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Please join the global campaign by underwriting the costs of sending Acting Together resources – the documentary/toolkit package, plus a multilingual disc – to the following artists, community leaders, and cultural and educational organizations. We chose these particular recipients based on three criteria:
- We know a specific person who will receive the resources and use them well.
- The communities speak one of our seven languages.
- The individuals or organizations would not otherwise be able to afford the resources.
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Addis Ababa University Faculty of Theatre. Baleyneh Abune, a member of the theatre faculty, will share Acting Together resources with students and faculty. Recommended by Roberta Levitow, Theatre Without Borders.
The Arts Canvas, Nairobi, Kenya, an organization which seeks to create, distribute and archive information about East African art, culture, and history.They have used theater and performance to engage audiences and artists in discussions about East Africa’s history and future and about peace and community-building. They have also created a website for artists to network and share ideas. They believe that art and culture are one, intertwined together, and reflect this belief in their work. Recommended by colleagues at UNDP. www.theartscanvas.com
The Nest, a Kenyan arts organization works to build an innovative and inviting environment. The individuals at The Nest use creative programming to bring these artists together and inspire them to develop their craft and express themselves in new way. They support artists who take risks and explore with and through their work. The Nest works to build an innovative and inviting environment where the artists of Kenya can come together and create. Recommended by colleagues at UNDP.www.becauseartislife.org/about/
Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center, Kigali. Recommended by Jean-Pierre Karegeye, a friend of Theatre Without Borders and Erik Ehn’s Arts in the One World.
National University of Rwanda, in Kigali, will share Acting Together resources with students and faculty; recommended by Roberta Levitow. https://ur.ac.rw/
Ndere Center embraces traditional Ugandan storytelling, performance, music and dance while also embracing contemporary techniques. They could use the documentary and toolkit during conferences. Recommended by Acting Together contributor Charles Mulekwa. www.ndere.com
University of Makerere Music, Dance and Drama Department and Ugandan National Cultural Center at the National Theatre in Kampala. Author, dramatist, playwright, and educator Mercy Miremebe Ntangaare will use AT resources in her courses in drama and folklore, and also in her work with the Uganda National Chapter of East Africa Theatre Institute, a regional body that brings together artists and organizations from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda; recommended by Roberta Levitow. http://arts.mak.ac.ug/mdd.html
PeaceWorks, an initiative of Seagull Foundation for the Arts, aims to strengthen values of mutual coexistence and respect for all communities in India. It’s work, including courageous performances of Hidden Fires, is featured in volume I of the Acting Together anthology.http://interculturalinnovation.org/peaceworks/
Playback AZ, works with residents of the Fukushima region and marginalized groups in Japan, as well as with sex workers and their families in Thailand. Recommended by Jonathan Fox. (website in Japanese) http://www.playback-az.com/
Arts and Peace Commission of the Peace Studies Association of Japan. This group of young artists, peacebuilders and scholars supports artist/peacebuilders throughout Japan through documenting work and providing a platform for networking. They also incorporate the arts into peace education programs that link communities in Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan. They have already coordinated a public screening of Acting Together in Tokyo. IPRA
Women’s Cultural Centre, Jaffna, works with war affected women and children. The women play a vital role in building peace among the communities, and they will luse the resources during their peacebuilding activities in the future. This organization and, in particular, Sivamany Kathiresan, were recommended by former Brandeis International Fellow Kandasamy Sithamparanathan.
Theatre Lab, Eastern Sri Lanka. Theatre Lab is a newly established organization based in Eastern Sri Lanka that is working to engage contemporary social problems through traditional theatre. Acting Together resources will be used in collaborations between Tamil and Singhalese theatre artists, coordinated by Professor S. Maunaguru. Recommended by former Brandeis International Fellow Kandasamy Sithamparanathan.
