Peacebuilding and the Arts Weekend Intensive

Please join the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University in our first-ever weekend intensive on peacebuilding and the arts from April 1–3.  It offers an opportunity for artists, cultural workers, peacebuilders, educators and policy-makers to join our community of practice, learn from exemplary projects, and think through their own work with tools and frameworks emerging from our collaboration with Theatre Without Borders.

The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life launches our documentary Acting Together on the World Stage, on Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Please join in the conversation and a reception celebrating the completion of this film, many years in the making. 

Continue reading for details of these and other events and resources.


April 1–3
Weekend Intensive:

April 6
Creating a New Story: Ritual, Ceremony and Conflict Transformation between Indigenous and Settler Peoples.
9:10am–12:00pm: Heller School Room 163, Brandeis University
Open session of PAX 250: The Arts of Building Peace, led by Dr. Polly Walker

April 8–10
Weekend Intensive (Session II)
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development
*Postponed until October 21–23, 2011

April 12
Acting Together on the World Stage
Documentary Screening, Conversation and Reception
4 p.m. Shapiro Campus Center, Carl J Shapiro Theater
Free and Open to the Public

April 12
The Nexus of Arts and Social Transformation: A Roundtable for Leaders in Higher Ed
Mandel center for Humanities, Reading Room 303
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.


October 21–23, 2011
Weekend Intensive:
Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development

October 23–24, 2011
Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence
A conference exploring performative dimensions of public ritual, theatre, truth commissions and trials


ANTHOLOGYActing Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, a two-volume anthology edited by Cynthia E. CohenRoberto Gutierrez Varea
Polly O. WalkerVolume I: Resistance and Reconciliation; Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities. Forthcoming in 2011 from New Village Press

DOCUMENTARYActing Together on the World Stage, feature-length documentary by Cynthia Cohen and Allison Lund.  Available for purchase in June, 2011. 

TOOLKITActing Together on the World Stage: A toolkit for continuing the conversation, created by Cynthia Cohen, Allison Lund and Polly Walker.  Glossary now available on-line.

Sponsored by the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life

Naoe Suzuki, Senior Program Coordinator
Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life
Brandeis University
MS 086
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
781-736-5001 (phone)
781-736-8561 (fax)

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ICAN Conference 2010 – EXCHANGE: Collaborative Arts/Conflict Transformation

Collaborative Arts / Conflict Transformation              
Conference 1:  Visual art & Culture 
21st & 22nd October       
Conference 2:  Performing Arts 
25th & 26th October

ICAN is an international network devised by the Playhouse in partnership with North 55. These inaugural conferences will seek to examine and share experiences of arts and cultural work in International conflict, post-conflict and socially disadvantaged community contexts. 
The conferences will consist of presentations given by key international and local curators, artists and practitioners who will provide creative models and innovative approaches to socially engaged arts practice. International speakers will include Mary Jane Jacob (Curator) Culture in Action, Chicago), Bonita Bennett District 6 Museum South Africa, Ursula Biemann Artist, Cynthia Cohen Brandeis University, Erik Ehn Playwright and Mike Moloney Prison Arts Foundation. 
The conferences are aimed at people interested in the power of the arts to advance conflict resolution, reconciliation and social change and are from the arts, culture, education, health and community setting. 

Conference Venue: The Playhouse, Derry / Londonderry
Conference Hotel: The Tower Hotel 
Cost: Free
Pre Conference Launch – Wednesday 20th October which includes ICAN exhibition opening followed by dinner. 
To attend either conference or for additional information contact Edel Hargan or Elaine Forde on T. 02871 268027 or email or download information from

ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.


North – 55

Elaine Forde
International Culture Arts Network
5 – 7 Artillery Street
Derry / Londonderry
Northern Ireland
BT48 6RG 
T. 02871 268027
F. 02871 261884

Art made tongue-tied by Authority: Theatre Censorship around the World, Dublin 2010



‘Art made tongue-tied by Authority’:

Theatre Censorship around the World

Royal Irish Academy, Academy House, Dublin,

23rd – 25th September 2010



The study of censorship is vital to understanding the relationship between cultural production and the state, and theatre, as a medium with the potential to make direct and immediate connections with society, has often been subject to particularly severe control. Though censorship is often associated with authoritarian regimes, it has also been present – often in more insidious forms – in democratic states.


This major international conference offers scholars from various disciplines the opportunity to come together to compare experiences and studies of theatre censorship from various countries and periods. Participants will include academics, playwrights and other theatre professionals. The conference will be linked to the Dublin Theatre Festival (Sept-Oct 2010).


The playwrights Fernando Arrabal (Spain and France) and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti (UK) have agreed to take part as key speakers.


This event is part of the AHRC-funded project on Theatre Censorship in Spain (1931-1985) Website:



Suggested thematic areas for papers include but are not limited to:


·      Religious censorship

·      Political censorship

·      Sexual morality and the stage

·      Cultural policy and the state

·      Censorship in democratic states

·      Censorship and authoritarian regimes

·      Performance and freedom of expression

·      The effects of censorship on writers, directors and performers

·      Censorship legislation

·      The legacy of censorship



Proposals (200-250 words) are invited for papers of 30 minutes, on any area of research relating to theatre censorship in any part of the world. Abstracts for papers should be submitted electronically to the Conference Organizer, Dr Catherine O’Leary, Dept of Spanish, National University of Ireland, Maynooth ( by 31st January 2010.


To facilitate communication we ask all contributors to write their abstracts and present their papers in English. (We may be able to arrange for Spanish-English interpreting, possibly with the help of the Instituto Cervantes: please let the organizer know if you would require this.) Please also supply a short bio-bibliographical statement and indicate your requirements for audio-visual eq


A selection of peer-reviewed essays based on papers given at the conference will be published.


Any queries may be addressed to:

Dr Catherine O’Leary, Dept of Spanish, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), Maynooth Co. Kildare, Ireland.  Phone: +353-(0)1 7086116





IV Encuentro de Arte y Paz de Gernika 2009 – IV INTERNATIONAL ART AND PEACE MEETING

Lagun agurgarri hori,
Honekin batera, Atea eta bakearen Nazioarteko IV Topaketaren inguruko informazioa helarazten dizut, zure interesekoa izan daitekeelakoan. Topaketa hau urriaren 15 eta 18a bitartean ospatuko da Gernika-Lumon eta inskripzioa dohainekoa da. Informazio gehiago nahi izanez gero, gurekin jar zaitez kontaktuan edo web orrialdean begiratu
Estimado/a amigo/a,
Te enviamos la información importante sobre nuestro IV Encuentro Internacional sobre Arte y Paz bajo el título “El Arte en medio del conflicto” que tendremos en Gernika-Lumo entre los días 15 y 18 de octubre.
Aprovecha a inscribirte si no lo has hecho aún(inscripción gratuita).
Te adjuntamos el programa por si fuera de tu interés o de cualquier otro contacto tuyo al que le pudieras pasar esta información.
Puedes tener información completa en la web
Dear friend ,
Here we enclose you information about our Iv International meeting on Art and Peace “Art in the middle of conflict” , this year very much dedicated to Music, photography and other arts.
Please send this information to all your contacts.
Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia
Museo de la Paz de Gernika
Foru Plaza 1
48300 Gernika-Lumo (Bizkaia)
Tel 946270213








La MaMa ETC presents




 produced by


Theatre Without Borders


Theatre Without Borders, presented by La MaMa ETC and in affiliation with Brandeis University, announces ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE: A CONFERENCE ON THEATRE AND PEACE BUILDING IN CONFLICT ZONES, September 23-26, 2010 in New York City.  This conference brings together theatre and performance practitioners from around the world to share their experiences with artists, activists, educators, policy makers, and the general public.


ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE grows out of a five-year initiative of Theatre Without Borders and Brandeis University.  During this time, Theatre Without Borders members have attended gatherings and explored, with the guidance of peace-building scholar/practitioners, a range of questions about the relationship between the arts and conflict transformation. ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE will begin a year of programming to disseminate the documentation of artists working in conflict-zones worldwide in contexts of direct and structural violence and in the aftermath of mass violations of human rights.  At the conference, TWB and Brandeis will launch a documentary film and a website and plans for an upcoming anthology.  

TWB is a grassroots, volunteer, virtual community of individual theatre artists around the world who are committed to international exchange.  This conference has no formal funding and guests are being sponsored by hosting organizations, including universities, Cultural Affairs divisions of embassies, foundations, and theatres.  All are welcome!

Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa ETC, 66 East Fourth Street, NYC 10003


WORKING AGENDA – Please note that this agenda is subject to change! 


La MaMa E.T.C. presents:

Theatre Without Borders



September 23-26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010 

3:30-5:30pm         REGISTRATION

5pm                     MEET & GREET

5:30                    WELCOME AND ORIENTATION


6-7:30                  DOCUMENTARY


A film by Cynthia Cohen and Allison Lund

Tells the stories of courageous and creative artists, cultural workers and peacebuilders working in zones of conflict.

Introduction by Dan Terris, International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life, Brandeis University


Followed by remarks by Devanand Ramiah, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP, and a brief Q & A with Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis University and Allison Lund, filmmaker.


7:30-8                  RECEPTION hosted by Brandeis University





Developed under the guidance of playwright and University of California, Riverside Professor of Theater Rickerby Hinds. Buck (sometimes called Krump) is an energetic, expressive and very physical new dance form that grew out of South Los Angeles neighborhoods. “Krump or Buck is a form of expression often related to praise dancing that explores and addresses themes such as violence in the community, police brutality and the civil-rights movement.” Young people with no formal dance training gather in church fellowship halls, playgrounds, parking lots or any neutral space each week throughout Southern California to participate in “krump battles” in which they use dance moves instead of bullets. “Buck World One” portrays how the worlds might have begun 13.7 billion years ago — from the universe, the Earth, continents, countries and neighborhoods down to the individual – showing that everyone is part of the larger picture.      


Friday, September 24, 2010 

9-9:30am             DOORS OPEN

9:30-9:45am         WELCOME AND ORIENTATION


9:45-11am            KEYNOTE

Dr. Barbara Love, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"CONFLICT & TRAUMA: Strategies for Transformation and Healing”

In “The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget”, author Andrew Rice grapples with the trauma produced by violence and conflict on individual lives as well as the entire society in the Uganda of Idi Amin. The ongoing trauma produced by violence and conflict in Liberia, Rwanda, Sudan, Sri Lanka, the Americas, and other parts of the world hurts the human spirit and marks the soul. Humankind needs healing to reclaim our capacity to transform ourselves and the societies that clus
ter us. This discussion reflects on strategies for healing and the extension of soul healing to the transformation of the world. 


11-11:10am          BREAK







11:10am-12:30pm         ROUNDTABLE



Facilitator Catherine Filloux (TWB, USA) With Ieng Sithul, Chhon Sina, and Rithisal Kang (CAMBODIA); Pauline Ross (NORTHERN IRELAND); Hjalmar-Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn (AFGHANISTAN); William Yellow Robe, Jr. (ASSINIBOINE TRIBE, PART OF THE SIOUX NATIONS)


12:30-12:50pm     SHAKE IT UP SESSION – Forum Theatre with Chris Vine and Helen White (Creative Arts Team).


12:50-2pm          LUNCH

Lunch table conversation: "The Emerging Generation" Moderated by J.J. El-Far and Tracy Francis – The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street


Lunch table conversation: “Responses to the ACTING TOGETHER Documentary” with Cynthia Cohen & Allison Lund –The Club Theatre


2-3:20pm             ROUNDTABLE



Facilitator Roberta Levitow (TWB, USA) With Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre (SERBIA); Lee Perlman and Aida Nasrallah (ISRAEL); Shahid Nadeem, Ajoka Theatre (PAKISTAN); Gũlgũn Kayim (CYPRUS/USA); Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (USA/IRAN)


3:30-3:45pm                 BREAK                                                     


3:45-6pm             PERFORMANCE IN DIALOGUE – Welcome, Mia Yoo

                           The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street/seating limited


Naomi Newman, A Traveling Jewish Theatre (USA)

"Through An Old Woman’s Eyes; Stories and Lamentations About the State of the World and How to Repair the Mess"                            

Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Siena College (IRAN/USA)

Dialogue Impossible? "The Glass Wall"

Dawn Saito, F
ordham University (USA)

“Sword of Sea”

Federico Respeto, Loco7 (USA)

Excerpts from “Room To Panic” Scene Titles – “Coming to terms with yesterday to move forward today” And “Trying to get two feet on the ground and take it from there”


(Archive open by appointment 11:30-5:30pm and Ellen Stewart Lobby available for meetings)


6-7:30pm             CULTURE ON CANVAS: CONTEMPORARY BURMESE ART Exhibit and Reception – Richard Streiter, Curator

                           La MaMa Galleria, 6 East 1st Street

                           (EXHIBIT HOURS: Thurs-Sat 1-8pm, Sun 1-6pm)


8-10pm                PERFORMANCES


VOICES FROM CAMBODIA (In Khmer with Translation)


Ieng Sithul sings “The Birth of Sam and Bopha” and “Our Land’s Compassion” from the contemporary opera Where Elephants Weep (Composer Him Sophy).


Chhon Sina and Ieng Sithul perform from “The Tooth of Buddha” a new play by Morm Sokly, a Cambodian performer and playwright.  The play is Poetry Theatre (Lakhaon Kamnap) and is done in spoken or chanted verse, portraying the miracle of Buddhism. In Cambodian poetry there are at least 53 styles of verse and 60 different ways of reciting.  The sacred relic tooth of the Buddha and its eventual resting place in Sri Lanka is not a common subject for a contemporary stage play in Cambodia. The scene is about a husband and wife bringing this relic of the Buddha to a stupa.  


Ieng Sithul performs a scene from a Cambodian story Lea peakriyea tov tak domrey.  Morthav the village witch doctor guides elephant catchers in performing a ritual for the souls and spirits of territory, mountains, forest, plants, rocks, and those that safeguard elephants and elephant ropes. The ritual offerings are placed on the highest hill from afternoon to midnight. The next morning, the elephant catcher blows his horn and, as he leaves the house his wife follows, handing him his bag of supplies for a three-month journey to catch "tadpoles," a codeword for elephants, so as not to alert the spirits. Ieng will use two kinds of flutes (Saneng and Pey).

brief intermission                                                          


“DISCOVER LOVE" – Belarus Free Theatre (BELARUS)

Written by Nikolai Halezin and Natalia Koliada

Directed by Nikolai Halezin

Choreographed by Olga Skvortsova

Music by DJ Laurel

Established in 2005 in response to repression in “Europe’s last dictatorship,” the award-winning Belarusian company—now outlawed at home—stages a gripping original drama based on the true story of dissident Irina Krasovskaya and her husband Anatoly, who was “disappeared” 10 years ago. Their wrenching story is interwoven with parallel instances of political intimidation and violence in Asia and South America. Belarus Free Theatre is devoted to presenting dramas by banned Belarusian playwrights, whose work it also translates and publishes abroad. The troupe first began performing in private apartments and has since won the backing of prominent playwrights such as the late Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel, as well as numerous artistic and human rights organizations. Performed in Russian with supertitles in English.




