Melanie Joseph Reports from the U.S. World Social Forum

From Melanie Joseph, Artistic Director, The Foundry Theatre:
Hi everyone, 
I’m recently back from the first ever U.S. Social Forum and I’m delighted to report that it was exponentially better than I expected.  Sunder is inviting a bunch of us who were there to come to Solas bar on E 9th street on Saturday the 21st for an informal download with anyone who would like to join us.  We’ll be there from 5pm to 9pm.  He will be sending out a separate invite but in the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of impressions while they’re still jumping around in my body. 
First off:  the whole event went off without a hitch — it was well organized:  things happened when and where they were supposed to happen; geographically, all the sites that housed the workshops, events etc. were easy to navigate, and other than the fact that Atlanta rolls up the streets at 10pm, the city was hospitable and helpful if a little perplexed by how many of us there were: more than 10,000 participants; about 85% were people of color, plus I’d say more than half were under 35.  There was a significant presence of indigenous peoples there – another  terrific surprise AND it there were women women everywhere. It was pretty glorious to be amidst a genuinely diverse grassroots gathering of people from THIS country  –  a first for most people there. I learned so much I’m still trying to get my bearings.  Sadly, there weren’t many artists present as far as we could tell.  There was a small film festival and there were performances at 7 Stages every night; Ralph Pena brought down the whole Ma-Yi playwrights lab, and Bonnie Metzger and Rha Godess were there along with Sunder and me.  But we didn’t run into any other colleagues. I remain hopeful that this will change perhaps for the next one (or for the next WSF in Jan 2009 that will be held in in Belem Brasil  — which is in the Amazon for heaven’s sake!)
There were about 900-some odd workshops, panels etc organized by the people who came (3 time slots/ day/ 3 days) and there were 2 large plenaries each night (programmed by the USSF organizers.)  
One of the framing devices (the first plenary) was parsing through the fall out from Hurricane Katrina.  It’s amazing how many issues are contained in the political and social disaster that that region of the country has become – race, immigrant rights, health care, gentrification, economics, endless human rights abuses,  corruption, international politics.  It was a brilliantly comprehensive place to begin this forum. One of the jaw-dropping things we learned was that there is by all accounts, a sanctioned slave trade of workers from Central and South America going on down there, made possible by a new “guest worker” visa developed from the principles of NAFTA.  These workers can actually be sold from employer to employer, and it’s legal.  So not only is there incredible black-brown racial tension as a result of all these workers coming up here and all the local unemployment; not only has there been a marked rise in homelessness as a result of busloads of workers being literally dumped out on the sidewalk because the ’employers’ who bought them didn’t exist in the first place; not only is the rebuilding in Mississippi only focused on new casinos so thousands of people remain homeless; but the levee repairs thus far only benefit white neighborhoods, the 9th ward is in exactly the same jeopardy as it was before.  The list goes on and on — BUT what was inspiring was to hear from all the incredible people working on these issues locally in the gulf coast – I am still gathering up all I found out and if anyone is interested, I’d be happy to send along more information as I parse through it all. 
There was a lot of knowledge sharing/popular education going on at the workshops — many of which were designed to help people better understand the various ways neoliberalism impacts local issues in their communities. I heard what might be the clearest analysis of the evolution of a “global city” — in this case Miami.  (this term is part of a recent field of geographical economics that’s looking at globalization on the city level — maybe 10 years old now).  It was an awesome overlay for understanding the ways NYC continues to evolve as a city for the rich and the poor.  So I was also really excited to come across a new alliance that’s just beginning to form called the Right to The City, that links local activists of color from around the country who focus on local, urban issues.  I attended a terrific workshop about this initiative where they connected the dots, city by city, between gentrification and zoning laws, and homelessness and ecological issues to the business of international banks and NAFTA and various other global institutions. Enlightening. Throughout the Forum it felt like there was a real groundswell of energy coming from framing change in this way i.e. taking on our own cities/neighborhoods/communities while building a national alliance of folks with a simillar focus.  Plus I couldn’t help thinking that the Right to the City process might be something artists could really take part in – especially given our own issues of affordable housing and work space, and the ways we’re used to gentrify affordable neighborhoods out of existence.  Here’s an article about their 1st meeting  
More about this as time unravels. I attended another workshop in this vein organized by the Institute for Policy Studies and The Cities for Peace campaign about the proliferation of “municipal foreign policy” actions in U.S. cities. It explained how local communities take direct action on foreign policy initiatives – city councils passing resolutions against the war, in support of the Kyoto Accord, against the Patriot Act.  There were all these amazing city council people from Chicago, San Fran, Kalamazoo, Iowa City etc.  — I wish one of them would run for President!  IPS is planning to do a Municipal foreign Policy Training Day in about 6 months.  I’m hoping they will bring it here to NYC … I’ll keep you posted. 
I also met an amazing group of medical workers who are practicing social medicine here in the States — – and in NYC at Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Hospital!  I knew almost nothing about the growing movement of this health care approach.  It’s a hugely inclusive approach to health care that underscores its treatment methods with a deep sense of social politics and humanity.   In fact there is a renowned international school of Social Medicine in Cuba and I met its first U.S. graduate who is now here in NYC and who I hope to invite to do a roundtable with us.  One of the doctors I met told me that at her AIDS clinics in Haiti, when people come they don’t ask for AIDS medicine, they ask for food.  The understanding is that the principal disease is poverty and medical treatment has to address this as well.  Doctors For Global Health is one of the org’s here and what’s cool about their mandate is that they include the right to art as a one of the factors of promoting a healthy community.  Their website is   I am hoping to organize a gathering with some of these folks in the fall.  Stay tuned.
All this to say: I am under the cautious but secretly inspirited impression that there’s a future actually growing here in these United States — I’ve heard it said that there is a burgeoning grassroots effort already at work in this country — and judging from what I saw at the USSF, it’s much more powerfully poised than I even suspected or imagined.  
Of course I had a number of critical thoughts as well – some warning thoughts waft in and out of what I saw at this USSF but I am feeling they may be less of a stopping critique than fodder for the discussion of what’s next.  Point is, I feel a next — here.  Makes me want to stay for a bit longer in this city, in this country … just to see what happens.
Sunder and Bonnie went to a whole other set of workshops and had their own eye-opening experiences.  Hope lots of you will be able to drop in on the 21st for their impressions. Plus Sunder is inviting lots of people we met who are not artists so it should be an interesting crowd.  Hope to see you on the 21st.
Melanie Joseph
Producing Artistic Director, The Foundry Theatre  (T) 1-212-777-1444  (F) 1-212-777-1441
140-142 Second Ave.  Ste 405 New York, NY 10003  U.S.A.

