Chief Executive & Artistic Director for MIF

The Manchester International Festival is now looking for a new Chief Executive and Artistic Director who will drive the artistic vision for MIF, delivering an exceptional festival every two years and contributing to the development of a major new international arts venue in Manchester.
Deadline is 5pm GMT on 02 March 2015
The main role of the CEO/AD will be to:
a) Create and deliver a biennial international Festival that has local, regional, national and international significance and celebrates Manchester’s position as a leading world city.
b) Lead and drive the artistic vision for this artist-led commissioning Festival, working with key international, national and local artists, together with arts education and creative industries practitioners.
c) Develop and deliver one-off out-of-festival events or programs as agreed with the Board
d) Work with key partners to develop plans for the cultural infrastructure in Manchester, including contributing to the development of a major new arts venue, The Factory.
The successful candidate will have an international reputation as a creative producer or practicing artist with experience in commissioning and delivering large- and small-scale new work and the ability to inspire, challenge and galvanize people. For an information pack and details of how to apply, please contact Heather Newill, Director AEM International at

Call For Papers: Motherhood in Creative Work

This conference aims to reflect on theoretical, methodological and artistic work that may throw light on motherhood and creative practice. We welcome submissions from scholars, students, artists, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions including visual art, literature, and performance art/performative lectures. We invite papers in English of 15 minutes length, with possible topics including but are not restricted to the above description. We welcome abstracts and proposals for practice-based, creative presentations (300 – 400 words + up to 3 images for practical presentations+ 100 word bio) on a broad range of approaches to the above and related topics.
Abstract and Proposals are to be submitted no later than February 20th, 2015, to Dr Elena Marchevska using the following email: Proposers will be informed by 5 March 2015 whether their proposal has been accepted.
Conference Registration:
Registration for conference will open online on 20 February 2015.
Full Conference Early Bird (by 1 May) £120.00
Full Conference £180.00
Full Conference Postgraduate/Unwaged £65.00
Day Rate Monday 1st June only £80.00

Fragile Shores, 2015 NoPassport Conference

NoPassport presents a two-month, nomadic, mobile, local-to-virtual theatre conference initiated and curated by Caridad Svich (2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement) exploring global environmental and human rights issues, as they are reflected in practice and theory in theatre and performance.
From March 1st to May 1st, 2015, on NoPassport’s fragileshore channel on youtube, we will accept panels and work sessions (45-50 minutes) and short performances (20-25 minutes) that in some way address aspects of environmental concerns related to climate change or other issues, and global human rights. For the past eight consecutive years, NoPassport ( has held live conferences at LSU-Baton Rouge, ASU-Tempe, NYU Gallatin, Nuyorican Poets Café and Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY Graduate Center. Our mission has always been mobile and nomadic, and for the first time, we are staging a nomadic, telematic conference, where anyone in the world can take part: local to global. We are particularly interested in sessions that focus on First Nations artists, practitioners and scholars involved in climate change initiatives, and students and practitioners interested in exploring the body politic through theatrical testimony, verbatim theatre, immersive work and hybrid performance practices. What does living on a “fragile shore” mean to you and your communities?
Proposals are accepted effective immediately at

International Arts Manager, Luminato Festival CEO.

Luminato Festival is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival reaching more than 700,000 attendees in 2014. For 10 days each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces into 268 events many of which are free, at 30 venues across the city. Last year Luminato showcased 1,336 participating artists (77% Canadian artists, 305 international artists from 20 countries) celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more. In the last eight years, Luminato has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 66 new works of art, and featured 7,500 artists from 40 countries.
To review the desired candidate profile click here.
As CEO of Luminato you will inspire the Board, staff, the arts community, the City of Toronto, and visitors by leading the Festival to even greater prominence as one of the world’s most respected leading arts festivals.
Your inspired leadership will ensure that Luminato continues to present innovative artistic programming excellence to attract a diverse and expanding audience, and has the financial and operational capacity to fully support its mission today and into the future. You are a visionary who will shape the overall strategic direction for Luminato while working in close partnership with a dedicated Board and staff.
While strengthening and growing the Luminato Festival’s importance to the City of Toronto, you are driven to establish it as one of the most well known and admired arts festivals on the International calendar.
Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume to no later than Monday, March 9, 2015 Send to Searchlight Recruitment Inc, to fill out the application, click here.

USArtists International: Summer Grant Opportunities

Applications for the grants are due by April 17th, 2015, for projects taking place between July 1st 2015, and June 30th 2015.
USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists from across the country who have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.
Eligible applicants must:
a) Be a dance, music or theater ensemble or solo artist, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, that work at a professional level
b) Be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or have a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor that is designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
c) If an ensemble, have the majority of its performing members be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country). The lead creative artist of a collaborative ensemble must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
d) If a solo performer, be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
e) Be invited for performances of no less than 20 minutes in duration, which may be comprised of single or multiple works or excerpts from longer pieces.
Grant amounts range, on average, from $1000-$10,000; and cannot exceed $15,000. To access the full program guidelines and online application, click here. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Robyn Busch.

