Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, Brandeis University

Brandeis University
Associate Professor of the Practice or Assistant/Associate Professor (outside the tenure structure)
in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation
APPLY Deadline March 1st, 2019.
Position Description
The minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life (The Center) invite applications for a full-time 9-month position to provide intellectual leadership for our dynamic interdisciplinary minor and to serve as Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, housed in The Center. This is a non-tenured, three-year position, pending positive review at the end of the first year, with potential renewal at the conclusion of three years. The role includes teaching, coordinating faculty development, student advising, planning CAST events, research and creative activities, as well as administrative responsibilities. It is possible that, over time, the position could become year-round. CAST and The Center will offer communities of inquiry supportive of this faculty member’s own research and creative work, ideally at the intersection of practice, reflection and analysis.
60% of the position, or 3 courses per year, will be devoted to teaching. These courses will include:
  • CAST 150b, Introduction to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation. This introductory course is required of all students who join the minor. It should link theory and practice, introducing students to the basic concepts and core capacities of the field.
  • Two additional courses, based on the expertise and skills of the person holding the position. These would also be designated as CAST courses, but would likely be cross-listed in a department in one of the Divisions in the School of Arts and Sciences (Creative Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences). At least one of these two courses serve as one of several CAST capstone courses, meaning that students are learning skills through hands-on practice and also engaging in theoretical inquiry and critique.
Leadership within the CAST minor
20% of the position will involve leadership within the CAST minor, including co-chairing the advisory committee, which includes both faculty and staff; leading or coordinating faculty development workshops (1 – 2/year); advising students; representing CAST on campus; and planning CAST events. In future years, the person holding this position might sometimes also serve as the undergraduate advising head. The position also entails maintaining relationships with donors to CAST. These responsibilities are understood as the equivalent of one course.
Assisting the director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
20% of the position will be devoted to research and responsibilities at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, including attending monthly staff meetings and creating content for Center publications. The holder of this position would be invited to participate in IMPACT (Imagining Together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation), a multi-regional infrastructure for the emerging Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation eco-system, involving artists, cultural workers, funders, policy-makers and researchers. These responsibilities are understood as the equivalent of one core course.
The current co-chairs of the CAST advisory committee will offer mentorship in relation to the development of the core course, the co-chairing of the CAST advisory committee, and the responsibilities of the undergraduate advising head. The director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts will offer mentorship in relation to work in IMPACT and at The Center.
  • Ph.D. or highest degree in field related to CAST, including Conflict Transformation, Literature, Performance, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, Social Policy, Folklore, Cultural Heritage, Art History, Museum Studies, Urban Planning, etc.
  • 5-8 years work experience in the field, such as in public humanities, participatory action-research, community arts practice, evaluation/learning partnership with arts/peacebuilding groups
  • Publication in journals or commensurate creative work
  • 3-5 years teaching experience at institutions of higher education
  • Commitment to developing de-colonizing relationships based on ethics of reciprocity and mutuality with colleagues from different parts of the Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation eco-system (artists, cultural workers, researchers, policy-makers, funders, etc.) in different regions of the world
  • Interest in offering leadership to a small, dynamic academic minor and participating in a global community of inquiry
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as a constructive member of diverse teams, as well as offer leadership and support to colleagues and students
Application process
Review websites
1) the CAST program ( and;
2) the IMPACT initiative; and
3) the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Applications, which should be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at should include
  • a letter of application, explaining why you are interested in the position, the ethical commitments you would bring to it, and how your experiences as a scholar and as a practitioner and your interests equip you for the responsibilities entailed in this position
  • a curriculum vitae
  • letters of reference, or names and contact information for 2-3 people whom we can contact in relation to your application
  • samples of or links to work that highlights your interests and accomplishments in relation to creativity, the arts, and social transformation
Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 25.  March 1, 2019 is the final deadline.
At Brandeis, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission, we value and are seeking candidates that represent a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging and sustaining a pluralistic, just, and inclusive campus community.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two to Five Samples or links to works
  • Two to Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site help popup)
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST)
MS 086
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening Info Page | HowlRound Theatre Commons

