Who We Are

CO-FOUNDERS, 2003:

DEBORAH BREVOORT is an award-winning author of plays, musicals and opera librettos. She’s best known for The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced internationally.  She currently serves as a mentor to the NBO Musical Theatre Initiative in Nairobi Kenya with Fred Carl and Roberta Levitow.

ERIK EHN is a playwright, educator and theorist of contemporary theater. The former dean of theater at CalArts, the California Institute of Arts, he is the former head of playwriting and professor of theatre and performance studies at Brown University. His published works include The Saint PlaysBeginner, and 13 Christs.

CATHERINE FILLOUX is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over twenty-five years.  Her plays have been produced around the U.S. and internationally.  Catherine has been honored with the 2019 Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship; the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre; and the 2015 Planet Activist Award.  Filloux is the librettist for four produced operas, the most recent with composer Olga Neuwirth for Orlando, at the Vienna State Opera.  Her new musical, Welcome to the Big Dipper (composer Jimmy Roberts, and co-book writer John Daggett) was a 2018 National Alliance for Musical Theatre finalist and received a workshop at the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, New York.  www.catherinefilloux.com

ROBERTA LEVITOW (TWB Director) directed over fifty productions in NYC, LA, and nationally; worked for 15 years as the Senior Program Associate/International with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program’s East Africa and Middle East North Africa initiatives; co-founded and directs Theatre Without Borders: co-instigator of The Acting Together Project with the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at Brandeis University and The Climate Change Theatre Action with The Arctic Cycle. She is a Fulbright Ambassador Emerita with Fulbright grants in Hong Kong, Romania, Uganda and Ethiopia. www.robertalevitow.com

 

CORE MEMBERS, 2003-present:

Daniel Banks, TWB Associate Director He is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Marcy Arlin She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Chantal Bilodeau She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Damir Dado Čobo He is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

David J. Diamond curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia. As a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre, he did a residency with Dah Teatar in Belgrade and he serves as Advisor to BOLD Theatre in Kenya. He received two CEC ArtLink Residencies in Russia. He contributed to Dah Teatar: A Sourcebook. He is a Founder and Trustee of the Barrow Group Theater. He is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders. davidjdiamond.com

JJ El Far She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Tracy Francis She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Juli Hendren She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Dr. Jessica Litwak is an award-winning playwright, an actor, a drama therapist, an educator, a puppet builder, a coach, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. She is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective (www.theheatcollective.org), the founder of Artists Rise Up New York and a Fulbright Scholar. She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.She can be reached at Jessica.litwak@gmail.com

Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, Africa, South Korea and USA. In New York, he directs numerous productions Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway as well as Site Specific. Maas is the Co-Founding Director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), Artistic Associate & Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), and from 2016 to 2020, Maas was the Artistic/Creative Director of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA). From 2010 to 2014, he was the Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA. He currently teaches as Adjunct Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College’s MFA Performance & Interactive Media Arts Program (PIMA) – www.erwinmaas.com

Ruth Margraff She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Elsa Menendez She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Shahid Nadeem He is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Margaret Namulyanga (Communications Specialist) She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Giovanni Ortega He is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Lisa Schlesinger She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Vidhu Singh is a theatre maker and cultural activist with a passion for storytelling that engages vital issues of our time. Her dramaturgy, scholarship and advocacy of South Asian theater have made her contribution to the American theater truly unique. Cal Shakes recognized this uniqueness by honoring Vidhu with the 2020 Luminary Award in Dramaturgy. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Brava! for Women in the Arts and a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Sarah Cameron Sunde She is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.

Roberto Varea’s research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence.  His writing and editing include the two-volume anthology Acting Together-Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, and numerous journals.  He directs and dramaturgs community-based projects and teaches at the University of San Francisco. He is a Core-Member of Theatre Without Borders.