Cross-cultural Exchange

Interested in work that crosses geographical and cultural borders? So are the creators of the content in this section!

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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

by Georgina Young-Ellis
5 August 2018
Blurring Borders with Práctica/ Borrando las fronteras con Práctica
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Blurring Borders with Práctica/ Borrando las fronteras con Práctica

by Beatrice Basso
30 July 2018
Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange
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Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange

by Caitlin Cassidy
23 May 2018
Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

5 August 2018

Georgina Young-Ellis looks at the history of the innovative Mexican theatre company Teatro Línea de Sombra, its connection to Portland, Oregon, and two of their projects: Amarillo and Rebuilding Small Territories.

Blurring Borders with Práctica/ Borrando las fronteras con Práctica
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Blurring Borders with Práctica/ Borrando las fronteras con Práctica

30 July 2018

Beatrice Basso discusses what it was like to bring multidisciplinary artists from north and south of the US-Mexico border together to create and learn from each other in the artist-driven exchange Práctica. / Beatrice Basso analiza cómo fue el intercambio artístico Práctica, en el que artistas del norte y del sur de la frontera México-Estados Unidos se reunieron para crear y aprender unos de otros.

Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange
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Ten Transformative Ideas for Community-Building and Cross-Cultural Exchange

23 May 2018

Caitlin Cassidy discusses ten principles and practices she's learned as an artist working at the intersection of arts and cross-cultural exchange, and as one of Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics Fellows.

Telling Stories
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Telling Stories

An Arab/Arab American Theatre Collaboration

20 May 2018

For the last few years, professor Catherine Coray has been helping create collaboration opportunities for theatre artists in Arab countries and the Americas. Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine is the most recent iteration, and has taken place in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Beirut.

Why Artists Should Pay Attention to US Visas, Policy, and Cultural Exchange
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Why Artists Should Pay Attention to US Visas, Policy, and Cultural Exchange

16 May 2018

Matthew Covey, founding director of Tamizdat, discusses why American theatre artists should be more knowledgable about US visas and policies, and describes how Tamizdat is working to support international artists performing in the US. 

Fantômas
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Fantômas

Revenge of the Image and the Wuzhen Theatre Festival

28 January 2018

Artistic Director Travis Preston on the cross-cultural collaboration of bringing Fantômas: Revenge of the Image from CalArts to the Wuzhen Theatre Festival.

Building Communication in the Classroom Beyond Language
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Building Communication in the Classroom Beyond Language

2 October 2017

Director and educator Luane Davis Haggerty reflects on how prioritizing movement as a form of communication encouraged diversity and intersectionality in her New York City summer classroom. 

AsiaTOPA
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AsiaTOPA

Redefining Performing Arts Festivals

30 August 2017

Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, who attended the AsiaTOPA Performance Festival in Australia, reflects how as the United States devalues diversity and imposes restrictions on immigration, Australia recognizes the value of its relationship with its Asian neighbors, and of its own diverse population.

The View from My Balcony
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The View from My Balcony

5 June 2017

Arianna Bardesono launches the Montreal City Series with a look at the two theatre cultures of Montreal.

The Essential Truth of A Raisin in the Sun and Theatre in Our Time
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The Essential Truth of A Raisin in the Sun and Theatre in Our Time

30 April 2017

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, writes about the value of theatre as cultural diplomacy, and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics' World Theatre Day event celebrating A Raisin in the Sun.

“How was Romania?”
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“How was Romania?”

Reflections on the Temps D’Image Festival in Cluj

2 April 2017

A report on the Temps D’Image Festival in Cluj, Romania, from the perspectives of “Surfing” fellows Sydonia Lucchesi, Sam Silbiger, and Taysha Canales.

Encountering Eastern Europe
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Encountering Eastern Europe

4 March 2017

Jamie Gahlon, Senior Creative Producer of HowlRound, reports on a trip she took in fall 2016 to explore, deepen, and build partnerships with theatremakers and organizations in Eastern Europe.

Address to LEAP Playwriting Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre November 14, 2016
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Address to LEAP Playwriting Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre November 14, 2016

11 February 2017

Elaine Ávila's address to the LEAP Playwriting Program at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre on November 14, 2016.

Shape the Future of the World Theatre Map / Crea el futuro del Mapa Mundial de Teatro
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Shape the Future of the World Theatre Map / Crea el futuro del Mapa Mundial de Teatro

1 February 2017

HowlRound has developed and is launching The World Theatre Map. / HowlRound ha desarrollado y está por lanzar el Mapa Mundial de Teatro.

Theatre History Podcast # 18
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Theatre History Podcast # 18

Dr. Charlotte Canning on Internationalism and US Theatre

16 January 2017

Michael Lueger interviews Dr. Charlotte Canning on her new book and US theatre artists in the mid-twentieth century who shared their work abroad.

2016 NOW AFRICA Playwrights Festival
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2016 NOW AFRICA Playwrights Festival

12 January 2017

Cherry Lou Sy reports on the first day of 2016 NOW AFRICA Playwrights Festival, which included a panel discussion and performances addressing connection across the African Diaspora.

The Biggest Arts Education Phenomenon in the World—But Not in Theatre, Yet
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The Biggest Arts Education Phenomenon in the World—But Not in Theatre, Yet

9 January 2017

Eric Booth discusses the El Sistema model, an international music training program for young people living in poverty across the globe, and advocates for a similar widespread program for the theatre community.

International Collaboration in TYA New Play Development
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International Collaboration in TYA New Play Development

2 January 2017

Teresa A. Fisher discusses International Playwrights’ Intensive, a new play development program that facilitates international collaboration for theatre for young audiences. 

Acting Against Sexual Assault
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Acting Against Sexual Assault

The Subject Project

10 December 2016

Playwright Carolyn Kras discusses The Subject Project, in which her period play, The Subject, serves as a tool for addressing sexual assault in both past and contemporary society and culture.

Between New York and Shanghai
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Between New York and Shanghai

An Interview with Brenda Liu and Rui Yang

16 September 2016

In this last installment, Playwright Kate Mulley interviews her Chinese classmates Brenda Liu and Rui Yang about their experience as Visiting Scholars at Columbia University.

Studying Theatre in Shanghai
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Studying Theatre in Shanghai

15 September 2016

In this first installment, playwright Kate Mulley shares her experience studying abroad at Shanghai Theatre Academy, reflecting on how her time there influenced her playwriting.

Cafecito
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Cafecito

Por Piedad Teatro

16 May 2015

Georgina Escobar chats with Ana Graham and Antonio Vega about their company Por Piedad Teatro and their upcoming production.

Why Theatre Matters to This Escaped Child Soldier
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Why Theatre Matters to This Escaped Child Soldier

1 May 2015

The author reflects on the role of the performing arts in his own remarkable journey from Ugandan child soldier to performer and playwright.

Dispatch from Tehran—33rd Annual Fadjr International Theater Festival, Part 2
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Dispatch from Tehran—33rd Annual Fadjr International Theater Festival, Part 2

12 March 2015

Torange discusses productions she saw in Tehran that premiered outside the Festival, and the impact of the political and economic climate on making theatre in Iran.

Dispatch from Tehran—33rd Annual Fadjr International Theater Festival, Part 1
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Dispatch from Tehran—33rd Annual Fadjr International Theater Festival, Part 1

10 March 2015

The 33rd Fadjr International Theater Festival, Iran’s most visible dramatic showcase, opened ran in Tehran  January 21-February 1, 2015. It featured eighty plays from Iran and eleven from Europe and the Middle East, and no representation from the United States.