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Oct 26, 2020
Oct 26, 2020
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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces


 Week 24 Participants: KELSEY PYRO (Good Byes); MEI ANN TEO (hold), SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDRY (Vichitra), ZACHARIAH EZER & DOMNIQUE RIDER (SPEEDRUN); BRYN HERDICH & JEESUN CHOI (Penny Thoughts), Elevator Repair Service’s JOHN COLLINS, GREIG SARGEANT & BEN WILLIAMS (Baldwin & Buckley at Cambridge); STEFANIA BULBARELLA (Una niña, una familia, un pueblo), YEUJIA LOW (Animal Empire), LE’ANDRA LESEUR (Passing time with Grace) DENA IGUSTI (Cut Woman) 

Daily Live Online Conversations on US and Global Theatre & Performance
 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – Friday, October 30, 2020, 12 noon EDT

  New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the new line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS. Since the beginning of March the series featured close to 100 talks with 150 artists from 50 countries. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics will talk daily during the week 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. After a break in August the series will now also focus on Theatre, Performance and The Political, highlighting the Segal Center’s 2022 New York International Festival of the Arts Project and the Center’s Public Park Project. The Segal Center is the only theatre institution in NYC and the US creating new, original, daily content for the global field of theater and performance. The series was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020.

SEGAL TALKS are free, open access, without ads will be live-streamed in English from Monday to Friday on HowlRound Theatre Commons and on the Segal Center Facebook . This program is presented in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College. All SEGAL TALKS are archived on HowlRound, and on the Segal Center YouTube Channel.

The work of the Segal Center has been supported in the past by Susan and Jack Rudin(†), the Hearst Foundation and currently by, 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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12 noon EDT

Kelsey Pyro
Join us for a conversation about the Prelude 2020 pieces Good Byes

Kelsey Pyro (Music Producer and Vocalist for GOOD BYES, she/her) is a Brooklyn-based Black and Ojibwe artist from St. Paul / Minneapolis Minnesota. Specializing in music composition, sound art, and performance her work often incorporates genres, experiences, and stories from her African American and Native American identity. Kelsey has had the opportunity to share bills with MC Lyte, Naughty By Nature, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, and more. Kelsey Pyro is also a recipient of The Shed Open Call Artist in Residence program, The Wyckoff House X Lincoln Center Protest Garden artist residency, and the 2018 and 2019 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts grant.

12 noon EDT

Mei Ann Teo, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Zachariah Ezer & Dominique Rider
Join us for a conversation about the Prelude 2020 pieces hold, Vichitra and SPEEDRUN

Mei Ann Teo (Creator of HOLD, they/she) is a queer immigrant theatre & film maker who works internationally at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice. As director/dramaturg/deviser, they make work across genres, including experimental participatory work, music theatre, and documentary theatre. Devised work includes an intermedial participatory work Labyrinth: Defining Humanity for the Beijing International Festival (Top 8 of Festival in Beijing News), and an original opera WAKE with composer Jon Bernstein and singer Marnie Breckenridge. Directing work includes: Dim Sum Warriors the Musical by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun for national China twenty-five city tour, Jillian Walker’s world premiere SKiNFoLK: An American Show at the Bushwick Starr (NYTimes Critics Pick, NYMag’s matrix “Highbrow and Brilliant”), and Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Teo is the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory. 

Shayok Misha Chowdhury (Creator, Director, Producer for VICHITRA, he/him) is a queer Bengali writer, director, and many-tentacled maker. Misha is a Resident Artist at Soho Rep and HERE Arts Center, a member of the Devised Theater Working Group @ The Public, and an alumnus of Ars Nova’s Maker’s Lab, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and residencies at BRIC, The Drama League, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Recent: MukhAgni (Under the Radar); How the White Girl Got Her Spots and Other 90s Trivia (Joe’s Pub). Upcoming: The Other Other with Kameron Neal (Ars Nova), a queer Carnatic extravaganza (The Bushwick Starr), and a new collaboration with Aleshea Harris (New York Theatre Workshop). In progress: SPEECH with Lightning Rod Special; Antioch Mass with Troy Anthony. A NYSCA/NYFA, Fulbright, and Kundiman fellow, Misha has been published in The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. MFA: Columbia. Shayokmishachowdhury.com

Zachariah Ezer (Playwright, Editor, and Sound/Projection Designer for SPEEDRUN, he/him) is a playwright/dramaturg/afropessimist who animates theoretical quandaries through dramaturgical forms. He has developed work in New York, DC, Chicago, Houston, and online. He is a Michener Fellow, a Town Stages Creative Arts Fellow, and a member of The Tank’s LIT Council. MFA: UT Austin (2023). BA: Wesleyan University.

Dominique Rider (Director of SPEEDRUN) is a Brooklyn-based director/dramaturg. They believe in living like it is the end of the world and answering the question: “What is a world unmade by slavery?” They are the director-in-residence for the National Black Theatre, a 2019 NAMT observer, and an inaugural member of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Directing Group & Mabou Mines’ Makers program.

