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Learn about our partner organization ReCAST, Inc.

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 with Cindy Cohen about the "Acting Together" project on KadmusArts Podcasts.

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

Read more reflection and responses to Acting Together

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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.  

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

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Application period is now closed.

ATdocThe Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University is offering $500 grants to college and university educators to support efforts to incorporate the resources of the Acting Together project into curricula. The resources include a documentary film, a toolkit of resources for teaching and learning, and a two-volume anthology.

Grant recipients will also receive:

Applications are welcome from faculty members teaching in Theater, Performance Studies, Community Art, or any of the creative arts; or in Peace and Justice studies, Development, Conflict Transformation, Trauma Studies, Foreign Relations, Global Studies, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, etc. We are especially interested in receiving applications from members of the faculty of institutions with limited resources for media acquisition, including:
  • Historically Black colleges and universities
  • Institutions with high Hispanic enrollment
  • Tribal colleges and universities
  • Community Colleges

Learn more about the small grants.

Thank you for your interest. Application period is now closed.

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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