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.

Vacancy Announcement: Executive Assistant/Company Manager: Position: Part time hours, full time heart. ( Heat Collective, New Y

Vacancy Announcement: Executive Assistant/Company Manager: Position: Part time hours, full time heart.  ( Heat Collective, New York)

The H.E.A.T. Collective ( a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to the practices of Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre in the service of personal and social change,  is seeking an Executive Assistant/Company Manager.  


We are looking for a committed, hard working, and creative person to join the H.E.A.T. Collective team.  The candidate must be interested in Theatre for Personal and Social Change and able to manage, create and develop work with a small company in a growing field. Part time hours (flexible) , full time heart- opportunity for full time long-term expansion if appropriate.

The initial contract will be from Sept 2014 – December 2015.

Salary is commensurate with experience and although limited by current funding will grow as funding and infrastructure grows. This is a chance to be a part of a new venture based on years of experience both internationally and domestically.

The job includes opportunities for travel, free participation in workshops, and the opportunity to teach workshops down the road. The person in this position will have the chance to learn about current and previous work in the field of peacebuilding and performance in conflict zones, acquire tools for creative and ethical change and join a worldwide network of thoughtful practitioners doing like-minded work.

Executive Assistant/Company Manager:


1.     People person/close connection- to a democratic, collaborative group as a company member, co-producer

2.     A good sense of PR and marketing – action oriented, creative leadership

3.     Development experience or willingness to learn and master the basics of fundraising

4.     Vision a desire to be a part of something that will grow

5.     Belief in the values of the collective

6.     Business Experience: budget building and maintenance, computer skills

7.     Producing experience and /or interest in learning producing skills

8.     Teaching skills (not essential)

9.     Management skills, managing, hiring – managing, recruiting staff, artists, students

10.   Passion, curiosity, generosity and courage 


1.     Help build and maintain budget

2.     Devising and Implementing PR ideas

3.     Devising and implementing Fundraising ideas

4.     Management: Staff, artists, office, students

5.     Producing 

6.     Teaching (if desired)

7.     Research: grants, residencies, conferences, venues

8.     Event planning

9.     Website maintenance, and web presence

10.   Office management- filing, organizing, emails

The vision of the H.E.A.T. Collective is focused on using Theatre as a vehicle for personal and social change. The Collective functions as a democracy with members filling certain roles, responsible for certain aspects of company life. The collective is open to any and all artists interested in this kind of artistic activism. The core collective consists of five people:

1. AD/Playwright/Producer/Educator

2. Company Manager /Producer/Educator

3. Actor/ Producer/Educator

4. Director/ Producer/Educator

5. TD/ Designer/ Producer/Educator

Each member of the collective is both a producing partner, and a teacher with an opportunity to participate in the creative, educational, and production aspects of the company- with shared mission and equal voice.

2014-2015 PRODUCTION

1. Late summer/fall workshop- My Heart is in the East – NY

2. January Workshop: Emma Goldman Trilogy – NY

3. May/June Production- My Heart is in the East- Los Angeles/New York

4. Fall 2015 Production- EG Trilogy – New York/Washington D.C./Berkeley 

Please send letter of inquiry and CV to

(Interviews will occur July 15-18 and August 15-18 – start date: ASAP)

Jessica Litwak the founder and director of The H.E.A.T. Collective is a playwright, actor and activist.  In her lectures and workshops Jessica demonstrates how the tools of healing, education, activism and theatre
, can work together. This work is a dynamic exploration of the theories and the practices that appertain to performance for personal and social change. We explore how devised, classical, contemporary, and ritual forms of performance can support communities and individuals in conflict.  We examine the theoretical aspects of the work including Moral Imagination, Paradoxical Curiosity, Art of Inquiry, and Conflict Transformation. We learn tools and theories for work with specific populations. We work with Litwak’s Voice Progression (a vibrant and effective vocal and physical warm up) Creative Voicing (performative writing) Character Development, and Puppetry. We produce plays that are examples of excellent craft, useful, generous, provocative art that serves.   Litwak is a Registered Drama Therapist, and a trained practitioner of Playback, Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Theatre of the Oppressed work. Her work has been published by Applause Books, Smith and Krause, No Passport, and The New York Times.  She has taught theatre and performed in Iraq, Lebanon, India, Palestine, Israel, and Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Pakistan and Ukraine. Litwak is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and co-leads Artist Distress Services for freeDimensional. 

Peacebuilding and the Arts Now: January Issue


Notes from the Director

Greetings from Brandeis and a snowy New England!

Last fall was filled with comings and goings. We were visited at Brandeis by Daniel Bryan of the Pachaysana Institute in Ecuador, who works on sustainable development initiatives with communities in the Amazon, incorporating approaches of Theatre of the Oppressed;  Margaret Namulyunga, a playwright from Uganda who is working on the dissemination of Acting Together resources with ReCAST Inc.; Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop), a theatre artist from Thailand with experience throughout Southeast Asia, currently working towards her PhD in Peace Studies;  Nilanjana Premaratna, an artist/peacebuilder/journalist from Sri Lanka, currently working in Australia towards a PhD  focusing on theatre and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal; Kitche Magak, of Western Kenya and Acting Together fame, who spent a couple of days developing a proposal for a peacebuilding/arts network in East Africa.


I enjoyed ten beautiful days in October at Blue Mountain Center, working with Jane and Hubert Sapp on “A Way Out of No Way,” a documentation of Jane’s cultural work practice. We developed material around the theme of ‘resilience’ which we later presented in my class; she and I will offer a version of the same performance/presentation in Vancouver in May. In addition, I briefly visited Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, exploring the theme of “Synergy: Women, Creativity and Peacebuilding” (please read a revision of my paper) and alsoVirginia Tech, where I engaged in planning sessions on ways to improve documentation of cultural work practice. Read a blog post by Jamie Haft about the Virginia Tech gathering.


At Brandeis, students in my Arts of Building Peace class joined me in planning a series of events for the university’s upcoming ‘DEIS Impact: Festival of Social Justice. The events will feature an exhibition of photographic portraits of social justice leaders, and a song-writing workshop and performance/presentation by Jane Sapp.


Please note that the International Peace Research Association secretariat has extended the deadline for applications until February 15th for proposals for the August 10 – 14, 2014 bi-annual conference, in Istanbul. Please consider submitting a proposal for the Arts and Peace Commission!

All the best,


Cynthia E. Cohen, Ph.D., Director

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

P.S. We'd like to hear from you!! Please take a short survey about our newsletter — or send your thoughts about my notes on feminist epistemology, aesthetic ways of knowing and peace building  — or both!

What's Happening

Seeking Lives of Purpose: Images, Songs and Stories that Challenge and Inspire, Feb. 1-10

The “Seeking Lives of Purpose” events series will feature cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp and photojournalist Don West as part of ‘DEIS Impact 2014, the weeklong "Festival of Social Justice" at Brandeis University occuring February 1 through 10. Read full descriptions of the four events in this seriesRead more about our project with Jane Wilburn Sapp: "A Way Out of No Way."

Award-Nominated Book Review by Jean Randich 

Join us in congratulating Jean Randich for being a finalist for consideration in the Los Angeles Press Club's 6th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards for her review of the first volume of the Acting Together anthology

A Review of the Acting Together Documentary by Shoshana Zeldner

Shoshana Zeldner, MA '12, wrote a review of the Acting Together documentary, that was featured by the Compathos FoundationRead her review. The Compathos Foundation is a media production, education and research organization harnessing the power of the arts and media to inspire transformation, global citizenry and social action. 

Read more News and Events.


Featured Student Papers

Left: Kolkata Sanved performers. Photo credit: Sydney Skov. Right: Rozi Levi '13 in Diversity – "What it Means to be Jewish." Photo credit: Michael Elfman '14.


Sharing Stories of the Brandeis Undergraduate Community: Looking at the Integration of a Diverse Student Body Through the Lenses of Unscientific Analysis and Theatrical Performance, by Alia Goldfarb, ‘13

(Senior Honors Thesis, BA in Peace, Confl
ict and Coexistence Studies & Theatre Arts, Brandeis University)

This paper and theatrical piece explore various narratives and misconceptions about the other within the Brandeis undergraduate community. They explore the complex social and cultural diversity within the community and aim to raise awareness, begin new dialogue and move towards policy changes at the university… Read the full paper.

When Dance Saves Lives: The Kolkata Sanved Approach to Moving Against Human Trafficking

by Sydney Skov

(Case Study Paper, Arts of Building Peace – PAX 250, Brandeis University)

Skov reflects on personal experiences teaching and working with young dancers and survivors while volunteering at Kolkata Sanved, an NGO in Kolkata, India, which uses Dance Movement Therapy as rehabilitation for survivors of human trafficking and violence to empower and inspire social change in culturally relevant and trauma sensitive ways. Read the full paper.

View more in our Resource Library.

Jana Sanskriti actors in performance. Photos provided courtesy of Jana Sanskriti.

Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia

South Asia is vibrant in its colours, cultures, conflicts as well as in its arts and activism. The initiatives noted here are a few examples from theatre artists working for peacebuilding in the region, finding their own ways of using theatre to address the ongoing issues. For more information on the work at the nexus of art and peacebuilding in South Asia, please visit our News from the Field page. Our gratitude to Nilanjana Premaratna for her collaboration in compiling these initiatives and resources. Learn more about Nila.

Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed 

Jana Sanskriti is an Indian theatre group based in West Bengal that uses political theatre to address issues of structural injustices and power inequalities. Gender discrimination, labour exploitation and political and institutional corruption are recurrent themes in these plays. Read more and access links to videos and written reflections about the group.

