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Jun 21, 2020
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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces


Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists
 Monday, June 22, 2020 – Friday, June 26, 2020, 12 noon EDT

  New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the 13th 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.

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


Send us questions during the live streaming at SegalTalks@gmail.com.                                                         Contact mest@gc.cuny.edu for more information on SEGAL TALKS.                                                               Contact Frank Hentschker at fhentschker@gc.cuny.edu for press information                                                 Follow us @segalcenter on FacebookInstagram or Twitter


MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020
12 noon EDT

Muriel Miguel & Gloria Miguel
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in the US.

Muriel Miguel is a choreographer, director and actor. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Indigenous women’s theater company in North America. She has directed almost all of Spiderwoman’s shows since their debut in 1976, in which time, they have written and produced over twenty original works for the theatre. She taught at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and is a pioneer in the development of a culturally based Indigenous performance methodology.

 Gloria Miguel, a Kuna/Rappahannock elder, grew up in Brooklyn, performing in circus sideshows with her family, singing and doing drama in church. She studied drama wherever she was, including at Oberlin, where she moved with her husband when he became a professor there. In the mid-70s, Gloria and her sister Elizabeth (Lisa Mayo) joined up with their sister Muriel in forming Spiderwoman Theater. The group’s first production, Women in Violence was a success, as were subsequent productions, including a send-up of the sideshows of her youth. Spiderwoman has been delighting and educating audiences with plays about women’s issues and indigenous matters ever since, both in North America and overseas.

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020
12 noon EDT

Daniely Francisque
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Martinique.

 Daniely Francisque was born in Martinique and grew up in the Paris region. At 22, she began her career as an actress. Francisque trained in Paris, at the drama workshop of the Air Nouveau Theater of Luc Saint-Eloy and at the Laboratory of the Actor. She joined the professional company of the Air Nouveau Theater and participated in its creations, evolving from children’s storytelling to theater, while reconciling dance and song. Since 1994, Daniely has performed in around twenty theatrical, choreographic or musical plays, combining her qualities as an actress, dancer and singer.

12 noon EDT

Eugenio Barba
Join us for an update on the situation in Denmark.

Eugenio Barba (born 1936) is the artistic director and founder of Odin Teatret. During the past years, he has directed more than seventy productions with Odin Teatret and the intercultural Theatrum Mundi Ensemble. In 1979 he founded ISTA – International School of Theatre Anthropology. His unique work method has been developed from his friend and colleague Jerzy Grotowski’s physical actors’ training and voice work, and together with Odin Teatret he has developed the ‘barter’, a way of exchanging cultural expressions with a community within the structure of a performance.

12 noon EDT

Paul Pryce
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in NYC.

 Paul Pryce a Trinidad and Tobago/Brooklyn-based actor, writer and filmmaker; seeks to interrogate global issues by lensing the narrative through the Caribbean experience. His debut film COME OUT, COME OUT World Premiered at 2017 Cannes Short Film Corner. His most recent work THE DELIVERER was screened at numerous film festivals in North America and the Caribbean notably Black Star Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Montreal International Black Film Festival. This film was the 2018 winner of the Caribbean Tales Big Pitch award and Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2019 Best Foreign Film prize at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. His feature length screenplay for The Deliverer was a 2017 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab Finalist and he is currently a 2020 Big Vision Empty Wallet filmmaker lab participant. As an actor Paul has appeared in Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, Unforgettable on A+E and has done theatre in the U.S. and around the world.  He is currently on faculty at Brooklyn College Grad Acting and H.B. Studio. Paul has an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020
12 noon EDT

Liwaa Yazji
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Syria.

 Liwaa Yazji is a Syrian Playwright, Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Poet. She was born in Moscow and grew up in Damascus. She has published a volume of poetry “In Peace, We leave Home” and was a resident poet at Poets House New York in 2015 where her book Three Poems was published in English. Liwaa took part in the Royal Court workshops in Beirut with writers from Lebanon and Syria from 2013-15 where she began the work on Goats, supported by the British Council.


Click Here for Week 12 Participants: Peter Schumann (US); Govin Ruben & Terence Conrad (Malaysia); Tania Bruguera (Cuba); Hope Azeda (Rwanda); Saman Amini (Netherlands/Iran)

Click Here for Week 11 Participants: Jonathan McCrory & Ngozi Anyanwu (NYC); James Scruggs & Tamilla Woodard (NYC); Jean-Luc Nancy (France); Awoye Timpo (NYC); Woodie King Jr. (NYC)

Click Here for Week 10 Participants: Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota (France); Ralph B. Peña (USA/NYC); Ruth Kanner, Joshua Sobol, Maya Arad Yasur (Israel); Avra Sidiropoulou (Greece); Ashley Tata (USA/NYC)

Click Here for Week 9 Participants: Kris Verdonck (Belgium); Aina Tur(Spain); Anne Bogart (New York, USA); Patricia Cornelius (Australia);Hoi Fai Wu (Hong Kong)

Click Here for Week 8  Participants: Maria Tri Sulistyani (Indonesia); Pamela Villoresi (Italy); Richard Foreman (USA); Thomas Oberender(Germany); Phillip Howze & Jordana De La Cruz(USA)

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 Drăgan & Mihaela Michailov (Romania); Zuleikha Allana (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 Jarzynawith 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 Marting (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

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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