Int'l Acting-Directing Laboratory in the Ukraine

Dear Colleagues,


International University "Global Theatre Experience" (IUGTE) under support of "Art Universe" has announced the competition for free participation in the International Acting-Directing Laboratory for directors, actors, dancers, choreographers and teachers interested in collaboration perspectives in Ukraine for 2008-2009.


The Lab will take place on August 27 – September 1, 2007

at Donetsk Academic State Theatre of Opera and Ballet

Donetsk , Ukraine


To apply, please send your detailed CV and a brief letter of motivation to Places are limited. 

The project is supported by Donetsk Region State Administration Department of Culture and Tourism.


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7th Congress of the International University Theatre Association in Mexico

Dear colleagues
Estimados colegas,
Chers collègues,
As you know, IUTA's 7th World Congress will take place in Puebla (Mexico) June 2-6, 2008. The event is hosted by la Benemerita Universidad AutÓnoma de Puebla. You can already visit the Congress'website (still under construction) at:
Comme vous le savez, le 7e Congrès mondial de l'AITU aura lieu à Puebla, au Mexique, du 2 au 6 juin 2008. L'événement est organisé par la Benemerita Universidad AutÓnoma de Puebla. Vous pouvez d'ores et déjà visiter le site du congrès, encore en construction, à l'adresse suivante:

 Como usted sabe, el 7mo Congreso mundial de la AITU tendrá lugar a Puebla, en México, del 2 al 6 de junio de 2008. El acontecimiento es organizado por el Benemerita Universidad AutÓnoma de Puebla.  Usted puede visitar ya el sitio web del Congreso (aún en construcción ) en:
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Accepting Submissions – hotINK Int'l Play Festival at NYU

hotINK 2008January 26-28, Feb 2 & 3, 2008  About hotINK Now in its 7th year, hotINK is an international play reading series, presented by Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, that has featured plays from Austria, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Québec, Serbia, Syria, The Netherlands, the U.K.and the U.S.  The series brings together professional playwrights, directors and actors with the talented students and alumni of the TSOA Drama Department Undergraduate Acting Studios. 

Previous festivals have presented work by U.S. writers such as Migdalia Cruz, Anton Dudley, Ain Gordon, Jeffrey Hatcher, Len Jenkin, Heather McDonald, Keith Reddin and Mac Wellman; directors have included Melia Bensussen, Robert Kalfin, Paul Lazar, Steve Mellor and B.D. Wong; working with students, alumni and guest actors such as Mireille Enos, Giancarlo Esposito, Joe Grifasi, Jessica Hecht, Jayne Houdyshell, Ellen McLaughlin, Joanna Merlin, Tom Oppenheim, Larry Pine, Jay O. Sanders and Michael Stuhlbarg.

