Performing  at Performing the World 2012

October 4-7, 2012

New York City


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Performing the World (PTW) is as much a performance festival as it is a performance conference. PTW is full of performance in many forms – plays, one-person shows, storytelling, dance and music. Here's a small sample of some performances we haven't highlighted in previous newsletters.


  • Performers Without Borders, a group of student actors from the University of Colorado, share their devised interactive shadow play, Energy Justice: The Musical, which uses solar powered lights and music by three-time Emmy Award winner Tom Wasinger. The play has toured schools in the Navaho Nation as part of an effort to bring clean energy to the 18,000 Navaho families living without electricity. 
  • The Proverbial Loons, the Castillo Theatre's improvisational musical theatre troupe, performs during Performing the World, creating musicals based on interviews of audience members before your very eyes.

One Person Shows  

  • Renowned playwright and actor Carlyle Brown performs his one-man play about the madness of war and the madness that surrounds it. Set in 1968, Therapy and Resistance tells the story of the Viet Nam War draft resistance movement and the attempts of one draftee to get a deferment as a manic-depressive schizophrenic with paranoid tendencies.
  • South African-based Antonio Lyons' one-man play We Are Here explores a diversity of male voices as they navigate their identities and societal roles relative to women, violence, HIV/AIDS, self esteem, parenting, etc.
  • Joseph Galata, who has spent three decades working with former street gang members, teens with substance abuse histories, adolescents afflicted by violence, poverty, domestic and community abuse, presents a 30-minute performance piece based on a true story of a 15 year-old boy incarcerated in an adult prison and executed in the Nevada gas chamber at the age of 17. The performance will be followed by an inter-active workshop, which focuses on the use of theatre, music, dance, media and literacy arts with children, teens, parents, and professionals to end the cycles of violence and crime that result in youth imprisonment.             


  • Stephanie Pulford, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at the University of California at Davis, and storyteller Paige Greco revisit the concept of narrative and apply it to the format of a scientific talk. They will demonstrate how good storytelling makes scientific information more accessible and interesting to scientists and nonscientists alike.  
  • Avraham Kluger, a professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit of the School of Business Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will lead a storytelling workshop, followed by a conversation about how storytelling can bring strangers together, prevent violence and create bonds in schools, companies and organizations.


  • New York City-based choreographer Gina Gibney shares her company's model of utilizing movement to empower and heal women living in domestic violence shelters. The workshop will include a performance of Here to Tell, a dance that Gibney choreographed for Sandra Manick, a survivor and domestic violence mentor.
  • A collaboration between jazz pianist Chris Reyman and dancer Sandra Paola Lopez, Perceptions is a collection of three improvisational pieces that reflect on the relationship between performer and audience, as well as the transient nature of identity, society and reality.


  • June Boyce-Tillman, Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester, will lead a participatory workshop in which the participants will collectively make music – approaching music through the experiencer/creator of the music rather than the music itself.
  • Susan Parenti from the School for Designing a Society, based in Urbana, Illinois, will lead a workshop that starts with musical performance after which she invites the audience to respond. Their suggestions incorporated there and then, as they becoming co-creators with the musicians of the musical piece.

Register for PTW

There is no other gathering like Performing the World. It brings to
gether people not only from all over the world, but from many different walks of life who are using performance to engage the world's social problems. Register now to make sure you can be there for this remarkable three-day worldwide happening. Registration can be completed online ( or contact Melissa Meyer at 212-941-8906 x 304.

Housing the World

PTW 2012 Housing Committee is busy securing free housing for the hundreds of performance activists and scholars who will be attending. Additionally, if you live in the New York metropolitan area and would like to host a performance activist or scholar from around the world, please contact Thecla Farrell at or Sam McKenzie at or to fill out a form on the website go to: (