Jana Karaliya

Jana Karaliya is a multiethnic, bilingual mobile theatre group from Sri Lanka that lives and travels together for most of the year. With its multiethnic, bilingual cast that originates from various regions of the country, Jana Karaliya models coexistence and voices issues of social justice at the heart of Sri Lankan society.  Read more about the organzation, read an analysis of the group’s work, and  view their YouTube channel.

Ajoka Theatre

Based in Kabul, Ajoka uses theatre for social change, contributing to the struggle for creating a democratic, just and a secular Pakistan. Through its productions, the group challenges the notions of extremism, intolerance and discrimination. Ajoka is noted for its collaboration with Indian artists and for organising Indo-Pakistani theatre festivals for peace. Read more about Ajoka.


Sarwanam calls for the establishment of democratic values and human rights in Nepal. The group has been active through the various political transitions in the country since early 1980s, performs in their own box theatre in Kathmandu, emphasises mime and uses minimal props in an effort to produce low-cost theatre that is easily accessible across Nepal. Read more and watch a video of a play by Sarwanam.


National Forum Theatre Gathering: Nepal

ZFD peace facilitator Anne Dirnstorfer organized 100 Nepali forum theatre artists in March 2014 at the Kachahari Camp to explore various methods of using theatre for conflict transformation. A documentary produced as an output of the workshop discusses the workshop process and the ways in which participants engaged with their personal experiences of conflict through theatre.  Read more and view the documentary

Read the full blurbs about these organizations. 

Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts

Give & Take, North Minneapolis. Photo credit: Zoe Prinds-Flash.

Works Progress and Give & Take

Works Progress is an artist-led public art & design studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota founded by millennials Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson that creates artistic platforms for people to engage, connect, converse and create with/in their neighborhoods and communities, across creative and culture boundaries. One of their current projects is Give & Take, an interactive open platform event series that asks attendees to share knowledge via presentations, hands-on activities, and socially-focused games, sparking conversation and building relationships across disciplines and social silos. Read more.

Video: "How making art is a practice space for becoming a change agent” by Risë Wilson, Founder of the Laundrymat Project 

Risë Wilson founded the Laundrymat Project, which brings art, artists, and arts programming into laundromats and other everyday spaces in New York, thus amplifying the creativity that already exists within communities to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance their sense of ownership in the places where they live, work, and grow. Watch the video and read the Laundrymat Project blog.

Invention & Creativity Through the Arts (ICTA)

Invention & Creativity Through the Arts (ICTA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Trinidad whose objective is to create a healthy living in communities by using public art to foster intergenerational collaboration, following the concept that “it takes a village to raise a child.” ICTA was internationally recognized by UNESCO as a ‘Caribbean Best Practice in Arts Education.’ Read more.

Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders

“Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders” is a 12-day training for artists and activists age 18 to 32. It provides participants with creative tools and techniques used around the world in peacemaking, prisons, classrooms, theaters, homes, places of worship, and health care, in order to builds artistic skill, leadership ability, and ultimately strong communities. Their fifth annual program will occur July 21 through Aug 1, 2014. Learn more and watch a reflection video made by the 2013 class. 

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds vibrant communities through programs focused on Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. The Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, a current OACC project, aims to preserve the cultural and historical legacy of Oakland’s Chinatown through intergenerational dialogue.

Read full blurbs about these organizations on our News from the Field webpage.

Resources and Opportunities

Contest: “My Music MasterPeace” 

MasterPeace in Concert, Istanbul

Submission deadline: February 28, 2014

“My Music MasterPeace” is a global music competition hosted by   MasterPeace  inviting all musicians of all genres from all over the world to become the opening act of MasterPeace in Concert in Istanbul on September 21, 2014, the UN International Day of Peace. World leaders and musicians such as Desmond Tutu, Angelique Kidjo, Emmanuel Jal and others will be participating. Submissions accepted until February 28, 2014. View the poster and learn more.

Extended Deadline –

Call For Papers: 25th IPRA General Conference 

August 10-14, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

Extended submission deadline: February 15, 2014

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) has extended the deadline for submissions for its 25th General Conference. Read more about the call for papers and apply using the online submission tool. If you have difficulty with the online application, download an application form.

Call for Papers:

Women and Conflict Essay Prize 

The Naval War College Award for Research issued a call for papers on a topic related to women and conflict outcomes, which is designed to encourage outstanding new research that advances understanding of the roles of women during conflict and in conflict prevention and conflict resolution. Submissions are due April 15, 2014. Read more

New Book Release: "The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience" 

Edited by Michelle LeBaron, Carrie MacLeod, and Andrew Floyer Acland

Neuroscience is proving what dancers have known for centuries. This book explores the role of movement in conflict dynamics, expose the limitations of omitting the body from understandings of conflict, explore ethical dimensions of embodied approaches, and propose key strategies for conflict intervention. Purchase via or download the order form


HowlRound designs and develops online knowledge platforms and in-person gatherings that promote access, participation, organizational collaboration, field-wide research, and new teaching practices to illuminate the commons-based approach to theater practice. Their knowledge platforms include : anonline journal; a livestreaming TV network; a New Play Mapplaywright residenciesConvenings & Symposia; and The Weekly Howl.

Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Arts, USC School of Dramatic Arts

Application Deadline: February 21, 2014

The Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Arts at the University of Southern California (USC) invites community-based artists, educators, therapists, social workers and political activists to explore how theatre can be applied to a non-traditional theatrical setting through a rigorous three-semester course of study. Students will culminate their experience in an overseas immersion experience. 

The Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict 

Heller School for Social Policy and Management 

The Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) focus on the challenges posed by intercommunal and societal conflicts in today's world. Since its inception in 2004, the COEX program has become a top choice for professionals who want to better prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts. Students can choose among five degree options to gain expertise in a wide range of practical areas. Read application guidelines and learn more

Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century 

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) publishes and disseminates "Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century," a magazine that shares stories of people, communities, and organizations that are transforming the face of peace and security around the world. Read more and view the latest issue.

New Fulbright Fellowship: National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Application deadline: February 28, 5:00pm Eastern Time 

Fellows participating in the new Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship will utilize a variety of digital storytelling tools and undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Read more.

Read about more Resources and Opportunities in the field.


Peacebuilding and the Arts Now: Special Message from Co-conveners of Arts and Peace Commission of IPRA

Dear friends and colleagues in the Peacebuilding and the Arts Now network,

As co-conveners of the Arts and Peace Commission of the International Peace Research Association, we are writing to invite you to submit proposals for papers and presentations at the 25th Conference of the International Peace Research Association. The general call for papers from the co-secretaries general is copied below. 

Information about the conference and an on-line form for submitting the proposal can be found Proposals are due on December 15th.

The Arts and Peace Commission welcomes proposals from all those working as scholars and reflective practitioners at the nexus of arts, culture and social transformation emerging from all regions of the world and on any topic relevant to our field. We anticipate that some sessions will continue our inquiry into evaluation and assessment of peacebuilding/arts initiatives; others will focus on the theme of resilience; others will focus on emerging ethical questions. 


The general conference theme is "Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values." We invite papers and presentations that interrogate this theme, by addressing questions such as:

  • How do we in the Arts and Peace Commission define sustainable peace? What parameters could make this an ethically desirable state?
  • As artists and cultural workers, how do we understand universal values? Are artistic values universal?
  • What do the arts teach us about the paradoxical relationship between universality and the particular? What are creative approaches to addressing tensions and synergies between the universal and the particular?
  • How can the arts be crafted to expose or reveal ostensibly universal values that are inimical to peacebuilding?
  • How have the arts and cultural practices reflected and engendered values central to sustainable peace and resilient communities? How are they doing so currently? How could they be crafted to better contribute to sustainable peace in the future?
  • What do syncretic cultural practices teach about intercultural communication, the generative engagement across cultural boundaries?
  • Are there universal values that underlie the diversity of artistic and cultural practices performed as peacebuilding initiatives?

Please submit proposals for papers, panels and presentations in other formats using the general conference on-line application form. We look forward to reviewing your proposals!!

Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or ideas!

Cynthia Cohen –

Maria Elisa Pinto Garcia –

Kitche Magak –



Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values

in cooperation with Sakarya University


August 10-14 2014

During the Cold War, ideological confrontations and inter-state conflicts were seen as most dangerous threats against peace and security, and with the end of the Cold War, it was expected that all these threats would disappear. Unfortunately, however, the end of the Cold War witnessed the emergence of new conflict patterns and the world faced new global challenges, new security threats. Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been going through a series of interrelated intra-state conflicts rather than inter-state conflicts. New generation threats for peace and security and conflicts appeared immediately as intra-state conflicts with ethnic conflict in the Balkans, political turmoil in Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and recently with the emergence of protests and search for better democracy and peace as in Northern Africa countries. 

According to the 1994 UNDP human development report, the seven dimensions of human security are economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security and political security. However, with the emergence of new security threats and new generation conflict patterns across the globe, human rights, human security, humanitarian intervention, democracy, prosperity and peace building initiative have become new values and policies both for states and international organizations. All these are post-Cold War concepts that are inter-related and overlapping, and when they are undermined, sustainable peace cannot be established. 

As we observed from the beginning of history that conflict potential and conflicts are inevitable and will be available forever, only the conflict patterns can change. If so, we need to learn to which extent intra-state conflicts can be managed properly and to which extent conflict escalation across national frontiers, and also their escalation into violence, can be prevented. However, there are mistakes as well as success stories as regards to how states and International/regional organizations manage and/or prevent inter-state and intra-state issues/conflicts. 

