SEGAL TALKS: Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo (Cameroon)

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May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
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Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo (Cameroon)
 Friday, May 15, 2020, 12 noon EDT 

New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Cameroon.

Edouard Elvis Bvouma is a playwright, actor, and director, Cameroonian Edouard Elvis Bvouma is also a novelist and short story writer. He has developed his work through multiple writing residencies in Africa and in Europe, and his plays have been read and staged in Cameroon and elsewhere in Africa, as well as in France, notably at France Culture and at Avignon Theatre Festival (Avignon IN). Bvouma has received multiple awards, including best playwright of 2008 from the African competition, Grands Prix Afrique du Théâtre Francophone. A la guerre comme à la Gameboy garnered prizes from Unpublished Works from Africa and Overseas and from the Society of Dramatic Composers and Writers (SACD) in 2016. He won the Radio France Internationale Theatre Prize in 2017 with La poupée barbue. Both plays are now published in French by Lansman Editeurs. In War as in Games was translated to English by Heather Jeanne Denyer for a reading produced by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center for the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival in New York City.

Hermine Yollo is an actress, director, author, has been artistic director of Compagnie NGOTI (theater group) since 2009. She trained between 2000 and 2008 under the supervision of Werewere Liking, Edwige Nto Ngon, Keki Manyo, Evina Ngana, among others. She participated in internships at ERAC (2013, 2015) and at the Arab-African Center El Hamra in Tunis (Promotion 7). She performed in plays like Koffi Kwahule’s “Misterioso- 119” directed by Soleïma Arabi, “Traversée aux Disparus” directed by Eva Doumbia and “Sawtché Baartman” written and directed by Martin Ambara. Among others, she directed “Juste savoir…” by Joël Amah Ajavon and “Je Déteste le Théâtre” by Edouard Elvis Bvouma; and participated in festivals including RETIC (Yaounde), Mantsina Sony Sur Scène in Brazzaville and the 69th edition of the Festival d’Avignon. She was part of the 2017-2018 promotion of the Labo Élan-Récréatrâles in Ouagadougou as a trainee director. In January 2017, she was dramaturg on the creation “Antoine m’a vendu son destin / Sony chez les chiens” written by Sony Labou Tansi and Dieudonné Niangouna at the Théâtre National de la Colline. In 2018, she began her career as an author in participating in writing residencies such as Le Camaroes in Yaounde (Cameroon) and Coaching d’auteurs (author coaching residency) in Guinea, following her creation “La Femme-Iset” (written and directed by her) in Conakry in 2017 – with the support of the Institut français de Paris – during the Univers des mots festival.

 Heather Jeanne Denyer (interpreter and translator) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at California State University – Fullerton. She is a dramaturg, playwright, translator, and scholar who focuses on women’s studies and African theatre and puppetry. She has a PhD in Theatre &  Performance from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.​​


SEGAL TALKS is a daily one-hour LIVE online conversation from Monday to Friday — about making art and making sense in the Time of Corona. SEGAL TALKS was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020. The newly introduced ad-free SEGAL TALKS will be live-streamed in English on HowlRound Theatre Commons and on the Segal Center Facebook. All the previous SEGAL TALKS will be found on HowlRound, the Segal Center Facebook, and the Segal Center YouTube Channel. The Segal Theatre Center will raise money for theatre artists and companies. This work is in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College.

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SEGAL TALKS has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†), the Hearst Foundation, and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

ABOUT THE MARTIN E. SEGAL THEATRE CENTER: Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was renamed in March of 1999 to recognize Martin E. Segal, one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts. The Segal Center curates over thirty events throughout the Spring and Fall academic seasons, all free and open to the public. Dedicated to bridging the gap between the professional and academic theatre communities, the Segal Center presents readings, performance, lectures, and artists and academics in conversation. In addition, the Segal Center presents three annual festivals (PRELUDEPEN World Voices: International Pay Festival, and The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance) and publishes and maintains three open access online journals (Arab StagesEuropean Stages, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre). The Segal Center also publishes many volumes of plays in translation and is the leading publisher of plays from the Arab world. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a vital component of the Theatre Program’s academic culture and creating in close collaboration a research nexus, focusing on dramaturgy, new media, and global theatre. The Segal Center provides an intimate platform where both artists and theatre professionals can actively participate with audiences to advance awareness and appreciation. www.TheSegalCenter.org

Executive Director: Frank Hentschker
Creative Producer: Sunyoung Kim
Media Supervisor: Jackie Spaventa
Next Generation Fellow: May Adra
Senior Assistant Director of Programs: Cory Tamler
Junior Assistant Director of Programs: Kyueun Kim
Assistant to the Director: Andie Lerner

THE GRADUATE CENTER, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. www.gc.cuny.edu.

HowlRound Theatre Commons at www.HowlRound.com is a free and open platform for theatre makers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. HowlRound envisions a theatre field where resources and power are shared equitably in all directions, contributing to a more just and sustainable world.

HowlRound was founded on an organizing principle in the “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. HowlRound is a knowledge commons that encourages freely sharing intellectual and artistic resources and expertise. It is our strong belief that the power of live theatre connects us across difference, puts us in proximity of one another, and strengthens our tether to our commonalities. HowlRound is based at Emerson College, Boston. http://www.howlround.com 

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