The NoPassport Conference:

DREAMING THE AMERICAS
Legacy and R/Evolution in Performance
Friday February 13 and Saturday February 14

In addition to the book launch, NoPassport and Martin E. Segal Theatre Center are equally proud to present the third edition of the NoPassport “Dreaming the Americas” conference at the CUNY Graduate Center on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.

Taking place on Friday February 13 and Saturday February 14, this two-day conference is the third incarnation of a live forum for the exchange of work and dreams among the far-flung members of a virtual network between theatres and the academy — a mobile band of playwrights, directors, actors, producers and musicians from across the United States. The conference curators are Caridad Svich (founder), Randy Gener, Patricia Ybarra (Brown University) and Frank Hentschker, with the support of The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, The Internationalists, Theatre Without Borders and Frank Hentschker. To RSVP, call 1.212.817.8215 or send an email to JStenzel@gc.cuny.edu.

This year, according to Svich, “the two-day conference will focus on a wide range of contemporary works for theatre and performance, viewing historical memory, legacy and r/evolutionary art from a variety of formal perspectives.” Topics that will be addressed in panels and presentations include an exploration of U.S. Latino and Latina theatre history, exile and immigration from the perspectives of both the older and new generations; genocide drama; the ecologies of theatre criticism in the U.S.; queer dis-identifications in U.S. Latino and Latina theatre; new trends in new media, dramaturgy and hybrid performances; and fresh perspectives on international collaboration.

One very special feature of this year’s conference is “Taking it to the Streets,” a performance and action session on Latino arts collaboration using non-traditional spaces and unconventional performance strategies. Moderated by Kristoffer Diaz (Playwright), this presentation will feature Mando Alvarado, Maria Alexandra Beech, Lanna Joffrey, Bryant Mason, Matt Olmos, Andrea Thome, and a sampling from some of NoPassport’s Hibernating Rattlesnakes (who frequently perform in a monthly series at the Nuyorican Poets Café in the Lower East Side).

The conference also offers an eclectic and distinguished roster of established and emerging artists. Join a stellar array of theatre artists, writers and thinkers, including Rene Buch (Repertorio Español), Rosalba Rolon (Pregones Theatre), Tlaloc Rivas (Director), Henry Godinez (Goodman Theatre), Jeff Janisheski (O’Neill Theater Institute), Susana Tubert (TeatroStageFest), Caden Manson (Big Art Group), Catherine Filloux (Playwright), J. Michael Friedman (The Civilians), Jonathan Kalb (HotReview.org), J.T. Rogers (Playwright), Alisa Solomon (Columbia University), Johanna Keller (S.I. Newhouse School), Trey Graham (City Paper and National Public Radio), Erik Piepenburg (New York Times Digital), Saviana Stanescu (Playwright), Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez (Mount Holyoke University) and Daniel Gallant (Nuyorican Poets Café).

NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich 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 theatremaking. http://www.caridadsvich.com/NoPassport

CARIDAD SVICH is an award-winning playwright, translator and lyricist. Her adaptation of Allende’s The House of the Spirits premieres February 2009 at Repertorio Espanol in NY, and her play Instructions for Breathing premieres at Passage Theatre in NJ in April 2009. 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 http://www.caridadsvich.com

RANDY GENER is a writer, editor and artist working in the fields of theatre, writing, journalism, photography and installation art. He is the award-winning author of the plays Love Seats for Virginia Woolf and What Remains of a Rembrandt Torn into Four Pieces; the visual artist of the floral photography installation In the Garden of One World (a collaboration with the scenic designer Nic Ularu) at La MaMa La Galleria; and is the senior editor of American Theatre magazine. Visit http://www.randygener.blogspot.com

Partners for the NoPassport 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 http://www.armeniandrama.org or http://www.biancabagatourian.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. http://www.theinternationalists.org

Theatre Without Borders is an informal group of individual artists around the world who are interested in supporting international theatre exchange. TWB was created to recognize the universality & diversity of theatrical expression and the need for international artists to maintain dialogue across political boundaries. http://www.theatrewithoutborders.com

DREAMING THE AMERICAS
Legacy and R/Evolution in Performance
Current Schedule–Program is subject to change

FEBRUARY 13, 2009 Panels:

10:00 AM AN INTRODUCTION – “Talkin’ bout r/Evolution: Legacy in Action”
With CARIDAD SVICH (founder, NoPassport)

What kind of trouble do we stir up through art? What are the costs and rewards of artistic revolution in the age of disaster capitalism? How, in effect, does the form of theatre-making evolve when it looks back before it looks forward?

10:15 AM KEYNOTE: ECCENTRIC STAGES: QUEER PERFORMANCES, CRITICAL IMAGINARIES

With RAMON RIVERA-SERVERA (Northwestern University) and ALBERTO SANCHEZ-SANDOVAL (Mount Holyoke University).

11:00 AM US LATINO/A THEATRE: COURAGE AGAINST THE ODDS
Professor PATRICIA YBARRA (session leader, Brown University).
Panel: RENE BUCH (Repertorio Espanol, NY), ALLEN DAVIS III (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, NY), BARCLAY GOLDSMITH (Borderlands Theater, AZ), ABEL LOPEZ (Gala Theatre, DC), ROSALBA ROLON (Pregones Theatre, NY), JOSE LUIS VALENZUELA and EVELINA FERNANDEZ (The new LATC, CA), ALINA TROYANO (INTAR, NY)

1:00 PM US LATINO THEATRE/A THEATRE: THE NEXT GENERATIONS
(Simultaneous sessions Segal Center and C197 C-level)
ASHLEY LUCAS (session leader, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Panel: ALEX CORREIA (INTAR, NY), MIGDALIA CRUZ (Playwright), RAFAEL GALLEGOS (New York Theatre Workshop), HENRY GODINEZ (Goodman Theatre, IL), JESUS REYES (East LA Rep, CA & Center Theatre Group, CA),

CHRISTINA MARIN (session leader, New York University)
Panel: ELAINE AVILA (Playwright/Scholar, University of New Mexico), CARLOS MANUEL CHAVARRIA (Playwright/Scholar, Bellarmine University), YAEL PRIZANT (Notre Dame University), TLALOC RIVAS (Director), CARMEN RIVERA (Playwright), SUSANA TUBERT (TeatroStageFest).

