IMPORTANT NOTE: Theatre Without Borders is NOT a funder, trainer, producer or presenter. However, we have compiled these links to assist you in your search for funding and mobility support. Explore!



We know that funding is essential to make international projects happen. Theatre Without Borders supported the creation of the 2015 first-ever Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for the USA: Theatre, Dance and the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY and the European cultural mobility network On the Move. Use these guides to discover the funding you need to make your projects happen:

On the Move Cultural Mobility Funding Guides for Arab Countries, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin & South America, the USA and other regions! Search



Are you interested exploring INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS? Mid-Atlantic Arts Resources for International Festivals has a fantastic searchable data base.

SEARCH THE TWB INFO ALERTS ARCHIVE on the Home Page  Between 2005-2025, TWB become one of the most useful resource libraries for theatre and performing artists seeking to explore opportunities world-wide. You can search our INFO ALERTS ARCHIVE using Keywords to discover a wealth of organizations, networks, workshops, festivals and more.



Explore these links to organizations around the world and connect to international artists. 

Arts Diplomacy Network/The Global Theatre Project: We are an international network of professionals dedicated to promoting the use of visual, literary and performing arts in building cross-cultural relationships. Our mission is to ensure sustainable innovation in arts diplomacy by providing a forum for research, discussion, and implementation of new practices designed to effect positive change in a global society.

Center for Arts & Culture: The Center for Arts & Culture defines cultural diplomacy as “the exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster mutual understanding.” A series of papers on cultural diplomacy can be downloaded from the Center’s website. Also refer to this site for a thorough bibliography of news stories, books, reports and journal articles on international relations and cultural diplomacy.

Center for International Theatre Development Towson, MD, USA

Centre for Playback Theatre New Paltz, NY, USA

International Federation for Theatre Research: IFTR promotes collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organizations concerned with theatre research.

International University Theatre Association: The IUTA was established at Université de Liège (Belgium) in 1994 to develop and promote recognized post-secondary activity in theatre training, creation, research and theoretical and practical research, throughout the world, at the level of university or higher studies. The IUTA is present in every continent and has members in over fifty countries.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas: LMDA is an interactive site for theatre artists and administrators, as well as other performing artists, educators, historians, and others (go to for articles about contemporary Russian plays, and some recent playtexts).

The Magdalena Project: The Magdalena Project was established in Wales in 1986. Since then, thousands of women theatre practitioners all over the world have been and are engaged in many projects that have created opportunities for artistic collaboration and strong networks of support. You can find news of events, opportunities, contacts and access to publications and archive material. There are links to groups and individual artists across the globe.
Art 4 Development: This is an international volunteer based initiative with a purpose of furthering interdisciplinary, multisectoral, cross-cultural and creative approach in social change, and facilitating creative sector and stakeholders of development together empower socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and communities worldwide, particularly children, youth, and women.

THE MARTIN E. SEGAL THEATRE CENTER at CUNY (City University of New York), New York City, USA

In Place of War: In Place of War researches theatre and performance practice from sites of crisis and armed conflict. The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed multiple wars and humanitarian crises – connected to the instabilities of economic globalization, historical political grievance, global structural inequity and new forms of ecological threat. While the events of our contemporary ‘times of blood and crime’ are not without historical precedent, they have never before had such evident global reach, impact and interconnectedness.

International Culture Lab: A performing arts organization dedicated to providing opportunities for artists from across the world to explore contemporary issues through jointly created projects.

International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts: To stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment by initiating and facilitating professional networking and communication, the dynamic exchange of information, and the know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice.

International Theatre Institute (ITI): The purpose of the International Theatre Institute is to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts in order to consolidate peace and friendship between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and increase creative co-operation between all people in the performing arts.


New Dramatists New York City, USA

No Passport

On The Move is a web site dedicated to international mobility opportunities and information in theatre, dance, music and other contemporary performing arts disciplines. It is intended for artists and performing arts professionals from Europe and beyond. Find a remarkable array of opportunities, festivals, workshops, and practical services for traveling artists. 

Peace & Collaborative Development Network This is an online initiative to bring together professionals, academics and students involved in Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, International Development, Democratization, Social Entrepreneurship and related fields.

“Peace Building and the Arts” at Brandeis University: The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is directed by Dr. Cynthis Cohen, continuing work previously undertaken within the framework of ‘Creative Approaches to Coexistence and Reconciliation. Our program focuses on the distinctive contributions of culture and the arts to the transformation of conflict.

Res Artis-the worldwide network of residential art programs. We are an association of over 300 centers, organizations, and individuals in over 50 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context. Through Res Artis, organizations will become part of a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through our face-to-face meetings and virtually through our website. Those interested in attending a residency can use the information and resources on our website, gaining insights into the profiles of our members and staying informed about their events and application deadlines. Since 1993, through the volunteer efforts of of the Board of Directors and countless partners and friends, Res Artis has grown to become the largest network of its kind, promoting the role of residential art programs as a vital part of the contemporary arts world, stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding.


