Here is a list of my Recent Projects + Events:
–> IMAGES AND VOICES OF HOPE (IVOH): MEDIA AS AGENTS OF WORLD BENEFIT
August 2013 / Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center / Haines Falls, NY
An exploration of restorative narrative. A strength-based inquiry into how media benefits society. Increasingly those in media are being called on to help communities and the world make sense out of sudden devastation or prolonged conflict (shootings of children in Newtown, Connecticut and Utoya, Norway; bombings in Middle Eastern cities and recently in Boston, Massachusetts; tsunamis in northern Japan and hurricanes in New York City). In moments of disorientation, people turn to the media to help make sense of these disruptions and to help them find the way back to some kind of wholeness. IVOH refers to this genre as “restorative narrative,” a kind of story that emerges from sadness, fear and fragmentation and moves to restore healing, wholeness and a quality of inner peace. This inquiry may be especially tied to community media and to the ways that communities develop narratives to infuse creative energy in response to situations they face.
–> INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY THEATER: THEATER OF THE VOICELESS
June 2013 / Goethe-Institut Washington, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Switzerland, and Georgetown University / Washington, DC
Moderator / Documentary Theater: Creative Approaches
Led panel discussion featuring U.S. and European creators who discusses the research, creative process and staging of documentary plays and their many forms.
Speaker / Documentary Theater: Implications for Policy and Post-Conflict Reconciliation
Spoke about how theater and performance can serve as tools for diplomacy in a panel that featured, among others, policy expert Michael Pelletier, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in Bureau of African Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.
“Randy Gener to moderate international symposium on theater” in The Fil Am Metro D.C.
“Ping Chong, Randy Gener & more join Voiceless Festival” in BroadwayWorld
“Documentary theater seeks social change via international ‘Theater of the Voiceless‘” in Culture of One World
“Randy Gener in ‘Theater of the Voiceless’” in Rappler
“Theater of the Voiceless” in Cultural Tourism DC
“Theater of the Voiceless, a symposium and festival” in FestivalDC
March 2013 / House of Sweden and Swedish Embassy in the U.S. / Washington, D.C.
Emcee and Organizer
Led seminar in association with the U.S. debut of Backa Theatre of Sweden at the Nordic Cool 2013 Festival at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Focusing on the growing genre of documentary theater in the U.S. and Europe, with a special focus on Germany and Sweden.
“Randy Gener leads Embassy of Sweden’s Swedish and American Dialogue in DC today” in BroadwayWorld
“Fil-Am leads Swedish Embassy’s cultural dialogue” in Philippine Daily Mirror
–> PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OF NEW YORK TOWN HALL MEETING
February 2013 / Foundation for Filipino Artists, Reginald Lewis Foundation and Philippine Consulate General / NYC
Emceed a town-hall meeting on the Fall 2013 staging of National Artist Felipe Padilla de Leon’s opera NOLI ME TANGERE based on the novel by Dr. Jose Rizal
“Noli to be staged for the first time in East Coast” in Manila Mail
“Noli opera aspires for mainstream appeal” in The Philippine Star
“Noli opera to be staged in New York” in GMA News
“New York Filipinos welcome momentous premiere of Noli opera” in Voice of NY
–> FACULTY OF ARTS, CHARLES UNIVERSITY, PRAGUE / AMERICAN STUDIES AND CRITICISM WORKSHOP
November 2013 / Filozoficka Fakulta Univerzity Karlovy y Praze / Czech Republic
Presented graduate-level lectures on contemporary U.S. drama and American musicals, as well as led criticism workshop for Department of Theatre Studies and the Department of Anglophones Literature and Cultures
–> CULINARY DREAMS: CHEFS’ WEEK, OPEN FORUM AND DINNER PARTY
September 2012 / Purple Yam Restaurant / Brooklyn, N.Y.
Organizer and Moderator
Special 10-course dinner with friends. Savory discussion. Open dialogue. Bicoastal culinary exchange featuring a total of six chefs/owners from Manhattan and Bay Area restaurants coming together for one week to serve menus that embody their unique outlook and individual thinking. Then, on one special evening, they are given the opportunity to talk about what they cook and why they cook the way they do.