TrikonE Cultural Foundation promotes conflict transformation through plays, films, seminars, publications and workshops that encourage cross-community efforts to lives peacefully and with respect. CEO Dharmasiri Bandaranayake’s work is featured in the first volume of the Acting Together anthology; after screening the film in English he requested translations into Tamil and Sinhala for his on-going work with artists and educators. Dharmasiri is a leading theatre director and filmmaker in Sri Lanka. http://trikonecf.net/
Theatre of Friendship Playback Sri Lanka, is an umbrella for four companies in Sri Lanka that use Playback to link communities who otherwise have no contact and no shared language. The umbrella organization and the four groups below were recommended by Jonathan Fox. Theatre of Friendship
Yathra, the first Playback company in Sri Lanka, was formed after the 2006 Tsunami. They offer workshops and performances in community settings, and are embarking on cultural exchange/peacebuilding initiatives through Theatre of Friendship. Theatre of Friendship
Mountain Flower Playback Theatre, The Centre for Social Concern, advocates for, supports and serves the interests of the Tamil-speaking tea plantation workers in the hill country. Playback is used to learn about community issues; this information allows other branches of the organization and partner agencies to address community needs. Theatre of Friendship
Interact Art makes cutting edge theatre, primarily through dance, with a multicultural caste include Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim performers. They have presented work in border areas, even during the war years, presenting in both Tamil and Sinhalese. Theatre of Friendship
Kaveri Kala Manram is a Jaffna-based drama group focused on post-war healing, especially with those directly affected by war. At a gathering of Theatre of Friendship they initiated a cultural exchange with Yathra, a group based in the south, that will include each group visiting one another, learning each other’s language, dances, and songs, and creating art in response to each others’ sacred sites, all culminating in an exhibition and performance series that will tour around the country. Theatre of Friendship
Kwajalein Atoll High School, in Ebeye, is an under-resources high school with a fledgling drama club that would be tremendously stimulated by the Acting Together resources, with their examples of performances engaging larger social issues. The Ethics Center’s Marci McPhee recommends drama coach Sivoki Kuilamu and principal Julian Riklon to receive the AT resources.
University of the South Pacific, Marshall Islands Campus, in Majuro, would be considerably strengthened by resourced that educate about engaging the arts in the creative transformation of conflict. They would like collaborate with the College of the Marshall Islands to sponsor a public screening for the community in Majuro, as well as hosting screenings for their own students. Recommended by Marci McPhee.
College of the Marshall Islands, in Majuro, an under-resourced community college, would be stimulated by Acting Together resources to think about arts and the creative transformation of conflict. They would likely collaborate with the University of the South Pacific on a public screening, and then continue to use the documentary and toolkit with students. Recommended by Marci McPhee.
Community Art Lab, in Utrecht, is directed by Acting Together contributor Dr. Eugene van Erven. The lab documents critically and reflects sharply on the meaning of community arts in local, national and worldwide contexts. Many immigrants to the Netherlands speak Arabic. In June, 2013, Acting Together will be featured in a major international research festival convened by the Community Art Lab.
National University of Theatre and Cinematography, Bucharest, Romania. Roberta Levitow, founder of Theatre Without Borders, has a long-standing relationship with this institution, where many of Romania’s leading theatre artists are educated. She has recommended the dean, Nicolas Mandea, to receive a set of Acting Together resources to share with the faculty and students at the National University of Theatre and Cinematography. (website in Romanian) http://www.unatc.ro/
Gernika Gogoratuz Peace Research Center, in Biizkaia, conducts research, training, information dissemination and civic engagement in order to strengthen peacebuilding networks and to make Gernika/Guernica a global reference on peace. Art-making processes are central to the Center’s processes of research and civic engagement, and featured in international conferences and gatherings hosted each year.
University of Baghdad, Department of Theatre Arts, College of Fine Arts. Dr. Waleed Shamil, who was in New York to witness the premiere screening of Acting Together at LaMama, will use the Arabic version of the documentary with undergraduate students in his ‘Watching and Analysis’ class, and also share with students and faculty in the college’s Cinema and TV Department. College of Fine Arts
University of Basra, Department of Theatre, College of Fine Arts. Dr. Abdul Kareem Abood Ouda, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, is seeking to return Basra to its position as a cultural Mecca in Southern Iraq following much destruction during the war, by enhancing cultural exchange in the Arab world. Members of the faculty are also collaborating with US theatre artists on original works. University of Basra
University of Salahaddin College of Fine Arts, Erbil, Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan). Dr. Fadi Jaf, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, will receive the resources and make them accessible to interest members of the Faculty of the college of Fine Arts. University of Salahaddin
Arab-Hebrew Theatre, in Jaffa, consists of two theatrical groups that produce plays both together and apart. Its artists — both Jewish and Arab — produce works that address the challenges of life within Israel and support Israelis to confront the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Several of its peacebuilding performances are featured in a chapter in Volume I of the Acting Together anthology. Arab-Hebrew Theatre
Kartowshkes Ensemble is a Playback Theatre Group that works in both English and Hebrew, traveling from community to community. They recently completed a training on working with ‘multicultural groups.’ Recommended by Jonathan Fox, the founder of Playback Theatre.