It is in the context of further contributing to the scholarly debates involving post Cold War political ideology, geopolitics, international and regional cooperation in efforts to resolve or prevent the growing intra-state and cross-border conflicts that IPRA has decided to be the focus of the 25th IPRA General Conference to be organized on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of IPRA and hosted by the Sakarya University in Istanbul, TURKEY, between August 10-14 2014. On the 50th Anniversary of IPRA, the venue of the 25th IPRA General Conference is significant and timely since Turkey is in the middle of three continents and also currently surrounded by conflict zones in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, etc . Also, Istanbul is a link between Europe and Asia. 

We welcome paper, poster and panel proposals from all peace researchers related to the following IPRA Commissions. Interested participants have the option of suggesting new panels or sessions. 


1. Art and Peace Commission

2. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Commission

3. Development and Peace Commission

4. Eastern Europe Commission

5. Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC)

6. Forced Migration Commission

7. Gender and Peace Commission

8. Global Political Economy Commission

9. Indigenous Peoples' Rights Commission

10. Internal Conflicts Commission

11. International Human Rights Commission

12. Nonviolence Commission

13. Peace Culture and Communications Commission

14. Peace Education Commission

15. Peace History Commission

16. Peace Journalism Commission

17. Peace Movements Commission

18. Peace Negotiations and Mediation Comm

19. Peace Theories Commission

20. Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission

21. Religion and Peace Commission

22. Security and Disarmament Commission

23. Sport and Peace Commission

24. Youth and Peace Commission

25. Peace Tourism Commission

For more information please visit

Conference Coordinators:

Dr. Nesrin Kenar, co- Secretary General – IPRA

Sakarya University, Turkey

Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, co- Secretary General – IPRA 

Northumbria University, UK 

Conference Secretariat: 

Dr. Asena Boztas

Sakarya University, Turkey

— Cynthia Cohen, PhD

Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

Brandeis University



Theatre-based Intercultural Collaboration in Southeast Asia: Peacebuilding Opportunities and Obstacles. Announcing events.

Theatre-based Intercultural Collaboration in Southeast Asia:
Peacebuilding Opportunities and Obstacles 
Tuesday, November 5, 2:00 – 3:30
Spingold 111
 Presentation by award-winning Thai theatre artist Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop)
PhD candidate at Payap University, Department of Peace Studies
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Narumol Thammapruksa is an award-winning international theatre artist whose 
work focuses on theatre and creative dance as resources for social activism. Her 
most recent work, ‘The Demon Hero” is a mask theatre performance work about 
an unusual demon who sacrifices himself for peace. In addition to engaging in and 
facilitating puppetry, theatre and dance exchange throughout the Southeast and 
East Asian regions and beyond, Kop works actively with the Tibetan independence 
movement and also on issues of gender equity. Her work has been recognized by, 
among others, the Japan Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Rockefeller 
Foundation, the Arts Development Association of Taiwan, and the Japan University 
Consortium for Peace and Human Security. She is a member of the Arts and Peace 
Commission of the International Peace Research Association.
Tuesday, November 12, 2 – 4:50 p.m.
Slosberg Music Building Room 215
“I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table”:
Resilience, Cultural Work and Development in the African-American 
Presentation/Performance by musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane 
Wilburn Sapp
Jane Sapp is an extraordinary musician and activist who engages communities 
in struggles for social justice through music. She and Cindy Cohen, director of 
Brandeis’ Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, are working on a book-length 
documentation of her four decades of practice, primarily in communities of 
color in the American South. In this performance/presentation, she will discuss 
the conditions that gave rise to the need for resilience in the African-American 
community, including slavery and life under the Jim Crow regime of segregation, 
and the sources of resilience in the African American family, community, and 
church. Songs will illustrate the power of culture to validate people’s experience 
and nourish their capacity to maintain a sense of dignity in the face of forces 
determined to humiliate them.

ADISHAKTI: Source of Performance Energy: A Workshop

Source of Performance Energy: A Workshop



1st Workshop—November 20th to november 30th



Founded in 1981 Adishakti is a performance company engaged in the research and reanimation of traditional knowledges in theatre, dance, music, movement and craft forms — with a view to creating a contemporary hybrid aesthetic and performance language. Over the years it has evolved a largely physical craft for feeding the physical, vocal and psychological expression of the actor based on certain physical forms like Kalaripayattu the Kerala martial art form, breath practices for psychological expression used in Koodiyattam a form of classical Sanskrit Theatre and the rhythm patterns of music which accompany Koodiyattam performance. Although all these forms are rooted in a specific cultural context Adishakti has endeavored to seek out the fundamental principles underlying these practices to make them applicable to a wide constituency of performers: those from different cultural and aesthetic contexts and from different kinds of contemporary and traditional performance.



The workshop aims to equip the participant in the basics of this physical craft and to be autonomous in applying and extending this praxis towards their own performance practice.



6.45 am -7am.: Eye Exercises


As the eyes are an important medium of communication, the workshop will have a 15 minute series of exercises daily, to enable the participants to develop focus and energy in the eyes. The results of this should be evident by the end of 10 days.


7 am -8am: Physical Training of the Body


Body exercises for warm up and flexibility. 