Saturday, September 25, 2010 

9-9:30am             DOORS OPEN

9:30-9:45am         WELCOME AND ORIENTATION


9:45-11am          KEYNOTE


James Thompson, University of Manchester, UK

"An Incident of Cutting and Chopping: A performance lecture on the Bindunuwewa child soldier massacre in Sri Lanka 2000"

The performance lecture explores a child soldier massacre in Sri Lanka in 2000 and is based on James' work in Sri Lanka since that time. It asks questions about the relationship between theatre practitioners and the contexts in which they work, and where responsibilities lie when things go wrong. 'An Incident of Cutting and Chopping' is linked to a commemorative project about the massacre that has been developed in Sri Lanka in the years since the event and draws on material in the opening chapter of James' book 'Performance Affects'. The performance is part of a broader project researching and developing performance projects in sites of armed conflict that James has directed since 2004 – In Place of War (


11-11:10am          BREAK


11:10am-12:30pm         ROUNDTABLE



Facilitator Daniel Banks (TWB, USA) With Natalia Kaliada, Belarus Free Theatre (BELARUS); Roberto Varea, Argentina (USA/ARGENTINA); Iman Aoun, Ashtar Theatre (PALESTINE); Manijeh Mohamedi (IRAN); Ruth Margraff (USA/INDIA)


12:30-12:50pm     SHAKE IT UP SESSION – Playback Theatre with Hannah Fox and Mizuho Kanazawa (Big Apple Playback)


12:50-2pm          LUNCH 

Lunch Table Conversation: “Theatre Artists in Iran" – led by Torange Yeghiazarian with Ayat Najafi; Manijeh Mohamedi; Mahmood Karimi-Hakak – The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street


Lunch Table Conversation: "Using Devised Theatre in Conflict Zones" – led by Iñigo Ramirez de Haro – The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street


2-3:20pm             ROUNDTABLE



Facilitator Deborah Asiimwe (UGANDA)
With Maria Draghici, laBOMBA and Bogdan Georgescu, Generosity Offensive (ROMANIA); Dale Byam, Brooklyn College, Theatre for Development in Africa (USA); Adalet Garmiany, ArtRole Iraq-US Exchanges (IRAQ); Zane Lucas, Theory X Media (ZIMBABWE); Lillian Manzor, Cuba/Latina Theatre Archive (USA/CUBA)


3:30-4pm             BREAK

4-6:30pm             WORKSHOPS


1. International Beginner’s Guide: David Diamond, Host; Marcy Arlin, Immigrants Theatre Project (USA); Fritzie Brown, CEC Artslink (USA); Georgiana Pickett, 651 ARTS/Africa Exchange (USA) – Great Jones Street Studios, 4th Floor


2.  International Video Conference: Billy Clark, International Program Director; Catherine Filloux, Curator; FAVILEK Women Theatre Artists (HAITI); Morm Sokly (CAMBODIA); Eugene Van Erven (THE NETHERLANDS); Polly Walker (AUSTRALIA) – Culture Hub, 47 Great Jones Street Studios, 3rd Floor


3. Theatre of Festivity: Ali Mahdi and Albugaa Theatre (SUDAN) –Great Jones Street Studios, 1st Floor


4.  Forum Theatre: Iman Aoun and Ashtar Theatre (PALESTINE) – 

Great Jones Street Studios, 5th Floor


5.  Story Circle Workshop: John O'Neal, Junebug Productions (USA) – The Club Theatre 


6.  Open Forum Sharing Session: Josh Perlstein and Lisa Schlesinger, Hosts – Ellen Stewart Lobby            


6:30-7:45pm                 DINNER                         


8-9pm                  PERFORMANCE 



Dramaturgy and direction: Dijana Milošević

Performers: Maja Mitić, Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, Ivana Milenović

Set design: Neša Paripović

Costume design: Dah Theatre Research Centre

Sound design: Jugoslav Hadžić

Light design: Radomir Stamenković

Organization: Ivana Damnjanović and Dejan Popović

This performance of Dah Theatre is based on texts from the book Women's Side of War edited by the Women in Black organization (2007). The book is a collection of authentic women's testimonies about the wars that had occurred in the former republic of Yugoslavia from 1991 till 1999. The book is the result of a year's research by Women in Black, and in cooperation with women's nongovernmental organizations in the region who are dealing with the past and human rights. Most of the texts have been already published in various books and in other publications created by these NGOs. They consist of testimonies, statements, letters and memories. They show the specific suffering of women in war, but also their courage and strength for surviving the trauma of war to re-establish normal life, and also the importance of solidarity with women beyond all borders and divisions. All testimonies are presented in the first person, without comments or any other kind of use or misuse. The main goal of the performance is to reach the audience not only on a verbal but, primarily, on an emotional and psychological level and to stimulate women to start speaking; to take note of and to express their own sufferings through recognizing the suffering of others; to develop solidarity; to become conscious about the essence of violence in war; to become more active in democratic processes; and to participate in building a righteous and long-lasting peace.



