Digest #223

Dear reader,

Theatre of the Oppressed presents (NYC)

Legislative Theatre brings citizens, legislators and policymakers together into creative dialogue about the policies and laws that affect communities facing oppression.

At TONYC’s annual Legislative Theatre Festival, you will watch original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences of discrimination in New York City. You will act onstage alongside the actors to offer alternative responses to these systemic problems on an individual, institutional, or policy level. And you will submit ideas to representatives from City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the federal government, and then vote to carry these ideas forward to their respective chambers.
To collaborate or participate:
Rebecca Kelly Golfman, Creative Advocacy Coordinator
(646) 504-4582
To volunteer:
Sign up for our volunteer orientation on 4/30
Press inquiries:
Patrick Kowalczyk, PKPR
(212) 627-8098
LIFT Festival looking for Artistic Director
To apply for the post, please send an up to date CV; a covering letter outlining (in no more than two pages) your vision for LIFT for the next five years; a statement addressing the selection criteria; contact details for two referees who can be contacted if you are to reach the shortlist stage and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to:
recruitment@liftfestival.com or to Bernard Donoghue, Chair, LIFT, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB\
Application deadline: 9am, Tuesday 30 May 2017
First round interviews: Friday 9 June 2017
Second round interviews: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Anticipated start date: April 2018
TCG Announces Round 6 of Global Connections 
The grants will support the growth of new International collaborations, and further pre-existing international relationships. email, print, share on Tumblr
For more https://www.tcg.org/Default.aspx?TabID=1760
New Works of Merit Playwriting contest is accepting scripts through June 30, 2017
For Guidelines and Application Form go to:
$300 + a professional reading and Q&A valued at $1,000.
Happening in Kampala

Digest #222

Dear reader,
  • At Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Residency in Germany,New Work by Syrian Theatre-Makers. Berlin and Neuklostersee, Germany — Six Europe-based Syrian playwrights will create new work in Arabic as part of Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Residency in Berlin and Neuklostersee, continuing the Theatre Program’s mission-driven tradition of nurturing and amplifying emerging and established playwrights at the cutting edge of their craft, and furthers their support of work from the Middle East and North Africa. Find out more here
  • People from the In-Betweenhas a selection of dazzling work created in response to Trump’s travel ban of Jan 27.
  • The TEH Conference, hosted by the Rojc Community Center in Pula, Croatia is still open for registration. The topic of the Conference is Culture and sharing Communities. Info about the programme, participation fees et cetera is available here.
  • A little good news from the International Theatre Institute  + International Dance SymposiumCall for Performances, Lectures and Workshops for the The application deadline is 1 May 2017. For more information please contact Alma LLERENA: alma.llerena(at)itispain.es
    Call for applications
  • The Hess Collective: Summer workshop taught by Elizabeth Hess at LaMaMa June 2017. For more information visit www.thehesscollective.com/workshop or contact thehesscollective@gmail.com
  • The GoDown Arts Centre (Kenya) invites writers, visual artists, performers, producers, agents, managers to take part in the Creative Entrepreneurship Course: Reaping the value of Artistic creativity. Send your application to application@creativeentreprenuershipkenya.org
  Upcoming event 

Arts & Social Practice Fellowship (US & UK)

The Arts and Social Practice Fellowship is a reciprocal exchange program with our US partners offering fellowship grants to socially-engaged artists in the US and UK. Fellows are offered residencies of 2-3 weeks with host organizations in the US and the UK. Each residency is self-determined by the artist whose practice involves public interaction and addresses contemporary social issues through the lens of arts and culture.
The program began in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2012-2014, and in 2015 was extended to Portland State University’s Arts & Social Practice MFA program.
Are you interested in partnering with us to host a fellow at your institution? We are still looking to partner with organizations for 2017. Please contact salette.gressett@britishcouncil.org.
Deadlines for all applications is Friday, September 23, 2016.

A Night Without a Blanket 


two Stories by Ghassan Kanafani
The Slope and A Present for the Holiday
performed by Margo Lee Sherman
directed by Juanita Lara
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue @10th St.
Thursdays – Sundays April 7 – 24, 2016
Thurs. – Sat. at 8:00 PM Sun at 3:00 PM

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

by Nassim Soleimanpour
‘I was born on Azar 19th, 1360 in Tehran. That’s Tehran, December 10th, 1981 in Christian years … ’ Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country. Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play from Iran. Forbidden to travel, he turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance.
Visit www.tricklock.com for more about this play

Summer Training Institute/ Beyond Sacred Spring performances

Summer Training Institute: Now Accepting Applications!
Upcoming Beyond Sacred performances in April and May

Upcoming Performances Announced
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity
The New York Times calls Beyond Sacred “a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives” and a “probing and persuasive new work of interview-based theater” (Read full review)
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five young participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York and beyond. Watch a short documentary about Beyond Sacred HERE.

Harlem Arts Festival Open Mic

Welcome to the Harlem Art Festival’s Open mic event! Meet and perform with some of HAF’s 2012-2014 artists in Silvana’s underground music stage! As is custom, HAF will be doing a special giveaway raffle, and closing the night with a great DJ dance party!
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM – Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM (EST)
Silvana – 300 West 116th Street New York, NY 10026 – View Map
Contact the organizer at the event page for more information.

US Grants for a performance project

Grants for US Arts Professionals in Performing Arts and Literature
Application deadline was January 14, 2016 (for projects taking place between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017) Panelists will evaluate the quality of the project by assessing the potential for interactive dialogue.
Contact info@cecartslink.org for more information.