GPS | AZERBAIJAN | Puppets from around the world raise hopes for the future in Baku

Why was the opening ceremony of the second international puppet theater festival in Azerbaijan so damn solemn an occasion? Probably because the organizers have put so much hope in it. In November 2011, when the first international theater festival opened in Baku, the Azerbaijan State Puppet Theater turned 80 years old. It is a venerable institution. It was the first time such a large-scale international festival was organized in the history of Azerbaijani theater. Read More

DEADLINES | Submit your dance piece for Stuttgart’s 18th international solo dance-theater festival by Nov. 11

Dancers! choreographers! Lend me your ears. Submit your latest productions to this international dance festival in Germany. They will pay for virtually everything, including your meals. There is no entrance fee. Read More

DEADLINES | Young circus artists invited to apply to French cirque festival

Deadline for circus artists to apply to the Festival du Cirque de Demain in Paris is October 31. Now directed by Alain M. Pacherie, the Festival welcomes every year dozens of acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists in Paris and confront their hopes and energies. The next festival takes place January 23 to 24, 2014. Read More

ON SOUTH AFRICA | Small-scale political Zimbabwe dramas headline Durban’s Musho! International Theatre Festival

Musho! (the name is Zulu for an enthusiastic praise response, similar to “Bravo!”) embraces everything from mime to physical theater, drama to comedy. Read More

ARTS PRESENTERS REPORT | Rosanne Cash, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Reggie Watts, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Liz Lerman, Ruby Lerner to speak at arts presenters conference in NYC

This year’s conference theme is “Imagine.” These speakers will address this theme, as will general sessions and special interest sessions focused on presenting international artists, leadership development, technology plus other issues and opportunities of interest to the presenting field. Read More

Call for performing arts ensembles from Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia and Vietnam

This call seeks nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines (dance, music, theater) from Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Vietnam for month-long tours of the U.S. from June through December 2014 Read More

Deadlines | Shubert Foundation announces 2012-13 grant guidelines for support of theater and dance

Not-for-profit, professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. Read More

U.S. Dept. of Education study reveals Theatre Arts losing place in American school programs

The research, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, showed a 16% drop in public elementary school instruction for drama/theatre over the past ten years, and a 3% drop in secondary schools. Read More

Nantes troupe reinvents Swedish dramatist Lars Norén’s play

NANTES, FRANCE: Creation Workshop Theatre at University of Nantes presented Holy Savior of the Spilled Blood, a theatrical moment developed by Mark and Marilyn Tsypkine Leray (LTK Productions, Nantes). The work brings together fragments of Swedish dramatist Lars Norén‘s play Category 3.1. This presentation was made at the FUN, Festival of University Theater, 29 and 30 March 2012. Besides numerous other actions and achievements, this action reflects the actual reality of [Pole Fas], Pole exchange for training in the performing arts, which aims to bring together institutions and Nantes training institutions create and theatricaldistribution. This initiative illustrates the synergies of the constellation of Nantes in… Read More

Why you should support HERE Arts Center’s April 16 Mixtape benefit

NEW YORK CITY: In my book, Kristin Marting, the founding artistic director of HERE Arts Center, is a visionary. People today see her frequently with Kim Whitener, who runs HERE along with Marting (together they won an Obie Award), but I retain a vivid memory of the fresh-faced New York University director who in 1993 started… Read More