NY Theatre Intensive: Scholarship Opportunity for Summer.

Now in its 6th year, NY Theatre Intensives is a 6-week cross genre program for actors, writers and directors that focuses on the development of new plays and the collaborative experience. In association with the artists of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, is offering scholarship opportunities for its summer 2015 session in New York City, June 20 through July 31, 2105.
Due Date for Application is March 30th, 2015.
Write a one-page monologue that starts with the phrase “I dare you!” Check that your piece has the following elements: What is the speaker doing? Is the setting in conflict with the speaker? What time of day is it? What is the temperature and how does it affect the speaker? What is the question of the monologue? And how does the speaker change in the course of the speech? What does the speaker learned?
One FULL TUITION scholarship, one HALF scholarships and several honorable mentions will be awarded in the first round of the competition
Please submit your double spaced monologue with contact information to here by March 30th, 2015.

Royal Court Theatre International Playwrights Group 2015 – Call for Applications

Royal Court Theatre International Playwrights Group 2015 – Call for Applications

Apply to the Royal Court International Playwrights Group (Formerly the Royal Court International Residency). This will take place this year from the 6-24 July and we would welcome your spreading the word and recommending any emerging writers you think might be benefit from the programme. This project has evolved over the last 25 years and we are currently working in a much more focused way with between 5-7 international writers every year. Last year we had writers from Argentina, China, Germany, South Korea and South Africa.

Full details are available at the address below, and the deadline is 31 January, 2015. I send love to you and wish you all the best as we reach the end of 2014.

Elyse Dodgson

International Director

Royal Court Theatre

NELLA TEMPESTA: An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, New York

NELLA TEMPESTA: An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, New York 

By Motus Theatre


December 11 – December 21

Dec 11 at 7:30pm to Dec 21 at 4:00pm

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm / Sunday at 4pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre

The third and final production in La MaMa's TEMPEST 3 series is the U.S. premiere of NELLA TEMPESTA.

Italy's provocative and dynamic MOTUS Theatre Company explores questions of freedom, control and power by reflecting on the turmoil in our society – the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the consequences of the economic crisis and questioning of future landscapes. 

NELLA TEMPESTA is created from fragments of novels by authors including: Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Aldous Huxley as well as Shakespeare's The Tempest and Une Tempête by Aimé Césaire. This version of The Tempest imagines the play about a world not as it appears to be ending, but a world on the verge of a new beginning.

“Nella Tempesta (Into the Storm) is an unconventional, engaging, poetic and exciting performance by Motus starting from Shakespeare’s Tempest and the re-reading by Aimé Césaire.
5 actors (+ 1) on the stage, a scenography made up with some multi-coloured blankets – that are enough to evoke the land and the sea, the present and the past, the visible and the invisible – a bare stage, white page in which the young and lithe cast act. 
The Tempest speaks about the real tempests we’re obliged to live today, and Shakespeare becomes an act of resistance for not being lost in this damn storms."

Motus, hailed by New York Times as fresh and ferocious, creates a form of theatre that doesn’t happen in front of the audience, but with the audience.

For Tickets: go to:

Roberto Cimetta Fund to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects

Roberto Cimetta Fund to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects

In the context of international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching a funding line to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects. This funding line aims to promote cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms). We hope through this fund to create a leverage effect that could contribute modestly to rebalancing forces between Arab and European components in the exchange, as well as strengthening and sustaining cultural exchange between Arab regions. The grants provided will not exceed 3000€ and can be considered as co-funding depending on the projects selected. Only artists and cultural operators from the Arab world can apply to this fund. The experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation.

This call for applications is open from 1st December 2014 for two months until 31st January 2015. The evaluation and selection processes will take place during the months of February and March 2015. The results will be announced on 1st April 2015. Three projects at least will be selected. The funds provided must be used within two years, unless agreed otherwise.

A Steering Committee composed of representatives of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Roberto Cimetta Fund will meet to evaluate this first “experimental” phase and decide if it should be continued or re-defined.

The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication hope that this fund can serve to strengthen projects that emerge following the benefits of a travel grant and at the same time support the financial autonomy of local independent cultural initiatives. 

Applications can be made in Arabic, English and French.