–> PANEL DISCUSSION ON THEATER, GENOCIDE AND RECONCILIATION
September 2012 / Force/Collision and Atlas Performing Arts Center / Washington, D.C.
Participate in a post-performance panel discussion with playwright and Brown University dean Erik Ehn, African-American scholar Daphne Brooks, and the cast and creative crew of Ehn’s play SHAPE, produced by the ensemble force/collision
–> CONVERSATIONS WITH JEWISH LEADERS ON HUMOR, HOLOCAUST & “MEIN KAMPF”
August 2012 / Scena Theater and H Street Playhouse / Washington, D.C.
Led post-performance conversation with Rabbi Harold White; Dr. Donn B. Murphy, president and executive director of National Theatre of D.C.; and Goethe Institut director Wilfried Eckstein. Discussion was inspired by Scena Theater’s production of George Tabori’s 1987 black comedy MEIN KAMPF
–> PAN ASIAN REPERTORY ARTIST TALKBACK
June 2012 / Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row / New York
Led post-performance discussion of Pan Asian Rep’s production of Mayank Keshaviah’s play RANGOON with group of about 40 members of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, based in Queens.
–> UNIPRO SUMMIT / MULTINATIONAL FORUM “REINVENTING AN ARTS RENAISSANCE”
June 2012 / NYU School of Medicine / New York
Workshop Session Leader
Led cultural workshop for young professionals, students and youth: “Will a Renaissance be led by our ability to invent new artistic expressions? to research and collaborate on new works with distant partners? to contend with the great challenge of displaying Filipino arts and culture anew, especially to one another? Will it make way for abundance, for real opportunities, for long-term sustainability — for creative coexistence?”
–> PRINCETON UNIVERSITY / THEATRE CRITICISM, GENDER, AND BLOGGING
April 2012 / Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University / New Jersey
Free-wheeling discussion moderated by the Feminist Spectator (Jill Dolan), with panelists Karen Fricker (The Guardian), Bonnie Marranca (Performing Arts Journal), and Alisa Solomon (Columbia University)
–> 31ST WILLIAM INGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
April 2012 / William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College / Independence, Kansas
Emcee, Narrator and Award Presenter
The Inge Festival honored playwright David Henry Hwang with its Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre award. The four-day festival culminated in a multi-media documentary tribute. The tribute consisted of filmed interviews with people who have worked closely with Mr. Hwang, live professional performances of Hwang’s material, video clips from his shows and dozens of slides and narration.
Speaker and Moderator
Spoke at two panel discussions addressing diversity in the performing arts (both moderated by Gigi Bolt, formerly of the National Endowment for the Arts), as well as moderated a panel discussion on the playwright/director collaboration.
–> IMMIGRANT ARTISTS AND SCHOLARS IN NEW YORK / NEW YORK WITH AN ACCENT
April 2012 / IASNY and Nuyorican Poets Cafe / New York
Performer and Award Presenter
Performed my own immigrant-themed play “A Parliament of the Streets,” as well as presented IASNY’s Trophy of Excellence to Broadway actor Jennifer Lim (CHINGLISH)
–> JAPAN SOCIETY VIDEO CONVERSATION WITH THEATERMAKER HIDEKI NODA
December 2011 / Japan Society and Under the Radar Festival / New York
Interviewed Hideki Noda, director and co-author of The Bee, (Soho Theatre of London), an Under the Radar Festival program produced by the Japan Society in New York. Noda, one of the most popular director–playwrights in Japan, is considered a legend of Japan’s contemporary performing-arts scene.
The video interview appears on http://www.youtube.com/user/JapanSocietyNYC
–> ANATOMY OF A BREAKOUT / BROADWAY PANEL DICUSSION
November 2011 / Drama Desk and Fordham University Theatre Program / NYC
Organizer and Moderator
Led a star-packed Broadway discussion reflecting the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on New York’s commercial stages in the fall 2011. Featured were actor Samuel L. Jackson and director Kenny Leon of The Mountaintop; playwright David Henry Hwang, actor Jennifer Lim and director Leigh Silverman of Chinglish; playwright David Ives of Venus in Fur; actor Liz Mikel, book writer Douglas Carter Beane, composer Lewis Flinn, director Dan Knechtges of Lysistrata Jones.
–> INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSICAL PERFORMING ARTS “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL”
November 2011 / National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian” / Bucharest, Romania
Producer and Lecturer / “Sondheim and After: A Listening Party”
Sondheim considers himself “a playwright in song.” How he arrived at this unique description is the subject of this multi-media presentation — part lecture, part conference and a listening party — pulling aside the curtain on Sondheim’s creative universe: “Sondheim’s creative journey,” my thesis states, “strives to reach the heights of a total and cinematic dramaturgy within musical structures.”
–> NOPASSPORT PRESS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY AND SALON
November 2011 / New Dramatists / New York City
Celebrated the publication of Carson Kreitzer’s collection, Self-Defense and Other Plays, and Chiori Miyawa’s upcoming collection America Dreaming and Other Plays. In addition to Kreitzer and Miyagawa, authors Susana Cook, Kia Corthron, Migdalia Cruz, Christine Evans, Linda Faigo-Hall, Catherine Filloux, David Greenspan, Matthew Maguire, Saviana Stanescu and Caridad Svich read and performed from their works
U.S. Media Representative and Speaker
The Media Dialogue consisted of a public discussion among German and American theater critics and addressed trends in contemporary theater in Germany and the U.S. The Dialogue launched a sustained dialogue among critics between the two countries. Joining from Germany were Peter Kümmel, theater critic for the newspaper Die Zeit, and Peter Michalzik, journalist and theater critic for the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.
–> “DIALOGUES ACROSS CULTURES: A MODEL FOR BUILDING ENDURING PARTNERSHIPS” / TWO-DAY SYMPOSIUM ON AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY ARTS
October 2011 / MAPP International Producers and Africa Arts Consortium in partnership with Museum of African Art, African Center for Education at Teachers College and Institute of African Studies at Columbia University / New York City
Moderator / “Advancing the Creativity of Artists”
Led a public conversation with Faustin Linyekula, choreographer from Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ralph Lemon, artistic director of Cross Performance in New York City. This two-day symposium is designed to open up conversations around international cultural exchange; to share lessons learned through case studies; and to build understanding and connections between artists, organizations and public communities in the United States and on the African continent.
–> 2011 BAM NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL / ARTIST TALK: MOVIES AND THEATER / BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
October 2011 / BAM Rose Cinemas / New York City
Moderator / “Ivo van Hove with Randy Gener”
Acclaimed Flemish director Ivo van Hove, whose work Cate Blanchett describes as “stunning with a capital ‘S’ — returns to BAM with a stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s heartrending film Cries and Whispers, performed by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the flagship theater of the Netherlands.
–> CUNY-TV SHOW / “CONVERSATIONS WITH WILLIAM HOFFMAN”
July 2011 / The Journalism, Communication, Theatre Department of Lehman College / Bronx, NY
An hour-long live taping of a “televised series of discussions with major theater and musical figures of our times,” broadcast regularly on CUNY-TV, Channel 75. The conversation aired in two parts in spring 2011.
–> PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL OF PERFORMANCE DESIGN AND SPACE / PRAGUE NATIONAL GALLERY TALKS
June 2011 / USITT, Arts Institute-Theatre Institute of Czech Republic, and Veletzrini Palace / Prague, Czech Republic
Host, Moderator and Curatorial Advisor
Led, with “From the Edge” artistic director Susan Tsu,“a series of gallery talks with renowned U.S. designers at USITT-USA national exhibition, “From the Edge,“ during the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.
The USITT-USA national exhibition celebrates the vital new designs mirroring the socio-political issues consuming American performance makers today. Innovative new works stretch existing definitions of theater and performance while seminal founders and long-standing ensembles are recognized for their far-reaching contributions to the profession. The USA curators have gathered work that we feel is uniquely American yet largely new to the world stage.
Maricar CP Hampton, “Writing, theater, and always the two shall meet” in The FilAm.
Susan Isorena-Arcega, “Eyeing the Golden Triga” in The Philippine Star.
–> SWEDISH THEATRE BIENNIAL
May 2011 / Swedish Theatre Union and Swedish Institute / Stockholm and Gavle, Sweden
Lecturer / “Global Sweden: Swedish Theatre in the World“
In a seminar that gathers a number of international critics from around the world, Gener delivers a lecture that focuses on instances and productions of Swedish theater in the U.S. He also surveys the evolution of contemporary Swedish drama, dance, circus and performing arts.
