Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation

March 13


Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

Sunday 9:30am-6pm


La MaMa and Theatre Without Borders Present: Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation is a one day international convening 

Through focused round tables, panels, small groups, social networking, and live-streamed dialogue with international artists, we will focus on key ​emerging ​topics including conflict resolution and the refugee crisis, hybrid forms of interdisciplinary work, and a new generation of theater makers.

Please let us know if you can attend either in person or by virtual telepresence.

RSVP by March 1st

(Free, but donations are appreciated)


9:30 Arrival

10:00 Welcome address/ Opening Ritual

10:30 First Panel- Socially Engaged Theatre With/For/Of Adult Populations

(2-3 Live Panelists, 2-3 International Live Streamed Panelists with Culture Hub*) 

Focusing on (but not limited to) some of the following subjects: regional issues, conflict zones, prison and post-prison populations, women's issues, LGBTQ issues, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, refugees, reproductive rights, climate change, artist safety, human rights

Expressed through  (but not limited to) some of the following modalities/ theatre forms: Theatre of the Oppressed, Hybrid/ Multi-media, Scripted Plays, Improvisation, Devised works, Dance/Music Theatre, Cultural/Historical forms, Puppets, Masks, Human Rights Orgs.

11:30 Break out sessions facilitated by live panelists and TWB committee - where the conversations can become deeper and more specific

12:30 Report back session

1:00  LUNCH (Bring your own)

2:00 Check in/ Ritual 

2:30 Second Panel- Socially Engaged Theatre With/For/Of /ByYouth

(2-3 Live Panelists, 2-3 International Live Streamed Panelists with CH*) 

3:30 Break out sessions  facilitated by live panelists and TWB committee - where the conversations can become deeper and more specific

4:30 Report back session

5:00 General Discussion: What's next / Closure/ Final Ritual

6:00 Dinner Out (optional)

About Theater Without Borders

Theatre Without Borders (TWB) is a grass-roots network of international artists, theatres, and organizations that share a common interest in international exchange.

Today, TWB is an international grass-roots community comprised of a wide-spectrum of individual volunteers around the world who meet irregularly and communicate primarily through the Internet and our website. Ideas are generated and then implemented by the group. We start with a need and respond to that need.

We value “Conversation”, “Hospitality”, and “Information Sharing”. We welcome artists at all levels of practice: professionals, academics, amateurs, artists working in countries where there is no such thing as a professional theatre community, and students.