FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NoPassport and NUYORICAN POETS CAFE present
5th annual NoPe – NoPassport Conference
DREAMING THE AMERICAS: GLOBAL CHANGE IN PERFORMANCE
NoPassport and Nuyorican Poets Cafe present a two-day conference with the support of Cynthia Cohen, The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, Fulana, Paul Nagle and ICSCS, Idiom, The Internationalists, INTAR, HotInk @ the Lark, Fulana, Rock Wilk, The Secret City, Pasos: The Museum and Center for Peacebuilding, and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, and in solidarity with Reclaim and Meeting Point Productions.. NoPassport is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
Initiated and Curated by Caridad Svich, Co-curated by Catherine Coray (NYU) & Daniel Gallant (Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café)
Conference is on MARCH 4 and 5, 2011 at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 East 3rd Street)
with pre conference special salon NO CUTS on MARCH 3, 2011 at INTAR, 500 West 52nd Street, 4th Flr, NYC
Join Kia Corthron, Cynthia E. Cohen, Stephen Duncombe, Erik Ehn, Teresa Eyring, Randy Gener, David Greenspan, David Herskovits, Philip Himberg, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, Mac Wellman, Chris Wells of the 2010 Obie Award winning The Secret City and a distinguished roster of artists & scholars for the 5th annual NoPassport “Dreaming the Americas” Conference at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. This year the two-day conference will focus on a wide range of contemporary works for theatre and performance, viewing arts and activism from a variety of perspectives. Keynote Speaker is Oscar-nominated screenwriter and playwright Jose Rivera. Performances from Rock Wilk and Fulana. Film There will also be a pre-book launches for the release of new volumes from NoPassport Press from Linda Faigao-Hall, Catherine Filloux, Carson Kreitzer, Ruth Margraff, Lisa Ramirez & more, and special documentary film screening of “Acting Together.”
NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003 as a Pan-American theatre alliance & press devoted to action, advocacy, and change toward the fostering of cross-cultural diversity and difference in the arts with an emphasis on the embrace of the hemispheric spirit in US Latina/o and Latin-American theatre-making. www.caridadsvich.com/NoPassport.
Conference @ Nuyorican Poets Café/NY
Fri. MARCH 4, 2011 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Sat. MARCH 5, 2011 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Two-day Pass Registration/cover required: $25
Registration available online at (tickets ordered via either link will count for admission on both days of the conference): https://secure.gigmaven.com/events/3875/orders/new
STUDENT TIX @ the door only: $15 Two Day Pass, $10 One Day Pass
For further information contact: NoPassportPress@aol.com
Current Schedule–Program is subject to change
MARCH 3, 2011 pre conference special event: NO CUTS
The Internationalists and NoPassport theatre alliance & press in association with ICSCS and INTAR present
a reception celebrating the power of art in the spirit of social and cultural change. and an opportunity to share short poems or prose pieces, lifted up for the undeniable spiritual power of art-making, regardless of supply and demand and in protest against budget cuts in the arts across the US.
this salon is the kick-off event for the 5th annual NoPassport Dreaming the Americas Conference: Global Change
to be held at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on March 4th and 5th, 2011.
NO CUTS is on March 3rd, 2011 at INTAR (Lou Moreno, Artistic Director),
500 West 52nd Street, 4th Floor, NYC from 8 to 9:30PM
Free admission. Donations suggested to cover practical costs.
*This evening is inspired by and instigated in solidarity with Theatre Uncut, a project of Reclaim and Meeting Point Productions to be held in the UK and in the US and other countries from 16-19 March, 2011.
March 4th and 5th, 2011 Conference @ Nuyorican Poets Café/NY
MARCH 4, 2011 Panels:
10 AM- 10:30 AM Registration.
10:30-45 AM OPENING REMARKS
With CARIDAD SVICH (founder, NoPassport), CATHERINE CORAY (artistic director, HotINK @ the Lark) and DANIEL GALLANT (Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café)
11:00 AM INVOCATION: THE SECRET CITY: CHRIS WELLS
11:30 AM-1:00 PM ACTIVISM IN PERFORMANCE
Conceived by Chiori Miyagawa & Kristin Horton
Moderator: KRISTIN HORTON (Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Gallatin School) Panel: APHRA BEHN and JULIA CHILD (members of Guerrilla Girls On Tour!), ZAK BERMAN (Co-founder, Epic Theatre Ensemble), STEPHEN DUNCOMBE (Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin School, co-founder Center for Artistic Activism) and CHIORI MIYAGAWA (playwright-in-residence, Bard College, and member of Hibakusha Stories, http://www.hibakushastories.org)
1:15-1:45 KEYNOTE: JOSE RIVERA: THE GLOBAL SOUTH
JOSE RIVERA is Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “The Motorcycle Diaries” and award-winning playwright.
