Praise From the Field

"'Acting Together' places before us the human story unfolding. It invites us to penetrate through the mask to the source and the vibrating essence of voice on the journey to find our way back to humanity."
 Ian McIntosh, Director of International Partnerships, Office of International Affairs, Indiana University

"But by what means can lasting peace and security be achieved? In these books, Cohen, Varea, and Walker provide us with an awe-inspiring array of creative gestures designed to do just that."
 From the Preface, Roberta Levitow, co-founder of Theatre Without Borders

"Institutions like the International Theatre Institute, conflict resolution programs at universities around the world, and individual theatre artists considering work in this field will receive fundamental and detailed advice."
 From the Foreword, John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Volume I: Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence

Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities


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Meet the co-editors

The Anthology

"Acting Together: Performance and Creative Transformation of Conflict"

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Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities

Acting Together I & II Covers

“Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict” is a two-volume work describing peacebuilding performances in regions beset by violence and internal conflicts. Whereas Volume I emphasizes the role theatre and ritual play in both the midst and in the aftermath of direct violence, Volume II focuses on the transformative power of performance in regions fractured by "subtler" forms of structural violence and social exclusion. The case studies in this volume document examples from Afghanistan, Australia, Ghana, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States. This volume also offers resources, tools, and recommendations to help educators, artists, students, policymakers, and funders alike to become involved with, and contribute to, the emerging field of peacebuilding performance.

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Read the summaries of the case studies

Volume I: Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence
Catherine Filloux, Roberta Levitow, Ruth Margraff, Dijana Milošević, Charles Mulekwa, Abeer Musleh, Aida Nasrallah, Madhawa Palihapitiya, Lee Perlman, Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, Polly O. Walker. Foreword by John Paul Lederach. Preface by Roberta Levitow.

Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities
Contributing authors: Daniel Banks, Eugene van Erven, Kate Gardner, Mary Ann Hunter, John O'Neal, Jo Salas. Preface by Pauline Ross. Foreword by Salomon Lerner Febres.

Editors (also contributing authors): Cynthia E. Cohen is director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University. Cohen has worked in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders on this project since 2005, and has facilitated coexistence efforts involving participants from the Middle East, the US, Central America, and Sri Lanka. Roberto Gutiérrez Varea is a dramaturg, producer, and director, and the founder of several community-based performance collectives. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as a means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. He is Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. Polly O. Walker is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She is a director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australian and lectures in peace and conflict at James Cook. 

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