Mission & Values

TWB is a global, all-volunteer, grass-roots and virtual network of individual artists around the world who are interested in supporting international theatre exchange.

  • TWB advocates for theatre artists who see themselves as members of a global community, as well as citizens of their respective nations and cultures.
  • TWB works through this website (www.theatrewithoutborders.com) , as well as through public forums to explore and encourage the exchange of international theatre projects and artists.
  • TWB works with and supports the activities of other US-based organizations involved with international theatre exchange such as The Martin E Segal Theatre Center, Theatre Communications Group, Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Program, La MaMa, I.T.I./The International Theatre Institute, The Center for International Theatre Development, and many others.
  • TWB does not represent any political ideology. TWB was created to recognize the universality & diversity of theatrical expression and the need for international artists to maintain dialogue across political boundaries.

TWB was born out of a need to connect artists around the world.

  • TWB is a container for creating connections and sharing knowledge, information and skills.

  • TWB takes no political positions and it represents no political ideologies, but rather serves as a neutral space where artists from all backgrounds can meet in mutual respect.

  • TWB offers hospitality and service.

  • TWB is open to all.

  • TWB works on the basis of volunteerism. By donating our time, skills and experience–rather than fundraising, administrating and aligning ourselves with central funders–TWB strives to remain independent and inclusive, providing information sharing and supporting cultural exchange across all borders.

  • We work primarily through our website: www.theatrewithoutborders.com. But, in addition, we create gatherings of artists around urgent themes, always in partnership with host organizations.

We are, above all, a mechanism for the free exchange of information and conversations between individual theatre artists around the world. We are the independent, affiliated and unaffiliated theatre artists in the US and abroad who want to talk to each other and share information person-to person, artist-to-artist. We believe that this single idea has enormous power in a world where information can come at a price in some countries, or where politics and bureaucracy too often mediate communication with others.

We want to speak with other organizations and individuals that serve and work in international theatre exchange. We’re made up of people who see the work in many different ways and are not partial to any particular viewpoint. We support them all. We want to keep the connections alive and growing.


“At the Heart of Theatre Without Borders: Based on a Conversation with Roberta Levitow” By Elaine Avila WOMEN IN THEATRE MAGAZINE, International Issue 2014

Cynthia Cohen: First Peace. Her Strategies for Defusing Conflicts Converge at the Nexus of Art and Justice by Simi Horwtiz TCG Circle, 2013

“Iraq Theatre Book Donation for World Theatre Day” by August Schulenberg TCG Circle, 2013

“Profile: Theatre Without Borders” by Jacob Hellman Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance, Spring 2013

“Theatre Without Borders Keeps the Channels of Communication Open” by Simi Horwitz BACKSTAGE.COM, April 27, 2012

“Fulbright Stories: Roberta Levitow” by Jaki Bradley TCG Circle, 2012 “The Question of Cultural Diplomacy: Acting Ethically” Theatre Topics, by Daniel Banks, Ph.D., 2011.

“Acting Together On The World Stage, The Round Up” by August Schulenberg TCG Circle, 2010

“Acting Together On The World Stage, Part 2” by August Schulenberg TCG Circle, 2010

“Going Global: Roberta Levitow” by August Schulenberg TCG Circle, 2010

“Acting Together: Performance and Creative Transformation of Conflict” New Village Press The “Acting Together” Project began in 2005 as a partnership between the Brandeis University and Theatre Without Borders. It involves scholars and practitioners working in fifteen conflict regions, collaborating on two anthologies, a documentary, and a toolkit, while building a learning community and strengthening networks. The project is lead by principal investigator, Dr. Cynthia Cohen in the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts within the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University.