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Jul 5, 2020
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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces



Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists Monday, July 6, 2020 – Friday, July 10, 2020, 12 noon EDT

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

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the 15th 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 and Jack Rudin(†), the Hearst Foundation, and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.


Send us your 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.

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 MONDAY, JULY 6, 2020
12 noon EDT

Karishma Bhagani, Anne Moraa & Sitawa Namwalie
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Kenya.

 Karishma Bhagani is a director, producer, dramaturg and scholar. Born and bred in Mombasa, Kenya, Karishma has a keen interest in expanding the arts sector within East Africa. Her research interests include understanding the political, spiritual and mythological seeds of performance tradition around the African continent. Karishma is currently a fellow of the Georgetown Lab for Global Performance and Politics and also serves as the associate artistic director of the Tebere Arts Foundation in Uganda. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Anne Moraa is a Kenyan feminist writer, editor, and performer. She is the ‘M’ in the LAM Sisterhood, an award-winning story company that fills the world with stories for African women to feel seen, heard, and beloved. Her writing can be found in Catapult, The Meridians Journal, The Elephant, The Wide Margin and so on, while her performances have taken her from Kenya through to South Korea and Scotland. A lead editor at Jalada Africa, she is at work on her debut novel all while eating copious amounts of chilli-lemon crisps.

 Sitawa Namwalie is an award winning Kenyan poet, playwright and performer known for her unique dramatized poetry performances which combine poetry and traditional Kenyan music. “Cut off My Tongue,” her first performance was performed in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and at the Hay Festival 2009. In 2010 “Cut off my Tongue” was selected by the Sundance Theatre Lab in the first East African Sundance Lab held on Manda Island. Sitawa’s growing body of work includes dramatized poetry productions and plays, “Homecoming” (2010), “Silence is a Woman”, (2014), “Black Maria on Koinange Street” and “Room of Lost Names” (2015), “Taking my Father Home” (2020). Sitawa has worked with the United Nations and the World Bank and holds a BSC in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi and an MA in Environmental Studies from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. Sitawa represented Kenya in tennis and hockey in her youth.

12 noon EDT

Émilie Monnet & Greg Hill
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Canada.

 Émilie Monnet
At the intersection of theatre, performance and media arts, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice favours collaborative processes of creation and is typically presented as interdisciplinary theatre or immersive performance experiences. She is and is the artistic director of Onishka Productions and the artist-in-residence at Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in Montreal until 2021. In 2016, she founded Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a nomadic platform for the presentation of live arts by & creative exchanges for Indigenous artists. ICS’s most recent edition was presented in Edinburgh in August 2019. Emilie’s heritage is both Algonquin Anishnaabe and French, and she grew up in the Outaouais, Quebec. She now lives in Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang / Montréal, onishka.org

 Greg Hill is the National Gallery of Canada’s inaugural Audain Chair and Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, an artist, and a Kanyen’kehaka (Mohawk) member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. At the National Gallery, Greg has built an impressive collection of contemporary Indigenous art from around the world as well as curated several important retrospective exhibitions for senior artists in Canada and is co-curator for an ongoing series of exhibitions of international Indigenous art begun in 2013 with Sakahán and continuing now with Àbadakone / Continuous Fire / Fue continuel (2019-20).

12 noon EDT

Satoko Ichihara
Join us for an update on the situation in Japan.

 Satoko Ichihara is a playwright, director and novelist. She writes and directs plays that deal with human behavior, the physiology of the body, and the unease surrounding these themes, using her unique sense of language and physical sensitivity. In one of her works, themes such as sex, cross mating and breeding are clinically portrayed through the viewpoint of women; the audience is showered with physically stimulating, verbal rampages and the actors execute their lines using their entire bodies—at times in the manner of caricature, at times in the manner of confession. Here, the patriarchal, anthropocentric narrative of sexuality and reproductive behavior is invalidated, and even the ethics and morals of the social majority are radically called into question.

12 noon EDT

Niegel Smith
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in NYC.

 Niegel Smith (Director) – The Fre (The Flea), Southern Promises (The Flea), How To Catch Creation (The Goodman), Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce (Town Hall, World Tour), Scraps (The Flea), Father Comes Home From The Wars… (The Goodman), Flea Fridays (The Flea), Syncing Ink (The Alley, The Flea), A 24 Decade History of Popular Music… (Pomegranate Arts, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Melbourne Festival, et al. – Kennedy Prize & Pulitzer Prize finalist), Take Care (The Flea), Hir (Magic Theatre, Mixed Blood and Playwrights Horizons), Dream State of Affairs (The Invisible Dog), Marisol (Luna Stage), The Perils of Obedience (Abrons Arts Center), Seed (Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theatre Festival), Neighbors (The Public Theater), Limbs: A Pageant (HERE Arts Center), Rainy Days and Mondays (FringeNYC), Maud – The Madness (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble),  We Declare You A Terrorist (Summer Play Festival). His participatory walks and performances have been produced by Abrons Arts Center, American Realness, Dartmouth College, Elastic City, Jack, The New Museum, Prelude Festival, PS 122, the Van Alen Institute and Visual AIDS. A Bessie Award winning director, he is the Artistic Director of The Flea Theater in lower Manhattan; board member of A.R.T./New York; and ringleader of Willing Participant – an artistic activist organization that whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens. www.niegelsmith.com

FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020
12 noon EDT

Jean-Claude van Itallie
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in the US.

 Jean-Claude van Itallie, playwright and teacher, seminal in the explosive 1960’s American theatre, wrote acclaimed anti-Viet Nam war play America HurrahThe Serpent (with the Open Theater); Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not to Do It Again; translations of Chekhov’s major plays; Light; The Fat Lady Sings; and many other plays. Author of Playwright’s Workbook, and Tea with Demons, games of transformation, Jean-Claude is founder/artistic director of Shantigar Foundation for Creativity, Mediation, and Engagement with Nature, located on the old Western Massachusetts mountainside farm where he’s lived for fifty years. Shantigar.org [shantigar.org] & vanitallie.com [vanitallie.com].


Click Here for Week 14 Participants: Kemi Ilesanmi & Ebony Noelle Golden (NYC); Gianina Cărbunariu (Romania) & Jeton Neziraj (Kosovo); Frédérique Aït-Touati (France); Iman Aoun (Palestine); Evoné Walters (Jamaica)

Click Here for Week 13 Participants: Muriel Miguel & Gloria Miguel (US); Daniely Francisque (Martinique); Eugenio Barba (Italy); Paul Pryce (NYC); Liwaa Yazji (Syria)

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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