Coming Soon

The Acting Together film will be launched with a special screening at the La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City on September 23, 2010, at a major international conference on theater and peacebuilding in conflict zones.

The Acting Together anthology will be published by New Village Press in two volumes beginning in June 2011.

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Learn more about Programs in Peacebuilding and the Arts at the website.

Nathan Cummings Foundation Supports "Acting Together" Educational Toolkit, Book, and Documentary

"Acting Together" documents performances ranging from reconciliation rituals, to staged works (e.g. above, from Serbia), to community-engaged theater.


April 29, 2010

People working on social justice, post-conflict coexistence, and peacebuilding do not commonly intersect with those in the fields of the arts and culture.

The Acting Together project, initiated through a collaboration between the Ethics Center and Theatre Without Borders (theatrewithoutborders.com), is designed to strengthen work at the nexus of the arts and peacebuilding.

A new print anthology and film, both titled Acting Together, document exemplary peacebuilding performance efforts around the globe, and are intended to serve as resources for education and advocacy.

The impact of this project will be greatly magnified by support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which in April awarded $75,000 to the Center’s Programs in Peacebuilding and the Arts to enable the creation of an educational “toolkit” to accompany the Acting Together anthology and film, and to aid the distribution of these resources to educators and practitioners doing related work.

“In the Acting Together project we have learned that collaborations between artists and peacebuilders can be very effective, yet they are fraught with challenges,” says Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Center's Programs in Peacebuilding and the Arts. “Artists worry about their work being overly instrumentalized, while peacebuilders and funders generally need specific, documentable outcomes. Support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation will allow us to reach artists and peacebuilders and help them engage creatively with this tension, respecting the strengths and the needs of both fields.”

Each element of the Acting Together toolkit – discussion guides, policy briefs, and short video discussion-starters – is crafted to stimulate conversation about an issue or dilemma raised by this work. The toolkit links the knowledge generated through the Acting Together project to particular constituencies, including students, practitioners, policy makers, and funders, addressing their distinct needs, reservations, and concerns.

The anthology will consist of two volumes of case studies and emerging theory; the first will be published in June 2011 by New Village Press. The film is based on interviews with the artists and researchers who contributed to the anthology; it will be launched at the La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York in September 2010 (see sidebar).

“The film’s subjects inspire me,” says Allison Lund, who edited the documentary, and produced it along with Cohen. Lund, a filmmaker and editor who has had several films selected for national and international festivals, hopes Acting Together “will bring to light the courageous actions being taken by intellectuals and artists who believe in their work as an affirmation of creativity over destruction.”