The Theatre in the Age of Climate Change convening took place 8-10 June 2018 and was hosted by HowlRound in partnership with Chantal Bilodeau (The Arctic Cycle), Elizabeth Doud (Climakaze Miami/Fundarte), and Roberta Levitow (Theatre Without Borders) in Boston, Massachusetts at Emerson College. This event was one of four convenings selected as part of the HowlRound Challenge to advance the role of the arts as a catalyst for social change. The HowlRound Challenge and this convening was made possible thanks to the support of the Barr Foundation. HowlRound looks forward to being involved as a partner, a resource to amplify future activities, and as another convening participant moving forward. To that end, HowlRound is pleased to announce the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening information page:
Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening Info
Welcome to information about the 2018 Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening.
The Theatre in the Age of Climate Change convening took place 8-10 June 2018 and was hosted by HowlRound in partnership with Chantal Bilodeau (The Arctic Cycle), Elizabeth Doud (Climakaze Miami/Fundarte), and Roberta Levitow (Theatre Without Borders) in Boston, Massachusetts at Emerson College. This event was one of four convenings selected as part of the HowlRound Challenge to advance the role of the arts as a catalyst for social change. The HowlRound Challenge and this convening was made possible thanks to the support of the Barr Foundation. Read the report out on the convening here and see other HowlRound content to date on this topic here.
In January 2015, Chantal and Elizabeth co-led a session on “Cultural Collaboration and Climate Action” as part of the NYC Cultural Mobility Symposium hosted by Roberta, the European organization On The Move, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY. This led to Chantal creating the blog series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, hosted by HowlRound, one of the first theatre institutions to take an interest in, and offer support for, work at the intersection of theatre and climate change.
Two years later, in January 2017, Chantal, Elizabeth and Roberta co-organized a one-day gathering in NYC for a dozen artists and arts organizers already working at the intersection of theatre and climate change, which led to the creation of Climate Lens.
Building on these experiences, the three women then co-organized the June 2018 Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening, hosted by HowlRound, to bring together US and international leaders as well as like-minded practitioners who are investigating how the arts can facilitate and support our transition towards an eco-just and sustainable future. Goals included to: 1) Increase connectivity between people working at the intersection of arts and climate change, which includes anti-oppression and social equity, as well as environmental justice issues; 2) Amplify the work being done through shared resources, mutual support, and events that draw on the strengths and diversity of the network, and; 3) Develop strategies to support emerging leaders in this burgeoning field.
The purpose of this webpage is to share the knowledge, contacts and convening experiences born out of these efforts.  We realize that the The Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening captured the participation of a small portion of the field of artists, activists and practitioners doing this work, and financial and logistical constraints meant many individuals eager to be in this conversation weren’t able to participate.  This is good news, really, because it confirms the growing need for these dialogues and partnerships. We want to offer the structure and purpose of this gathering as a model to be replicated and improved upon in diverse regions and communities within and without the United States. With the goal of expanding the reach and deepening impact of artists addressing climate and environmental justice, it is our hope that hundreds of these kinds of conversations will happen, thus fortifying this growing network.  We would love to share our experience and offer any helpful guidance. If you would like to create a similar convening in your neighborhood using this model, or share ideas, please write to us at:
Convening Resources for Reference
We asked convening participants to share one book about climate change that everyone should read and one artist whose work everyone should know. Check out the convening reading list here and the convening artists to know here. HowlRound has also featured a lot of content on the intersection of performance and climate change. Explore it all here.
Convening Participants
For a full biography of each participant click here.
Chantal Bilodeau (The Arctic Cycle), Catherine Bottrill (Julie’s Bicycle), Alison Carey (American Revolutions, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Una Chaudhuri (New York University), Grisha Coleman (Arizona State University), Xavier Cortada (Florida International University), Rob Davies (Utah State University), Annalisa Dias (The Welders), Elizabeth Doud (Climakaze Miami), Robert Duffley (American Repertory Theater, Emerson College), Jayeesha Dutta (Another Gulf is Possible, Working Films), Alayna Eagle Shield (Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Member), Georgina Escobar (Playwright), Lydia Fort (Emory University), Lanxing Fu (Superhero Clubhouse), MJ Halberstadt (Emerson College), Marda Kirn (EcoArts Connections), Julia Levine (The Arctic Cycle), Roberta Levitow (Theatre Without Borders), Abhishek Majumdar (NYU Abu Dhabi), April Merleaux (Hampshire College), Teddy Rodger (The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University), Dr. Alyssa Schmidt (Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music), Jessica A. Schwartz (UCLA), Dr. Adilson Siqueira (Federal University of São João del-Rei), Cheryl Slean (VisionLA Climate Action Arts), Peterson Toscano (Citizens’ Climate Radio), Meaza Worku (Playwright), Kyoko Yoshida (U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN)).
Events were livestreamed on HowlRound TV—see the video archive here.
Moving Forward: Convening (Outgrowth) Related Events
Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Mexico City, Mexico – 9-15 June 2019 | Working Group “Becoming Porous:  Performing With(in) Climate Chaos” .  The deadline for registration was 29 October 2018, but stay tuned for further updates on this work group.
Links for More Information:
Artists and Climate Change
Climate Lens

