TWB Digest #342

TWB Digest #342
March 27th,  was International Theatre Day.
Our own Roberta Levitow, together with her friends Julie Hébert & Jill Klein created a series of short videos where women talk about women who have inspired them.
They called the videos “LOOK WHAT SHE DID.”
Roberta talks about a resilient theatre practitioner from Uganda,  the Late Rose Mbowa. Rose Mbowa’s artistry persevered under precarious political circumstances. 

Quote for the week 
“My dream is that The Freedom Theatre will be the major force, cooperating with others in generating cultural resistance, carrying on it’s shoulders universal values of freedom and justice.” Juliano Mer Khamis.
Cultural Resistance Festical of Palestinian Theatre starts this week April 4- 7.

La MaMa Umbria International
Summer, 2018 – Spoleto, Italy
Symposium for Directors: Experiments in Performance Creation
(July 16 – 30, 2018)
Playwright Retreat: Migdalia Cruz
(August 2-12, 2018
This year, we explore cutting-edge experimental theatre that crosses boundaries and intersects with other disciplines. During the 2-week session, you will engage in participatory workshops with all of the following artists.
Semion Aleksanderovskiy (Russia)
This workshop will be devoted to analyze and experience the technology of building relationships between artist and text in the post-dramatic theater. The text loses its status as a subject and turns to be an object. How do we create a character in this circumstances?
Semion Aleksanderovskiy studeied with Lev Dodin at St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, one of the most rooted schools in the tradition of Stanislavsky. His search is also a dispute with the academic school and an attempt to find new ways for development and searching for one’s own system.
Stefanie Batten Bland (USA)
This workshop will explore and increase creativity for makers looking to frame and support alternative productions. This workshop enables action and reaction to learnt and improvised material. Participants will leave with concrete scenic tools and articulate theories to address social and communal issues within work and explore their skills and limits.
Stefanie Batten Bland is a Jerome Robbins Award honoree. Her interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships, the communicative choices we make, and how we fit into space and place.
The Talking Band (USA)
In this workshop, Artistic Director Paul Zimet and Founding Member Ellen Maddow will share exercises and techniques -integrating text, image, music, and movement- that Talking Band has developed for creating its distinctive form of music-theater.  The goal is to discover ways to illuminate the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary life, and to find theatrical frames that enable our audiences to see them anew.
Talking Band: Art functions to break our habitual ways of experiencing and perceiving. Talking Band’s original interdisciplinary performance work has been a cornerstone of New York City’s avant-garde theater community for 44 years.
Krzysztof Garbaczewski (Poland)
In our workshop we we will engage in a process of how to work with actors when developing productions that incorporate Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). We will discuss our process in a context of political and ecological paradigms present in the critical writings of Jerzy Grotowski.
Krzysztof Garbaczewski is a Polish theatre director and set designer known for his elaborate sets and innovative adaptations that cross the boundaries between theatre, film, dance, visual arts, and music. His upcoming project will be presented at The Wooster Group in New York City.
MIGDALIA CRUZ is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: Miriam’s FlowersEl Grito Del BronxSaltFrida, Satyricoño,  & FUR, produced in venues—across the U.S. and abroad—including INTAR, Latino Chicago, BAM, Mabou Mines, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, & Ateneo Puertorriqueño, An alumna of New Dramatists, she was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright, and was awarded a 2016 NYFA grant.  Current commissions: OSF’s PlayON! & Princeton University. In June 2018, Migdalia will teach her third Fornés Playwriting Workshop at University of Notre Dame (Chicago campus).

The Magdalena Project
Read the 5 short pieces about culture and Theatre by Culture 360. ASEF
Funding Arts and Sustainability 
Public Art in Urban Spaces
Culture and Migrations
Cities and Cultures

Kampala Public Art Festival (call for applications)
International Community Arts Festival(Look out for a detailed call for applications.)

TWB Digest #234 January 17, 2018 Issue.

