Tuesday, January 30th
The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl.
Speakers to include: Teresa Eyring, Executive Director and CEO of Theatre Communications Group, co-President of the US Center for the International Theatre Institute and co-founder of the Global Theatre Initiative at Georgetown; Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of Sundance Institute Theatre program, under whose leadership, the Theatre Program’s international activity has grown from a handful of international observers at the Theatre Lab in Utah to over 14 years of deep peer-to-peer intercultural engagement in six East African countries and, currently, in the Middle East & North Africa; Mark Russell, Director/Founder of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Special for members of TCG: panel is free with code. Email TRUStaff1@gmail.com (or TCG) for code.
Art can be dangerous, especially when the voices of artists express views contrary to their country’s leadership. Many have been silenced, but others have overcome oppression and managed to be heard and sometimes listened to. We will look at how art is perceived, respected or repressed in various countries, and the part it plays in the lives of the communities which it serves. Are there ever ways for getting those in power to listen? Or is the better tactic to engage the population and inspire them to raise a unified voice? We will look at the impact theater in particular has had in effecting social change around the world, including our own country. Among many Americans, there is concern today that their voices are not being heard, and their needs are being ignored. Can art illuminate issues in ways that can generate greater understanding? Can theater be an effective tool for voicing concerns and stimulating discussion, and perhaps change? Is it even possible to get those who disagree with you to consider your viewpoint? And how do you do that?