Sunday, September 26, 2010 

9:30-10am           DOORS OPEN

10-11:30am         ROUNDTABLE



Facilitator Erik Ehn (Arts in the One World, USA)
With Kitche Magak, Arts & Peace Building Program, Maseno University (KENYA); Emilya Cachapero, ITI US Center (USA); Cathy Zimmerman, MAPP International/Africa Consortium (USA-AFRICA); Ella Fuksbrauner, Bogota Festival (COLOMBIA); John Martin, PAN Intercultural Arts (UK); Torange Yeghiazarian & Lisa Rothe, Middle East American Play Initiative: Golden Thread Productions & The Lark Play Development Center (USA)


11:30-11:40am     BREAK 


11:40am-1:10pm ROUNDTABLE



Facilitator Roberto Varea, (University of San Francisco, USA) With Chris Vine and Helen White, The CUNY School of Professional Studies, MA in Applied Theatre and CAT Youth Theatre (USA); Ali Mahdi, Albugaa Theatre & The Theatre in Conflict Zones (SUDAN); Joanna Sherman, Bond Street Theatre (USA); Jo Salas, Hudson River Playback Theatre (USA); Kwesi Johnson, Kompany Malakhi (UK)


1:10-1:30pm                 SHAKE IT UP SESSION – Hip-Hop Theatre, Daniel Banks (Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, USA) Kwesi Johnson (Kompany Malakhi, UK)


1:30-2:30pm                 LUNCH


3-3:45pm             PERFORMANCE


"SINNAR CRUCIBLE"  – Albugaa Theatre (SUDAN)

Written and composed by Ali Mahdi

Performers: Gamal Abdelrahman; Tarig Ali; Gidier Mirghani; Awad Hassan; Abdelsalam Khalil; Ekhlas Noureldin; Amira Ahmed; Ibrahim Khadir; Mohamed Abdalla; Emam Hassan; Abdelaziz Mohamed; and Gasim Elelah Hamednalla.

Called a "Spectacle of Festivity Towards Indulgent Democracy", this performance comes from the Sudan Center for Theatre in Conflict Zones.  The center's goals are research and performance in the meeting between Arabic and African cultures.  The characters are "from our times" but they also are "the echo of the fathers", who are all meeting in the Sinnar Crucible. The play searches for solutions to the conflicts of war by retrieving the times of agreement.  


5pm                     CONFERENCE ENDS



Please help us be as Green as possible; we will be reusing and recycling a limited number of paper programs. 

And please find BIOS for all Participants, Presenters and Performers at, on the Conference Website or in binders in the Lobby.


This conference was made possible

With Support from:

651 ARTS/Africa Exchange; Brandeis University; Nathan Cummings Foundation Arts and Culture Program; Fordham University; The Public Theater; The Romanian Cultural Institute of New York


And in Association with:

7 Stages, Atlanta; Brown University; CUNY/Creative Arts Team; Immigrants Theatre Project; The Lark Play Development Center; The League of Professional Theatre Women, International Committee; New York Theatre Workshop; New York University; TCG – ITI/US Center


With Special Thanks to Dr. Sue Snyder, arts education IDEAS, LLC; Bernard Lewis; Joe Mantello; Michael Neill; Meile Rockefeller; David Sherman; Richard Streiter; Sunrise Packaging

With Additional Thanks to Ellen Stewart, Mia Yoo, Mary Fulham, Denise Greber, Nicky Paraiso, Beverl
y Petty, Daniel Nelson, Melissa Slattery, Billy Clark, Frank Carucci, and the entire La MaMa Staff;
Morgan Jenness; Gian Marco Lo Forte; Kathleen and Henry Chalfant; Fordham University: Elizabeth Margid, Dawn Akemi Saito, Matthew Maguire; Nerou Cheng; Darek Keo; Phally Chroy; Frank @ Famiglia 8th Street; Toni Shapiro-Phim; Chanveasna Chum; Fred Frumberg; Bunrith Suon; Patrick Fagan; Erin Levendorf; Morm Sokly; Lisa Rothe, The Lark; Liz Frankel, Public Theatre; Eric Sillen, Club Quarters Hotel; Anna Schmidt, NYU; Chris Vine and  Helen White, CUNY; Jose Luis Valenzuela @ The New Los Angeles Theatre Center; Frank Hentschker, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY; Jessica Litwak; Ethan Cobb; and many others….