  Submission Guidelines ·         Submission deadline: Postmarked by September 15, 2007.·         Full-length plays, in English, which have not had productions in the U.S. are preferred, but one-acts will be considered.  We are currently unable to consider musicals.·         Include in your submission: contact information, a writing resume, a short bio and a cast of characters, each briefly described.·         Send submissions to:
Melissa Parrish, Literary Associate
hotINK 2008
Department of Drama
Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 ·         Please be advised that materials will not be returned.  Selected playwrights will be contacted by mid-November.·         Due to limited resources, hotINK may not be able to cover the cost of travel or housing for selected playwrights, but will work with international artists to secure funding from other sources. For more information, contact hotINK festival director Catherine Coray at 212-992-9349 or at

Emergency Playback Theatre Europa

Emergency Playback Theatre Europa
A training seminar taught by Jonathan Fox in Máriahalom, Hungary from
September 14-17, 2007
When disaster strikes, people desperately need a forum to share their
stories, and playback theatre can be a wonderful resource. The purpose of
this workshop is to acquire tools for delivering playback theatre to
communities suffering from a natural or civil emergency.
It will help you know what needs to be done practically, ethically, and
artistically to fulfill playback theatre’s potential to serve a people in
crisis. Jonathan’s teaching will be informed by learning from the recent
Playback Theatre Katrina Relief Project in New Orleans.
For more information, email the Centre for Playback Theatre: or visit web site:
Jonathan Fox, Director
Centre for Playback Theatre
School of Playback Theatre
PO Box 714, New Paltz, NY 12561 USA
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Puzzle Project "Conflict?", Romania, Jul 20-27 (deadline: Jun 25) A week- long cooperation between artists coming from well-known "conflict areas", held in Bucharest, applications invited in several art forms. International Videodance festival, Montevideo, Uruguay, Sept 07 (deadline: 1 Aug) Applications invited for FIVU 07 – video dance submissions welcomed. Avant-Garde Dating, Berlin (deadline: 20 Jul) An experimental dating service investigating issues associated with contemporary relationships invites artists to apply for a unique experience. 'Best German Dance Solo' (open to all nationalities), Leipzig – deadline 30 Sept euro-scene Leipzig, festival of contemporary European theatre and dance, calls for the submission of entries to the international competition. Fronte[i]ras 07, Portugal/Galicia, Sept (deadline: 22 Jun) International Meeting of Transdisciplinary Arts – open call for artistic projects for residencies to be held on Portuguese/Spanish (Galicia) border in September 2007. International solo theatre festival, Lima, Peru (deadline: 30 July) Ni Tan Solos – call for submissions of solo theatre pieces for festival (call in Spanish). Creative Forum for Independent Theatre Groups Europe-Mediterranean, Alexandria, Egypt, 1-10 Feb 2008 (deadline: 30 Sep) All theatre groups that come from Europe and/or Mediterranean are invited to apply for the 5th Creative Forum in Alexandria.


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Caucasus & Central Asia

Introduction to Theatre in Central Asia & Afghanistan: NEW updated version Lots of downloads to date of IETM's new edition of this special regional report – check it out for contacts and profiles of the theatre scene in Afghanistan, Kakazhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Applicants from Caucasus now eligible for STEP beyond mobility programme Applicants from the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Turkey invited to apply for the STEP beyond mobility program of the European Cultural Foundation.

Work opportunities

Audition call, Tenerife Danza Lab, Jul 20-22 (deadline: Jul 11) Great work opportunity from the contemporary dance laboratory project of Auditorio de Tenerife in Canary Islands – open to professional dancers – for a work contract Sept 2007 – June 2008

Partner search

Cultural Meeting Point – partner search portal An extensive partner search portal from the European Cultural Contact Points aimed at finding partners for EU cultural funding programmes – provided by Spanish CCP.


Theatre information gateway for Russia – new web resource A great new web resource of Theatre Union of Russia – a theatre information gateway for Russia and about Russia – in English and Russian. DBM – new website and resources Excellent new website from DBM Mediterranean Dance Network, an independent membership organisation – check out the new Mediterranean Dance Map project. Intercultural Dialogue – new research resources Some interesting new resources on intercultural dialogue: the ERICarts webspace with links, good practice examples and much more and the Interculture Map analysing the various areas where intercultural experience can take place. 

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