Theater & Resistance Symposium

Please be aware of the upcoming Theater & Resistance Symposium co-organized by Jessica Litwak & David Diamond of TWB, Matthew Covey of Tamizdat and Frank Hentschker of The Segal Center.
This will certainly be a rewarding community conversation and I look forward to being there.
Friday, January 12
Elebash Recital Hall, Martin E Segal Theatre Center,
The CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Theatre Without Borders and Tamizdat join forces to present a timely community conversation exploring the challenges and power of progressive activist theater. At this cultural moment many in the arts are seeking ways to bring activism into their work; this symposium will be a platform for sharing ideas and resources. It will inform, empower, recharge, facilitate, and inspire.
A selection of resistant theater projects from around the world will present their work as examples; leading activist artists will discuss the challenges and successes; experts will present on diversity, climate and sustainability, artist rights, artist mobility, and public and board relations. An open discussion will follow. The Symposium is for artists and administrators alike, and is designed to build communities across borders, genres, and disciplines. We will share best practices and learn from our colleagues in the U.S. and abroad.
Scheduled speakers and panelists include: Chen Alon, Chantal Bilodeau, Clarence Choo, Matthew Covey, David J. Diamond, Lilly Fellman, Catherine Filloux, Sanjoy and Sima Ganguly, Sue Hamilton, Frank Hentschker, Souliman Khatib, Julia Levine, Jessica Litwak, Jonathan Meth, Dijana Milosevic, Issa Nyaphaga, Deepa Purohit, Martha Redbone, Ari Roth, Katy Rubin, Nisha Sanjani, Saviana Stanescu, Julie Trebault, Nia Witherspoon, Mia Yoo, and more.
Please register at
For more info contact

Theatre Without Borders [TWB] is an informal, grass-roots, all-volunteer, virtual, global community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre and performance exchange. TWB was born out of a need to connect artists around the world. TWB advocates for theatre artists who see themselves as members of a global community, as well as citizens of their respective nations and cultures. TWB engages with artists at all levels of practice. TWB is not a funder, producer or presenter. We plant seeds and watch the plants grow and develop, thanks to our many partners.
Founded in 1998 by an international group of musicians, Tamizdat is a nonprofit organization that facilitates international cultural exchange. Tamizdat’s mission is motivated by the conviction that the international exchange and mobility of culture is fundamental to the growth of global civil society. Tamizdat has been involved with a wide range of activities aimed at facilitating international cultural exchange… we have booked festival showcases in the U.S. and Europe, organized tours, sponsored events, and for years we ran a CD distribution coalition. Since 2000, Tamizdat’s primary program activities have sought to help the international performing arts community address problems presented by U.S. immigration policy and procedure.

TWB e-letter

Dear reader, as we near the end of 2017, here’s a list of events confirmed to take place in 2018. Apply, submit projects for consideration; good luck!
Alsawari International Youth Theatrical Festival is a biennial theatre festival will be held in the Kingdom of BAHRAIN 1-11 sep 2018. All submitted projects must have received a showcase by March, 2018.  To register
for more information:
Arcola Theatre Call for Submissions: Arcola Theatre wants to discover and share how queer lives are depicted and lived – and how queer stories are told – in theatre around the world.  If you have a play that you would like to share a play  please send it to by December 25th 2017, along with a short synopsis and a 100 words stating why the play would be a great fit for this mini-festival.
TEH Network: Startup Support Programme. Boosting Non-governmental Cultural centers in their startup development. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL 28 JANUARY 2018 | APPLY NOW! 
Performing the World. APPLY NOW. Deadline February 18, 2018.  Application form The tenth Performing the World (PTW) conference will be held in New York City, Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018.
On the Contemporary Performance Network website you can find numerous performance, grants, residencies opportunities around the world. Also, they’ll post your event, call for submission et cetera to their blog. Here’s the online form for you to fill out.
Al Kamandjâti non-profit organization has the pleasure to invite you to celebrate spring and join a very special musical and spiritual journey in Palestine travelling through cities and villages. / Website:
In print: Forward, the second play of the Arctic Cycle, is now available in printForward presents a poetic and humorous history of Norway, from the initial passion that drove explorer Fridtjof Nansen to the North Pole to our present-day anxiety over the rapidly changing climate. Woven through this history is the passionate love affair between Nansen and the character Ice. A blend of theatre, opera, and electropop music, the play progresses backwards from 2013 to 1893 and zeroes in on 40+ characters whose choices have unintended consequences that ripple through the generations.
Forward was developed over the last four years, both in the U.S. and in Norway.
The Trojan Women Project
On the move Newsletter