12 noon EDT

Bryn Herdrich, Jeesun Choi and Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins, Greig Sargeant and Ben Williams
Join us for a conversation about the Prelude 2020 pieces Penny Thoughts and Baldwin & Buckley at Cambridge

Bryn Herdrich (Co-Creator of PENNY THOUGHTS, she/her) creates live performance events and directs new theatrical work. She has been the Associate Director of The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp at Studio 54, and recently co-directed Is it Supposed to Last created by William Burke at PlayCo. Other credits include: My Life Has Been Extraordinary (Joe’s Pub), Variations on the Main (JACK), Are We There Yet (The Bitter End), and Interabang (Ars Nova ANT Fest). Bryn has developed work at The Bushwick Starr, Clubbed Thumb, Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea Theater, The Tank, Undiscovered Countries, and Dixon Place among others. Member of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, MTC Directing Fellow 2018-2020, WTF Directors Corps, and the SDC Observership Class of 2018-2019. Upcoming: BUST with writer Jeesun Choi through the Soho Rep Lab. www.brynherdrich.com 

Jeesun Choi (Co-Creator of PENNY THOUGHTS, she/her) is a transnational Korean playwright and physical theatre artist. Her plays move through diaspora, (im)migration, transnationalism to reveal the joy and agony of the human condition. Plays include BUST (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab); Lost Coast (Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival, reading at New York Theatre Workshop); The Seekers (Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, O’Neill NPC Semifinalist, Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Fresh Ground Pepper Artist Retreat); Dahlia (Lark’s New Voices Fellowship Finalist, Dell’Arte International); Cecilies (Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival). She was awarded Artist of Exceptional Merit by Asian American Arts Alliance, and currently is the Ingram Lab Playwright at Nashville Rep, a member of EST/Youngblood, and a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. She was a fellow at National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation at Pangea World Theater and a Works-in-Progress Artist at Red Eye Theater. MFA Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, Dell’Arte International. www.jeesunchoi.com

John Collins (Director of BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, he/him) founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then he has directed or co-directed all of the company’s productions while also serving as the company’s Artistic Director. ERS productions directed by John include Cab Legs (1997), Room Tone (2002), Gatz (2006), The Select (2011), Arguendo (2013), and fifteen others. The company’s work, under his direction, has been seen in over a dozen countries as well as in cities across the U.S. John is an experienced sound designer and has worked for Richard Foreman, Target Margin Theater, and others. He worked as a designer and technician for The Wooster Group from 1993 until 2008. Current projects include Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, and a new project based on James Joyce’s Ulysses. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artists Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

Greig Sargeant (Performer in BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, he/him) NYTW: Bonnie’s Last Flight, Fondly, Collette Richland, The Little Foxes, The Sound and the Fury. The Public Theater: Measure for Measure, The Sound and the Fury. The Vineyard Theater: Strictly Dishonorable. BAM/Next Wave Festival: The Parable Conference. Baryshnikov Arts Center: Go Forth/Please Bury Me. ERS: Gatz. Target Margin: Uncle Vanya. Regional: The Walker Arts Center, RedCat, Axial Theater, Johnny Carson Theater, Montclair State Theater, The Spoleto Festival. International: Culturegest – Lisbon, Vienna Festival, Amsterdam Festival, Adelaide Festival. Film: The Bad Infinity dir. by Graham Sack. Company Member: Target Margin Theater, Elevator Repair Service. Training: West Virginia University (MFA), William Esper.

Ben Williams (Performer in BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, he/him) is an actor and sound designer. He produces and curates category-other.com. Collaborators include: ERS, Minor Theater with Julia Jarcho, Lily Whitsitt, Christina Masciotti, Suzanne Bocanegra, Kate Benson, Geoff Sobelle, Julie Atlas Muz, and many others. Awards for sound design: OBIE, Lortel, LADCC. Benwilliamsdotcom.com 

12 noon EDT

Stefania Bulbarella, Yeujia Low, Le’Andra LeSeur & Dena Igusti
Join us for a conversation about the Prelude 2020 pieces Una niña, una familia, un pueblo, Animal Empire, Passing time with Grace and Cut Woman

Stefania Bulbarella (Director and Video Designer of UNA NINA, she/her) is an Argentinian director and Projection/Video Designer based in Brooklyn. Her latest credits include Video/Projection Design: Essentials (Free Street Chicago Theater), Closure (The Movement Theatre Company- 1MOVE: DES19NED), Unstuck (The Tank), 12 Angry Animals (NYU Tisch), Field Awakening (Corkscrew/Columbia Stages), Azul Otra Vez (BRIC/PRELUDE), The Revolution (National Sawdust). Associate Projection Designer: Warriors Don’t Cry (Theatre USA), Circle Jerk (Ars Nova). Editing: Broadway Bares (Broadway Cares). Assistant Video Designer: Circle Jerk Live (Theater Mitu) Programmer: Fandango for Butterflies (Engarde Arts). Director: Catamenia (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Even the Sun (Mixily Presents), Personal Questions (24h Zoom Fest), Memorama (LaMicro Theater). Associate/Assistant Director: Wolf Play (Soho Rep), Somos Mas (People’s Theatre Project), Nanas (LaMicro Theater). PA: Waterboy and the Mighty World (The Bushwick Starr). Studies: BFA in Directing and Creative Technologies – The New School. Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. www.stefaniabulbarella.com