Daniel Banks, David Diamond, Catherine Filloux and Roberta Levitow


Daniel Nelson and Sarah Rae Murphy


Debby Brand, Arielle Julia Brown, Cosmin Chivo & InterArtGroup, Jessiee Datino, J.J. El-Far, Tracy Francis, Amen Igbinosun, Joan Kane, Ji Yun Lee, Jenny Nissell,  Gamal Palmer, Tim Pracher-Dix, Sahar Sajadieh, Garret Scaly, James Simmons, Amy Singerman, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Jenny Tibbels-Jordan and many others….

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the ELLEN STEWART THEATRE.


*Donations to support Theatre Without Borders will be gratefully accepted at the registration desk or by one of our volunteers.  Thank you!*




September 20, 2010, 4PM-8PM:  An Open Rehearsal for all interested university departments to attend, as well as the general public. At the McMahon Hall Lounge (Room 109)*.  A reading of a new play by Cambodian playwright/actor Chhon Sina, PHKA CHAMPEI (FRANGIPANI), about a sex worker and victim of domestic violence who lives in a slum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Translated from Khmer to English by Suon Bunrith.) Directed by Dawn Akemi Saito, Artist-in-Residence, Theatre and Visual Arts at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.  To be read by professional and Fordham student actors.  At the end there will be an open discussion.
Fordham University
*McMahon Hall Lounge (Room 109)


September 22, Time TBA:
Belarus Free Theatre reading of CHARONVILLE
by Nikolai Khalezin of the Belarus Free Theatre
Original translation by Yuriy Koliada and Rory Mullarky
Dramaturgical and translation assistance by Erik Ehn
In 1979, a 39-year old journalist named Ian McIntosh finds himself in a small town called Charonville and attends the funeral of a local man—the infamous mobster John Dillinger, who, contrary to legend, was not killed by the FBI, but lived his life out in this remote Midwestern town. Slowly Ian realizes that Charonville has been the refuge of many more legends who died under mysterious circumstances—including the King of Rock and Roll. And when Elvis disappears from town, Ian begins to discover the reasons so many of the famous “departed” ended up in Charonville.
The Lark Play Development Center
939 Eighth Avenue, Suite 301 (btw 55 & 56), New York, NY 10019
212-246-2676/212-246-2609 (fax)

September 22, starting 6:30pm:
“BROOKENYA!” HOMECOMING, location TBA in Manhattan, with special guest Kitche Magak from Kenya.
To celebrate Kitche’s return to NYC—he's presenting at the conference—we're having a potluck benefit, so bring something to eat or drink, and—if you can—$15 to help pay for Kitche’s airfare.
We are also celebrating the exciting news that a Nairobi media company wants to distribute “BrooKenya!” throughout Africa. And, we are launching a campaign to build the Community Theatre Internationale so that we can do more kick-ass projects like “BrooKenya!”  For those of you who don’t know about “BrooKenya!”: Back in 2003, Kitche and I got together a bunch of folks in Brooklyn, NYC and Kisumu, Kenya to ‘create community through performance across borders local and global’. We ended up making an intercontinental grassroots soap opera called “BrooKenya!” But more than that, we built friendships that made our world a little bit better. This was most visible during the Kenyan crisis, when our web of creative friendship was able to get money from the US to Kenya. With American friends supporting them, friends in Kenya risked their lives to use that money to buy food to feed starving refugees across the tribal line. Together, we saved some lives a month before international aid agencies arrived. I believe these kinds of linkages go even deeper and are part of creating the new social infrastructure for the world that is coming.
For more information about Community Theatre Internationale click on the The Story of BrooKenya! and visit It will be held at 375 Lincoln Place, #1C, Brooklyn (click on address for map.)

To attend the “BROOKENYA!” HOMECOMING, please contact Kate Gardner at for more information.  Thanks, Kate Gardner, director, Community Theatre Internationale and WorldEnsemble ‘creating community through performance across borders local and global’


September 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm
The League of Professional Theatre Women/International Committee
New York Theatre Workshop, 4th Street Theatre, 83 E. 4th Street

September 26, 7:30pm-11:30pm (Performances begin at 8:30pm)
HYBRID THEATRE WORKS Post-Conference Party & Performance forum ( Bowery Wine Co.)
Hybrid Theatre Works- a production company dedicated to performance and peace-building will be sponsoring an end of the conference party in conjunction with their monthly artist response forum performance series. A select group of international and American artists will be asked to create a short artistic response to a specific world event.  This forum is to help encourage artistic engagement with world events, and close the lapse time between world events and artistic response. This will be a great opportunity to see a variety of artistic responses in a shared environment, while celebrating the end to the conference. Party will be held at Bowery Wine Co. E. 1st. St. between Bowery and 2nd, only 2 blocks from the conference. Party will start at 7:30pm with half price food and drink specials with performances from 8:30-9:30 and the party will continue until 11:30. FREE ADMISSION ! ALL ARE INVITED!