Eligibility criteria of this Fund and conditions for the provision of funds

The eligibility criteria and allocation conditions for the provision of funds are as follows:

   i.      Applications can be made by individuals (artist or cultural operators) or by independent organisations (only small or medium organisations whose annual budget does not exceed 20 000€. Support will not be provided to public or semi-public organisations).

ii.      The applicant (organisation or individual) must be based in the Arab geographical region. Age and nationality are not eligibility criteria of this Fund.

iii.      All contemporary artistic disciplines are eligible: performing arts, all forms of visual arts, literature, music, and cultural policy research…. This fund is specifically for artistic creation and cultural activities. Humanitarian aid or school/university projects are not eligible to this Fund. 

iv.      The project presented must explain how it will develop in the long term and contribute to local cultural development.  Sustaining a project implies any action that will allow the organisation or the action to last. For example this could be by providing a salary to an administrator, buying equipment, renovating a space, undertaking training, building networks…). Support to artistic production can be provided if the production itself can prove its “sustaining” effects. The aim of this Fund is to stabilise projects in their local environment, allowing them to establish recognition and develop their networking capacities. 

 v.   The call aims to offer funds to applicants that have difficulty finding the funding needed for their sustainable development. Proof of co-funding is recommended but not compulsory.

vi.  Special attention will be given to projects that transfer values such as respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, freedom of artistic expression, fair exchange and solidarity. Moreover, applicants must agree with the ethical charter of the Roberto Cimetta Fund. 

vii. Although open to projects from all geographic regions of the Arab world, this Fund will be particularly attentive to projects in rural or suburban areas.

viii. Eligible costs can be operational costs, costs for renovation or equipment, artistic production costs, travel or hosting costs, translation costs, etc. All expenditure must be clearly and chronologically defined in the application. If your application concerns renovation or equipment costs a pro forma invoice will be requested with the application.

ix. An agreement between the project leader and the Roberto Cimetta Fund will be drawn up if the project is selected. This agreement will clearly stipulate the aims of the project, the actions that will take place, the conditions of transfer of funds, the role of the Roberto Cimetta Fund and the monitoring process of the project.

 x. The report that will be required to obtain the final payment will be composed of a written activity report, a detailed expenditure report, proof of communication of the support of RCF and all other proof that the project has taken place (photographs, report from the various actors involved, etc.). 

xi. If the project concerns hosting the project leaders/beneficiaries abroad, or the hosting of foreign artists, it is important that the length of stay be sufficient in order for travellers to understand the local cultural context. This measure favours a proper understanding of the cultural and artistic challenges in a given local context and stresses the need to allow time to build trust between actors; for the sustainability of any artistic and cultural exchange.

xii.  Funding is directly transferred to the account of the project leader (organisation or individual) in the following way: 30% following the signing of the agreement, 50% after the intermediary report (approximately a year after the beginning of the activities), 20% after the submission of the final report and accompanying documents.  

It is possib
le to make a request online as from 1st December 2014 here. You can visit the RCF website at this address:

9th Annual Mexico/ U.S. Playwright exchange, New York

9th Annual Mexico/ U.S.  Playwright exchange, New York 

In collaboration with FONCA (México's National Fund for Culture and Arts) 

4 mexican playwrights 
4 u.s. playwrights 
10 day dialogue 
4 free new plays in translation 
1 celebración



saturday, december 13th – 4pm


by Antonio Zúñiga Chaparro

translated by Tatiana Suarez-Pico

Brenda Paz, a young immigrant woman from El Salvador, becomes a high ranking member of two factions of the brutal Mara Salvatrucha gang in the U.S. She embarks on a life of crime and is caught in a love triangle that brings about betrayal and bloodshed. Based on a true story  

saturday, december 13th – 7pm


By Luis Ayhllón

translated by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

An old man is dying of cancer and is being forced to sell his house when he is approached by an old frenemy who proposes they rob a jewelry store. To aid them in this unlikely endeavor, the two old men recruit a young meathead who moonlights as a porn actor.  Sunday, december 14th – 4pm


by Aída Andrade Varas

translated by Virginia Grise

Matthew, incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, struggles to understand the difference between guilt and innocence. He dreams of the ocean and a woman named Ana. When stories do not belong to men but to fate, who can you trust? Sunday, december 14th – 7pm


by Flavio Gonzalez Mello

translated by Carmen Rivera

In the wake of an unknown natural disaster, a group of people are trapped within the bowels of an “intelligent building.” Was it an earthquake? A fire? A terrorist attack? … Or has the building developed a conscience and has decided to commit suicide?

All public readings will be @ the LARK BAREBONES STUDIO:

311 west 43rd street, 5th floor (btw 8th & 9th avenues)

Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R to Times Square Monday, December 15th – 7:30 – 9:00pm


Come hear excerpts from these exciting new works, meet the writers, and help us celebrate this international exchange with food and drinks!



9:15 – 11:30pm

After Party @ Lark Play Development Center