Yeujia Low (Co-Writer, Composer, Director for ANIMAL EMPIRE, she/her) is an actor-musician and theater maker who excels at the understated and intimate. She helps imaginative & visionary film and theater directors make their most bizarre ideas become reality. She sings, whines and gobbles. She plays the piano, violin and guitar, has danced for Graham alumni Jacqulyn Buglisi, and has been nominated for best actress twice in award-winning short films. Her own work has been performed at Triskelion Arts, the Actors Fund Arts Center, RAW Moves, Movement Research and in her bathroom, her kitchen, her head, bed and floor. She is a troll and will always be sincere but not saintly. Tisch ETW. Acting credits: New York Fringe Festival, The Tank, Musical Theatre Factory, The Flea, Dixon Place, Haque Center, and more. Music directing/composing: The Flea, SheNYC Summer Theater Festival, Co/Lab Theater Group, cabarets, dance & film.

Le’Andra LeSeur (Artist for PASSING TIME WITH GRACE, she/her) is an artist working primarily with video, installation, photography, painting, and performance. Her work celebrates blackness, contemplates the experience of invisibility, and seeks to dismantle and reclaim stereotypes surrounding black female identity, among other subject matters. Awards include Leslie-Lohman Museum Artists Fellowship (2019), the Time-Based Medium Prize as well as the Juried Grand Prize at Artprize 10 (2018). LeSeur recently appeared in conversation with Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum, presented by the Tory Burch Foundation and has lectured at RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI, and SCAD Atlanta, among others. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Assembly Room, New York, NY; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Anacostia Art Center, Washington, DC; SITELAB, Grand Rapids, MI; Amika Dawkins, Atlanta, GA; and others. Residences include NARS Foundation, Marble House Project, and Mass MoCA. LeSeur is represented by Microscope Gallery.

Dena Igusti (Playwright, Actor, and Producer for CUT WOMAN, she/they) is a queer Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and producer born and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of CUT WOMAN (Game Over Books). She is the co-founder of Asian multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and literary press Short Line Review. She is a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. She is a 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright for her co-written Off-Broadway production SHARUM. She is a 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow, 2020 Seventh Wave Editorial Resident, and part of Spotify Sound Up’s 2020 cohort. Her work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. She has performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several venues across the nation.


Click Here for Week 23 Participants: Jay Wegman (NYC); Anne Hamburger (NYC); Sean Anthony Chia, Dohyun Gracia Shin, Cory Tamler, Gabriel Torres, & Luke Pearlberg (NYC)

Click Here for Week 22 Participants: Handan Ozbilgin (NYC); Florian Malzacher (Germany); Kaatje De Geest, Carmen Hornbostel & Milo Rau (Belgium) 

Click Here for Week 21 Participants: Tom Walker (NYC); Sade Lythcott (NYC): Saviana Stănescu

Click Here for Week 20 Participants: Baraka Sele (US); Tania El Khoury & Gideon Lester  (US); David Bruin & Miranda Haymon (US)

Click Here for Week 19 Participants: Marvin Carlson (NYC); Andras Forgach, Hannah Milovits & Laszlo Upor (Hungary); Dima Mikhayel Matta & Sahar Assaf (Lebanon)

Click Here for Week 18 Participants: Jacques Rancière (France); Morgan Jenness (NYC); Helly Minarti(Indonesia); Dima Mikhayel Matta & Yara Bou Nassar (Lebanon); Richard Schechner (NYC)

Click Here for Week 17 Participants: Acia Gray, Deborah Mitchell & Tony Waag (US); Carl Hancock Rux(US); Philippe Quesne (France); Betty Shamieh (US); Adelheid Roosen & Melanie Joseph(Netherlands/US)

Click Here for Week 16 Participants: Ping Chong (NYC); Susanne Kennedy (Germany); Lee Breuer & Maude Mitchell (NYC); Tiago Rodrigues (Portugal); Caridad Svich (US)

Click Here for Week 15 Participants: Karishma Bhagani, Anne Moraa & Sitawa Namwalie (Kenya); Émilie Monnet & Greg Hill (Canada); Satoko Ichihara (Japan); Niegel Smith (NYC); Jean-Claude van Itallie (US)

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

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)

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 (PRELUDE, PEN 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 Stages, European 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
Next Generation Fellow: 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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