Entitled The Future of International Theatre Exchange: Rewards, Responsibilities, Challenges, Possibilities, the free symposium will be presented 6:30-10:30 PM April 1 and 9:00 AM-7:00 PM April 2. The two-day event — organized by co-planners Roberta Levitow and Dr. Daniel Banks, playwrights Morgan Allen, Deb Brevoort and Catherine Filloux and director Marcy Arlin — will gather a host of scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss the issues currently facing international theatre.
The Future of International Theatre Exchange, according to press notes, will "provide a forum that is useful for both the well-traveled artist and the novice interested in preserving and augmenting the cultural bonds that exist between the U.S. and other countries. The Symposium will allow practicing artists to spread the knowledge of their varied experiences and will stimulate interest amongst the general population in cultural affairs and exchange."
Four "Ground Breakers" in the field (Martha Coigney, Margaret Croyden, Daniel Gerould and Ellen Stewart) will be honored on Friday evening.
Panelists participating in the symposium include Baraka Sele, New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Cynthia Cohen, Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, Brandeis University; Pennie Ojeda, International Programs, National Endowment for the Arts; Caridad Svich, New Dramatists, TheatreForum; Ralph Lemon, Cross Performance; Erik Ehn, California Institute of the Arts; Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; Isis Saratial Misdary, Al WAMDA, Lark Play Development Center; Sabrina Peck, Cornerstone Theater Company; Awam Amkpa, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Joan Channick, TCG/International Theatre Institute U.S. Center; Kamilah Forbes, Hip Hop Theatre Festival; Candace Chong Mui Ngam, Asian Cultural Council Grant Recipient; Marcy Arlin, Immigrants’ Theatre Project; Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Siena College, New York; Frank Hentschker, Martin Segal/Graduate Center, CUNY; Linda Walton, Aaron Davis Hall; and Maria Morett, Mexihcco Teatro, Mexico.
New Dramatists is located at 424 West 44th Street. No admission fee will be charged; a $20 donation is suggested to help cover expenses. As of press time, the symposium is fully booked, although names are being taken for a waiting list. To be added to the waiting list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. *
April 1 will also mark the launch of the official Theatre Without Borders website, located at www.theatrewithoutborders.com.