Round 6 Cycle B Recipients:
ON the ROAD
Margarita Blush, Mansfield, CT
Margarita Blush will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria to work with renowned Bulgarian scenographer, Svila Velichkova, on the conceptual framework, aesthetic, and design of The Rule of the World, an original theatre production that examines the themes of injustice and disillusionment. The title is inspired by a quote from Kafka’s iconic book, The Trial: "Depressing view…The lie made into the rule of the world.” The show will feature live performance, puppetry, movement, and original script, scenography, and music.
Chinese Theatre Works, Long Island City, NY
Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) and Maleonn Studio (Shanghai, China) will embark on the first stage of a year-long collaboration to create and produce Three Women - Many Plays, an original production incorporating traditional and contemporary shadow theatre, digital animation, opera, dance, and film. The piece will tell the stories of three women who pioneered traditional Chinese shadow theatre in the U.S. CTW company members will travel to Shanghai for a three-week residency at Maleonn Studio, share skills, experiment with blending shadow puppets, digital animation, and sound, and develop the script, design, and music concepts.
GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, DC
GALA's co-founder and producing artistic director, Hugo Medrano, will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina to meet and work with leading theatre artists from different sectors of the field including Jorge Telerman, director of the Complejo Teatral, and Horacio Peña, one of the city's leading independent actors. Hugo will learn about recent developments in Argentina and the Southern Cone (comprising Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile), particularly in musical theatre. Additionally, he will identify future collaborators, including independent artists and companies who could travel to DC for residencies, play development, and/or co-productions in future seasons.
Handan Ozbilgin, New York, NY
Handan Ozbilgin will travel to Greece to participate in a global exchange workshop with emerging Greek playwrights curated by Aktina Stathaki (Athens, Greece) and led by the playwright, Jeton Neziraj (Prishtina, Kosovo). This workshop includes a staged reading of Jeton's play, Yue Madeleine Yue, which Handan will direct, and a gathering with the playwrights to share Handan’s experiences working with Greek playwright, Maria Efstathiadi, on her play Privatopia, an experience that encapsulates Handan’s key artistic principles: process, time, collaboration, and participation.
Theater Grottesco, Santa Fe, NM
Theater Grottesco and Kamchatka Theatre will share street-theatre techniques based upon the theme of immigration. Kamchatka Theatre artistic director, Adrian Schvarzstein, will come to Santa Fe to lead Kamchatka’s award-winning workshop MIGRAR, leading participants to see their homes as if for the first time. The workshop will open with cultural protocols led by Dancing Earth to acknowledge the land as Tewa territory, make a small medicine gift, and announce lineages and intentions. Then members of Theater Grottesco will join Kamchatka Theatre in Barcelona to further the discussion and explore new stylistic elements that could enrich the workshop.
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, New York, NY
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) will send three artists to Muktadhara, the bi-annual international festival of practice and performance hosted by Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in West Bengal, India. During the festival, three actor-facilitators (“Jokers”) who are directly impacted by the issues in TONYC's plays will have the opportunity to learn from, teach, and create with Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners from around the world. After the festival, the TONYC artists will stay with Jana Sanskriti for two days of additional exchange, focusing on how each organization develops artistic leadership from the populations most directly affected by injustice.
Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, PA
Community-based theatre practitioners Touchstone Theatre will travel to Goleniów, Poland to meet and work in tandem with Teatr Brama as they plan for and execute their annual theatre festival, Bramat. While in residency, Touchstone personnel will observe practices used in the realization of Bramat, particularly practices wherein Brama’s artists work alongside Goleniów community members in developing performances for the festival. In addition, this Bramat will host Caravan Next, a European Union-funded Social Community Theatre collaborative featuring some of Europe’s top community-based practitioners, allowing for a broader cross-pollination of Touchstone methodologies with those of Caravan Next members.