Those exercises will be taught and practiced which, also reinforce recognition of certain centers in the body which initiate the dynamics in the body. The alignment of the body in the structures and stances of these exercises brings to awareness not only that these centers exist but also where they are located. 

This awareness can contribute to the creation of new movements and a new movement vocabulary as well as give the performer a control over everyday movements so as to make them performative. This aspect of the exercises, of putting to performative use the discovered centers, would be taken up in the 5pm to 7 pm session everyday.


The exercises for the 7am -8am session would include :


Kalaripayattu – the martial art of Kerala


Asanas – static postures and stances of the body aimed at concentrating awareness on a particular part of the body


Surya Namaskar – a series of asanas in motion involving the breath in the body and moving from one point of concentration in the body to another


By the end of elecen days the participants would have awareness of the body centers and be equipped with a certain number of body exercises for flexibility and stamina.



8am-9 am: Voice Exercises


Participants would become aware of the physiological elements which are involved in voice production and its cultivation. And they would be put through a series of exercises which are aimed at increasing their physiological capacities to wards this end. There would be a greater awareness of how the voice of the actor can be cultivated at the end of the 10 day session.


The voice exercises would be a take home series, to be practiced everyday.

9 am-10am: Breakfast


10am-11.20 am: Breath Practices for Psychological Expression:


Adishakti has evolved a purely physical craft for the stimulation of emotion and psychological expression. As breath is the physical expression of thought and emotion it 

implies that a particular emotion has a particular pattern of breath. In Koodiyattam practice there existed the knowledge of 8 patterns of breath corresponding to the 8 emotions mentioned in the classical Sanskrit treatise on performance –the Natya Shastra. It is apparent that this codification emerges from a study of breath behavior in every day life.


In this session participants would be taught the 8 patterns of Koodiyattam breath and encouraged to discover the every day breath from which these emerge. They would practice the art of using this everyday breath for stimulating and expressing psychological states.


11.20 am -11.30 am: Coffee Break 


11.30am-1pm: Text and Performance

One of the critical aspects of the actor’s preparation for performance is to know how to start dealing with her text. This session would assist in understanding the energy that vowels and consonants have in shaping the word; then understanding the energy of the sound of the word and its role in releasing significance.

This session would also explore how breath, thought and emotions are related. And the role of rhythm in the internal landscape of the actor.


1pm-2pm: Lunch

2pm-3pm : Rest


3pm- 4.30pm: Learning Rhythm

Rhythm, like the physical image, embodies a preverbal stage in the process of our coming to grips with reality. When words supplant images/sound we loose contact with a direct and fresh experience of reality, for it begins to be provided to us through the indirect agency of the created word. It is enabling for the performer therefore to step back sometimes from the thought and the word and replace these internally with rhythms which correspond; for each emotion and thought has a pattern of breath and each breath has a rhythm. 


In Koodiyattam the rhythm that accompanies the performer is
constant and feeds the performer. It feeds her inner rhythms. The breath that lies behind the expression in Koodiyattam, is one with this rhythm. Each expression, each gesture, each movement of the eye is informed by a breath which has a corresponding rhythm. Similarly all inner motivation is informed by rhythm. 


This session would engage the participants in learning a few patterns of Koodiyattam rhythm. This learning would be extended by application to text in the session from 11am -1pm.


4.30pm -5pm: Tea Break 


5pm-8pm: Concept of rhythm and its application in physical action , text and emotion

 This session would be devoted to extending the learning of the physical skill in the 7am- 8am session into its creative use and application. 

Participants would be given the opportunity to study the notions of rhythm, 

lagu and Guru concept of words .

emotional and speech rhythms of text.

structures of word and Vocal Resonance
Psychological Expression

Time would be spent in improvisations based on this awareness of centers.


5pm-8pm:swimming  and under water voice Lessons 

8pm : Dinner


How to Apply:



To initiate the process for booking please send a small bio of  by email to the following address:

and reach him at the following number


[ if you cant get him please send an sms will get back to you soon ]

As places are limited, send in your forms early.
On hearing from us regarding your selection, book your place by sending an advance of the full fee.

workshop Fee will be R.s. 25,000/- including lesson fee, accommodation on a twin sharing basis, food, laundry, etc.