TWB Digest #234
January 17, 2018 Issue.
Quote of the week
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
— Joseph Chilton PearceHappy 2018 Theatre Folk,
We’re back at the start of a promising New Year 2018! We wish you a very happy one.
Here’s what’s up and coming for you:

 Opportunities for Artists:
Company Residencies & International Artists at 2018 Playwrights Lab
“The Banff Playwrights Lab was created by playwrights Tom Hendry and George Ryga in the early 1970s. Celebrating its 45th season in 2018, the Lab has sustained its founding principles of focusing on playwrights and developing new works away from the pressures of a producing theatre.
Each year the Lab welcomes Canadian playwrights and their collaborators, providing each writer a residency tailored to their specific needs with the goal of nurturing, challenging, and inspiring the next phase of their work. Each Lab features several international writer/dramaturg teams, an acting company, and partnerships with international artists and organizations.”
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 43
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada
5th Annual Unplugged “Eco Logical Theatre Fest” on the island of Stromboli in Messina, Italy
June 23rd-July 1st 2018
This is an event we thought you readers might love to hear about, which has received international and Italian accliam. It  is based on theatre, music, dance and other encounters that take place under “the light of the sun and the other stars” (quoting Dante); in today’s words: “totally unplugged”, as it does not rely on the use of electricity for lighting or sound amplification. It is an energy-conscious initiative, creating the opportunity of not using electricity when is not strictly necessary. Viewers and performers are invited to re-discover the timeless arts of theatre, music and dance by establishing a direct and unfiltered relationship, illuminated by the same light, unsupported by any special effects or electric devices. Artists and attendees will have the chance to witness the most famous Aeolian Island with access to theater powered by the Earth and the human spirit.
Contact: for more information 
” An intense experience, a showdown between art and nature.”, 17 July 2015
“Not Equal To”
Written & Directed by Basab Pradhan
Produced by Sindu Singh

 Original music composed  by Pranav Jhumkhawala and Naren Pradhan
(Music here)

Sunnyvale Theatre,  January 21, 2018 @ 2pm
The gripping tale of intrigue, inequality and corporate corruption set in the not-too-distant future of the Indian IT industry.
p: 408-458-9375

Group Discounts
For 6 tickets or more use GROUP6 for a 10% discount.
For 10 tickets or more use GROUP10 for a 15% discount.


International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

Deadline Midnight (GMT) 31 Jan, 2018
Would you like to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service? Writers from around the world are invited to submit scripts for the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018.
The global competition hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the globe by the BBC World Service’s millions of listeners.

                                         THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC.
THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. will present the 2018 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working With Women.
The $1,000 Collaboration Award and additional honorable mentions are designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work.  As the aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines, each collaborative team must be comprised of female members of different Coalition associations, unions, guilds or affiliate member organizations. Eligible teams may submit any form of creative collaboration on a new work that had its first public performance within the last two years, 2016-2018. A Public Performance can include–but is not limited to–a staged reading, gallery show, screening, concert series, festival, etc.
Submissions will be judged on the basis of artistic excellence and diversity.  All topics and subjects will be considered.  Special attention shall be given to those projects which reflect the goals of the Coalition:  to advance women’s work and women’s issues.
The team that has been selected and the honorable mentions will be invited to be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York in October 2018.  Women outside of New York may send a designee to speak about their project and accept the award.
Teams of two or more women working together on the creative project may apply for the 2018 Collaboration Award. Applicants must be members in good standing of two different organizations and/or affiliates with The Coalition.
Member Organizations include: Actors’ Equity Association, Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 AFM, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Communications, New York Women in Film & Television, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Writers’ Guild of America, East.
Affiliate Member Organizations include: BOLD, Drama Desk, International Center for Women Playwrights, Inc., The Lambs, Inc., Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, National Theatre Conference, Professional Women Singers Association, Theatre Resources Unlimited, 365 Women A Year: A Playwriting Project, WomenArts, The Women’s Media Center, Women Make Movies, and Women in Music.
Click Here for Application
Click Here for Funding Resources
The link to the application can also be found online at A pdf of the application may also be accessed in order to work on the submission offline.
Deadline:  The deadline for the return of completed applications is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, February 14th, 2018.  Award winners will be announced by September, 2018.
Send all inquiries and questions to:

La MaMa Umbria 2017
The following artists will be leading workshops at La MaMa Umbria 2017, this Summer in Spoleto. Umbria 2017: International Symposium for Directors.
Symposium Session One
▪ July 17 – July 31
Tamar Rogoff (USA)
Body Scripting for Directors
Andrea Adriatico (Italy)
Documentary Theatre and Film
Chiara Guidi (Italy)
The “Presence” in Representation
Caden Manson (USA)
Digital Devising for Contemporary Performance
Symposium Session Two
▪ August 2 – August 16
Motus: Enrico Casagrande / Daniela Nicolò (Italy)
Furious Diaspora: Theatre Exploring Human Journeys
Moisés Kaufman (Venezuela/USA)
Introduction to Moment Work
Lee Brock (USA)
Encouraging Spontaneity with Actors
Sam Trubridge (New Zealand)
Curating Spatial Design for the Director
Umbria 2017: International Playwright Retreat will be facilitated by Erik Ehn (August 18 – 28)
Writing and Stillness
Immediate writing. Writing as a process of contemplation-in-action, the balance of reflection and construction. Come with nothing and follow through on a thorough gesture. Participants are asked to arrive with a clean slate, and over the course of the workshop, writers will move to a draft of a script, or cycle of poems, or set of drawings, dances…”

Grant: Arts Oasis Residency for performers in Tuscany, Italy!

Professional performers grant announced! This includes dancers, choreographers, actors of dance, physical theatre, drama, musical theatre, contemporary circus artists, movement directors, physical theatre directors and multidisciplinary artists.
The grant covers accommodation and meals
during participation in the international arts residency in Tuscany, Italy.
The program is based at the territory of the XII century Monastery famous for being the place of seclusion for the legendary Dante Alighieri.
Residency dates:
May 25 – June 1, 2016
Arts Oasis is the annual international multidisciplinary residency for performing arts practitioners from all over the world, passionate and inspired by movement, dance and physical theatre, interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from different countries.
The grant applications are considered on the basis of the candidates experience and qualifications. Priority is given to those artists who are able to show their potential to professional development and motivation to participate in contemporary performing arts processes at international level. The number of grants is limited.
For grant conditions and application guidelines, see here
Please Contact: or the Skype: artuniverse for more information!

Nida School of Translation Studies 2015; Call for participants:

Leading Edges in Translation –World Literature and Performativity

San Pellegrino University Foundation

Misano Adriatico (Rimini), Italy

May 18-29, 2015


This year’s session marks the Nida School’s ninth year of providing challenging, specialized training in translation studies to qualified professionals looking to expand their skills, engage with peers, and explore the interface of practice and cutting edge theory. 


Nida Professors: 


Susan Bassnett is Professor of Comparative Literature and Special Adviser in Translation Studies at the University of Warwick, where she previously founded the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies and twice served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. She is the author of over twenty books, including Translation Studies, which first appeared in 1980 and has remained in print ever since. Her most recent works include Translation in Global News (2008), written with Esperança Bielsa, Reflections on Translation (2011), and Translation [The New Critical Idiom] (2014). Prof. Bassnett is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Linguists, the Royal Society of Literature and the Academia Europaea.


Sandra Bermann is Cotsen Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Master of Whitman College at Princeton University, where she also co-founded the program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. In addition to articles and reviews in scholarly journals, she is author of The Sonnet Over Time: Studies in the Sonnets of Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Baudelaire; translator of Manzoni’s On the Historical Novel; and co-editor of Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation (with Michael Wood) and A Companion to Translation Studies (with Catherine Porter). Her current projects focus on lyric poetry, translation, and new directions in comparative literature.


Additional Faculty:


Edwin Gentzler (UMass Amherst)

Christo van der Merwe (Stellenbosch)

Sebnem Susam-Saraeva (Edinburgh)

Anna Strowe (Manchester)

Maria Tymoczko (UMass Amherst)

Marlon Winedt (UBS)

Lourens de Vries (VU Amsterdam)

Becka McKay (Florida Atlantic University)

Applications will be received from December 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015. A fee of €1,200 provides for tuition, housing, and meals. A limited number of partial bursaries will be available to applicants who demonstrate need and merit.

For more information or to apply, go to or contact Dr. James Maxey at

International Directing Workshop in Carrara, Italy

International Directing Workshop in Carrara, Italy

December 15-22, 2014

The workshop includes the intensive practical training and the conference with numerous events.

