Global Theater Initiative



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Dedicated to humanizing world affairs through theatre, the Global Theatre Initiative (GTI) fosters interconnectedness among theatre makers worldwide in pursuit of a just and thriving global theatre ecology.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) based in New York and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (the Lab), based in Washington, DC at Georgetown University, developed the Global Theater Initiative (GTI) over the course of 2015 and launched it officially in February 2016.

Our work is an engine to support and amplify global exchange with three core areas of focus: connecting practitioners with resources, knowledge, and partnerships to strengthen their work; promoting cultural collaboration as essential for international peace and mutual understanding; and innovating new strategies to maximize the global theatre field’s opportunities and impact. GTI also serves as the collaborative leadership of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI/U.S.) GTI believes in the power of theatre to create a stronger experience of global citizenship and safer, healthier communities around the world.

GTI provides resources through our Global Theatre Makers community on TCG Circle as well as hosting gatherings, conferences, conversations, and performances by and for artists around the world. GTI hosts global pre-conferences during the TCG National Conference, festivals, and provides support and advocacy through various platforms, including ITI.

GTI is a partnership between Theatre Communications Group (TCG) based in New York and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (the Lab), based in Washington, DC at Georgetown University. By combining the unique reach of TCG’s international programming with the Lab’s distinctive experience in humanizing global politics through the power of performance, GTI honors and intersects with the work so many theatre colleagues have invested in, cross-cultural exchange and understanding.

For more information or questions about GTI, please contact Juli Hendren at jhendren@tcg.org.