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Updates from the Recipients
of Acting Together 
Small Grants
> New: Update on Creative Camp for Peace Building in Nepal by Mandala Theatre

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Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts

Theatre & Peacebuilding in Israel
Feb & March 2015

Read Jean Randish’s award-nominated review of the Acting Together anthology.

Acting Together at Community Arts Lab (CAL) Theatre Festival in Netherlands

Read review by Anthony Ellis of the Acting Together anthology.

Read a review of the Acting Together documentary by Shoshana Zeldner, featured by the
Compathos Foundation

Acting Together short film featured in Culture Unplugged film festival

Read portrait of Cynthia Cohen in American Theatre magazine.

“Acting Together” Documentary received the “Spirit of Place” Award

“Acting Together” Documentary received 2012 Telly Award


Read a Book Review by Serge Loode

Listen to an interview on BBC Radio with Cindy Cohen and Dijana Milošević about the Irish Premiere of "Acting Together on the World Stage."

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Acting Together Documentary

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Acting Together

From the boundary of human suffering and human possibility emerges a story that offers hope to our war-weary world. It is a story that arises on a contested boundary, but not the kind of boundary that divides people at war. It is rather the border between the violence and inequity of our current condition and the more just and peaceful world we seek, terrain where artists and peacebuilders engage people in creative acts of courage and moral imagination.

Acting Together, a collaboration between Brandeis University and Theatre Without Borders, has been exploring this terrain for the past seven years. The project documents peacebuilding performance, highlighting artists, peacebuilders, and community leaders from every continent whose rituals and theatrical works speak truth to power and support communities to mourn losses and build bridges across differences.

Witness the courageous acts of artist-peacebuilders in the documentary. Read their stories in the anthology. Plan peacebuilding performances using the toolkit. Join the Acting Together conversation, with your own acts of courage, compassion and resolve.  

Student Initiative Opportunity

The CAST minor invites Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students to apply for:

Membership in a dissemination team for the award-winning documentary film “Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict”

Applications Due: MONDAY, MARCH 14, 12:00 Noon

The documentary is designed for students, practitioners, educators and policymakers in fields related to performance and to peacebuilding. It documents performances that contribute to non-violent resistance, re-humanization of former adversaries, and reconciliation in the aftermath of violence, by telling the stories of creative and courageous artists and cultural leaders from New Orleans in the U.S. as well as from Argentina, Serbia, Uganda, Australia and Cambodia. The film is in English, and available with sub-titles in Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Tamil, Sinhala and Japanese. It is accompanied by a toolkit of video and print training resources.

Students who participate in the intensive workshop will receive their own copy of the Acting Together documentary and toolkit. A condition of membership is a commitment to coordinate, by the end of September, 2016, a screening of the film and lead a discussion – on the Brandeis campus; for audiences in other educational institutions including high schools, colleges and universities; in collaboration for community theatres and activist organizations; at conferences related to topics in performance, arts, cultural work, social justice, peacebuilding, social change. Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to participate in this unique opportunity.

Learn more about the opportunity, including participation requirements and benefits for students.

Recipients of Acting Together Small Grants for Course Development in Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict

The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce the recipients of five small grants designed to provide support to college and university educators as well as trainers of theater practitioners support they need to incorporate the resources of the Acting Together Project into their course curricula and workshop sessions. The Acting Together Small Grants for Course Development in Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict were made possible by the generous contribution of Elaine Reuben '63.

Acting Together resources will be sent to educators and trainers in Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and the Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, USA.

Read more about the recipients and updates on how they are using the Acting Together resources.


Multilingual Global Campaign

The award-winning "Acting Together on the World Stage" documentary film is now available with subtitles in Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Sinhala, Spanish, and Tamil. We are currently partnering with ReCAST, Inc. on a Multilingual Global Campaign.We are seeking partners to join us in sharing this resource with communities in conflict regions around the world. In honor of the 51st anniversary of World Theatre Day, we are seeking 51 cultural and educational organizations to receive free copies of the multilingual version of the documentary and the accompanying toolkit. Learn how to get involved!


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Order the anthology:
Volume I.

Volume II.

Acting Together Vol. I Front Cover

"Acting Together I: Performance and Creative Transformation of Conflict Volume I: Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence." New Village Press: July, 2011.

"Acting Together II: Performance and Creative Transformation of Conflict Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities." New Village Press: November, 2011.

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