3-day conference • New York City • Sept 30 – Oct 3
“Performing the World 2010 Conference: Can Performance Change the World?”
Performing artists, community organizers, theatre workers, educators, scholars, youth workers, students, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, medical doctors, health workers, and business executives are coming from 31 countries to discuss/perform that question and their responses to it. Performing the World 2010 is well underway. Nearly 100 presentations, workshops and performances will be featured at this year’s Performing the World, including presentations dealing with performance, health and wellness.
Registered attendees of the Acting Together conference and members of Theatre Without Borders  are being extend a special discount rate of $200. Please indicate that you are from TWB when contacting us at:    
Performing the World 2010 brings together artists, activists, young people and scholars from dozens of countries, all of whom are involved in the emergence of performance as a new way of relating to, understanding and transforming the world. The conference is open to all. For more information:, or 212-941-9400 x 385 is
sponsored by All Stars Project, Inc.; East Side Institute for Group; and Short Term Psychotherapy.










Acting Together on the World Stage

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Short Description

Acting Together on the World Stage tells the story of artists, cultural workers and peacebuilders in conflict regions, who use theatre and ritual practices to support communities to address injustices and to appreciate the humanity of former adversaries, mourn losses, and imagine a new future.


Acting Together on the World Stage, Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, anthology edited by Cynthia Cohen, Polly Walker, and Roberto Gutierrez Varea
Documentary by Cynthia Cohen and Allison Lund

"If you get people thinking and talking about real stories, suspending argument for a time, and building relationships through sharing narratives, from there I believe you can expand the process to the exploration of real issues and alternatives."
-John O'Neal, Founder, Free Southern Theatre Institute

In the United States and around the world, in regions characterized by inequity and violence, theatre artists and cultural workers are contributing to more just and less violent communities. Through creative processes, they are supporting communities to address injustices and to appreciate the humanity of former adversaries, mourn losses, and imagine a new future.

Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict is an examination and celebration of these peacebuilding performances through an anthology, a documentary, and a website. It features the work of 25 theatre artists, cultural workers, and peacebuilding scholars and practitioners working in fifteen conflict regions, who share a commitment to artistic excellence and social change. Their collaboration has yielded rich case studies, theoretical frameworks, and recommendations to policymakers that will legitimate and strengthen this important emerging field of peacebuilding performance.

The upcoming anthology presents case studies that place peacebuilding performances in their historical, social, and political contexts. It shows the creative process leading to finished productions, and assesses impacts and contributions to establishing sustainable peace.

The feature-length documentary, a companion to the publication, shows dynamic footage of rehearsals, performances, and interviews with artists and peacebuilders. It will be accompanied by a toolkit that explores more deeply the issues uncovered through the inquiry, such as ethical questions, the compatibility of aesthetic and political aims, upholding the principle of “do no harm,” and the challenges of evaluation. Preview the documentary.

The website supports the emerging community of inquiry by showcasing summaries of the case studies with related multi-media materials, and by providing a forum for dialogue and development. View the website.

The anthology, documentary, and website will be valuable resources for artists, cultural workers and peacebuilders working in conflict regions, as well as for scholars and students of performance studies, conflict transformation, and related fields.

Publishing Organization: Brandeis University
Language: | English | 

Countries & Regions: | Australia |Israel |Netherlands |Palestine |Serbia |Sri Lanka |
Type: | Documentaries | Interactive Websites | Theater | Other | 
Subject: | Arts | Children/Youth | Conflict Prevention | Ethnic and Religious Conflict | Gender | Genocide | Human Rights | Mediation, Negotiation and Diplomacy | Peacebuilding | Peacekeeping | Post Conflict Activities | Refugees/IDPs | Terrorism and Political Violence | Trauma Healing | Truth and Reconciliation | 





Acting Together on the World Stage: Setting the Scene for Peace / Actuando Juntos: Trabajando por la Paz en el Escenario Mundial Summary Report

From October 4-8, 2007, Coexistence International, the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, and Theatre Without Borders convened a gathering of international theatre artists and coexistence scholar-practitioners. The gathering included a series of public events, including panels, open class sessions, workshops, and performances, which sought to demonstrate how performance can contribute to building relationships across difference. Read the summary report here.

Pieces of the Coexistence Puzzle: Part II – Problem-Solving Workshops Summary Report

As part of Acting Together on the World Stage, six problem-solving workshops were held in which theatre artists, coexistence/peacebuilding practitioners, policymakers, and sustainable development workers met to think creatively about a problem in a particular community or conflict region. The groups generated action steps and recommendations that participants and others could act upon in order to improve inter-group relationships in a particular region, such as Serbia, Israel, the US, West Africa, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. Read the summary report of these workshops here.

