TWB Digest

Dear esteemed reader,  we hope so far, your artistic labor continues to bring you joy.
This issue presents 2019 opportunities, events and approaching deadlines.

On the Move has short selection of calls and opportunities with a reference page for deadlines.

Culture 360: ASEF Connecting Asia and Europethroughout arts invites willing collaborators, apply to the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize (Deadline December  31st, 2018) and An Artist Residency in Motherhood (open deadline) and more opportunities here.

If you were following the African Dream campaign for the outstanding 3 African Pepites, click on thislink and find out The talented Africans who won.

Women in the Arts and Media Coalition 
Project Submissions
Script Submissions
Other Resources
Check out this Funding Resources pages!

Words without Borderscovers Afro-Brazilian writing

You are invited to the Syrian Film Program at Queens University
December 16- January 19, 2019.

The Magdalena Project 

Global Participatory Project Climate Change Theatre Action Returns In 2019 Time for action! After two successful years, Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is back, bringing together a diverse community of artists and audiences to foster sustainable change on a local and global scale. CCTA 2019 is a collaboration between The Arctic Cycle, the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and Theatre Without Borders.
In January, 50 playwrights representing every continent as well as several Indigenous nations, will be commissioned to write five-minute plays highlighting the work of our various climate heroes, under the theme “Lighting the Way.” In April, the resulting collection of plays will be freely available to international producing collaborators who will be invited to present an event in their community from September 15 – December 20, 2019, using one or several plays from the collection.
To be the first to hear about the Call for Collaborators, sign up for The Arctic Cycle’s mailing list.


TWB Digest #347

We did nothing wrong.
SAM.A jury just said your behavior was unbecoming of a Marine. What does that mean?
DAWSON.You’re are the lawyer.
SAM.You’re the marine.
A Few Good Men Aaron Sorkin

International Community Arts Festival

Pre-registration of the ICAF Summer School is now open! Hereyou can read our reasons why. Before you pre-register you can read the full programme in EnglishSpanishor Catalan and check out the curriculum, the three modules, and selection criteria for each module and indicate which one you wish to attend. You can pre-register by filling in this form and uploading your CV and letter of motivation. The deadline for the pre-registration is May 18th. Together with our facilitators we will select a group of 60 participants. By June 5th we will let everyone know whether they are selected. (Please note that since space is limited for each of the three modules, we ask you to indicate a first and second preference).
We look forward to receiving your application and hopefully seeing you in Barcelona in July!


Ettijahat Launches the fifth edition of the Laboratory of Arts programme and raises the grant value
Ettijahat launched the fifth edition of the Laboratory of Arts programme. The program will return to its usual course after a special edition in 2017 under the fifth anniversary of Ettijahat. It will cover the usual artistic and literary categories: Animation, Theater, Dance and Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Visual Arts (including Plastic Arts, Installation, Visual and Graphic Design Projects), and Music.
In this edition the grant value has been raised, reaching 10.000 $ for the categories of theater and cinema, and 6000 $ for the rest of categories.
The Laboratory of Arts is a program for supporting Syrian artists. It is aimed at Syrian artists and cultural entities, providing them with the support they need to carry out their creative practices and be responsive to the new places they work in. The program enhances forms of artistic expression to provide opportunities for independent creators to present their artistic works.
The deadline for submitting applications is 30th June 2018.
The application form and the FAQ’s are available by clicking here.


14th International Festival of Making Theater 
Theater of Changes invites, actors, directors, drama/acting school students, dancers, choreographers, singers, acting, voice and movement teachers and finally all those with a vivid interest in performing arts to attend the workshops of the 14th International Festival of Making Theater (In.F.o.Ma.T.), which will be held July 2nd – 7th 2018 at the Theater of Changes, 19a, Tritis Septemvriou str, 104 32, Athens, Greece.
Early registration (till May 31st 2018)
140 Euros.
120 Euros for ToC students.
80 Euros for acting schools student groups(5+) and for previous In.F.o.Ma.T’s participants.
40 Euros for auditors (for those who wish to attend the workshops without participating)
Form more information on the festival see the link below
For more information on the program see the link below

Imkan workshop for cultural leaders in the Arab region
Imkan workshop is still receiving applications for the Imkan training workshop for cultural leaders in the Arab region till Friday, 1 June 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Beirut time. The workshop will take place from 2 till 9 September 2018 in Beirut.

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.)

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:

Arab Film Festival

Arab Film Festival

 The Arab Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 20th annual film festival to be held in October 2016. AFF annually showcases works by independent filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics. This year we’re particularly interested in comedies, animation, children’s films and music videos. Learn more at, and help us spread the word to filmmakers all around the world!

Learn more & register now »

Experts are People

 Experts are People

a contemporary hybrid of traditional investigative reporting and short-form social media coverage.

It is an online collection of voices, responding to questions about complex sociopolitical situations.

The goal of Experts are People is to use conversation as a means to understanding – a primary communication step necessary in moving towards solutions to complex situations.

The line of conversation will be directed by those interviewed – both Slovenians and those traveling from the Middle East into Europe – addressing their own fears and hopes. As well, topics about causation, solutions and the Rojava movement will be included.

warm thanks for supporting this conversation through donations or by spreading the word,

Erin Bell

Experts are People

A traveling festival for social and environmental films!

Green Caravan Film Festival- In the Spring of 2016 they’ll be taking the Green Caravan on a tour to several major GCC cities. There will be screenings in Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Muscat and Kuwait. In each city, they will show a program of Middle Eastern Shorts along with a powerful international feature length documentary, followed by discussion panels and Q&A sessions.
Follow them on Twitter and Contact: for more information.

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

Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco 

Re-orient the way you see The Middle East with Golden Thread productions in San Francisco
Sep. 10–Oct. 4
Featuring plays and artists from Armenia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S., Golden Thread’s ReOrient 2015 Festival and Forum will turn San Francisco into a mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East. With plays, talkbacks, panels, roundtable conversations, a family show, and a recital for Arabic music lovers, ReOrient 2015 is an artistic
celebration and political exploration of this transforming region for curious and engaged theatre lovers and those passionate about international themes.
The ReOrient Festival presents eight remarkably eclectic short plays in two series in repertory.
Website links (with images and summary info)
Here is the link to Facebook event for the festival
And the link to the Facebook event for the Home/Exile panel.

BTS: Exploring the experience of migrants and refugees

If you have been following the news in the Mediterranean, you know that the refugee crisis in the region has escalated to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. How do communities cope? How do artists respond? These and other questions will be debated at Between the Seas during our Special Event: exploring the experience of migrants and refugees.
Roundtable discussion: The Intimacy of Identity?  Tue 9/8 at 12.30pm
Free event. RSVP here.
Organized by UNGUARDED, this live participatory symposium connects members of the Afghan refugee community in Athens, Greece with Unguarded collective and their partners in NYC. The event is dedicated to Empowering the Voice of Refugees. All are invited to the open discussion to engage our performing arts practitioners and human rights activists in a collective effort to illuminate the different modes of approaching communication. How can/do we cultivate community sharing in Performance (Art)?