Theatre Communications Group (TCG), which serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 50th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2012. For questions, or access to the World Theatre Day logo, please email

Other ways to participate:

  • Submit an essay to the Generation Without Borders Essay Competition
  • Create an I AM THEATRE Video
  • Participate in SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan March 11th
  • Promote your WTD activities on the official Map of WTD 2012 Events
  • On March 27, share the WTD statements from John Malkovich with your audience, community and students, or incorporate it in your theatre’s opening curtain speech
  • Include a special insert with this year's message in your program
  • Follow WTD updates on Twitter, and tweet about World Theatre Day using hashtag #WTD12 with a message like, “Celebrate World Theatre Day 2012 on March 27 through the following activities: #WTD12”
  • Follow the International Theatre Institute on Facebook, and post your own messages like this one, “Join us as we celebrate World Theatre Day 2012 leading up to the 50th Anniversary on March 27. There are many ways to get involved, so please help us champion the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders!” (Include link:
  • Share news from your World Theatre Day events on the TCG Circle, and join the conversation sparked by the Generations Without Borders essays. Email Gus Schulenburg at to share your events
  • Register with the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) and take action by contacting your elected officials regarding the need for: Improved visa processing for international guest artists (Issue Brief / Advocacy Letter); Increased funding for the Cultural Programs Division of the State Department (Issue Brief / Advocacy Letter)
  • Organize special programming events centered around the idea of Generation Without Borders
  • Host a round table with your community to discuss the themes related to World Theatre Day
  • Offer ticket discounts in celebration of the day
  • Make your backstage space available for audiences to tour


Participate Beyond WTD 2012:

  • Register with the Human Rights Watch to learn about human rights issues from around the world
  • Consider applying for a Fulbright to conduct theatre research, training, and teaching —our world needs more creative solutions and leadership to resolve many of our challenges, and the Fulbright is making an effort to include more artists and theatre scholars in their programs
  • Set a goal to work with your local community and Sister Cities International to create a reciprocal cultural exchange or project with your sister city
  • Purchase a copy of the World of Theatre, published by ITI Worldwide, which serves as the best reference guide available to explore the diversity of the current global dramatic scene