World Theatre Day


World Theatre Day 2018

The Global Theater Initiative (GTI), a partnership between Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Laboratory for Performance and Politics (the Lab), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate World Theatre Day on March 27, 2018.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), and to underline the cross-cultural and international aspect of theatre and of ITI, five international authors – one from each of the five UNESCO Regions: Africa, the Americas, Arab Countries, Asia Pacific and Europe – will each write an International Message. The international authors include: Ram Gopal Bajaj, India; Maya Zbib, Lebanon; Simon McBurney, UK; Sabina Berman, Mexico; and Wèrê Wèrê Liking, Ivory Coast.

Additionally, GTI is proud to announce the U.S. World Theatre Day message authored by playwright and actress, Heather Raffo. Past U.S. World Theatre Day messages have been given by Jeffrey Wright, Lynn Nottage, Ping Chong, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Diane Rodriguez. In GTI’s role as the home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-U.S.), TCG and the Lab encourage all theatre people to celebrate the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders.