Theatre Without Borders (TWB) • USA • www.theatrewithoutborders.com
Theatre Without Borders (TWB) was founded in 2003 as an informal virtual all-volunteer community of theatre artists and organizations around the world dedicated to cultural exchange through the arts.
TWB works primarily through its information portal website at www.theatrewithoutborders.com, but also through artist-to-artist engagement. In 2005, TWB began a multi-year relationship with Dr. Cynthia Cohen and the Co-Existence Program at Brandeis University to explore the intersection of Theatre and Peacebuilding that resulted in a 2-volume anthology, a 50-minute documentary and the ongoing Acting Together on the World Stage Project. In September 2010 over 400 artists from over 30 countries met in New York City during the TWB “Acting Together on the World Stage” Conference. The Brandeis University Peacebuilding and the Arts Program, the ongoing IMPACT: Imagining Together project and the Acting Together on the World Stage Resources continue this work.
In 2013, ArtistSafety.net was started as a new initiative born out of a partnership between Theatre Without Borders and freeDimensional, an organization focusing on networks and activities at the intersection of the performing arts and human rights challenges. Early leadership in this area inspired later key programs such as PEN America’s Artists At Risk Connection. On January 7, 2015, TWB with Marie Le Sourd of On the Move (the European Union cultural mobility website) and Dr. Frank Hentschker of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY launched the first-ever Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for the USA: Theatre, Dance and the Performing Arts with over 300 guests from over 25 countries. In 2018 and 2019, Theatre Without Borders partnered with The Arctic Cycle to explore the intersection between artists and the climate crisis and create the Climate Change Theatre Action, The “Theatre in the Age of Climate Change” convening with Howlround and Arts Emerson in Boston, Massachusetts and additional gatherings supported by Invoking the Pause in Miami, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico. In March, 2020, Theatre Without Borders began a new initiative Responses to Covid-19 to discover and advocate for artists responding to the global pandemic.