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A Day with Odile Gakire Katese (Rwanda)

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October 17, 2011
Segal Theater


Odile Gakire Katese Photo courtesy of artist

Odile Gakire Katese
Photo courtesy of artist

Recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s first Gilder/ Coigney International Theatre Award

The Segal Center presents an all-day celebration of women in international theatre featuring the recipient of the first League of Professional Theatre Women Gilder/ Coigney International Theatre Award – Rwandan playwright, novelist, screenwriter, poet, actress and humanitarian Odile Gakire Katese. Katese was Playwright in Residence at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in 2008 (through which she last appeared at the Segal Center, in 2009); created a dance theatre piece entitled Des Espoirs, about rebuilding after trauma, which has been performed in France; founded Amizero Kompagnie, Rwanda’s first professional contemporary dance company; and founded Ingoma Nshya (“Women’s Initiative”), the country’s first women’s drumming group—among other achievements. Join us for an afternoon presentation by Katese; a panel on women in international theatre with Martha Coigney and Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Nominees from Serbia, Scotland, Russia and Uganda, moderated by Anne Cattaneo; an evening performance and discussion celebrating Katese with an interview followed by a Q&A and reception. Co-presented with the League of Professional Theatre Women, International Committee (Ludovica Villar-Hauser – Chair and Maxine Kern Awards Sub-Committee Chair) with additional support from the Henri Peyre French Institute (Francesca Sautman, Director) and the French Embassy in the United States (Sophie Claudel, Cultural Attaché).


Odile Gakire Katese in Her Own Words

4:00pm – 6pm
Status and Projects of Women Working in International Theatre
panel discussion moderated by Anne Cattaneo (Lincoln Center Theater).
With Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda; Playwright and Specialist for Sundance Institute’s East Africa initiative); Martha Coigney (USA; Director of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), 1966-2003, and President of Worldwide ITI, 1987-1995;Awarded UNESCO’s Picasso Medal and made Lifetime Honorary President of the ITII, 1995); Odile Gakire Katese (Rwanda; director, actress, playwright, humanist); Antonina Mikhaltsova (Russia; Artistic Director, educator); Dijana Milosevic (Serbia; Artistic Director, Dah Theatre); and Gerda Stevenson (Scotland; performer, playwright, director).

An Evening with Odile Gakire Katese
Moderated by TBA

The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre. The Gilder/ Coigney International Award is named for Rosamond Gilder (1891-1986), an influential theater figure in New York and overseas, who was one of the founders and former president of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a world arts organization. Ms. Gilder was the institute’s president from 1947 to 1975 and its honorary president at her death. She was also president of the ITI’s United States Center, headquartered in Manhattan. Ms. Gilder was a former vice president of the American National Theatre and Academy and an associate editor and drama critic of Theatre Arts Magazine. She was a former secretary of the New York Drama Critics Circle and an honorary member of the London Drama Critics Circle. She received a special Tony Award in 1948.  Ms. Gilder also wrote numerous books on the theater. Martha Coigney continued Ms. Gilder’s work with the ITI, serving as director of the ITI’s U.S. Center from 1966 to 2003 and as president of the worldwide ITI from 1987 to 1995, when she was awarded UNESCO’s Picasso Medal and was made Honorary President of the ITI for life. Ms. Coigney, a member of the League of Professional Theater Women, is now Director Emerita of the ITI.

LPTW Statement of Purpose: The League of Professional Theatre Women is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in the Professional Theatre.   

LPTW-logoThe League of Professional Theatre Women, Inc. is:

  • An advocacy organization for reinforcing the positive image of, promoting the visibility of, and increasing the opportunities for women in the arts and entertainment industries, more particularly the professional theatre, thereby enriching the culture with the infusion of women’s creativity.
  • A support system for women in theatre, in which they serve as resources for each other by mutual sharing of experiences, insights and work.
  • A center for the exchange of information and skills that women can utilize in their careers.
  • A means of linking women in the professional theatre with colleagues in college and university theatres, and with women in other performing arts organizations in the United States and abroad.
  • A forum for ideas relating to art and its effect on society.

All Day, Monday, October 17, 2011
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!