2016 TCG National Conference: Pre-Conferences

Global Pre-Conference | Finding Home: Migration, Exile, and Belonging


The Global Pre-Conference anticipated and laid the foundation for an active stream of programs around global citizenship and exchange throughout the TCG Conference, curated by GTI.

The Global Pre-Conference took place on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 and included the following:

9:00 a.m. Shuttle from hotel(s)
Coffee and light breakfast, provided for attendees on arrival

9:45 a.m.
Official welcome

10:15 a.m. Shelter
Conceived and written by Marissa Chibas, directed by Martín Acosta

A movement-based theatrical performance that shares stories of the massive human crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border and passing through the U.S. deportation shelter system, unraveling the painful truths of immigration.

A project of CalArts Center for New Performance/Duende CalArts, Shelter "goes after the heart of displacement by delving into the human crisis of immigration," said American Theatre magazine.

11:30 a.m. Humanizing Exile: A Creative Response, moderated by Nadia Oweidat, New American (USA/Jordan)
We, as a global theater community, are reaching a critical mass of exiled artists.The Global Pre-Conference kicked off with a forum that wove a range of theatrical excerpts with discussion about theater that documents exile and migration. What are the conditions and parameters about which exiled artists can and can’t discuss? How have these artists navigated those challenges? How has their worked changed? How do non-exiled artists document individuals who have migrated or been exiled?

Martín Acosta, Director (Mexico)
Marissa Chibas, Playwright and Head of Duende CalArts (USA)
Natalia Koliada, Founding Co-Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Torange Yeghiazarian, Founding Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions (USA)
Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense (USA)

12:45 p.m.
Lunch, provided for attendees

1:45 p.m. Race, Colonization & Art: An Afro-Global Perspective, moderated by Sonja Parks, Actor, Activist, Educator, and TCG Fox Actor Fellow (USA)
Countries across the globe acknowledge and celebrate their artists and artistic achievements with national festivals, correctly highlighting the invaluable contribution of the arts to (a) society's development; but if entire groups of people aren't represented, what is being said about the value of that group’s contribution? Colonization has made racism a global entity and it is no less present in the arts. This panel was an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary, international discussion with practitioners from the US and abroad, and explored the question of racism in the arts from an Afro-Global perspective.

Josette Bushell-Mingo, OBE, Actress and Director of African descent (UK/Sweden)
Nike Jonah
, Producer and International Thought Leader on Diversity and Creative Industries (UK)
Lloyd Nyikadzino, Actor, Director, and Coordinator of the Zimbabwe Center of ITI (Zimbabwe)
Julius Tennon
, Actor and Producer (USA)
Manuel Viveros, Director and Professor of Theatre, Universidad del Vall (Colombia)

3:15 p.m.
History and Home, moderated by Catherine Coray, Director Middle East-US Playwright Exchange, The Lark (USA)
As we, as a global nation, face crises related to issues of race, poverty, and oppression of various kinds (economic, cultural, etc.), many playwrights are turning to history as a way to engage with the present tense. This panel explored how cultural, national, and personal histories are used as a basis for understanding our present home.

Kyoung Park , Artistic Director, Kyoung's Pacific Beat (USA/Chile)
Heather Raffo
, Iraqi American playwright and actor, 9 Parts of Desire (USA)
Fabio Rubiano
, Dramaturgo y director, Teatro Petra (Colombia)

5:00 p.m.
Conceived by Kamchàtka (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), led by Adrian Schvarzstein

Migrar, Kamchàtka’s site-specific journey tackles the theme of immigration featuring DC participants.

The Kamchàtka street theatre company of Barcelona has a long history of experimenting and investigating art in public space, the social codes of communication and the theme of immigration.

Migrar was presented in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull.

6:15 p.m.
Dinner, provided for attendees

7:30 p.m.
Prevented Performances, moderated by Diane Rodriguez, Associate Artistic Director,
Center Theatre Group (USA)
This TED talk-inspired forum focused on a range of performances in different contexts that due to political circumstances have not been able to be presented, and showcased the works themselves that have been prevented as well as the complex reasons behind those decisions. The event included curated discussions, performances, and dynamic speakers woven together in which a wide range of participants shared their work, their process, the challenges they have faced, and potential solutions.

Nabil al-Raee
, Artistic Director, Freedom Theatre, Jenin Refugee Camp (Palestine)
Reem Alsayyah
, Actress (Syria)
Mohamed Aly Ansar,
Executive Director, Festival in the Desert (Mali)
Cristina Bejan
, Artistic Director, Bucharest Inside the Beltway (USA)
Robert Duffley
, Publications & Artistic Programs Associate, American Repertory Theater (USA)
Derek Goldman
, Co-Founding Director, The Lab (USA)
Motti Lerner
, Playwright (Israel)
Peter Marks, Lead Critic, The Washington Post (USA)
Dijana Milošević, Director, DAH Teatar (Serbia)
Ivana Milenovic Popovic, Actress, DAH Teatar (Serbia)
Lloyd Nyikadzino
, International Theater Institute (Zimbabwe)
Ari Roth
, Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company (USA)
Cynthia P. Schneider
, Co-Founding Director, The Lab (USA)
Howard Shalwitz
, Artistic Director, Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company (USA)
Yury Urnov, Director (Russia)
Gideon Wabvuta, Actor (Zimbabwe)

10:00 p.m.
Shuttle to hotel(s)