Moderator / “Theatre and Democracy: Voices From the Theaters in the World“
Led a seminar featuring Vanessa Cook, artistic leader of the Market Theatre Lab of South Africa; Jessica Kaahwa, an actress and writer from Uganda who gave the message of the World Theatre Day 2011; Ambroise Mbia, an actor and director who heads the Cameroon Center of the International Theatre Institute; and Alexander Kryzhanivskyi of the New Drama Theatre on Pechersk in the Ukraine.
–> ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION: ”LIMITLESS CASTING: COULD THE BEST MAN FOR THE PART BE A WOMAN?”
March 2011 / Actors’s Equity Association / New York
In an age when men in drag are commonplace, why are women playing male roles so rare? The Women‘s Committee of Actor Equity‘s Eastern Equal Employment Committee hosted a panel discussion on gender-neutral casting, asking the question “Could the best man for the part be a woman?” Moderated by Gael Schaefer. Other panelists were Deborah Weight Houston (Kings Country Shakespeare Company), Richard Schechter (NYU), Rebecca Patterson (Queen’s Company), Joanne Zipay (Judith Shakespeare Company), Terry Berliner (Director).
–> DREAMING THE AMERICAS: GLOBAL CHANGE IN PERFORMANCE
February 2011 / Nuyorican Poets Cafe and NoPassport / New York
Moderator with Otis Ramsey-Zoe / “NoPassport Press Salon: Writing as Metamorphoses“
A conversation about the global voice in the age of globalization with writers who have newly available play collections: Migdalia Cruz, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Kia Corthron, Linda Faigao-Hall, Catherine Filloux, Carson Kreitzer and Ruth Margraff.
–> BEING HAROLD PINTER: UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION WITH BELARUS FREE THEATER
January 2011 / The Public Theater and La MaMa E.T.C. / New York
Belarus Free Theatre is an underground theatre group that began during the second term of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as an artistic means of resisting Belarusian government pressure and censorship. The discussion focused on the current repressive political system in which the Free Theatre conducts its rehearsals and performances secretly in small private apartments, due to security reasons as well as the risk of persecution and imprisonment.
–> COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS CONFERENCE: VISION 2020: RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT
December 2010 / Commission on Filipinos Overseas / Manila, Philippines
Speaker / “Solutions of Culture and Education: Concerning Second Generation Filipinos Rooted in Philippine Culture”
Delivered a presentation outlining “solutions that address the culture of migration; keep overseas Filipinos rooted in Filipino culture, and promote education reform given the perspective that whether we like it or not, Filipinos would become global citizens and that the entire globe will be a mobile one.”
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas is an agency of the Philippine government under the Office of the President which was established on June 16, 1980 through the enactmed on Republic Act 79.
Lilac L. Cana, “Singing for President Noynoy and His Friends” in Philippine Reporter.
“American Theatre’s Randy Gener Receives Presidential Award” in Filipinas Magazine.
“American Theatre’s Randy Gener Conferred Presidential Award” in Pinoy Global Online News.
“President Aquino Bestows Randy Gener Title ‘Legacy of Filipino Nation’” in ArtAct Magazine.
–> INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR MUSICAL PERFORMING ARTS
November 2010 / National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian“ / Bucharest, Romania
Organizer and Moderator / “Musical Theatre in the U.S.A.: From Page to Stage”
Led a conference on American musical theater at the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts, a one-of-kind event in Romania. The conference discussed the elements of what makes a great musical and offers Romanian audiences a glimpse beyond the proscenium into the creative worlds of musical theater writing and musical performance.
Organized a delegation of American musical theater artists composed of composer/lyricist/librettist Michael John LaChiusa (Hello Again and The Wild Party) and singer/performer/recording artist Jose Llana (Wonderland and Flower Drum Song).
Gabriela Lupu, “Musicaluri despre papanasi si carnati” in Romania Libera.
Constantina-Gabriela Moateru and Sora Mihaela Eliza, “Life is Beautiful!” in Radio Romania Cultural.
