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INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT

Photo by Teresa A. Fisher: Director and Co-founder Kim Peter Kovacs working with his actors on Vinati Makijany's The Other Side at UMD.

By Teresa A. Fisher | HowlRound

"New Visions/New Voices (NV/NV) is a biennial play development series of the Kennedy Center. Co-founded by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas and Kim Peter KovacNV/NV celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with its 2016 festival, which included the release of a two-volume anthology from Dramatic Publishing, New Visions/New Voices: 25 Years 25 Plays. Since its beginnings, Lavrakas and Kovac have looked at how the festival can both enhance the field of theatre for young audiences (TYA) and promote inclusivity within it."

"With assistance in playwright recruitment from three international collaborators and program support led by Scot Reese and Faedra Chatard Carpenter at the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (UMD), the 2016 IPI featured nine playwrights– five from South Africa (Lereko MfonoKoleka PutumaSamson M. MlamboTamara Schulz, and Jon Keevy), three from India (Sunil BannurDeepika Arwind, and Vinati Makijany), and one from Korea (Choon-Keun Park).

"Unlike previous international collaborations, the IPI playwrights were not merely observers who watched the process and provided snippets of their plays to festival attendees. Rather, they experienced a week of development with UMD students followed by a week of development with professional Washington DC-based actors. Following each week, readings from each play were presented to UMD and festival audiences." 

Photo by Teresa A. Fisher: Director and Co-founder Kim Peter Kovacs working with his actors on Vinati Makijany's The Other Side at UMD. 

Date of Publication: 
1/3/17