Tel Aviv University Department of Theatre. The Department sponsored the first Hebrew screening of the Acting Together documentary in November, 2011. Several members of the faculty are interested in community-based approaches to theatre and the contributions of performance to peacebuilding. Acting Together contributors Aida Nasrallah and Lee Perlman recently completed their PhDs at the Department of Theatre at Tel Aviv University.
International Theatre Institute Jordan Center is a member of UNESCO’s ITI global network. They plan to use the documentary and toolkit with participants in their various workshops, and also plan to screen it in the Mid-cycle Karama Human Rights Film Festival and also in other theatre-related gatherings. The package will be received by Sawsan Darwaza, the president of the ITI Jordan Center and director of the KHRF Festival; she was recommended by TWB’s Roberta Levitow.
Peace Corps/Morocco will circulate Acting Together resources to volunteers who work with theatre student groups in Agadir, Tiznit and Massa. The Peace Corp Librarian also has offered to reach out to public art schools (especially those specializing in drama), as well as several public libraries that organize evening activities. Brandeis alumna Anna Khandros, currently a Peace Corp volunteer in Morocco, will work with the staff and other volunteers to find venues for screenings throughout the country.
Alrowwad Theatre, in Bethlehem, engages young people in theatre as “beautiful, non-violent resistance,” supporting them to develop self-esteem, maturity, acceptance of others, dialogue skills and the ability to work as part of a team. “We want our children to find peace within themselves in order to build a better future,” says Alrowwad’s founder Abdelfattah Abusrour. the theatre is featured in Volume I of the Acting Together anthology. Alrowwad Theatre
Ashtar Theatre, in Ramallah, is a dynamic local theatre with a progressive global perspective. As the Middle East Regional Center for Theatre of the Oppressed, Ashtar engages Palestinian people through Forum Theatre with essential social and political issues, building capacities for democratic practice. Ashtar is featured in Volume I of the Acting Together anthology; the toolkit features a short video of Iman Aoun, Ashtar’s director. Ashtar Theatre
Institute for Modern Media, based in the Old City of Jerusalem and Ramallah, is both the media arm of Al Quds University and an important media presence in the Palestinian community. Acting Together resources will be available to the 50 full-time and part-time faculty who teach there. http://www.imm.ps/en/1/1/2
Centre for Playback Theatre, in New Paltz, New York, provides Playback Theatre training to practitioners from around the world. Playback Theatre’s work on bullying in the US and on human rights in Afghanistan are featured in a chapter in Volume II of the Acting Together anthology written by playback co-founder Jo Salas. http://www.playbackcentre.org/
Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Waltham High School, near Brandeis University, offers students opportunities in theatre, music and the visual arts, and a bilingual program in Spanish. Douglas Trudeau, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, has agreed to receive and use the Acting Together resources. Brandeis students can be enlisted to lead discussions and workshops. http://www.walthampublicschools.org/fine.cfm
Move This World (formerly Dance4Peace), is a global peace education nonprofit that engaged young people through dance and creative movement to transform violence, conflict and bullying in schools. It works in the US in Baltimore, Newark, New York City and Washington, DC, and internationally in Colombia, Germany and the Philippines. Recommended by Laura Carroll, alumna of Brandeis’ Sustainable International Development Program. http://movethisworld.org/
ThisWorldMusic, based in Worcester Massachusetts, partners with educational institutions and arts organizations to offer innovative, hands-on cultural learning experiences. Its mission is to create cultural bridges based on shared love of music and the arts. Recommended by Brandeis Beats. http://thisworldmusic.com/
Memoria Abierta is a coordinated action of Argentine human rights organizations, including the Madres de Plaza de Mayo – Linda Fundadora, whose mission is to preserve the memory of what occurred during the period of state terrorism in Argentina in order to enrich democcratic culture, consolidate and strengthen democracy, and prevent all forms of authoritarianism. Memoria Abierta is the lead organization in the Latin American Sites of Conscience Network, which includes groups working in Guatemala, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. The work of Memoria Abierta is included in Acting Together, volume I. (Website in Spanish)http://www.memoriaabierta.org.ar/
Comunidad Infanto-Juvenil Tres Soles, in Quillacollo, near Cochabama, works with socially disadvantaged children and young adults, to promote self-confidence and social skills, partly through theatre. The staff is eager to explore the Acting Together resources, and plans to host a screening for a wider audience, beyond their own organization. Recommended by Alia Goldfarb. (website in Spanish and German) Tres Soles
Compania de Teatro Playback y Teatro Espontaneo Vuelo, in Santiago, practices interactive theatre in Santiago. Loreto Campusano is an emerging leader in the Spanish-speaking Playback world. Recommended by Jonathan Fox. (Website in Spanish) TE Vuelo
Corporacion Colombiana de Teatro, in Bogota, is directed by Patricia Ariza, hosts annual International Alternative Theater Festival, where Roberto Varea screened an earlier version of Acting Together in Spanish. Since 1994, Patricia has organized 17 Women’s Theatre Festivals on a shoestring, including, in 2012, as the Colombian government and FARC agreed to peace talks, a Festival of Women on Stage for Peace. (Website in Spanish) http://www.corporacioncolombianadeteatro.com/
Asociacion Caminos de la Memoria (El Ojo Que Llora/The Eye that Cries) organizes educational and cultural activities around El Ojo Que Llora, an interactive artwork that has become a symbolic space of national remembrance. It supports the construction of a culture of rights, tolerance and peace in Peru. (Website in Spanish) El Ojo Que Llora
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Ulafa’a Initiative is an art project that aims to create a comfortable environment where the people of different communities in Bahrain can listen to each other’s stories and discuss socio-political issues in their country. Ten Ulafa’a artists will be participating in an oral history/visual arts/peacebuilding program at Brandeis University in April, 2013. The Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at Brandeis will underwrite a package of Acting Together resources for the Ulafa’a Initiative to share with communities and artist groups in Bahrain. Ulafa’a Initiative
Wan Smolbag Theatre, based in Vanuatu, works in many parts of the South Pacific to engage communities through theatre on issues of health, environment, electoral rights, domestic violence and AIDS. Recommended by Acting Together contributor, Dr. Polly Walker. Wan Smolbag Theatre. Ann Morgan will underwrite a package for the Wan Smolbag Theatre.
University of Jaffna, Department of Fine Arts engages communities through street theatre and workshops to empower people through theatre for healing, theatre in education and community theatre. In addition, students study traditional performances in the community. Dr. Kandasamy Sithamparanathan, a former Brandeis International Fellow whose work is featured in Acting Together Volume I, will make good use of resources.http://www.jfn.ac.lk/arts/finearts/
Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, based in Lima and working extensively in the Quechua-speaking communities of Peru, has over 40 years of experience engaging communities through theatrical works, workshops and rituals. Yuyachkani’s work features prominently in the every aspect of the Acting Together project, including volume I of the anthology, the documentary and the toolkit. (Website in Spanish) http://www.yuyachkani.org/
ZID Theater is a cultural organization from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ZID produces multimedia performances with an international appeal and various festivals and community arts projects. The emphasis is on physical and visual aspects, where the boundaries between theatre, dance, visual art, and performance are explored and crossed. ZID devises its own training and working methods that are also taught at various workshops for professionals, students and communities. Zid Theater Website
Israel and Palestine
Combatants for Peace Tel Aviv-Tulkarm group uses theatre activities based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed to end the occupation and build a peace based on non-violent principles. Performances take place on the ground: in a village or at a checkpoint, the Israeli and Palestinians that sit in the audience engage in a full partnership. Chen Alon, a theatre director who is a co-founder of Combatants for Peace has agreed to bring the Acting Together resources to this group. http://cfpeace.org/
Maseno University Library, in Kisumu Kenya; recommended by Acting Together contributor Kitche Magak, who will work with colleagues at Maseno in Departments of Performing Arts, French and Other Foreign Languages, and Literary Studies, as well as the School of Development and Strategic Studies to use Acting Together resources with their students and communities. Maseno University Library website