World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day 2019

The Global Theater Initiative (GTI), a partnership between Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Laboratory for Performance and Politics (the Lab), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 58th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2019.

In celebration of the 71st anniversary of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Cuban stage director, playwright, academic and professor Carlos Celdrán will offer the international World Theatre Day address. The first World Theatre Day international message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. Succeeding honorees include Arthur Miller (1963), Ellen Stewart (1975), Vaclav Havel (1994), Ariane Mnouchkine (2005), Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi (2007), Augusto Boal (2009), Dame Judi Dench (2010), Jessica A. Kaahwa (2011) and Heather Raffo (2018).

Additionally, as the home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-U.S.), GTI is proud to announce the 2019 U.S. World Theatre Day message is authored by Larissa FastHorse, Ty Defoe and Jenny Marlowe of Indigenous Direction. Past U.S. World Theatre Day messages have been given by Jeffrey Wright, Lynn Nottage, Ping Chong, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Diane Rodriguez. In GTI’s role as the home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-U.S.), TCG and the Lab encourage all theatre people to celebrate the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders.