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Tom Block

Tom Block is a playwright, author of five books and has been a visual artist for twenty years. His plays have been developed and produced at such venues as the Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, Theater at the 14th Street Y, Athena Theatre Company, Theater Row, ART NY and many others.  He was the founding producer of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010) and a Research Fellow at DePaul University (2010). He has spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East. For more information about his work, visit www.tomblock.com.

Farid ud-Din Attar
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Farid ud-Din Attar

The Conference of the Birds

28 July 2017

In this installment, Tom Block explores the work of Sufi poet Farid un-Din Attar.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

20 July 2017

In his latest installment, Tom Block explores how Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work could impact theatre. 

Chuang Tzu
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Chuang Tzu

Mysticism of the Absurd

11 May 2017

Tom Block writes about how Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu's ideas can provide inspiration for theatre artists.

Mysticism in the Theatre
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Mysticism in the Theatre

What’s Needed Right Now

12 March 2017

Tom Block discusses the benefits of bringing mysticism into the world of artistic creators as we head into a difficult and divisive period in American history, and how a reinvigoration of these ideas could offer a much-needed remedy.

Mystical Thought
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Mystical Thought

This series explores the ideas of three mystical thinkers and looks at how their philosophies can be applied to theatrical work.