Payments by demand draft should be payable to ALTAR or Adishakti and posted to: 

Veenapani Chawla, Adwaitam,8 Appavou Nagar, Vazhakulam, Pondicherry 605012,India

For wire transfer the details are given below: 


Name of Account Holder: Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research 

Account Number: 05640200027975 

Account Type: Current Account 

Name and Address of Bank: Bank of Baroda, No 58-60 Vellala Street, 

Pudhucherry 605001 


MICR Code Number: 605012002


Before making either wire transfer  please intimate at
the following email address.
Email :


Tel : 91-413-2622402/287

How to reach Adishakti 

You can reach Adishakti from Chennai {the nearest airport and main train station} by road. It is a three hour journey by bus and a two and a half hour journey by taxi. From Bangalore there are direct buses to Pondicherry which take approximately seven hours.
The Adishakti Campus is 8 kilometers from Pondicherry and is 100meters off the Chennai-Tindivanam-Pondicherry highway/ the Bangalore-Tindivanam- Pondicherry highway.
Should participants need to be picked up from Chennai we could engage taxis which would meet them and bring them directly to Adishakti. A taxi charge for such a pick up is approximately Rs.2500/-




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Announcing: DREAMING THE AMERICAS the 6th annual NoPe – NoPassport Theatre Conference


April 13 – 15, 2012

Arizona State University,

Tempe, Arizona




Re: CONNECTING — Translocalities in Performance


Carrying forward the tradition of gathering together under the NoPassport call to “dream the Americas,” this year the conference moves to Arizona, where many “Americas” meet. Here, responses to questions of social, economic and political justice have assumed new urgency, and the role of theatre and the arts in contextualizing those conversations has never been more important.


The theme for the 2012 conference is “Re:Connecting — Translocalities in Performance,” where we consider how the movements of peoples and ideas, metaphorically and literally in border-crossings of many kinds, have worked to shape the contemporary moment for theatre makers, producers, and            audiences.


This year’s conference is sponsored by NoPassport theatre alliance and press, and hosted by the Theatre and Performance of the Americas program of the Arizona State University School of Theatre and Film, in association with Performance in the Borderlands, an initiative of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University-Tempe. Additional support comes from the Armenian Dramatic Arts              Alliance, Tucson’s Borderlands Theater and PASOS Peace Museum. NoPassport is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.


Initiated and Curated by Caridad Svich (Playwright, founder, NoPassport)

Conference Co-Planners Tamara Underiner (, Micha Espinosa (, and doctoral students in Theatre and Performance of the Americas (ASU)

Conference Steering Committee: Elaine Avila, Daniel Banks, Brian Herrera, Oliver Mayer, Jeff McMahon, Anne Garcia-Romero, Jon Rossini, Roberto Gutierrez Varea


Registration: $25 two-day pass

Student rate only: $5.00

All conference pre-registration is via donation online at

Conference locations and interactive maps:


Lyceum Theatre and Lobby, Arizona State University-Tempe.


PAUL V. GALVIN PLAYHOUSE: for Saturday evening performance of House of the Spirits:


NOTE: Theatre tickets for Friday and Saturday evening performances can be purchased through the Herberger Box Office at Priority seating for those who reserve tickets by April 1.

ACTING TOGETHER screening at Santa Fe Art Institute

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Welcome to the SFAI's 2012 Season of Programming

HALF LIFE: Patterns of Change
Social, Urban, Cultural, Environmental

Theatre Without Borders and the Santa Fe Art Institute Present:

Acting Together on the World Stage:

Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
documentary film screening & panel discussion



Monday February 13 @ 6pm

Tipton Hall

on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design



The feature documentary Acting Together on the World Stage highlights

courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in

conflict zones. Panelists include Roberta Levitow and Daniel Banks,

Ph.D., founding members and co-directors of Theatre Without

Borders, as well as painter and installation artist Jorge De la Torre. 


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Acting Together Trailer

 For more information about the film and about Theatre Without Borders, please visit our blog.

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Please consider supporting the SFAI with a donation, your contributions make a world of difference. Thank you!

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Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence (Acting Together Project, Brandeis University)


Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence 

December 1-2, 2011
Brandeis University

This two-day symposium will explore the performative dimensions of justice-seeking in the aftermath of violence. What do public ritual, theater, truth commissions and criminal trials offer as justice-seeking strategies? How does performance satisfy the human need to understand violence and reconstruct dignity in its wake?

Symposium sessions will run all day Thursday and Friday and explore justice-seeking performances in Peru, Cambodia, and the United States. 

View resources to learn more about the issues that will be examined at the symposium.

Symposium highlights include :

Thursday, December 1, 2011

5:30 pm, Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium
Reception and booking signing of Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict

6:30 pm, Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium
Keynote by Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres, President of Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2001-2003). 

Friday, December 2, 2011

12:30 pm, Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Performance of "Biro" written by Ntare Mwine, performed by Charles Mulekwa, Uganda
Preceded by refreshments at noon!


Lead-up film series exploring the themes of the symposium

All screenings are Mondays at 6pm in Heller G2 at Brandeis. Pizza and drinks provided. More info about the films here.
*November 14: My Neighbor My Killer – Local justice after the Rwandan genocide

*November 21: Two Rivers – Native American reconciliation in northern Washington State

Past screenings: 
October 3: The Reckoning
 – Seeking justice for crimes against humanity
October 24: State of Fear – A nation wages a war on terror and loses its democracy….
October 31: Fires in the Mirror – What happens when ethnic tensions in an American neighborhood explode into violence?
November 7: War Don Don and Fambul Tok – Trials and healing in Sierra Leone

For background on the contributions of theatre and ritual to justice and conflict transformation, please visit Read summaries of case studies online and watch short videos about justice-seeking performances in Cambodia, Peru, and the United States. The AT anthology and documentary can be ordered from links at that site.