Theatre Communications Group (TCG): The US Center of the ITI/INTERNATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE, New York City, USA

TheTheatreTimes  is a non-partisan, global theatre portal. Since its launch in November 2016, has published over 3,400 articles covering theatre in 90 countries and regions. With 30 thematic sections, more than 140 Regional Managing Editors, over 60 media partners around the world, and 60,000+ followers on social media, we have grown to be the most far-reaching and comprehensive global theatre portal today.  In 2019, we teamed up with Digital Theatre+ to launch IOTF: The International Online Theatre Festival. We also launched – Interactive Digital Map of Theatre Festivals, which was funded through Yale Digital Humanities Lab and LMDA Innovation Grant. In addition to our original content, filters through more than eighty sources, around six hundred articles and thousands of pages of theatre news every day. is a leading destination for theatre audiences and professionals worldwide.

World Cultures Connect: World Cultures Connect is a new generation global cultural information site. It connects artists and cultural organizations across the globe, putting artists, creators and producers in touch with promoters, spaces and festivals and services and giving access to a world-wide market for work, audiences,ideas and collaborations.
It also gives the public an insight into the cultural offer of countries and how to engage with arts and culture worldwide.

WORDS without BORDERS at Columbia University, New York City, USA

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Africa Centre
Arterial Network
Art Moves Africa
African Arts Institute

The Africa Center, NYC

The Institute for Creative Arts

Theatre Without Borders
Hemispheric Institute
Latino Theatre Commons
No Passport




Korea Arts Management Services

India Theatre Forum


On the Move




Magdalena Project


The Trust for Mutual Understanding

ACAN (Arab Culture & Arts Net)



Al Mawred Al Thaqafy.

The Arab Fund for Arts and CultureYoung Arab Theatre Fund


Artists and organizations are working towards better understanding between people in the U.S.

and the peoples of MENASA (Middle East North Africa South Asia) countries.

American Theatre Magazine

ArabStages & MESTC Publications: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY


Bridges of Understanding

Cultural Exchange Laboratory

Elephants Included

Golden Thread Productions

The Lark Play Development Center: Middle East-U.S. Playwright Exchange

Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University

MacDowell Colony / ArteEast residency 

MAIA Directors 

MENASA Artists Coalition. Click here to request an invitation to join the MENASA Artists Coalition Private FB Group

Mosaic Theatre Company

M.O.S.T. / Muslims on Screen and Television

NOOR Theatre

Omi International Arts Center / ArteEast residency

Silk Road Rising

Sundance Institute Theatre Program/ MENA Initiative

The Watermill Center / MENA Residency



Cultural Mobility Funding Guides: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Cultural Mobility Guides and Information: Theatre Without Borders

Doris Duke Charitable Fund Islamic Arts Initiative & Building Bridges Initiative

Fulbright Commission

On The Move

US State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


Alwan for the Arts

BAM / Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAC / Baryshnikov Arts Center

The Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University

Countercurrent Festival; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston

The Kennedy Center

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

La MaMa & Culture Hub

MAPP International

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

MOMA / Museum of Modern Art

New York Theatre Workshop

NY Live Arts

Octopus Theatricals

The Play Company

The Public Theatre

San Francisco International Arts Festival

Tricklock Revolutions International Festival

Under the Radar at The Public Theatre




Artists from Abroad: International cultural engagement fuels creativity, supports diplomacy, and enriches artistic offerings in the United States and abroad. Navigating the process of obtaining nonimmigrant visas and understanding U.S. tax regulations can be challenging, but with the right information and careful planning, you can successfully present artists from abroad to American audiences. Whether you are a novice or veteran of the immigration and tax process, reviewing the site in its entirety, and referring back as we update the materials, will pay dividends. Changes will be made regularly to reflect new rules and procedural changes at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State, and Internal Revenue Service. The site is searchable – or feel free to print the text as a resource! We hope you find this site helpful when presenting international guest artists.

CWA Management: CWA Management is recognized by the IRS as a U.S. Central Withholding Agent and authorized to negotiate a Central Withholding Agreement with the IRS.

On The Move: Is a web site dedicated to international mobility opportunities and information in theatre, dance, music and other contemporary performing arts disciplines. It is intended for artists and performing arts professionals from Europe and beyond. Find a remarkable array of opportunities, festivals, workshops, and practical services for traveling artists, including:

Tamizdat Artist Services: For the performing artist, touring in the U.S. can be enormously rewarding. But getting in to the U.S. can be very difficult. In most situations, foreign performers need special visas to enter the U.S., but getting these visas can be expensive, slow, and confusing. Most touring performers get the help of a visa professional when they are coming to the US, and most turn to Tamizdat. Tamizdat’s friendly staff is made up of arts professionals who understand your needs, and who work to get you the visa you need, affordably, and on time.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, was founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres. Today, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 Member Theatres and Affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through our conferences, events, research and communications; grants approximately $2 million per year to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community.