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May 10, 2020
May 10, 2020
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Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists
 Monday, May 11, 2020 – Friday, May 15, 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 content daily during the week.

Week Seven 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)

The newly introduced ad-free SEGAL TALKS will be live-streamed in English 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 work is in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College.

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, MAY 11, 2020
12 noon EDT

Ismail Mahomed
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in South Africa.

 Ismail Mahomed is the Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation in Jhb, South Africa. (www.markettheatre.co.za ) He was previously the artistic of the National Arts Festival in South Africa (www.nationalartsfestival.co.za ). He is a multi-award winning arts administrator and he serves on the board of several arts organizations in South Africa. He is also a playwright and a regular contributor of editorial opinions in South Africa. He has a particular interest in theatre for social change.

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020
12 noon EDT

Natalia Vorozhbit
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Ukraine.

 Natalia Vorozhbyt is a playwright, screenwriter, and film director, Born in Kiev, Ukraine 1975. She graduated from the Literary Institute in Moscow and is a Member of the International Writers Program in the University of Iowa, U.S., and International Playwright Residence in Royal Court Theatre, UK. She is the author of more than 15 plays, which were made more than 40 productions in Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Poland, England, Scotland, Germany, and Finland, in such theaters as the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the UK, «A Play, a Pie, a Pinte” Glasgow, ” Playwright and Director Center ” in Moscow and elsewhere.

12 noon EDT

 Fidaa Zaidan was born in Jalilie Palestine, in the village of Beit Jann. She holds a B.A in Social Theatre from Haifa University, and a Master of Fine Arts – Creative Acting from Tel-Aviv University. She has performed in plays throughout Palestine and abroad, her work includes: working with Palestinian Director Amir Nizar Zuabi, since 2015, in several plays including: West of Us the Sea, The Lanterns of the King of Galilee, and Against a Hard Surface (a co-production with Ya-Samer Dance Theater), The Stone is our Sign, Directed by Di Travis (produced by the Freedom theatre), 2013 Men in the Sun, by Ghas- san Kanafani with Saeed Salama (Pantomime Theatre), Currently, Fidaa is performing her monodrama Last Day of Spring, which she wrote, directed by Siwar Awad, supported by A.M. Qattan Foundation and which was recently presented at the Kampala International Theatre Festival.

 Amir Nizar Zuabi is an award- winning theatre writer and director and is the Artistic Director of ShiberHur theatre company. He is also an Artistic Associate of the Palestinian National Theatre, was an associate director of Young Vic London (2009—17) as well as a member of the United Theatres Europe for artistic achievement, and an alumnus of the Sundance theatre program. Writing and directing credits include I am Yusuf and This is My Brother, In the Penal Colony, Alive From Palestine, Oh My Sweet Land, The Beloved (co-produced by ShiberHur/Young Vic) Three days of Grief, West of Us the Sea, Mid Spring Musical, Dry Mud, Against A Hard Surface (ShiberHur) Last Ward and Who Killed You Asmahan. Directing credits include Samson and Delilah (Flanders Opera, Antwerp) Jidarriya by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (Edinburgh International Festival, Bouffes du Nord and world tour), Forget Herostratus, Le Malade Imaginaire, War or More and Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company). In 2017 he directed Oh My Sweet Land, in a project with the PlayCo in kitchens across New York. Grey Rock is his first play for Remote Theater Project. He is currently writing new plays for the Riksteatern in Stockholm and for the National Theatre, London.

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020
12 noon EDT

Roberta Estrela D’alva & Dione Carlos
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Brazil.

 Roberta Estrela D’Alva is a director, actress-MC, playwright, spoken word artist, slammer, activist and researcher. With a BA in Performing Arts at the University of São Paulo and Doctorate degree in Communication and Semiotics at PUC/SP (Catholic University of São Paulo). Founding member of the Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos (first Brazilian Hip-Hop Theater company) and the collective Frente 3 de Fevereiro (transdisciplinary collective that investigates racism in Brazilian society). Co-directed and wrote the screenplay for the documentary “Zumbi Somos Nós” (We are Zumbi) that participated in the Brazil: An Anthology for Brazilian Video Art at the Tate Modern, London. She was the co-author for the videoart A Imagem do Som: Futebol (The Image of Sound: Soccer) shown at the Casa de Culturas do Mundo (Houses of Cultures of the World) in Berlin and at the 15o Festival. Roberta is the creator and slammaster at ZAP! Zona autônoma da Palavra (Autonomous Word Zone) the first “poetry slam” (poetry championship) in Brazil, and was a finalist at the Slam Poetry World Cup 2011 in Paris, finishing in third place.

 Dione Carlos Brazilian playwriter, responsible for the production of fifteen plays performed in Brazil (including Sete, Bonita, Kaim, Revoltar, Iyalodês and Black Brecht – What if Brecht was Black?), and read in Europe. Playwriting professor at the “Escola Livre de Teatro de Santo André” and art educator at the “Fábricas de Cultura” responsible for the social project “Espetáculo” located in the Brasilândia neighborhood. Publisher of four books: Dramaturgias do Front; Dramaturgia Negra. Maratona de Dramaturgia; Tempos Impuros. Represented Brazil in the worldwide event of celebration of the International Day of the Portuguese Language hosted at Greece in May of 2019. Held a lecture at the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Studied journalism in the Metodista University of São Paulo.

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020
12 noon EDT

Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo 
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Cameroon.

 Edouard Elvis Bvouma is a playwright, actor, and director, Cameroonian Edouard Elvis Bvouma is also a novelist and short-story writer. He has developed his work through multiple writing residencies in Africa and in Europe, and his plays have been read and staged in Cameroon and elsewhere in Africa, as well as in France, notably at France Culture and at Avignon Theatre Festival (Avignon IN). Bvouma has received multiple awards, including best playwright of 2008 from the African competition, Grands Prix Afrique du Théâtre Francophone. A la guerre comme à la Gameboy garnered prizes from Unpublished Works from Africa and Overseas and from the Society of Dramatic Composers and Writers (SACD) in 2016. He won the Radio France Internationale Theatre Prize in 2017 with La poupée barbue. Both plays are now published in French by Lansman Editeurs. In War as in Games was translated to English by Heather Jeanne Denyer for a reading produced by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center for the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival in New York City.

 Hermine Yollo is an actress, director, author, has been artistic director of Compagnie NGOTI (theater group) since 2009. She trained between 2000 and 2008 under the supervision of Werewere Liking, Edwige Nto Ngon, Keki Manyo, Evina Ngana, among others. She participated in internships at ERAC (2013, 2015) and at the Arab-African Center El Hamra in Tunis (Promotion 7). She performed in plays like Koffi Kwahule’s “Misterioso- 119 “directed by Soleïma Arabi, “Traversée aux Disparus” directed by Eva Doumbia and “Sawtché Baartman” written and directed by Martin Ambara. Among others, she directed “Juste savoir…” by Joël Amah Ajavon and “Je Déteste le Théâtre” by Edouard Elvis Bvouma; and participated in festivals including RETIC (Yaounde), Mantsina Sony Sur Scène in Brazzaville and the 69th edition of the Festival d’Avignon. She was part of the 2017-2018 promotion of the Labo Élan-Récréatrâles in Ouagadougou as a trainee director. In January 2017, she was dramaturg on the creation “Antoine m’a vendu son destin / Sony chez les chiens” written by Sony Labou Tansi and Dieudonné Niangouna at the Théâtre National de la Colline. In 2018, she began her career as an au- thor in participating in writing residencies such as Le Camaroes in Yaounde (Cameroon) and Coaching d’auteurs (author coaching residency) in Guinea, following her creation “La Femme-Iset” (written and directed by her) in Conakry in 2017 – with the support of the Institut français de Paris – during the Univers des mots festival.


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. SEGAL TALKS was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020. 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 work 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.


Click Here for Week 6 Participants: Andrea Tompa & Anna Lengyel (Hungary); Lola Arias (Argentina); Mihaela Dragan & Mihaela Michailov (Romania); Zuleikha Chaudhari (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 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)


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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