Afghanistan-India-US theatre collaboration


Bond Street Theatre

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Performing Ethos: An international journal of ethics in theatre and performance

Performing Ethos: An international journal of ethics in theatre and performance ISSN 1757-1979 / Volume 1 issue 1 to be published December 2008   Aims And Scope Performing Ethos is a new, refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance.  Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream.  Of equal interest are those practices which are ethically motivated, and those in which ideological concerns are less clearly to the fore. Call for Papers: Inaugural IssueCompleted papers of between 5000 – 7000 words are invited for the first issue, to be published in December 2008. Longer submissions may be considered in some circumstances. The first issue seeks to identify and explore key ethical issues facing theatre and performance today. Acknowledging that ethical issues are always contextually determined, we wish to explore the range of ethical concerns and responses that arise within different cultural contexts. Contributions are welcome from a diverse range of professional and intellectual perspectives and moral and philosophical standpoints. The journal considers papers dealing with any aspect of theatre or performance practice, criticism or analysis with a focus on ethical considerations. Examples might include, but are not limited to:·         Theoretical paradigms appropriate to ethics and theatre, and the relationship between them;  ·         Ethics of representation (gender, class, ethnicity, morality, authenticity etc);·         Ethics of witnessing and spectatorship;·         Ethics in relation to inter- and intra-culturalism;·         Ethics of applied and interventionist theatre, including community theatre, theatre for development, theatre and education, theatre and health;·         Critical perspectives on ethically motivated performance;·         Performance, ethics and the law;·         Ethical practices in the creative industries (including training, employment, sustainability);ReflectionsPerforming Ethos will also include a ‘Reflections’ section. Items in this section may take the form of short meditations, provocations or case studies that will set the context of ethical enquiry in relation to the study of theatre and performance. These pieces may be between 500 and 1000 words and are intended to offer topics for further debate and articles; responses will be published in the following issue.Submission DetailsPlease send completed papers to Carole-Anne Upton by 31st May 2008. Short submissions for the ‘Reflections’ section are also invited by this date. Please contact the editors with any queries, or if you wish to discuss specific proposals.All submissions should include full references and bibliography, and articles should also include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Before submitting any article, review or feature, contributors are asked to refer to the guidelines available on the publisher’s website: EditorCarole-Anne UptonSchool of Creative ArtsUniversity of UlsterNorthland RoadDerry BT48 editorsMark Taylor-BattySchool of English Workshop TheatreUniversity of LeedsLeeds LS2 9JTUK Daniel WattDepartment Of English and DramaLoughborough UniversityLoughborough LE11 3TUUK ReviewsPerforming Ethos welcomes reviews of related literature and reports of events, across disciplines. If you would like to submit a review or report, or suggest material for review, please contact:Paul Devlin or Catherine Rees Publishers sending material for review should address the work to:Dr Catherine ReesDepartment of English and DramaLoughborough UniversityLoughborough LE11 3TU

Genocide in Rwanda and the Reconstruction of Knowledge

Genocide in Rwanda and the Reconstruction of knowledge

From July 23rd to 25th 2008
In Kigali, Rwanda.

A word from the organizer

This conference is organized by the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center ( The length of conference papers will be 30 minutes per individual paper. Papers can be delivered either in French or English. A 300 word abstract should be sent by February 25, 2008 via email to Acceptance will be confirmed no later than March 15, 2008.

Jean-Pierre Karegeye

University of California at Berkeley
Director, Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center/Kigali-Rwanda


Genocide in Rwanda and the Reconstruction of knowledge

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Artwork from Sonia Fournier

In addition to the destruction of human lives, genocide confronts the researcher with an extraordinary challenge: all systems that facilitate research have been suspended, or worse, destroyed. In the case of Rwanda, the challenge is hightened by the fact that the project of extermination has its roots in centuries of ethnological travel accounts that transformed Hutu, Tutsi and Twa into objects of scientific research and discovery. Hence this «discourse of knowledge» past or present, conditions and determines "the crime," justifies it and distances itself from any ethical consideration.

Writing genocide can only begin with a gap, a fissure forcing one to take an epistemological turn in order to evaluate the theoretical perspectives of disciplines. Attempting to render genocide exposes the fragility of any approach that aims to circumscribe an object of study. As a result, methods in humanities, social sciences, and the quest for meaning around genocide necessarily imply a reconstruction or a relocation of all prior fields of knowledge.

Notions of «before», «during», and «after», should not disrupt the Rwandan survivor's narratives of "living with" genocide. Contemporary art has become the first place of inscription for the «living with» narratives. Many painters, poets, playwrights, novelists, educators, musicians, journalists, legal practitioners, anthropologists, political scientists, philosophers, or theologians have expressed difficulties in conceptualizing genocide and have pointed out their limitations in attempting to render the experience of the survivors. Perhaps Rwanda constructs new horizons of knowledge that would serve as an unprecedented model for the global community.

Papers may approach the conference theme from a number of angles and disciplinary frames, ranging from comparative genocide studies to philosophical and theological investigations to literary and visual representation to issues of justice, democracy, ethics, international relations, and methodology.

Conference organized in partnership with:
  • Ibuka (Rwanda)
  • California Institute of the Arts (USA)
  • School of International Studies at the University of Pacific Stockton (USA)
  • Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at The State University of New Jersey (USA)
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski (Canada)
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France)
  • Groupov (Belgium)
CalArts Groupov Université de Bretagne occidentale University of the pacific
Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at The State University of New Jersey (USA) Université du Québec à Rimouski