Acting Together on the World Stage

Monday, October 24, 2011

The NH Humanities Council, the NH State Council on the Arts, and UNH Education Department and the Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Committee at UNH Manchester are co-sponsoring the screening of Acting Together on the World Stage followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University and principal investigator for the documentary. Professor David Kaye, Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at UNH will also be a featured panelist. The event will be held on November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The feature documentary Acting Together on the World Stage highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict zones. Acting Together is a collaborative project of Brandeis University and Theatre Without Borders.

From the schools and prisons of New Orleans to the community centers of Kabul, from theatres in Tel Aviv and Ramallah, Kampala and Phnom Penh, and from plazas in Belgrade and Buenos Aires, the film explores how people have developed performance as a resource for peacebuilding, healing, and remembering in the aftermath of mass violence.

Cohen says, “Though the peacebuilders express themselves in many different ways and languages, they share a common conviction that human beings have the capacity to heal themselves from the violence of the centuries, and that meaningful reconciliation is not beyond reach.”

Bringing the film to New Hampshire arose from the collaboration of Judy Sharkey, Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of Teacher Education at UNH; Terry Farish, director of Connections at the NH Humanities Council; and Catherine O’Brian, Arts in Education Coordinator at the NH Council on the Arts. The screening of Acting Together at UNH Manchester is one a dozens of screenings happening internationally during the fall of 2011.

When asked why the NH Humanities Council collaborated to bring this compelling film to New Hampshire, Deborah Watrous, NH Humanities Council Executive Director, responded, “Cindy Cohen has been a consultant and friend to the Connections program for many years. She has brought her wisdom and processes to build democratic learning communities within our programs. Our goal in bringing the Acting Together documentary to New Hampshire is to bring Cindy’s work home (where she lives), and to offer the model to artists and teachers and community leaders right here.”

This event will take place in UNH Manchester’s third floor auditorium located at 400 Commercial Street. Free parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in Arm’s Lot located behind UNH Manchester. Events will be cancelled if the college is closed due to inclement weather (snowline: 641-4100). More information is available on the college’s website, www.manchester.unh.edu.