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 (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’ (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 (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'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 (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 (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 (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.
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.
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 (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’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 (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.
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 (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 (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.
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).
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 (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’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’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.
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.
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).
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.
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.