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Acting Together Anniversary:

A Celebration of Transforming Conflict through Performance

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“Acting Together offers us a unique gift in the pursuit of recovering our sense of humanity in a world too often torn with violation. For the first time on the world stage the authors have gathered the truth of lived experience and the truth of empirical observation in reference to the extraordinary development and use of theatre before, during and after conflict.”
-John Paul Lederach, Foreword to Acting Together Anthology.

The Acting Together Project, a collaboration between the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis (PBA) and Theatre Without Borders (TWB), is celebrating ten years of performances’ contributions to the creative transformation of conflict. Drawing on the work of courageous and skilled peacebuilders and artists in both organizations, the Acting Together project generated a two-volume anthology, a documentary film, and a toolkit that includes short videos and print resources. The project explored the role of theatre and ritual in transforming conflict in the midst of direct violence, in the aftermath of mass violence and in building more just and inclusive communities. For the last decade, these resources have been integrated into educational, networking and training events in regions around the world. The documentary has been translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Sinhala, Tamil, Spanish and French.

The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University is calling for short proposals from members of linguistic communities interested in creating new translations of the film and disseminating the new version to respective communities. The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is offering a $250 stipend for translation. These opportunities are made possible by a generous gift from Elaine Reuben (Brandeis ’63), who has steadfastly supported translation and dissemination activities for Acting Together for many years. To submit a proposal for a translation of the film, please complete a survey regarding your interest.

Review other initiatives planned to celebrate Acting Together’s decade of impact.  If you have questions about any of the initiatives, or would like further information about them, please contact Dr. Polly Walker.


profile pictureCEC ArtsLink fellow Yosra El Gazzar, multimedia artist and designer from Egypt, joins PBA as an artist-in-residence for 2021-2022

Review Yosra's profile 

Read Yosra's essay "In Constant Search for New Forms of Resistance" in PBA Now November 2021 issue.