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2014 NoPassport Theatre Conference Schedule at LSU-Baton Rouge

March 28, 2014

Premiere Performance of Dionysus of the Holocaust by Femi Euba7:30- 9:00 PM
9:15 PM - 10:30 PM Post-performance Reception with a reading by Femi Euba


March 29, 2014

NoPassport and Louisiana State University Department of Theatre present:

8th annual NoPe - NoPassport Theatre Conference


NoPassport and Louisiana State University Department of Theatre present a one-day theatre conference initiated and curated by Caridad Svich (2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement) and co-curated by Eric Mayer-Garcia (LSU) exploring the diasporic imagination, and in particular, the intersection of communities with origins in west Africa and the Caribbean, as it is reflected in new writing for the stage and live performance on March 29, 2014 from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM in  the Music and Dramatic Arts Building, located on the LSU Baton Rouge campus.

Conference One-Day Pass is $10.00 (for general admission and faculty), $5 for students with valid ID. Register directly at


9:00-9:15 AM in person registration for all day pass.

9:30 AM-11:00 AM Caribbean Diasporas: Tracing Interconnections Through the Archive, Theatre, Performance, and Ritual moderated by Lillian Manzor (Univ of Miami), panel includes Solimar Otero, Carolina Caballero, Margaret Kemp, and Luis Eligio and Kizzy M H of Omni Zona Franca.

How do we think of and about the diasporic imagination? How is art marked by diaspora altered in its dramaturgy, affective practice and emotive patina? What kinds of stories are generated in diaspora?

11:05 AM-12:30 PM JAZZ in PLAYS and NoPassport Press salon initiated and led by Oliver Mayer (USC), panelists include Lynn Manning (Watts Village Theater Company, Los Angeles), Christopher Oscar Pe~na (Playwright), Giovanni Ortega (Pomona College) and Joann Yarrow (Teatro Prometeo, Miami, FLA)

Playwright Oliver Mayer leads this session with fellow playwrights and theatre-makers to talk about and perform their exploration of Jazz in dramatic writing. How do these artists interpret beat, rhythm, syncopation, improvisation, and swing notes in their work? T

12:30-1:30 PM lunch off site

1:45-2:15 PM New Orleans-based artist Jose Torres-Tama (Arte Futuro Productions) 20-minute “unplugged”  performance of ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS and OTHER EVILDOERS followed by short q and a moderated by Eric Mayer-Garcia (LSU)

Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evildoers, which focuses on the civil rights violations Latinos face on a national level. Torres-Toma will also incorporate excerpts from his regional-based project, The Cone of Uncertainty, which chronicles stories of Latino immigrants during the Katrina reconstruction.

2:15-2:30 quick break

2:30- 3:50 PM THE KATRINA EFFECT: Performance Response to Gulf Coast Manmade Disasters panel led by Anneliese Fox (LSU), panelists include Nick Slie (Mondo Bizarro, New Orleans), Kathy Randels (ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans), John Biguenet (Loyola University), Leigh Fondakowski (Tectonic Theater Project) and more.

This panel looks at artists making work in the Gulf Coast and NOLA region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

4:00-4:50 PM Performance from Teatro Luna (all-female Latina performance troupe, Chicago, IL); 30 minute excerpts from GENERATION SEX with 10 minute q and a.

8 minute quick break/shift to Dance Studio venue

5:05-5:40 PM Signdance Collective International (UK) 30-minute performance of extract from new project CARTHAGE/CARTAGENA

Signdance Collective International (SDC) is a disability arts dance-theatre ensemble based in UK comprised of artists from Cuba, Wales, Brazil and more. Their work lives in the intersection of sign language and movement theatre with and/or inspired by texts or music.

CARTHAGE/CARTAGENA is written by Caridad Svich and is in development with SDC under Beatriz Cabur’s direction for eventual tour.

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.  Caridad Svich and NoPassport is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.