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:

Performing Americas Creative Exchange grants available  

Please follow this link for full guidelines and application instructions.  You may also find these documents on the NPN website.  For the 2015-2016 grant cycle, NPN is working in partnership with the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs to provide match funds for projects involving artists based in Miami Dade County.  For more details, consult the program guidelines, or contact or305.519.6877 OR 305.851.3342.  Projects from hosts or artists in Miami Dade County are encouraged.

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CALL for PARTICIPANTS in Rediscoveries in One Act: New Approaches to Teatro Breve from the Spanish Golden Age

Join an interdisciplinary team exploring the Siglo de Oro’s instructive teatro breveone-act plays with potent clues for building better ways to teach, stage, and research the richest script library known to history.

Teatro breve from the Spanish Golden Age (c. 1580-1680) includes satires and saint’s plays, star vehicles and character studies, musicals and thrillers, current-events commentaries and gripping meditations on metatheater, written by big-name playwrights – the cream of Spanish stagecraft, compressed for effective study.

In this working session, you’ll get up close and personal with selected entremeses (comic plays presented between the acts of a comedia), autos sacramentales (multilevel meditations staged for public celebrations of Corpus Christi), and their dramatic ancestors, while making significant contributions toward understanding them.

You’ll develop practical applications for incorporating teatro breve into your current work, you’ll pay particular attention to music and movement as tools for building meaning into performances, and you’ll actively engage in assessing, creating, and premiering performance-friendly translations of historically important, theatrically powerful one-acts.

You’ll join one of three teams:  Team Entremés, Team Auto Sacramental, or Team Translation.  Guided by session leaders (see list below) who bring you seasoned experience in a wide range of modern language and theater researches, you’ll collaborate with team members (dramaturgs, practitioners, teachers, and translators from all sorts of backgrounds) to:

Ø    read three one-act plays from the Spanish Golden age, post initial responses on the session’s wiki, and help your team select one play for detailed study (June-July);

Ø    thoughtfully consider context and criticism materials posted by team leaders (July-August);

Ø    compare translations/editions of plays selected for close study, and pose questions about them from performance, pedagogy, or critical perspectives (August-September);

Ø    write a brief position paper or a draft translation in response to questions posed, post this paper/translation on the wiki, and respond to team members’ postings (September-October);

Ø    synthesize discussion points/translation results into a presentation designed actively to involve others at the conference (October-November), and

Ø    present/perform highlights from your research, hear other teams’ reports, and participate in moderated discussion during ATHE’s conference in Dallas (November 7-10).

To bid for a role in this groundbreaking journey through little-studied territory, write us a short statement (350 words) about the skills, interests, and/or experiences that attract you to our exploration of teatro breve.  Please include a brief bio (50 words).  Send your statement and bio as MS Word attachments to by June 3.

We hope to hear from you.  We assure you that complete newcomers to the field will be warmly welcomed.

Ben Gunter, Florida State University,

Karen Berman, Georgia College,

Ian Borden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,

Nena Couch, Ohio State University,

David Pasto, Oklahoma City University,

Susan Paun de García, Denison University,

Kerry Wilks, Wichita State University,

Amy Williamsen, University of North Carolina Greensboro,

Jason Yancey, Grand Valley State University,



la mama presents :   Soulographie: Our Genocides

Tickets are now on sale for Soulographie: Our Genocides! Tickets are $18 Sunday through Friday November 11-16, and $27 per session for the Marathon Performances November 17-18. Call 212-475-7710 to purchase, or click on the links below!

Click Here to purchase for Sunday-Friday, Nov. 11-16.
Click here to purchase for the marathon performance sessions Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 17-18.

Soulographie is a durational performance event looking at 20th century America from the point of view of its relationship to genocides in the States (the Tulsa Race Riot), in East Africa (Rwanda, Uganda), and Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador). We aim to create channels of dialogue through art and conversation.

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