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

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists
 Monday, April 27, 2020 – Friday, May 1, 2020, 12 noon EDT 

New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the fifth weekly line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS. 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 programming every day during the week.

Week Five with: 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)

The newly introduced ad-free SEGAL TALKS will be live-streamed in English on howlround.tv and on the Segal Center Facebook page. All the previous SEGAL TALKS will be found on howlround.tv, the Segal Center Facebook page, and the Segal Center YouTube Channel. The Segal Theatre Center will raise money for theatre artists and companies. This work is in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson Collage.

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

Visit www.theSegalCenter.org or contact mest@gc.cuny.edu for more information on SEGAL TALKS.

For press information please contact Frank Hentschker at fhentschker@gc.cuny.edu

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MONDAY, April 27, 2020
12 noon EDT

Rimini Protokoll’s Daniel Wetzel, Helgard Haug, and Stefan Kaegi
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Germany.

Rimini Protokoll is the label of the works of Helgard HaugStefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel. They produce documentary theatre pieces, radio shows and work in the urban environment in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Using research, auditions and conceptual processes, allowing what they call ‘Experts’ to find their unique voice. Works include Lagos Business Angels with Nigerian business people, the multi-player video piece Situation Rooms, 100% City with a sample of 100 citizens on stage as well as Weltklimakonferenz —a simulation of the UN Conference on climate change orHomevisit Europe—a staged intervention in hundreds of living rooms all around the world. In 2008, Rimini Protokoll have been awarded with the European prize for New Realities in Theatre. In 2011 they were awarded the Silver Lion of the 41th Biennale of Venice, established to honour new theatrical realities. In 2015, they received the Grand Prix of Swiss Theatre.


12 noon EDT

Guy Regis Jr.
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Haiti.

Guy Regis Jr. is a polymorphic creator; he is a poet, director, playwright, actor and video artist. Throughout his career, Regis has worked extensively to develop infrastructures for cultural production throughout Haiti. He is the founder of the NOUS THEATRE, which promotes a political and experimental physical theatre. His plays, novels, and theater works have been translated into multiple languages and have toured internationally. Between 2012 and 2013, Regis directed, with the support of the European Union, a project called Migrants, in which he organized large-scale artistic workshops throughout Haiti with international creators. From 2012 to 2014, Regis was the director of Drama at the National Arts School of Haiti. As the leader of Association Quatre Chemins, Regis aims to renew and develop the Haitian living arts sector through an annual theater festival, artistic residency programs for drama outside the boundaries of Port-au-Prince, and programs focused on children and students’ access to drama throughout Haiti.


12 noon EDT

Jalila Baccar
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Tunis.

Jalila Baccar is today generally recognized as one of the leading women playwrights and performers in Tunisia and the Arab world, and the work of her company Familia, co-directed by Baccar and her husband Fadhel Jaïbi, has attained a major international reputation. Baccar’s roles, acting and theatrical narratives, co-created by her director and husband Fadhel Jaïbi, are extremely intricate, psychologically multi-layered, and have the uncanny ability to capture the complexity and depth of grand themes prevalent in Arab societies. Baccar has performed in over twenty of her plays.


12 noon EDT

Peter Sellars
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in the US.

Peter Sellars has gained international renown for his transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists. He has staged operas at the Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra National de Paris, and the Salzburg Festival, among others, and has established a reputation for bringing 20th-century and contemporary operas to the stage. Noteworthy theater projects include: a production of Euripides’ The Children of Herakles, focusing on contemporary immigration and refugee issues and experience, and Desdemona, Sellars’ acclaimed collaboration with the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Malian composer and singer Rokia Traore has been presented in major cities in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.
Sellars has led several arts festivals, including the Los Angeles Festival and the Adelaide Arts Festival. He was Artistic Director of New Crowned Hope, a month-long festival in Vienna to create new work in the fields of music, theater, dance, film, the visual arts and architecture for the celebration of Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary.
He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival, and was a Mentor for the Rolex Arts Initiative. His awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize for contributions to European Culture, and the Polar Music Prize. Peter Sellars is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.​


FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020
12 noon EDT

Oskar Eustis & Tony Torn
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in the US.

Oskar Eustis has served as the artistic director of The Public Theater since 2005, after serving as the artistic director at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI from 1994 to 2005. Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new work that speaks to the great issues of our time and has worked with countless artists in pursuit of that aim, including Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Richard Nelson, Rinne Groff, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Lisa Kron. He is currently a professor at New York University and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University.

Tony Torn is an actor and director who has worked extensively for the past thirty years in theater, film and television, in both traditional and experimental projects. He is known best for his work with legendary experimental theater makers Reza Abdoh and Richard Foreman, being the founding director of Bill Talen’s Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping (now in its 20th year), and creating and starring in the absurdist theater/punk rock mash-up Ubu Sings Ubu with co-director Dan Safer. He has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Performance Creation Concentration from Goddard College, and is currently teaching Intro to Acting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tony manages Torn Page, a private event space in New York City, named in honor of his parents, the award winning actors Rip Torn and Geraldine Page.



SEGAL TALKS is a daily one-hour LIVE online conversation from Monday to Friday — about making art and making sense in the Time of Corona.  

Participants from previous weeks included:

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)

All the previous SEGAL TALKS will be found on howlround.tv, the Segal Center Facebook page, and the Segal Center YouTube Channel.

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.

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

Executive Director: Frank Hentschker
Creative Producer: Sunyoung Kim
Media Supervisor: Jackie Spaventa
Next Generation Fellow: May Adra
Senior Assistant Director of Programs: Cory Tamler
Junior Assistant Director of Programs: Kyueun Kim
Assistant to the Director: 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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