World Theatre Day 2015


Theatre Communications Group (TCG), which serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invited all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate World Theatre Day on March 27, 2015.

In honor of World Theatre Day's 53rd Celebration, the annual International Message was given by Krzysztof Warlikowski, Polish theatre and opera director, and founder and artistic director of Nowy Teatr.

"For us who live after the end of the world. Who live in the face of crimes and conflicts that daily flare in new places faster even than the ubiquitous media can keep up. These fires quickly grow boring and vanish from the press reports, never to return. And we feel helpless, horrified and hemmed in. We are no longer able to build towers, and the walls we stubbornly construct do not protect us from anything-on the contrary, they themselves demand protection and care that consumes a great part of our life energy. We no longer have the strength to try and glimpse what lies beyond the gate, behind the wall. And that's exactly why theater should exist and where it should seek its strength. To peek inside where looking is forbidden."

To read the complete World Theatre Day Speech by Krzysztof Warlikowski, translated to English by Philip Boehm with the support of Theatre Communications Group and the U.S. Center of ITI, please click here.