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship aims to empower creative potential and will be the largest scholarship program of its kind globally for the creative postgraduate sector. The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship will cover full international tuition fees to study at a Master’s level for two years at the Royal College of Art in London. A significant contribution towards living costs will also be provided.
Contact : for more information or

Royal Court Theatre International Playwrights Group 2015 – Call for Applications

Royal Court Theatre International Playwrights Group 2015 – Call for Applications

Apply to the Royal Court International Playwrights Group (Formerly the Royal Court International Residency). This will take place this year from the 6-24 July and we would welcome your spreading the word and recommending any emerging writers you think might be benefit from the programme. This project has evolved over the last 25 years and we are currently working in a much more focused way with between 5-7 international writers every year. Last year we had writers from Argentina, China, Germany, South Korea and South Africa.

Full details are available at the address below, and the deadline is 31 January, 2015. I send love to you and wish you all the best as we reach the end of 2014.

Elyse Dodgson

International Director

Royal Court Theatre

Roberto Cimetta Fund to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects

Roberto Cimetta Fund to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects

In the context of international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching a funding line to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects. This funding line aims to promote cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms). We hope through this fund to create a leverage effect that could contribute modestly to rebalancing forces between Arab and European components in the exchange, as well as strengthening and sustaining cultural exchange between Arab regions. The grants provided will not exceed 3000€ and can be considered as co-funding depending on the projects selected. Only artists and cultural operators from the Arab world can apply to this fund. The experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation.

This call for applications is open from 1st December 2014 for two months until 31st January 2015. The evaluation and selection processes will take place during the months of February and March 2015. The results will be announced on 1st April 2015. Three projects at least will be selected. The funds provided must be used within two years, unless agreed otherwise.

A Steering Committee composed of representatives of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Roberto Cimetta Fund will meet to evaluate this first “experimental” phase and decide if it should be continued or re-defined.

The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication hope that this fund can serve to strengthen projects that emerge following the benefits of a travel grant and at the same time support the financial autonomy of local independent cultural initiatives. 

Applications can be made in Arabic, English and French.

Eligibility criteria of this Fund and conditions for the provision of funds

The eligibility criteria and allocation conditions for the provision of funds are as follows:

   i.      Applications can be made by individuals (artist or cultural operators) or by independent organisations (only small or medium organisations whose annual budget does not exceed 20 000€. Support will not be provided to public or semi-public organisations).

ii.      The applicant (organisation or individual) must be based in the Arab geographical region. Age and nationality are not eligibility criteria of this Fund.

iii.      All contemporary artistic disciplines are eligible: performing arts, all forms of visual arts, literature, music, and cultural policy research…. This fund is specifically for artistic creation and cultural activities. Humanitarian aid or school/university projects are not eligible to this Fund. 

iv.      The project presented must explain how it will develop in the long term and contribute to local cultural development.  Sustaining a project implies any action that will allow the organisation or the action to last. For example this could be by providing a salary to an administrator, buying equipment, renovating a space, undertaking training, building networks…). Support to artistic production can be provided if the production itself can prove its “sustaining” effects. The aim of this Fund is to stabilise projects in their local environment, allowing them to establish recognition and develop their networking capacities. 

 v.   The call aims to offer funds to applicants that have difficulty finding the funding needed for their sustainable development. Proof of co-funding is recommended but not compulsory.

vi.  Special attention will be given to projects that transfer values such as respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, freedom of artistic expression, fair exchange and solidarity. Moreover, applicants must agree with the ethical charter of the Roberto Cimetta Fund. 

vii. Although open to projects from all geographic regions of the Arab world, this Fund will be particularly attentive to projects in rural or suburban areas.

viii. Eligible costs can be operational costs, costs for renovation or equipment, artistic production costs, travel or hosting costs, translation costs, etc. All expenditure must be clearly and chronologically defined in the application. If your application concerns renovation or equipment costs a pro forma invoice will be requested with the application.

ix. An agreement between the project leader and the Roberto Cimetta Fund will be drawn up if the project is selected. This agreement will clearly stipulate the aims of the project, the actions that will take place, the conditions of transfer of funds, the role of the Roberto Cimetta Fund and the monitoring process of the project.

 x. The report that will be required to obtain the final payment will be composed of a written activity report, a detailed expenditure report, proof of communication of the support of RCF and all other proof that the project has taken place (photographs, report from the various actors involved, etc.). 

xi. If the project concerns hosting the project leaders/beneficiaries abroad, or the hosting of foreign artists, it is important that the length of stay be sufficient in order for travellers to understand the local cultural context. This measure favours a proper understanding of the cultural and artistic challenges in a given local context and stresses the need to allow time to build trust between actors; for the sustainability of any artistic and cultural exchange.

xii.  Funding is directly transferred to the account of the project leader (organisation or individual) in the following way: 30% following the signing of the agreement, 50% after the intermediary report (approximately a year after the beginning of the activities), 20% after the submission of the final report and accompanying documents.  

It is possib
le to make a request online as from 1st December 2014 here. You can visit the RCF website at this address:

2015 Festival Returns to Fort Mason — Save the Dates

2015 Festival Returns to Fort Mason — Save the Dates


Support SFIAF with a Tax Deductible Donation on Giving Tuesday Dec. 2.

May 20 – June 7    2015


150 Performances, 60 Ensembles from 10 Countries




The San Francisco International Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that in 2015 we will be moving back to the Fort Mason Center and will be co-presented by Fort Mason as part of its FMC Presents Series. The relationship gives SFIAF access to seven different venues on the Fort Mason campus and the ability to present over 150 ticketed performances by artists from the Bay Area and ten countries in the space of three action packed weeks. The Festival will also feature a major arts exhibition titled Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age compiled by curators Matt McKinley and Hanna Regev as well as multiple educational, residency and outreach activities. 

Put us in your 2015 calendars now: March 1 to buy your tickets, May 20 Opening Night. Also, tomorrow December 2 is Giving Tuesday, please consider making a year-end tax deductible donation to the Festival. It all goes to support performances by the amazing list of artists below.

The lineup of performance artists confirmed to date for the 2015 Festival is as follows: Abada Capoeria, Abhinaya Dance Company, Āine Ryan, Allison Lovejoy, Alma del Tango, Alyce Finwall Dance Theater, Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers with MezoAmerica, Ariel Luckey, Bill Kalinkos, Bob Ernst, Cali & Co., Charline Formenty, Christine Bonansea, Compagnie Artara, Concerto Club with Gabriel Urgell Reyes, Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company, Dancing Earth, Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, devorah major with Brian Freeman and the Destiny Mohammed Trio, Diana Gameros, Eth-noh-Tec, Fogo na Roupa, Francis Wong & Tatsu Aoki with Lenora Lee, Grupo de Rompe y Raja, Horse Dance Theatre, Inferno Theatre, James Cousins Company, Jesper Arin, Kiandanda Dance Theater, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, Krista DeNio Productions, La Misa Negra, La Peche, Laura Inserra, Loco Bloco, Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble, Maboiuch, Madan Oak, Maria Jose Montijo, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, Matt EL, Melody of China & Shih-yang Lee, Olga Kosterina, Project Agora, Punkkico, Sarah Cahill, The Foundry, Theatre of Yugen, tinypistol, Voodoo Cabaret and ZiRu Dance.