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Round 4 Cycle B Recipients:

ON the ROAD

Chinese Theatre Works
Chinese Theatre Works, (Long Island City, NY) company members will meet with members of the Yangzhou Puppet Theater in Yangzhou, China (one of the foremost puppet theaters in China) for two weeks beginning in early July 2015. The purpose of the meetings are: to establish long-term personal and working relationships between the artistic staffs of both companies that will further their missions and artistic capacities in both China and the U.S.; to discuss and lay the groundwork for future collaborative projects; and trade technical knowledge and skill sets.

Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD) artists will foster a relationship with Barcelona's Mons Dansa to explore new possibilities for visual theatre and movement in Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) productions. Mons Dansa is an expert in highly imaginative movement-based work for audiences 1-5 and incorporates innovative and fun production elements into its work. Imagination Stage will share their experiences in story-telling and building an interactive experience, as well as knowledge of the early childhood audience. Through the exchange with Mons Dansa, they hope to strengthen and grow their TVY offerings.

Jeremy Kamps
Playwright Jeremy Kamps (Brooklyn, NY) will co-facilitate a drama workshop with Kenyan theatre artists for women who work at "flower farms" in Naivasha, Kenya as a way to collaborate across cultures. Secondarily, this will be research through experience for a play he is writing about the life of a rose. The play will follow a rose from the woman who picks it, to the pilots who transport it, to the storeowners who sell it and the person who receives it. While the drama workshop is research, its primary purpose is to be a full, cross-cultural experience unto itself.

Kyoung H. Park
Playwright and director Kyoung H. Park (Brooklyn, NY) will travel to Santiago, Chile for an artistic residency at the Centre Gabriela Mistral, GAM, to write and direct a workshop of K-ONDA Hamlet, a new performance piece about a group of young performers who occupied GAM's public squares to dance choreographies inspired by Korean pop music. With support from GAM's Artistic Director, Javier Ibacache, Kyoung's Pacific Beat's TALA will also be discussed in a public forum in the context of GAM's current season, which celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Gabriela Mistral's Nobel Prize awarding, and lay the groundwork for TALA's Chilean premiere at GAM in 2016

Riti Sachdeva
Riti Sachdeva (Brooklyn, NY), author of the stage play Other Farmers' Fields, will collaborate with kathakali dance theatre interpreter and practitioners, Viswanath Kaladharan and Shanmukhan Kalamandalam, to start the process of adapting Other Farmers' Fields (OFF) to kathakali form. She will travel to Kerala, India for a five-week intensive collaboration to interpret her script into kathakali context and build a movement vocabulary for each character and scene. This would be the beginning stage of a multi-stage process of adapting the text, training U.S. based actors, and producing OFF as a hybrid western stage play/ kathakali drama.

Indika Senanayake
Indika Senanayake (New York, NY) plans to travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka with the acclaimed Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón. They will collaborate with artists in Sri Lanka on a production of Villa, his play in which three women reckon with the legacy of a notorious Pinochet-era torture site. Guillermo will direct the production, and Indika will act and co-produce, initiating an artistic conversation between theatre-makers from these two countries with strongly resonant experiences of national trauma on opposite ends of the world.

IN the LAB

CalArts Center for New Performance
CalArts Center for New Performance’s (Valencia, CA) conceiver Marissa Chibas and Mexico City-based director, Martín Acosta, in collaboration with a team of artists and community groups will develop a mobile theatrical event to promote discourse on the stories of Central American refugee children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and entering the U.S. detention and deportation system. Designed to be performed in Spanish and English on site in communities impacted by and implicated in the border crisis, the grant will support a four-week workshop of SHELTER, a theatrical performance and multimedia documentary.

Tom Lee
Director/designer Tom Lee and collaborator Josh Rice (New York, NY) will travel to Hachioji, Japan, to work with fifth generation master of the Japanese traditional puppet form Kuruma Ningyo (cart puppetry), Koryu Nishikawa, on a workshop of Shank's Mare, a collaborative theatre production that will premiere in New York in November 2015. Rehearsals and training focused on the visual storytelling of this puppet theatre piece will culminate in a work in progress showing at Koryu Nishikawa's studio. The artists will experiment with contemporary and traditional puppetry techniques to devise new modes of performance that take those traditions into the future

Gerard Stropnicky
Gerard Stropnicky (Danville, PA) will return to Kampala, Uganda and to remote Alebtong District to story-gather and workshop with independent producer Albert Mubiro and Okweny George Ongom of A River Blue. They will collaborate to bring professional Kampala-based actors together with Lango individuals toward an original story-play, Langi Stories, designed to communicate the lives, the joys and the profound challenges faced by the people of Alebtong District to others in Uganda and beyond. The work will combine traditional music and dance with applied story form techniques Stropnicky has refined in successful, change-bringing community story plays in rural America.

ON the STAGE

Aquila Theatre Company
Aquila Theatre Company (New York, NY) will present a production of A Female Philoctetes, based on Sophocles’ Philoctetes, with a cast of actors and military veterans at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation's Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. As part of the series of performances, Aquila will hold workshops in partnership with Athens-based theater company, Synergy-O, for a refugee theater project entitled We are the Persians! Workshops will include recent refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, and Pakistan who performed in We are the Persians! Working together with recent military veterans and artists to explore what these stories mean to them today.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (Fairfield, CT) will launch the Global Theatre initiative to foster generative conversations on identity, belonging, and community from diverse cultural perspectives as a centerpiece of their 25th anniversary celebration. For the Spring 2016 Quick Center season, the initiative will focus on artists from Africa through a collaborative relationship between Fairfield University and Dr. Megan Lewis, who is the series curator at their partner university, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The collaboration will produce a multidisciplinary performance program exploring the feminine narrative and its place in the global theatre landscape. The first project of the series will be the presentation of the one-woman piece Afrocartography: Traces of Places and All Points in Between by Zambian-born, South African-based theatre maker Mwenya Kabwe. This choreopoem is performed and written by Kabwe and speaks to the challenges of grappling with identity and seeking a sense of belonging through the themes of migration on the African continent and displacement on a physical, psychological and emotional level. The work will be presented January 20-23, 2016 at the Quick Center.

Repertorio Español
Repertorio Español (Spanish Theatre Repertory Company, Ltd) (New York, NY) will participate in the Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas "Escenarios del Mundo" (The International Performing Arts Festival "Stages of the World") in Cuenca, Ecuador, presenting its production of Federico García Lorca's The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife. In its 9th edition, the Festival attracts theatre companies from Europe and Latin America. Repertorio's participation will represent the first U.S. Latino theatre taking part in the festival.

Theater Breaking through Barriers
Theater Breaking through Barriers (TBTB) (New York, NY) will present an unpublished full-length theatrical work, The Granduncle Quadrilogy: Tales from the Land of Ice, at the 9th bi-annual Blind in Theater (BIT) Festival held every two years in Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to presenting their work to an audience of Croatians and blind theater artists from around the world, TBTB will experience the artistic work of other blind theater companies from other countries, and participate in workshops and seminars to collaborate and problem-solve ways to promote the work of disabled theater artists around the world.

Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT) will present Refuse the Hour by William Kentridge on November 6-7, 2015 with Philip Miller, Dada Masilo, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison. In this multimedia chamber opera, renowned South African artist William Kentridge joins forces with a composer, a choreographer, a video designer, and a physicist to deliver an astonishing collision of art and performance. Sharing the stage with a menagerie of strange machines of his own invention, along with singers, dancers, and musicians, Kentridge conjures a stunning and profound exploration of the nature of time. Yale Rep’s No Boundaries series explores the frontiers of theatrical invention through cutting edge, thought provoking performance from around the world.


PANELISTS INCLUDED:

Juli Hendren, Artistic Director, Tricklock Company, (Albuquerque, NM); Peter Howard, Founding Ensemble Member, Cornerstone Theater Company, (Los Angeles, CA); Manda Martin, Producing Director, The TEAM, (Brooklyn, NY); Emily Mendelsohn, Director, (Brooklyn, NY); and Meghan Pressman, Managing Director, Woolly Mammoth, (Washington, DC).

Round 4 Cycle A Recipients:

ON the ROAD

César Alvarez
César Alvarez (Yonkers, NY) will engage in a new collaborative process with Danish artist and game designer Nina Runa Essendrop. They will create a new participatory theatre work that combines her interest in physical interaction and sensory play with César’s interest in musical and theatrical storytelling. At the end of this process they will develop a hybrid participatory theatre work that fuses progressive Live-Action Role Play (LARP) design and American experimental musical theatre.

ARTFARM
ARTFARM’s (Middletown, CT) artistic leaders, Dic Wheeler and Marcella Trowbridge, will travel to Sri Lanka and work with Sri Lankan artists Ruhanie Perera and Jake Oorloff of Floating Space Theater, observing and sharing strategies for new work development and workshopping and creating original performance works with underserved and stressed populations utilizing physical theatre techniques, circus disciplines and traditional sound and music pathways. Marcella and Dic will also participate in the Inter Act Arts Colombo International Theater Festival as U.S. theatre artist representatives.

Kathleen Doyle
Kathleen Doyle (New York, NY) will travel to Hanoi, Vietnam and meet Mr. Hoang Tuan Nguyen, artistic director of the Thang Long National Water Puppet Theater and a living master of the ancient tradition of water puppetry. In preparation for designing and directing her own water puppet theater event, she will meet with Mr. Nguyen and observe his work from behind the scenes and meet the puppeteers and craftsmen who carve and lacquer the puppets. She will also bring her puppets to show him. Doyle’s goal is to discover how these Vietnamese artists make theatre magic using just basic materials in pools of water that were originally flooded rice paddies.

Tracy Cameron Francis
Tracy Cameron Francis (Brooklyn, NY), a theatre director, will travel to Beirut to meet acclaimed exiled Syrian playwright Mohammad Al-Attar in anticipation of her opportunity to direct Al-Attar's play in translation, A Chance Encounter, as part of a Boom Arts program in Portland, Oregon in April 2015. Through this initial visit, Francis seeks to allow conversations with Al-Attar to inform her interpretation of his play, and hopes to begin building an artistic relationship with the playwright towards possible future collaborations.

Sage Lewis
Sage Lewis (Los Angeles, CA) will engage in a performance and social exchange between Estación Teatro (Tijuana) and Automata (Los Angeles) called Border Labs | Laboratorios Fronterizos. He will initiate a pilot for a two-year project of micro-festivals connecting small experimental arts organizations in both cities. Over January 15-18, artists and representatives from both organizations will travel to and spend a day in each respective city, sharing work and conversation about performance. Through home stays and shared meals, Border Labs sets a personal tone for exchange between Los Angeles and Tijuana's thriving experimental performance scenes, and their political, social, and cultural context.

Julie Rada
Julie Rada (Salt Lake City, UT) and Serbian theatre/film artist, Saša Perić, will construct/reconstruct performances, hold salons and pop-up happenings, and conduct research into the art movement known as Zenitism, in order to reawaken conversation about this vibrant moment in art history which has been lost to time. Like the Beat poets, Zenit artists traveled through the former Yugoslavia and Julie and Sasa will do the same; tracing through the Balkans by road trip, staging performances, performing interviews, and cultivating future collaborative relationships with artists along the way. Throughout, they will develop a vocabulary that, like Belgrade, will stand where two rivers meet.

IN the LAB

Adrian Michael Blue
Adrian Michael Blue (Philadelphia, PA), a director and author, will research, create and produce a 45-minute production in American Sign Language, Mexican Sign Language and spoken Spanish for the award-winning theatre company, Seña y Verbo, based in Mexico City. This will require a one-week visit to Mexico for research and collaboration with Seña y Verbo's artistic director and co-writer of the project, Alberto Lomnitz. A second trip to Mexico City of approximately three weeks will take place after several video meetings when the script is ready for the company to rehearse.

Oana Botez
Oana Botez (New York, NY), a costume and set designer, and her artistic team will travel to Romania for research and filming of Km. 0 (Kilometer 0)—a site-specific, community-based performance installation being developed by U.S. and Romanian-based artists that will have its world premiere in Bucharest in summer 2016. Conceived, created and directed by Oana Botez, Km.0 will examine what it means to be Romanian today, and will build partnerships between artists in the U.S. and Europe who will use theatre to examine oppression, racism, displacement and corruption, and the fight to define one's own identity after existing in a cultural void.

Ping Chong + Company
Ping Chong + Company’s (New York, NY) Ping Chong, Sara Zatz and Bruce Allardice will travel to Toronto for a 6-day developmental workshop for PUSH: real athletes, real sports, real stories. PUSH is an oral history theater project exploring the intersections of sports and disability, featuring six Paralympic athletes. It is scheduled to premiere during the 2015 ParaPanAmerican Games in Toronto. Residency activities will include the first script reading with the cast, as well as artistic development on video projection and original music scores with designer Murray Siple and composer/musician Luis Orbegoso, and opportunities for community outreach.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

Jessica L. Andrews, managing director emeritus, Arizona Theatre Company (Tucson, AZ); David Lozano, executive artistic director, Cara Mía Theatre Co. (Dallas, TX); Raphael Martin, director of new work & FEED Humanities Program, Soho Rep (New York, NY); Michelle Preston, executive director, SITI Company (New York, NY); and Anna Vigeland, artist (Amherst, MA).