2:00-3:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
3:15-4:15 PM DAVID GREENSPAN FOUR PLAYS & A MONOLOGUE:
Moderator: HELEN SHAW (Time Out). Panel: DAVID GREENSPAN with DAVID HERSKOVITS (Artistic Director, Target Margin Theatre), and ANNE WASHBURN (Playwright)
4:30-5:50 PM DINNER BREAK
6:00-6:25 PM PERFORMANCE EXCERPT: ROCK WILK
6:30-7:30 PM GENOCIDE & POLITICAL ATROCITY IN THEATER
Moderator: BIANCA BAGA TOURIAN In Conversation with playwrights: ERIK EHN (Head of Playwriting, Brown University), MARCUS GARDLEY (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), MAC WELLMAN (Brooklyn College) *This is an Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance session
7:45-8:50 PM FILM SCREENING: ACTING TOGETHER, introduced by Cynthia Cohen (Brandeis University)
MARCH 5, 2011 PANELS:
10 AM-10:10 AM Registration
10:15-11:50 AM WANNA PLAY? GAMING DESIGN & PERFORMANCE
Moderator: LINSEY BOSTWICK (Big Art Group) Panel: Lisa O’Connell (Playwright and Artistic Director of Pat The Dog Playwright’s center), Elise Morrison (Recent PHD graduate from Brown University, focusing on Surveillance performance), Jared Mezzocchi, (Video Designer, Programmer and Editor, Big Art Group among others), Koosil-JA (dance, media, and sound artist (recently created interactive systems for dance and digital simulation of body and brainwaves for Music for koosil-ja/danceKUMIKO)
12:00-1:15 PM: SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE EAST AFRICA: a work session with DEBORAH ASIIMWE (playwright, and specialist, East Africa), and PHILIP HIMBERG (Producing Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program). Sundance Institute East Africa is a program to support the work of theatre artists in East Africa, as well as to create exchange and exposure opportunities between U.S. artists and East African writers, directors, and performers. In the spirit of this exchange, Sundance Institute East Africa engages with East African artists in Africa as well as East African artists sharing their work with artists in the U.S.
2-2:50 PM LUNCH BREAK
3-3:50 PM VELOCITY AND COGNITIVE LABOR: An IDIOM Magazine conversation
Moderator: STEPHEN SQUIBB (Producing Artistic Director at Woodshed Collective, Editor at Idiom, Editor at NoPassport Press, Associate Publisher at n+1, consigliere to Martha Rosler, one half of International Pastimes and a Committee Member for the Public School | NY)
Panel: JESSICA LOUDIS writes for Slate, the Times Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and is books editor for Idiom, LAILA PEDRO is a phd candidate in French at CUNY, a poet, and a translator. And GEORGIA SAGRI is an artist. She lives and works in NY, Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Columbia University, Visual Arts Department. She is the founder and editor in chief of sound-only magazine Forté. She is currently developing a performance piece that will be presented in April at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao part of the group exhibition “The Luminous Interval “. Her work is shown at Anthony Reynolds, London, AD, Athens, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami and MendesWoood, Sao Paolo.
4-4:50 PM HOTINK IN TRANSLATION
Moderator: CATHERINE CORAY (Associate Professor, NYU;
Artistic Director, HotINK @ the Lark) Panel: ANDY BRAGEN, MIGDALIA CRUZ, and AYA OGAWA *This is a HotINK @ the Lark session.
5-5:45 PM PERFORMANCE: FULANA
FULANA, the Latina, video and satire collective plays the “cocktail” hour.
6-6:50 PM ALTERNATIVE METHODOLOGIES IN & OUT OF THE IVORY TOWER
Moderators: CHARLOTTE MEEHAN (Wheaton College) Panel: ELAINE AVILA (University of New Mexico), KEN PRESTININZI (Yale School of Drama), ELANA GREENFIELD (New School), RUTH MARGRAFF (Art Institute of Chicago), and LISA SCHLESINGER (Columbia College, Chicago, pending confirmation)
7-8:15 PM NoPASSPORT PRESS SALON on WRITING AS METAMORPHOSES: KIA CORTHRON, LINDA FAIGAO-HALL, CATHERINE FILLOUX, CARSON KREITZER, RUTH MARGRAFF Moderators: RANDY GENER, OTIS RAMSEY-ZOE (editors, NoPassport Press)
8:20 PM CLOSING REMARKS and announcement of forthcoming NoPassport books from Christine Evans, Rinde Eckert, Linda Faigao-Hall, Lisa Ramirez, Kara Hartz, and Repertorio Espanol.
NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated theatre alliance & press devoted to cross-cultural, Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. Caridad Svich and NoPassport is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of [Caridad Svich & NoPassport] may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For online donations go directly to https://www.fracturedatlas.org/donate/2623
Further information about NoPassport: http://www.caridadsvich.com/NoPassport/upcoming.html and http://nopassport.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/2011-nopassport-theatre-alliance-conference-schedule/
CARIDAD SVICH, founder of NoPassport, is an award-winning playwright, translator and lyricist. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge/UK), and contributing editor of TheatreForum. Visit her at www.caridadsvich.com
NoPassport’s work is made possible by personal donations.
Artistic Affiliates for this Conference:
The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance strives to fulfill its mission of projecting the Armenian voice on a world stage through theater and film by offering contests for new writing, play readings and various educational programs. For more information, please see www.armeniandrama.org or www.biancabagatourian.com
ICSCS/The Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability (Paul Nagle, Executive Director) ICSCS is an affiliate program of Dēmos, the progressive policy institute. The mission of ICSCS is to support policy that articulates and strengthens art and culture’s central role in civic life, and enhances cultural, community and environmental sustainability. www.artspolicynow.org
Idiom is an online publication of urban artistic practice. By allowing emerging artists, writers and arts professionals to report on, review, and otherwise cover overlooked or under-thought aspects of the larger creative community, Idiom offers a local, engaged counterpoint to the prevailing discourse of contemporary art. www.idiommag.com
The Internationalists is a collective of directors from around the world whose mission is to create a more open, sustainable and interactive global theatrical community. We foster creative diplomacy in order to build bridges between artists and audiences of all nations. By developing a global network of artists, we promote the creation of contemporary performance with an emphasis on cross-cultural exchange and collaboration. www.theinternationalists.org
INTAR has been producting Latino voices in English since 1966. Artistic Director, Lou Moreno. www.intartheatre.org
HotINK @ the Lark: Formerly known as The hotINK International Festival of Play Readings, hotINK at the LARK hosted by the Lark Play Development Center features ten plays from non US countries, over five afternoons and evenings in March. www.hotink.org
Fulana is a media collective that emerged as the vision-fusion of four New York-based Latina artists joined by a love of video and satire, a critical gaze, a bilingual sense of humor and—most of all—a shared desire to create art within a collaborative onda. In 2000, Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Andrea Thome, Lisandra Ramos-Grullón and Cristina Ibarra put their Spanglish brains together, drank some coffee, and founded Fulana. http://fulana.net/index.html
Lark Play Development Center was founded in 1994, the Lark is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, providing playwrights with indispensable resources to develop their work. The Lark brings together actors, directors, playwrights and the community to allow writers to learn about their own work by seeing and hearing it, and by receiving feedback from a dedicated and supportive community. The company reaches into untapped local populations and across international boundaries to seek out and embrace unheard voices and diverse perspectives, celebrating differences in language and worldviews. The Lark also plays a leading role in advancing unknown writers and their works to audiences through carefully stewarded partnerships with a host of theaters, universities, community-based organizations, and NGOs, locally, nationally and globally. www.larktheatre.org
The Nuyorican Poets Café was founded circa 1973 as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet, Miguel Algarin. The mission of the Cafe is to create a multi-cultural venue that both nurtures artists and exhibits a variety of artistic works. Without limitation, we are dedicated to providing a stage for the arts with access for the widest public. www.nuyorican.org
Rock Wilk is an actor, a playwright and a poet, New York City’s own Rock WILK is also a socially and politically charged vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet’s semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican’s national team, Rock also was recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights. Rock is currently developing his play, BROKE WIDE OPEN, which was recently presented at undergroundzero, which is part of the Playgroundzero Festival at the acclaimed theater, Performance Space 122 in Manhattan. BROKE WIDE OPEN was also recently mounted as a 3 week, 12 performance workshop at The Medicine Show Theatre, also in NYC. http://www.rockwilk.com/home.html
Pasos: The Museum and Center for Peacebuilding is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 and dedicated to peacebuilding through education and the arts. With a mission to connect, inspire and empower, we strive to be a hub connecting peacebuilders around the world, stimulating their individual and collective imaginations, and taking them to the next transformational steps leading to a peaceful world. www.pasospeacemuseum.org
The Secret City serves the spiritual, social and human needs of artists. We do this by creating and providing live, interactive programs that engage a growing community in restoring the sacred roots of art-making. Our primary program is our monthly service. The Secret City won a 2010 Obie Award. www.thesecretcity.org
The Sundance Institute Theatre Program advances the work of risk-taking theatre artists by providing rare developmental opportunities that support artists throughout their careers. By providing a continuum of support, we ultimately hope to contribute to a meaningful and engaging cultural dialogue between artists and their audiences. http://www.sundance.org/programs/theatre/