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Upcoming Events: 2012-2013

 Spotlight Human Rights Project (Summer - Fall 2012)

Spotlight Human Rights is a new initiative by Epic Theatre Ensemble and CIHR, in partnership with Lark Play Development Center.  Our overarching goal is to bring together practitioners in the field of human rights with theatre artists, scholars, and students from NYC colleges and high schools, to collaborate on new plays and new scholarship that raises public awareness about the lives of international aid workers.  This initiative is premised on the belief that art, and more specifically, theater is a powerful tool both for expressing the quest for human dignity and for advancing civic empowerment. Over the course of 12 months, four teams comprised of playwrights, practitioners, scholars, and students will be assigned a priority question in the human rights field to explore and discuss.  The playwrights and scholars will be commissioned to create new work that tackles these questions, sharing their efforts throughout the creative process with their team.  The initiative will culminate in a 5-day conference at John Jay College and nearby theatres and cultural organizations in Manhattan in Fall 2012.  New plays will be presented to the public side by side with new scholarship, all followed by interactive workshops, fostering a diverse and multi-faceted community that has the potential to last far beyond the initiative’s life-span, as well as generate new work that has a meaningful impact for human rights practitioners. Click here to see Epic Theater's webpage on the Spotlight Human Rights Project.  

The First Step:
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
12pm to 2:45pm

Pre-Conference Gathering on International Human-Aid Workers
hosted by The Center for International Human Rights and Epic Theatre Ensemble
at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Featuring a new play by Dominique Morisseau followed by a discussion of the play's focus on Hatian and Guniean women on both sides of the justice and social work systems.
Playwright: Dominique Morisseau

Spotlight: Human Rights is made possible by generous support from
Ford Foundation's Good Neighbor Committee
with additional support from
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

More information on the Fall workshops featuring the plays of Dominique Morisseau, Heather Raffo, Ken Urban and Stefanie Zadravec will be forthcoming.

 Rule of Law (ROL) in UN Peace Operations Workshop (Spring 2012)