Maria Zarnescu, “Musical Life Is Beautiful” in Critical Stages, The IATC WebJournal.
Calin Angheluta, “Festivalul International al Artelor Spectacolului Muzical ‘Viata e frumoasa’” in Agentia AmosNews.
–> STEPPING OUR OF BOUNDS: NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT FROM AN INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
October 2010 / Lark Play Development Center / New York, NY
Participated in an informal roundtable discussion with 8 playwrights of the Lark Play Development Center, along with artistic producers and international artists Katja Heiminga, Kate Loewald, Amy Mueller and Janice Poon. Moderated by Lisa Rothe.
–> PERSPECTIVES ON CRITICISM
August 2010 / DC Theatre Scene and Woolly Mammoth Theatre / Washington, D.C.
Led a seminar and workshop given to 20 online critics and regular reviewers of DC Theatre Scene, Washington‘s liveliest theater website. How does/can/should a critic weight the value of powerful description with that of subjective candor? Is there poetry to be found in creativity? Or are the best reviews the most overtly/strong opinionated?
–> IATC WORLD CONGRESS: “RE-DEFINING FEMININITY IN TODAY’S THEATER”
June 2010 / International Association of Theater Critics (IATC) and Armenian Center of the International Theatre Institute / Yerevan, Armenia
Organizer and Moderator with Margareta Sorenson (Sweden) and Jean-Pierre Han (France)
Organized and moderated a world congress of scholars and theater critics from France, Canada, Quebec, India, Korea, Japan, Lithuania, Greece, Iran, Hungary, Latvia and the USA, each one offering fresh perspectives on the roles of memory, politcs, gender, class, race and family. The concept of femininity seeks in today‘s theater its own place, language, identity and expression. In the 21st century, it has reemerged as a creative issue. Can we characterize and explain the various phenomena of this 21st century concept of femininity?
Speaker / On Women and War: Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined”
Delivered a paper on Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winning play, published in Critical Stages, The IATC Web journal.
–> HOW ARE PLAYWRIGHTS RELEVANT IN TODAY’S WORLD?
May 2010 / Smith and Kraus Publishers and Drama Book Shop / NYC
Smith & Kraus, publisher of essential books for the theater community brings together some of America’s leading playwrights and writers. Other panelists were playwright Theresa Rebeck, author Alexis Greene, Hunter College theater department chair Jonathan Kalb, and Yale Drama School and American Repertory Theater founder Robert Brustein.
–> KOLTES IN AMERICA: THE INTERNATIONAL KOLTES SYMPOSIUM
April 2010 / Alliances Française d’Atlanta and 7Stages Theatre / Atlanta, GA
Moderator / “The International Koltés Symposium“
Five artists and scholars present their work on Bernard-Marie Koltés followed by a discussion and q&a. Featured were Koltes director Jean de Pangé, Koltés director Philip Boulay, University of Metz linguist Andre Petitjean, Koltés translator Maria Delgado, Witness Relocation artistic director Dan Safer.
–> CUNY-TV SERIES: “CONVERSATIONS WITH WILLIAM HOFFMAN”
March 2010 / The Journalism, Communication, Theatre Department of Lehman College / Bronx, NY
Featured TV Guest
An hour-long televised series of discussions “with major theater and musical figures of our times” broadcast regularly on CUNY-TV, Channel 75. Our conversation aired in two parts in spring 2011.
–> INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE INDIAN SOCIETY FOR THEATRE RESEARCH
January 2010 / Indian Society for Theatre Research, International Federation for Theatre Research and Post Graduate Department of Hindi at Sardar Patel University / Gujarat, India
Moderator / “Indian Theatre: Regional, National and International Perspectives”
Moderated two seminars focusing on contemporary Indian theatre from regional, national and perspectives. The conference also addressed the diverse and multiple nature of Indian theater criticism, its present position, and its required and essential new directions.
Lecturer / “Storytelling By Digital Design: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create Theatre”
The idea that hyper-mediated practices challenge the authority normally vested in a text is a long-accepted avant-garde trope. But this notion is merely grist in contemporary theatre where rapid developments in animation, video game and computer technologies have profoundly affected the domain of narrative, story architecture and performance design.