2009 NOPE Conference
THE GRADUATE CENTER
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK presents
NoPe - NoPassport Conference
DREAMING THE AMERICAS: LEGACY & R/EVOLUTION IN PERFORMANCE
NoPassport and Martin E. Segal Theatre Center present a two-day conference with the support of The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, The Internationalists, and Theatre Without Borders and Frank Hentschker.
Initiated and Curated by Caridad Svich
Co-curated by Randy Gener & Patricia Ybarra (Brown University)
FEBRUARY 13-14, 2009
Join Henry Godinez (Goodman Theatre), Jeff Janisheski (O’Neill Theater Institute), Susana Tubert (TeatroStageFest), Tanya Barfield, Catherine Filloux, J. Michael Friedman, Karen Hartman, John Jesurun, Jonathan Kalb, J.T. Rogers, Matthew Maguire, Alisa Solomon, Saviana Stanescu, Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez and an eclectic and distinguished roster of established and emerging artists for the third annual NoPassport “Dreaming the Americas” Conference at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY Graduate Center. This year 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 works-in-progress presentations include: US Latino/a and African-American theatre history and cross-generational paradigms for artistic production, conflicts and mis-readings of aesthestic diversity vis-a-vis identity politics and post-racial sensibilities, migration and exile as they affect content and form; genocide drama and the representation of sacrifice on stage; the ecologies of theatre criticism in the US; queer dis-identifications in Latino/a theatre; new media, dramaturgy and hybrid performances, and the unfixing of international theatre. There will also be a book launch for the release of four new volumes from NoPassport Press.
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. 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. 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
RANDY GENER is a Filipino American working in the fields of theatre, journalism, writing, 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 photographer of the floral installation-art piece "In the Garden of One World" (a collaboration with designer and painter Nic Ularu); and is the senior editor of American Theatre magazine.
For detailed information and final schedule please visit our website:
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
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, University of California-San Diego).
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), DIANE RODRIGUEZ (Center Theatre Group, CA), 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 and the New Newsroom.
Moderated by Randy Gener
Panel: TREY GRAHAM (City Paper, Washington D.C.), 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), ALISA SOLOMON (Head of Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University), n Syracuse)
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 creative a revolution) or survive in the advent of "the new newsroom."
4:30 PM NEW HORIZONS, NEW CONJUNCTIONS: WRITING MUSICAL THEATRE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
A presentation and panel moderated by Randy Gener
Panel: TERRY BERLINER (Director), STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN (Playwright-Librettist), J. MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (The Civilians), NATHAN WANG (IMELDA), RAJENDRA MAHARAJ (BLACK FOOTNOTES)
An exploration of new forms and new modes of musical theatre and new music theatre. A mix of composers, performers, songwriters, producers and critics discuss the concepts, ideas, trends and musical genres which have emerged around and after 2000, such as operetta musicals, jukebox musicals, rock-opera, 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, and Andrea Thome,
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), Claudia LaRocco
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), CHRISTINE EVANS (Harvard University), DOUG HOWE (The Internationalists), SAVIANA STANESCU (Playwright)
*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), 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), LILLIAN MANZOR (University of Miami),
4:45-5 PM RECEPTION
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 www.armeniandrama.org or 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. 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. www.theatrewithoutborders.com