This symposium is hosted by the Center in collaboration with Northeastern University School of Law, and cosponsored by African and Afro-American Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Legal Studies, Mandel Center for the Humanities, the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict, the Office of the Arts, and the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program.

Please be aware that symposium parking is in the Charles River lot, a fifteen minute walk from the venue. Signs will be posted guiding you from the lot to the venue. If you are mobility impaired, please speak directly with the Office of Public Safety. For a campus map and directions, click here.

All events and the symposium itself are free and open to the public.
Space is limited! Arrive early; registration not required. 
Questions? Contact






International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
Brandeis University
415 South Street | MS 086
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

"Women, Media, Revolution": Women PeaceMakers Forum, Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego

2011 Women PeaceMakers Forum
"Women, Media, Revolution"

October 5 – 7, 2011
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre 
Events are free and open to the public

Women Media Revolution

“Women, Media, Revolution” is a free public forum to encounter frontline journalists, filmmakers and social media citizen activists engaged in the critical examination of women in conflict and how they are using their voices in a revolution against ongoing political and cultural violence.

Coverage of women during conflict often focuses solely on violations of women’s rights to physical security and psychological well-being. It must also unmask the cultural traditions that deny women’s human rights and involvement in decision-making that could change the course of violence in their communities.

Click here for Participant Biographies


Wednesday, October 5, 4 – 6 p.m.

West Coast premiere and panel discussion of a documentary film on artists, peacebuilders and community leaders who use theatre to speak truth to power.

  • Cynthia Cohen, Companion Anthologies and Tool Kits
  • Catherine Filloux, playwright
  • Roberta Levitow, Theatre Without Borders


Wednesday, October 5, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Screening and discussion of an award-winning film on the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the strategic uses of rape as a military weapon.

  • Isle van Velzen, director
  • Femke van Velzen, director
  • Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies
  • Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, IPJ Woman PeaceMaker from Democratic Republic of the Congo


Thursday, October 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

A panel of esteemed female journalists will examine the value versus the cost of gender sensitive reporting in conflict areas.

  • Prue Clarke, Times of London and New Narratives
  • Jina Moore, Christian Science Monitor and Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting
  • Sharon Moshavi, Boston GlobeForbes and New Initiatives at the International Center for Journalists
  • Jennifer Freeman, IPJ Women PeaceMakers Program Officer


Thursday, October 6, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

“The Sari Soldiers” is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the king’s crackdown on civil liberties. This screening is in partnership with the 12th San Diego Asian Film Festival, which will take place October 20-28, 2011.

  • Julie Bridgham, director
  • Dee Aker, 10-Year Nepal Peace Initiative at the IPJ


Thursday, October 6, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

A panel of new media pioneers will discuss confronting and counterbalancing large corporate-influenced news outlets.

  • Prue Clarke, Times of London and New Narratives
  • Cristi Hegranes, Global Press Institute
  • Jennifer Pozner, Women in Media and News
  • Kate Daniels, The Women’s International Perspective


Thursday, October 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. "Peace Unveiled" follows three women who immediately began organizing to make sure that women's rights would not get traded away in the deal. Learn more about the new PBS series "Women, War and Peace."

  • Gini Reticker, director


Thursday, October 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

We kindly ask that you RSVP for this lecture by clicking here.

Zainab Salbi is founder of Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. Salbi will discuss how her organization's use of media has supported development projects for women in post-conflict countries, strengthened rights for women in those areas and helped bridge religious divides. This lecture is part of the Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series and the Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series on Women, Children and Human Rights.


Friday, October 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Panelists will discuss new, fertile approaches to getting citizen activists heard. What are the most powerful media tools for a people's revolution or evolution?

  • Sapna Shahani, WAVE India
  • Heather Ford, USHAHIDI
  • Jade Frank, World Pulse (invited)


Friday, October 7, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Yasmine Ryan of Al Jazeera, Mandira Raut of Today's Youth Asia TV and other journalists to be announced will join the discussion on a virtual platform.

Friday, October 7, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

“The Price of Sex” follows young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe.

Friday, October 7, 2:15 – 3 p.m.

In summation of the public forum, the four 2011 Women PeaceMakers in residence will look back on our three days of exploration of how media can make a difference. Joining them will be the four Peace Writers who are documenting the peacebuilders' stories during their residency.


Friday, October 7, 3 p.m.
Garden of the Sky behind the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice 

Presented by the Women PeaceMakers Program of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, co-conveners of this forum include 
World Pulse, Women Make Movies, Fork Films, Global Press Institute, The Women’s International Perspective, Women in News and Media, Ushahidi and WAVE India. 

The Women PeaceMakers Program is made possible by a grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation.