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.
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).
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 (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.