Place of meeting:
The workshop will take place in the Tuscany region of Italy in the Province of Massa and Carrara. Carrara is the birthplace the finest masterpieces of marble the world has ever seen. The city is located in the fascinating geographical area with unique combination of beauty – the landscape of the proud Apuan Alps and the sky-blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The training will take place in the heart of Carrara historical centre.

Who should apply:
The workshop is highly recommended to practicing directors at the start of career or directors who feel the need to refresh and refill their directing arsenal. The intensive is great chance to improve skills, find new international networks and collaboration. 

Share and exchange your ideas with colleagues from different parts of the world, gain new helpful tools and professional tips under the competent guidance, find new projects and collaboration.

The workshop programme is designed as a multidisciplinary intensive lab with participation and practice together with performers from different techniques and countries.

Please find out more on how to apply for this event on


International Conference is inviting Participants to the marble city of Carrara, Italy!

International Conference is inviting Participants to the marble city of Carrara, Italy!

About us

The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners: 

performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

Conference dates:

18 – 22 December 2014

The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries searching for international network and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theater directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theater critics and arts journalists.

The programme is being regularly updated, please follow the news.

Programme and registration details:


International Conference:"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"Call for Presentations

International Conference:"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"Call for Presentations


December 18 – 22, 2014

Carrara – Tuscany, Italy

"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts.

Theatre – Dance – Music – Visual & Multimedia Art – Arts administration – Theater Design and Technology

The conference meeting is recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international networks and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

Presentation formats:

– practical workshop/master class

– work in progress/work demonstration

– performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions

– interactive talk/lecture/discussion

– photo/video demonstration

– exhibition

– research presentation

– other way of demonstration proposed by Speaker/Presenter can be considered.

The conference working language is English.

The official arrival day is Thursday, December 18th.

The departure day is Monday, December 22nd.

The nearest international airports are located in Pisa, Genova and Florence.

More information & registration details for candidate Presenters and Speakers:


Call for presentations, workshops, papers: Toscana, Italia Dec.19-22

Call for presentations, workshops, papers: Toscana, Italia Dec.19-22

Theatre Between Tradition & Contemporaneity theatre – dance – music – circus – visual & multimedia art

December 19 – 22 – Toscana, ITALIA

The international conference is open to performers, performing arts educators, teachers, artists, playwrights, theatre critics, journalists, theatre researchers, arts managers, arts administrators, arts management educators and consultants, arts entrepreneurs, fundraisers, producers, arts agents and talent managers and from all over the world interested in the research of traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work. The event working language isEnglish.

At the moment we are accepting presentation proposals.

Presentation formats: practical workshop/master class, work-in-progress, performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions, reading/lecture, other way of demonstration proposed by the Speaker/Presenter can be considered.

Application guidelines, registration conditions, hotel and other practical details:

"IUGTE's conference was very well organized and operated on highly professional level, giving oppotunity to the artisting practitioners and as well as academics" 

"The Conference provided me with a new understanding of different training programs in different aspects of theatre and performance from all over the world. The other wonderful part about the conference that went beyond my expectations was the people I met from all over the world, all of them brilliant artists"

"IUGTE Conference is a perfect platform to link up people who work in the performance industry from different cultures. Theatre people are always very generous and are ready to share with other people about their own culture and always welcome people from other cultures to share their own…"

International Physical Theatre Laboratory in Italy

Dates: May 16 – 24, 2014

The Lab is the part of the multicultural artistic project which will creates a unique encounter, meeting point and artistic platform for artists and performers of different backgrounds, genres, techniques and skills in one team – theatre actors, dancers, choreographers, circus performers and multidisciplinary performers.

The most astonishing phenomena of arts appear on intersection of cultures, when languages and borders become conditional. Such cross-cultural fusion provides unique space for artistic exchange and encourages artists to search for contemporary universal theatre language in the performance, the methods of training and rehearsals.

Perfect practical conditions are organized for such encounter.

The group accommodation and food are organized at the seaside hotel centre.

The beach is just 10 steps from the hotel surrounded with the big territory of the pine tree park.

The nearest international airport is Pisa Galilei Airport.

From the airport participants can take a direct train to the town where the venue is located (about 60 min from the airport).

The train station is located six km from the workshop place.

Please bear in mind that the group is forming quickly. Participants should book their spots in advance.

Programme, practical information, accommodation, transportation details and application procedure are available on

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