2:30 PM LUNCH

3:30 PM The Nathan Awards, Theater Criticism & the New Newsroom
Moderated by Randy Gener (Senior editor, American Theatre magazine)
Panel: TREY GRAHAM (City Paper, Washington D.C., and National Public Radio), JONATHAN KALB (editor of HotReview.org and Chair of Hunter College’s Dramaturgy Program), JOHANNA KELLER (Director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School in Syracuse), ALISA SOLOMON (Director, Arts & Culture, MA Program, Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University), ERIK PIEPENBURG (New York Times Digital and USCA Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow) and MICHAEL RIEDEL (Columnist of The New York Post and co-host of “Theater Talk”).

The panel explores the “cultural capital” of criticism and arts journalism in today’s “new newsroom,” the legacy of the criticism of the past, the real practice of criticism today, and how criticism might evolve or create a revolution or survive in the advent of “the new newsroom.”

4:30 PM NEW HORIZONS, NEW CONJUNCTIONS: WRITING MUSICAL THEATRE
Moderated by Randy Gener (Dramaturg)
Panel: TERRY BERLINER (Director), STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN (Playwright-Librettist), J. MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Composer, The Civilians), NATHAN WANG (Composer, Pan Asian Repertory), RAJENDRA RAMOON MAHARAJ (Writer/director/choreographer, Associate Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage)

An exploration of new forms and new modes of musical theatre and new music theatre. A diverse group of songwriters, librettists, composers and directors discuss the concepts, ideas, trends and musical genres which have emerged around and after 2000, such as sung-through musicals, ethnic musicals, avant-garde music-theatre, nonlinear or concept musicals, dansicals, with a special focus on Latin, African, Asian, hip-hop and world music

6 PM DINNER

7 PM: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: NOPASSPORT PRESS BOOK LAUNCH
Moderated by OTIS RAMSEY-ZOE
With TANYA BARFIELD, AMPARO GARCIA-CROW, KAREN HARTMAN, JOHN JESURUN, MATTHEW MAGUIRE, CHIORI MIYAGAWA, LYNN NOTTAGE, and CARIDAD SVICH

NoPassport Press presents a conversation about the global voice in the age of globalization with eight writers who have newly available plays.

8:15 PM AROUND THE WORLD IN 24 MINUTES: THE INTERNATIONALISTS
The Internationalists hosts a series of new plays from across the globe.
An edited video from Around the World in 24 Hours Festival and a Skype conversation from Iceland.

8:45-9 PM RECEPTION

FEBRUARY 14, 2008 PANELS:

10:00 AM: TAKIN IT TO THE STREETS, BAR, CAFE, OR ROOM NEAR YOU

A PERFORMANCE & ACTION SESSION ON LATINO ARTS COLLABORATION and NON TRADITIONAL PRODUCTION STRATEGIES

moderated by KRISTOFFER DIAZ (Under the Radar Festival, NY)
with Mando Alvarado, Maria Alexandra Beech, Lanna Joffrey, Bryant Mason, Matt Olmos, Andrea Thome, DANIEL GALLANT with a performance sampling from some of NoPassport’s Hiberating Rattlesnakes.

11:30 AM CROSSING THE DISCIPLINARY MINEFIELD
Moderated by IVAN TALIJANCIC (WaxFactory) and JEFF JANISHESKI (O’NEILL THEATRE INSTITUTE)
Panel: Ann Liv Young, Eric Dyer (Radiohole), Kenneth Collins (Temporary Distortion), Caden Manson (Big Art Group)

1:00 PM INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION: ENDANGERED SPECIES, FLAVOR OF THE MONTH AND/OR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Moderated by CATHERINE FILLOUX
Panel: SUSANA COOK (Performance Artist/Activist), CATHERINE CORAY (New York University), DOUG HOWE (The Internationalists), SAVIANA STANESCU (Playwright), SONOKO SOEDA (Actor and Asian Cultural Council grantee)

*This is a Theatre Without Borders session

2:30 PM GENOCIDE DRAMA
Moderated by BIANCA BAGATOURIAN (Playwright & President of Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance)

Panel: MARCY ARLIN (Immigrants Theater Project), STACIE CHAIKEN (Playwright/Performer), ALEXANDER DINELARIS (Playwright), CATHERINE FILLOUX (Playwright), J.T. ROGERS (Playwright), KELLY STUART (Playwright)

*This is an Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance session.

4 PM MEMORY, MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL ARCHIVE: VISIONS OF TODAY/TOMORROW
With ARIEL GUTIERREZ (University of Miami), KIRBY MALONE (Cyburbia Productions & George Mason University), GAIL SCOTT WHITE (Cyburbia Productions), AND LILLIAN MANZOR (University of Miami)

4:45-5 PM RECEPTION

For detailed information and final schedule please visit our website:

http://web.gc.cuny.edu/mestc

Friday, Feb. 13, 07 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 07 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Martin E. Segal Theatre . Free.

Some panels will be held in C197 C-Level, where noted.

First come, first served.

Call 1.212.817.8215 or JStenzel@gc.cuny.edu or contact NoPassportPress@aol.com

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