IN the LAB
CarlosAlexis Cruz, Charlotte, NC
CarlosAlexis Cruz will continue his collaboration with Alicia Martinez-Alvarez and Laboratorio de La Máscara by developing a new work inspired by the reality of Central American immigrants’ difficult path through Mexico to the U.S. Inspired by the Spanish novella, Lazarillo de tormes, and the Picaresque genre, their new work, Pícaro, will tell the story of a 13-year old boy from Guatemala forced by circumstance to leave his family and travel through Mexico. Incorporating elements of contemporary circus arts, fast-paced comedy, masks, magic, and music, the audience will play the role of accomplices in the re-telling of this classic tale. Combining their specialties within the physical theatre realm, CarlosAlexis and his collaborators will embark in workshops to finish creating the show and bring Pícaro to its first main stage presentation.
Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA
Building upon their collaboration in March 2017, Cornerstone Theater Company will host six artists from the Stut Theater and Van der Hoeven Clinic, (both based in Utrecht, Netherlands) in Los Angeles, California. During Fall 2018, they will participate in an exchange of methodology, art making, experiential learning, and planning around a future collaboration. While in Los Angeles, the international artists will participate as both contributors and observers to Cornerstone’s community-engaged theatre-making residency in Watts, a 2.12-square mile neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Their shared objective is to create a clear path for an 18 to 24-month international collaborative residency to make a new play. Their new community engaged theatrical work is planned to premier at the eighth International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in Rotterdam, Netherlands in March of 2020.
Kevin Doyle, New York, NY
Playwright and director, Kevin Doyle will return to Dhaka, Bangladesh and resume work with six survivors of the 2012 Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh who he first met in 2016 under a travel grant from the Asian Cultural Council. He and the survivors will collaborate with noted Bangladeshi theatre, performance art, and puppet theatre experts to develop a dramaturgical vocabulary to better frame their stories theatrically in an interdisciplinary theatre project titled TRIANGLE / TAZREEN. The piece will focus on the garment industry through the lens of the workers who survived the Tazreen fire and will then contrast their experiences with the perspectives of workers involved in the nearly identical 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York.
La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
Director Lakin Valdez and playwright Andrew Saito will continue to create Man of Rabinal, a two-person multidisciplinary play that explores the history, meaning, and present situation of the Rabinal Achí, an 800-year-old pre-Columbian Mayan dance-drama about a conflict between two rival kingdoms. Central to their process and the resulting play is their growing relationship with the members of Asociación Xajooj Tun, the Mayan Achí performance troupe in Rabinal, Guatemala, that is sworn to keep this dance-drama alive. Man of Rabinal will use docudrama to explore and share Valdez and Saito's evolving relationship with the ancient text, and the Mayan actors in Guatemala.
Roberta Levitow, Santa Monica, CA
Roberta Levitow will continue her collaboration with Eric Wainaina in Nairobi, Kenya through Rainmaker Ltd’s NBO Musical Theatre Initiative, which aims to develop and produce new musical theatre written, composed, and performed by African artists in Africa and beyond. This four-year initiative, based in Kenya, works through collaboration with a range of international mentors, including U.S. artists from the Sundance Institute Theatre Program and artist-teachers from the NYU Musical Theatre Writing Graduate Program. Roberta and Eric along with producer Angela Wachuka and their consultant, the vocalist and songwriter Somi, will take a crucial step in the project’s process by engaging in a 10-day workshop to develop 16 in-progress musical theatre projects.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers, New York, NY
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) will collaborate with the BIRD Theatre to host the First International Symposium for Disabled Theatre during the opening week of the 11th BIRD International Theatre Festival this September. Following TBTB's first appearance at The 7th BIRD International Theatre Festival in 2014, BIRD Artistic Director, Makoto Nakashima, became interested in developing theatrical programming with disabled artists. In 2015 he created The Freedom Theatre, an offshoot of the BIRD Company, integrating disabled and non-disabled artists. Like TBTB, The BIRD Theatre wishes to alter perceptions of disability in Japan. Their collaborative symposium will mark a signficant first step in this process.
Simón Hanukai, Theatre Director, Pantin, France; Ouida Maedel, Grants Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC; and MK Wegmann, Independent Consultant, MK Arts Co, New Orleans, LA