This roundtable conversation amongst national arts leaders aimed to reimagine international presenting for a new age. While acknowledging the steep challenges faced—particularly post-COVID—this invited, participatory gathering looked ahead, exploring inspiring new pathways for sustaining and furthering global exchange and international touring in the United States. This event livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 9 January 2023 from St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
Organized by the International Presenting Commons (IPC) with HowlRound Theatre Commons, the meeting brought together artists, presenters, creative producers, and funders to uplift innovative models and explore new collaborative practices that emerged during COVID that can contribute to building a sustainable and robust ecosystem for the presentation of international work in the United States. The session, and the work of the IPC over several years, is premised on the belief that global live art exchange remains essential to the world, in particular to the cultural health of the United States as a whole and to diverse individual communities that presenters and artists serve across the country.
This conversation was moderated by Emil Kang, program director for Arts and Culture at the Mellon Foundation, and made use of a "long table" format. The conversation began with a small group including Roya Amirsoleymani (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), Rika Iino (SOZO Media), Mara Isaacs (Octopus Theatricals), Edgar Miramontes (REDCAT), Michael Orlove (National Endowment for the Arts), Ronee Penoi (ArtsEmerson), Samora Pinderhughes (musician, filmmaker, and multi-disciplinary artist), Zeyba Rahman (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for Islamic Art), Meiyin Wang (Perelman Performing Arts Center), and Du Yun (composer and performer). After the first hour, the conversation expanded to include feedback, ideas, and provocations from a larger group of sixty artists, creative producers, presenters, and funders.