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Apr 5, 2020
Apr 5, 2020

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces
Week Two

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists
on howlround.tv

Starting Monday, April 6, 2020
Every Monday through Friday, 12 noon EDT New York Time

“New Times need new Forms of Theatre.”  Bertolt Brecht

(New York, New York, April 3, 2020 — ) The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the second weekly line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS.

New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers and academics will talk for one hour with Segal Center’s director Frank Hentschker about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustandthe State of the World.

A daily one-hour LIVE online talk from Monday to Friday — about making art and making sense in the Time of Corona.

The newly introduced SEGAL TALKS are in English, ad-free and will be live-streaming on howlround.tv as well as on the Segal Center YouTube Channel. Each session will be archived on both platforms, and will raise money for a theatre artist or a company. In collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College.

Viewers can submit questions during the live session at: SegalTalks@gmail.com 

The second weekly program, starting Monday, April 6, 2020, will feature:

Laila Soliman & Dalia Basiouny (Egypt) & Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Tung-Yen & Wu-Kang Chen (Taiwan); Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani, Valeria Orani (Italy); Meredith Monk (New York, US); Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso).

Participants from week one included: Taylor Mac & Kristin Martin (New York); Mok Chiu Yu (Hong Kong) + Hanchen Feng, Shuyi Liao (China); Thomas Ostermeier (Germany); Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari, Teatro delle Albe (Italy); Toshiki Okada (Japan) 

SEGAL TALKS was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020.

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.



12 noon, EDT New York Time

Sahar Assaf (Lebanon), Dalia Basiouny  & Laila Soliman (Egypt)
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in the Arab world. 

  Sahar Assaf is an actress, stage director and Assistant Professor of Theatre at the American University of Beirut. She recently translated and directed Garcia-Lorca’s Blood Wedding as a site-specific performance and co-translated, co-directed and starred in Shakespeare’s King Lear. Sahar is a member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the founder of Directors Lab Mediterranean, a sister Lab to Lincoln Center.  

  Dalia Basiouny is an Egyptian writer, theatre maker, activist, academic and translator. Her theatre work includes directing 20 plays performed in Egypt, England, USA, Morocco, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Germany. Basiouny’s theatre and academic work focuses on the role of women in theatre. She established “Sabeel for the Arts” in Cairo, 1997. This independent group promotes women’s work, explores non-traditional theatre settings, and new ways of telling women stories in theatre and on film.  

  Laila Soliman (born 1981) is an independent Egyptian theatre director, dramaturge and playwright, living and working in Cairo. Her works since 2004 have been mainly shown in Egypt, Tunis, Lebanon, Syria and in Europe. Soliman does not have a theatre company but instead people join in her projects as collaborators. She takes on various functions herself in support of her projects as required, including publicity, fundraising and set and costume design. Her works have been presented in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and various countries in Europe.

12 noon, EDT New York Time

Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani & Valeria Orani (Italy)
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Italy. 

  Lucia Calamaro is a playwright, director, and actress studied in Paris and started her career in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she directed a small experimental theatre company. Her shows were influenced by her personal doubts and novels by Boris Vian, Juan Carlos Onetti, Fernando Pessoa, and Augusto Roa Bastos. In 2001, she returned to Rome with a postgraduate degree in Ancient Dramaturgy and Versification. She works as an actress for Giuseppe Marini and in 2003 founded the company Malebolge, beginning her career as a playwright.

  Graziano Graziani is a theatre critic, writer and journalist. He’s a cohost of Fahrenheit on Radio 3 Rai and he has written for numerous papers (favorite credits are Lo Straniero, Internazionale.it, the blog of Minimum Fax minima & moralia and the new Treccani webzine, il Tascabile). He collaborates with Rai 5 for which he created many documentaries on contemporary theatre. He has published various books, last of which was Atlante delle Micronazioni (2015) by Quodlibet editor. He curates a blog named Stati d’eccezione.

  Valeria Orani founded Umanism as a platform to support European arts in New York City. Before moving to the Big Apple, she worked in public and private Italian theatre institutions as Administrative Director, Coordinator and Executive Producer, supporting a large number of artistic projects. In 2003, Valeria founded 369gradi, a center for the promotion and distribution of Italian culture, to investigate new possibilities in contemporary art, performing arts and drama.


12 noon, EDT New York Time

Chou Tung-yen & Wu-Kang Chen (Taiwan)
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Taiwan.

  Chou Tung-Yen is the founder and director of Very Mainstream Studio & Very Theatre Company (www.vmstudio.tw). Centering around theatre and moving image, he makes interdisciplinary works of performance, installation, and music video. By blending digital imagery, physical movement and theatrical elements, he has created several award-winning performances including Emptied Memories and Teatime with me, myself and I. Alongside creating poetic theatre performances/ installations, he made several short films and feature documentaries which screened internationally, including Golden Horse Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and OutFest in LA.

  Wu-Kang Chen, born and raised in Taiwan, started studying dance at the age of twelve and graduated from the Taiwan University of Arts. Wu-Kang joined Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, where he became a soloist the following year, and Peridance. Starting his long-term collaboration with choreographer Eliot Feld, he was invited to join Feld’s Diamond Project of New York City Ballet in 2006. In 2004, he co-founded HORSE Dance Theatre as Artistic Director with significant works including Velocity (2007), Bones (2008), 2 Men (2012) which toured in Asia, the US and Europe. Wu-Kang curated Dance X Sounds seasonal improvisation platform Primal Chaos in 2016.

12 noon, EDT New York Time

Meredith Monk
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in New York City.

  Meredith Monk is considered one of the most unique and influential artists of our time. She has been a pioneer of interdisciplinary work for over 50 years. Her award-winning films, Ellis Island and Book of Days, have screened world-wide and on PBS, and her music has been used by filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard, Terrence Malick, David Byrne and the Coen brothers, among others. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings on the ECM label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated Impermanence. In conjunction with her 50th season of performing and creating work, she was named the 2014-15 Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Recent honors include the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020
12 noon, EDT New York Time

Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso)
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Burkina Faso.

  Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


  Heather Jeanne Denyer (interpreter and translator of Aristide Tarnagda) 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.​​


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


Creative Producer: Sunyoung Kim
Media Supervisor: Jackie Spaventa
Next Generation Fellow: May Adra

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. www.HowlRound.com