SEGAL TALKS: Pamela Villoresi with Elisabeth Hayes, Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo & Adham Darawsha, President of the Cultural Council of Palermo (Italy)

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SEGAL TALKS: Pamela Villoresi with Elisabeth Hayes, Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo & Adham Darawsha, President of the Cultural Council of Palermo (Italy)

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May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020
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Pamela Villoresi  (Italy)
 Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12 noon EDT 

New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

Pamela Villoresi with Elisabeth Hayes, Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo and Adham Darawsha, President of the Cultural Council of Palermo
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Italy.

Pamela Villoresi, an Italian actress and director, is the artistic director of  Teatro Biondo in Palermo, Sicily. Born to a German mother in Prato, next to Rome, she has performed in more than 60 productions and in five languages alongside some of the most renowned Italian actors under the direction of Giorgio Strehler, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman and others. Next to her extensive work in Italian television Villoresi enjoys a substantial film career. She appeared in over 40 films by Miklos Jancsó, Marco Bellocchio, the Taviani brothers and as well in the films of Paolo Sorrentin; whose film La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. Villoresi, who teaches poetry and performance, has created over 20 poetry recitals and participated in five musical productions. She created and curated multiple festivals, included “Divinamente Roma” and “Divinamente New York”.​ Teatro Biondo engages with the refugee community in  Palermo and produces daily programming during the Covit-19 crisis. Villorese will be joined by Elisabeth Hayes and the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando.

 Elisabeth Hayes Founding Director of EH Arts International, was the Executive Director of FACE Foundation (French American Cultural Exchange) in New York from 2002-2015 and has been involved in the arts, and particularly in the performing arts for over 30 years. American by birth, Paris-based for 30 years, she was involved with artistic projects, tours, and programming in western Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, and Asia, as well as having been associated with major cultural institutions such as the Théâtre National de l’Odéon/Théâtre de l’Europe, the Paris Opera, the Teatro la Fenice Venice, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. During those years, she collaborated with Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Giorgio Strehler, Pina Bausch, Daniel Barenboim, and many others.

Leoluca Orlando, The Mayor of Palermo.  A lawyer and Professor of Regional Public Law at the University of Palermo. He studied and lived for some years in Heidelberg, in the Federal Republic of Germany He worked as an international consultant for OECD in Paris. He has served as Municipal councilor of Palermo, a deputy at the Deputies chamber of the Italian Parliament, various positions with the European Parliament, President of the “Sicilian Renaissance Institute”,  and the Vice President of the ALDE (Alliance of liberals and Democrats for Europe).

 Adham Darawsha, President of the Cultural Council of Palermo Councilor for Cultures, Museum and Exhibition Spaces, Toponymy, Common Goods, Democratic Participation and Consultations of the Municipality of Palermo. Born in Nazareth on August 2, 1979, in 2013 he was elected first President of the Council of Cultures. For 20 years he has lived and worked, as a general practitioner, and became an Italian citizen in 2017. He Graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Palermo, and became doctor of Continuity of Care and Primary Care at the medical guards in the provinces of Palermo, Agrigento and Brescia. He speaks four languages including Arabic, English and Hebrew. He represented the Municipality of Palermo at the German Parliament in Berlin, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Dutch Parliament in The Hague.


The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the eighth weekly line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS, which was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics will talk daily 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 Weltzustand— the State of the World. The Segal Center is the only theatre institution in NYC and the US creating original content.

The newly introduced ad-free SEGAL TALKS will be live-streamed in English from Monday to Friday 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 program is in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College. 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.

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.

Week Eight Participants: Maria Tri Sulistyani (Indonesia); Pamela Villoresi (Italy); Richard Foreman (USA); Thomas Oberender (Germany); Phillip Howze & Jordana De La Cruz (USA)


Send us questions during the live streaming at SegalTalks@gmail.com.                                                          Learn more about Segal Talks or contact mest@gc.cuny.edu for more information on SEGAL TALKS.            For press information, please contact Frank Hentschker at fhentschker@gc.cuny.edu                                Follow us @segalcenter on FacebookInstagram or Twitter


Click Here for Week 7 Participants: Ismail Mahomed (South Africa); Natalia Vorozhbit (Ukraine); Amir Nizar Zuabi & Fidaa Zaidan (Palestine); Roberta Estrela D’alva & Dione Carlos (Brazil); Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo (Cameroon)                                                                                                         Click Here for Week 6 Participants: Andrea Tompa & Anna Lengyel (Hungary); Lola Arias (Argentina); Mihaela Dragan & Mihaela Michailov (Romania); Zuleikha Chaudhari (India); Stacy Klein & Stephanie Monseu (USA)                                                                                                                                              Click Here for Week 5 Participants: Rimini Protokoll’s Daniel Wetzel, Helgard Haug, & Stefan Kaegi (Germany); Guy Régis Jr (Haiti); Jalila Baccar (Tunis); Peter Sellars (USA); Oskar Eustis & Tony Torn (NYC, USA)                                                                                                                                                   Click Here for Week 4 Participants: Milo Rau (Switzerland); Richard Schechner (NYC, US); Basil Jones (South Africa); Arthur Nauzyciel & Keren Ann (France); Guillermo Calderón (Chile)                                  Click Here for Week 3 Participants: The New BlackFest’s Keith Adkins with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, & Lisa Strum (NYC); Nature Theatre of Oklahoma’s Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska + The Big Dance Theatre’s Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar (NYC); The Foundry Theatre’s Melanie Joseph with Aaron Landsman & Aurin Squire (NYC); Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan) + Abhishek Majumdar & Anurupa Roy (India); TR Warszawa’s Grzegorz Jarzyna with Agata Kołacz & Roman Pawłowski (Poland)          Click Here for Week 2 Participants: Laila Soliman, Dalia Basiouny (Egypt) + Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Chou Tung-Yen, Kathy Hong, Wu-Kang Chen (Taiwan); Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani, Valeria Orani (Italy); Meredith Monk (New York, US); Aristide Tarnagda & Safoura Kaboré (Burkina Faso)          Click Here for Week 1 Participants: Taylor Mac & Kristin Martin (New York, US); Mok Chiu Yu (Hong Kong) + Hanchen Feng, Shuyi Liao (China); Thomas Ostermeier (Germany); Teatro delle Albe’s Marco Martinelli, Ermanna Montanari (Italy); Toshiki Okada (Japan)


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
Next Generation Fellow: Andie Lerner
Senior Assistant Director of Programs: Cory Tamler
Junior Assistant Director of Programs: Kyueun Kim

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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