 

Round 3 Cycle B Recipients:

ON the ROAD

Park Cofield
Park Cofield (Los Angeles, CA) will work toward the development of a community-based theatre project in Finland and the U.S. inspired by ancestral histories, Finnish pauper statues and conversations with Finnish painter, Antti Ojala and puppetry scholar, Katriina Andrianov.

CarlosAlexis Cruz
CarlosAlexis Cruz (Charlotte, NC) will travel to Mexico City to engage in an artistic collaboration with Laboratorio de la Máscara to explore the theme of immigration utilizing traditional physical theatre techniques, folklore masks and contemporary circus disciplines.

Forklift Danceworks
Forklift Danceworks’ (Austin, TX) Artistic Director, Allison Orr, and composer, Graham Reynolds, will travel to Kyoto, Japan in August 2014 to collaborate with Hyslom Theater Group and the Kyoto Art Center, supporting the creation of a new work entitled Play Ball Kyoto, featuring baseball players from Japan Women's Baseball League.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Oakland, CA) will travel to South Africa to meet practitioners in theatre, dance, hip hop and performance art as a critical part of his research for a new play "/peh-lo-tah/" which will premiere in 2016.

Ricardo Khan
Ricardo Khan (Hoboken, NJ) will establish a new global theatre community for writers and directors of color and will develop links with a new generation of arts leaders between London, Johannesburg and Harlem, New York.

Theater Grottesco
Theater Grottesco's (Santa Fe, NM) artistic director, John Flax, will deepen a relationship with Gonzalo Carreño by embarking on studio time performing and teaching in rural Colombia. The experience will serve as a stepping stone towards a collaborative piece about translators and translation.

IN the LAB

7 Stages
7 Stages (Atlanta, GA) and Belgrade’s DAH Teatar will complete their third collaboration together—a new theatre production, Blue Planet, exploring the mystery of resilience and beauty after disaster.

Terry Galloway
Terry Galloway (Tallahassee, FL) will spend three weeks in residence at Liverpool's DaDaFest working with an international cast of disabled actresses to finish her musical, The Ugly Girl: A Tragedy in Burlesque, which tells the story of a queer disabled female adrift in a comically hostile universe.

Emily Mendelsohn
Emily Mendelsohn (Brooklyn, NY) and an ensemble of three Ugandan performers—Tonny Muwangala, Esther Tebandeke, and Allen Kagusuru—will collaborate with ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans to advance their cross-cultural vocabulary as they finish development of Erik Ehn's Maria Kizito.

Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research
Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research (Putney, VT) and Teatro Luis Poma of San Salvador are collaborating on G.E.Lessing's 18th Century play, Nathan the Wise, deconstructed to become a vehicle for puppets and actors in order to give focus to the issues of religious and cultural tolerance.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

Megan Campisi, Co-Artistic Director, Gold No Trade, New York, NY; Michelle Coe, Director of Booking, MAPP International Productions, New York, NY; Karen Malpede, Playwright, Co-Founder, Theater Three Collaborative , Brooklyn, NY; Jorge Merced, Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater, New York, NY; Pennie Ojeda, Consultant, International Cultural Exchange, Washington, DC.


Round 3 Cycle A Recipients:

ON the ROAD

Alexander Borinsky

Alexander Borinsky (Brooklyn, NY) will collaborate with theatre-makers Rahel Zegeye and Daniel Balabane in partnership with Masrah Ensemble in Beirut, Lebanon to reimagine both his American monodrama Baltimore and Ethiopian playwright Tesegaye Gebre-Medhin’s Tomorrow’s Man, resulting in new translations into Arabic, Amharic and English.

Anisa George
Anisa George (Philadelphia, PA), the artistic director of Penn Dixie Productions, will forge a new relationship between herself and Lindalinda (Buenos Aires, Argentina) through the creation of a new work, and widen her understanding of and collaboration with the broader Argentine theatre community.

Hartford Stage
Hartford Stage’s (Hartford, CT) Elizabeth Williamson, senior dramaturg and director of new play development, will travel to Tallinn, Estonia to meet with the artists at Teater NO99 and pave the way for future collaboration.

Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN), whose Twin Cities home embraces one of the largest Hmong communities in North America, will travel to Hmong Hill Tribes of Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand to research stories, music and ceremonies towards the development of a multi-disciplinary, dual-continent, original theater event.

The Playwrights' Center
The Playwrights' Center’s (Minneapolis, MN) producing artistic director, Jeremy Cohen, will travel to Australia to build relationships with play development, training, and producing organizations towards the creation of a multi-faceted U.S./Australian playwright exchange.

Théâtre du Rêve
Théâtre du Rêve (Atlanta, GA) will bring Béleck Georges of Haiti to Atlanta, GA to create a dialogue with young artists and Atlanta-based professionals in a five-day workshop, exploring their artistic and socio-political voices.

Anna Vigeland
Anna Vigeland (Amherst, MA) and Peter Balov of Quebec, Canada will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria in preparation for a collaborative cross-disciplinary theatre production with the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, uniting Bulgarian, U.S. and Canadian artists.

IN the LAB

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre (New York, NY) will continue their collaboration with Thukhuma Khayeethe Theater of Myanmar on a contemporary production of Ben Johnson’s Volpone adapted to reflect current political and social realities, now beginning the next phase of the creative process, including set and costume preparation, rehearsals, music and choreography.

Dell'Arte International
Dell'Arte International (Blue Lake, CA) will bring French director/designer Alain Schons to the U.S. to collaborate with company members Joan Schirle and Laura Muñoz on research and development of Elisabeth's Book leading to completion of a script.

The TEAM
The TEAM (Brooklyn, NY) will collaborate with the National Theatre of Scotland on a new work exploring the political legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment on both modern American politics and the pending referendum on Scottish Independence.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

Suzanne Appel, managing director, The Cutting Ball Theater (San Francisco, CA); Seth Bockley, playwright and director (Chicago, IL); John Flax, producing artistic director, Theater Grottesco (Santa Fe, NM); Terry Greiss, executive director, ensemble actor and co-founder, Irondale Ensemble Project (Brooklyn, NY); and Lauren Ignaut, director of studio programming, Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN).


Round 2 Cycle B Recipients:

ON the ROAD

Megan Campisi

Megan Campisi (Brooklyn, NY) and director Michael Leibenluft will bring The Subtle Body, a historical fiction set in China and written in both Mandarin and English, to Caotaiban Theater Company in Shanghai, China in an experiment of multilingual theatrical work across cultures.

Paula Cizmar

Paula Cizmar (Cambria, CA) will travel to The Hague and the Balkans to meet with experts working to fight human trafficking for the purpose of writing a play combining documentary elements with fictional stories. She will consult with theatre artists in Skopje and Sarajevo on the unique ways they craft political theatre for their audiences.

Deaf West

Deaf West Theatre’s (North Hollywood, CA) artistic director, David Kurs, will travel to Reims, France to attend the Festival Clin d’Oeil, the leading sign language arts festival in Europe, and begin the collaborative process of a joint production with Teater Manu of Oslo, Norway.

Mashuq Deen

Mashuq Deen (Brooklyn, NY) will travel with Meetu Chilana and Rita Suri to Amritsar, Chandigarh and Delhi, India to work with Roopak Kala and Welfare Society, a theatre troupe and social activist organization, on the development of a work about the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and to engage in dialogue with those most affected by the massacre.

Gülgün Kayim

Gülgün Kayim (Minneapolis, MN) will engage in a cultural exchange with members of Rooftop Theatre Group, a Greek Cypriot company based in Nicosia, and the Nicosia Turkish Municipal Theatre to explore how theatre can help heal wounds caused by social and political strife, specifically in the context of Greek and Turkish communities separated by a demilitarized zone in Cyprus.

Aaron Landsman
Aaron Landsman (Urbana, IL) and director Mallory Catlett will travel to London to start work on a U.K. version of City Council Meeting with Liverpool-based artist Joann Kushner.

Pig Iron Theatre Company

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s (Philadelphia, PA) co-artistic director, Quinn Bauriedel, will travel to Bangkok, Thailand to collaborate with Arts on Location, an arts consortium that brings together global theatre practitioners for artistic and cultural exchange.

Tricklock Company
Tricklock Company’s (Albuquerque, NM) co-artistic director, Juli Hendren, and writer and performer, Elsa Menéndez, will travel to Kampala, Uganda to collaborate with Ndere Troupe on a new devised work inspired by the life and death of an African explorer.

IN the LAB

Borderlands Theater

Borderlands Theater (Tucson, AZ) will create a transnational project called Una Frontera: Dos Lados (One Border: Two Sides) with El Círculo Teatral in Mexico City and the theatre service organization CEUVOZ. This project will support the co-production of two commissioned plays and identify artists in Mexico to participate in the first bi-annual Border Performance Encuentro (Festival) in Tucson.

Laura Tesman

Laura Tesman (Brooklyn, NY) of WorldWideLab (WWL), an international director collective, will bring together 12 directors from Israel, Germany, Greece, Italy, Canada, India and Taiwan to collaborate on new projects for WWL’s first public festival at Irondale Center.

Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (New York, NY) will present Waiting for Godot at the Blind in Theatre: International Theatre Festival of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Zagreb, Croatia, directed by a visually-impaired artist with two blind actors in the roles of Estragon and Vladimir.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

Elizabeth Bradley, arts professor, Tisch School for the Arts—Department of Drama, New York University (New York, NY); J. J. El-Far, arts program coordinator, British Council (New York, NY); Rachel Fink, director of the School of Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA); Morgan Jenness, creative consultant, Abrams Artists Agency (New York, NY); Max Leventhal, general manager, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA); Sabrina Hamilton, artistic director/resident lighting designer, Ko Festival of Performance (Amherst, MA); and Richard Hopkins, artistic director, Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL).

 

Round 2 Cycle A Recipients:

ON the ROAD

About Face Theatre

About Face Theatre (Chicago, IL) will travel to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON) to form the first international queer youth theatre exchange; and to create a work that explores larger LGBTQ issues at an international level within the North American community.

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York, NY) will host director Pedro Salazar (Bogotá, Colombia) to work with playwright Saviana Stanescu on a play with music about a young Roma girl who is trafficked to the U.S. through France, Columbia and Mexico.

Corey Fischer

Corey Fischer (Kentfield, CA) will travel to China to discuss future collaborations with director/playwright Stan Lai (Beijing, China) on topics ranging from Chinese and Jewish Diasporas to the similarities and differences between nomadic and land-centered identities and cultures.

National New Play Network

National New Play Network (Washington, DC) alumni playwrights Carson Kreitzer and Steve Yockey, along with NNPN vice president Seth Rozin, will travel to Australia's National Play Festival where the writers’ plays will be presented in staged readings as a pilot playwright exchange.

Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre (New York, NY) and its Residency One Playwright, David Henry Hwang, will partner with the Lark Play Development Center on the Contemporary Chinese Playwriting Series, hosting Candace Chong (Hong Kong), Wei-Jan Chi (Taiwan), Nick Yu (Shanghai ) and Meng Jinghui (Beijing) for a week of developing and reading new plays in translation.

Tamilla Woodard

Tamilla Woodard (Brooklyn, NY) of PopUp Theatrics will travel to Spain to work with Cross Border’s Lucia Rodriguez Miranda (Valladolid, Spain) and playwright/director Darío Facal (Madrid, Spain) to initiate an international site specific collaboration inspired by hotel rooms and presented to one audience member at a time.

IN the LAB

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre (New York, NY) will travel to Myanmar to complete a dual-language, contemporary-setting production of Ben Johnson’s Volpone with Thukhuma Khayeethe (Yangon), as well as set up a South-Asian tour of the production.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Chicago, IL) will host artist collective "one step at a time like this" (Melbourne, Australia) to deepen their partnership by collaborating on a site-based, mobile technology-enhanced production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

The Civilians

The Civilians (Brooklyn, NY) will meet with composer Héctor Buitrago (Bogotá, Colombia) and playwright José Rivera (New York, NY) in Chicago to workshop a first draft of Rivera’s new play Bogotá Prison Pageant, with music by Buitrago. The play will be written in English and Spanish, and directed by The Civilians’ Steve Cosson.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:

Lane Czaplinski, artistic director, On the Boards (Seattle, WA); Mario Garcia Durham, president and chief executive officer, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, DC); Victor Maog, artistic director, Second Generation (2g) (New York, NY); Adam Fristoe, co- artistic director, Out of Hand Theater (Atlanta, GA); Mara Isaacs, producing director, McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ); Katy Rubin, artistic director, Theater of the Oppressed (New York, NY); Lauren Weigel, executive producer, The Play Company (New York, NY); Preston Whiteway, executive director, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT).

 


Round 1 Cycle B Recipients:

ON the ROAD

Mia Chung

Mia Chung (Providence, RI) collaborated with musical theatre artist Yong Jin Song in Seoul, South Korea to create a bilingual, modern pansori, (the traditional Korean art form of solo opera) about Korea's complicated love affair with the English language.

Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien (Santa Monica, CA) met withwar journalist Paul Watson in Vancouver to continue his work on a play about Afghanistan's first English-language school in the 1990s for the children of the Taliban.

Katy Rubin

Katy Rubin (New York City) exchanged practices with Cardboard Citizens and Mind the Gap, two British theatres that work with homeless and learning-disabled actors, respectively, to enhance her directing work with those communities in New York.

Kate Sutton-Johnson

Kate Sutton-Johnson (Minneapolis, MN) traveled to Congo Brazzaville and collaborated with American, British, Bantu and Pygmy artists using sustainable materials from urban and rain forest areas to create the set and visual elements of a theatre piece.

Carmen C. Wong

Carmen C. Wong (Washington, DC) continued research and documentation with Finish collaborators and food designers in Helsinki, Finland to create a culturally-specific experiential food-and-performance hybrid.

San Francisco International Arts Festival

San Francisco International Arts Festival (San Francisco) partnered with Erika Chong Shuch and traveled to South Korea to build a collaborative team for the creation of a new multidisciplinary work inspired by stories about the sociopolitical situation in North Korea.

IN the LAB

Liza Bielby

Liza Bielby (Detroit, MI) led a month-long training exchange between U.S. physical theatre artists and xiqu artists in Shanghai, China, that culminated in a workshop performance merging xiqu with American vaudeville.

Denise Maroney

Denise Maroney (New York City) workshopped an environmental play with Lucien Bourjeily and other Lebanese artists, for their productions in fishing enclaves along their country's coast.

Quest: Arts for Everyone

Quest: Arts for Everyone (Lanham, MD) hosted deaf and hearing actors from FTH:K, Cape Town, South Africa, and created an original visual theatre piece for touring in the U.S. and South Africa.



Round 1 Cycle A Recipients:

ON the ROAD

Theater Three Collaborative, Inc.

Theater Three Collaborative, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) collaborated with National Theater of Kosovo (Pristina, Kosovo) on two new plays from two cultural perspectives on the 9/11 attacks and aftermath.

Tricklock Company

Tricklock Company (Albuquerque, NM) traveled to Dah Theatre (Belgrade, Serbia) and Teatr Figur Krakow (Krakow, Poland) and began work for future collaborations and met companies to invite to Revolutions International Theatre Festivals 2012 and 2013.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) attended the Golden Mask Festival (Moscow, Russia). They engaged with Russian artists for help in the creation of a prototype rehearsal and production model that incorporates the insights learned.

Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo

Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo (Chicago, IL) developed an original performance exploring the topic of violence with clown artist Artus Chavez (Mexico City, Mexico).

Rebecca Gilman

Through interviews with Swedish Americans and Swedes, Rebecca Gilman (Chicago, IL) created a documentary play with Sven Benidktusson (Gothenburg, Sweden) set during the celebrations of the Karl Oskar days in Minnesota and Vaxjo, Sweden.

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson (Rhinebeck, NY) collaborated with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Paris, France) on a series of new translations of major Russian plays.


IN the LAB

Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts

Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN) continued researching and developing "We Are All Africans" - an international, trans-media, multi-platform project by a team of American, British, Bantu and Pygmy artists (Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo).

Out of Hand Theater

Out of Hand Theater (Atlanta, GA) collaborated again with site-specific theatre The Lunatics (Utrecht, Netherlands) and brought the company to Atlanta to develop Group Intelligence, an interactive outdoor theatre event about origins of life chemistry and water sustainability.

Erik Ehn

Erik Ehn (Providence, RI) presented and expanded the third annual Centre x Centre Theatre festival (Kigali, Rwanda), which included workshops and performances from around the world, co-produced with local artists. Erik's hope is to expand the festival to include Kampala, Uganda where he and his collaborators have a long-term relationship with the National Theater and Ugandan theatre professionals.