Global Pre-Conference: Beyond the Four Walls

Portland, Oregon | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Global Theater Initiative, a partnership between TCG and The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab), will host the 2017 Global Pre-Conference entitled Beyond the Four Walls on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and Portland Center Stage.

Building on the success of last year's Global Pre-Conference held in Washington, DC with 200 artists from nearly 25 countries on the theme of Finding Home: Migration, Exile, and Belonging, this year's Pre-Conference will be a meeting ground for artists and theatre leaders to embrace theatre’s function as a space of solidarity that extends beyond physical, geographic, and cultural borders. In an evolving sociopolitical environment where the ability to cross borders has been called into question, theatre makers from across the country will gather in Portland, a sanctuary city, to identify actionable steps participants can take to utilize theatre to ignite dialogue and humanize current issues of local, national, and global concern.


Afternoon Working Session, PICA ($25)

1:00 p.m. Welcome & Icebreakers

1:45 p.m. Decolonizing Global Partnerships: Annalisa Dias, Producing Playwright with The Welders, DC and Co-Founder DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice (Facilitator)

What are the structural and systemic barriers that prevent authentic global partnerships? How can theatre practitioners critique and change these barriers? When thinking about international immigration and refugee resettlement, how does our concept of citizenship play out?

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Practicing Art & Empathy: Uplifting successes & lessons learned from work with immigrant and refugee communities

Desiree Sanchez, Aquila Theatre, New York, NY

Simón Adinia Hanukai, Kaimera Productions, New York & Paris

Danel Malan, Milagro Theatre, Portland, OR

Jack Reuler, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN

Joanne Seelig, Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

3:15 p.m. Respond: Small group discussions

3:45 p.m. Global-festos: A Call to Action

Torange Yeghiazarian, Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, CA

Michael Fields, Dell’Arte International, Blue Lake, CA

Ruth Wikler-Luker, Boom Arts, Portland, OR

4:00 p.m. Creating Collective Action: KJ Sanchez, Founder/CEO of American Records and Head of MFA Directing, UT Austin (Facilitator)

What are our common goals and how can we stand together? How can practitioners use theatre to erase the divide between immigrants and those born in the US? What does global citizenship look like and what is the path from talk to action? How will we be accountable to each other?

4:45 p.m. Closing

5:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. Evening Session, Portland Center Stage's Ellyn Bye Studio Theatre ($50)

- Welcome & Introductions

- Remarks by Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, District 46 (Portland, Oregon)

- Teatro Línea de Sombra’s Amarillo

- Post-show panel discussion: Moderated by Derek Goldman, Co-Founding Director, The Lab (Washington, DC)

Panel Participants:

Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions (Santa Monica, CA)

Jorge Vargas Cortez, Director, Amarillo

Antígona Alejandra González, Actress, Amarillo

Natasha Haunsperger, Police Officer, Portland Police Bureau

Chief Mike Marshman, Portland Police Bureau

Raul Mendoza Rosas, Actor, Amarillo

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, former Director of Refugee Resettlement, Catholic Charities (Portland, OR)

For a list of Global Pre-Conference attendees, click here.

Teatro Línea de Sombra’s celebrated production Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs for the US-Mexican border and vanishes before reaching his destination. Through stunning projected images, bilingual monologues, and a sea of displaced objects and natural elements, this renowned company from Mexico City reconstructs his journey in a timely multimedia performance that travels imagined landscapes of both geography and cultural identity. Don't miss what the LAist called, "a raw and captivating epic."



The Global Pre-Conference is produced by the Global Theater Initiative, a partnership between Theatre Communications Group and The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, in association with Boom Arts, the Consulate of Mexico in Portland, PICA, and Portland Center Stage at the Armory.

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