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World Theatre Day 2018
The General Secretariat is now working on the World Theatre Day Celebration that will take place on Tuesday 27 March at the UNESCO buildings in Paris. The selected message authors will be announced very soon on the ITI website, and the messages and Message Authors information will be sent out to all ITI Centres and Cooperating Members very soon. We invite all of you to share with us how you plan to celebrate World Theatre Day so that we can add it to the virtual map on the websites.
Please send information about the location, the programme and the date of the celebration, together with a picture to news(at)
Last Reminder: International festival of Theatre and Other Performing Arts
The ITI Centre of the Congo Republic is opening on the organization of the first edition of the FITAAS (International festival of Theatre and Other Performing Arts), that will happen from 27 to 31 March 2018. For this upcoming festival, they are looking for theatre companies from Europe, Maghreb, West Africa and two from Central Africa. The file to be provided for any theatre company that wishes to participate must include:
• the biography of the author, the director, the actors (along with an ID photo for each);
• the synopsis of the show and the creative process;
• a stage photo;
• the technical sheet with precision for the sound and light requirements;
• a video capture of the show;
• the presentation of the company (indicating the name, the date of creation, the number of productions made, the complete address, ...).
The number of members of the troupe (comedians, directors and technicians) must not exceed five (05).
Please send your file no later than 01 February 2018 to: iticongobrazza(at) or ylewalet(at)
7th Colombo International Theatre Festival
The Colombo International Theatre Festival is an annual event hosted by IAA. This is one of the biggest opportunities for the performers of the world to unite and perform. The motto of the festival – Let’s get the hearts together to tie the knot of Camaraderie, unity and tranquillity through dance, drama, workshops and Meeting. For the 7th edition that will happens in from 5 to 12 July 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, they are looking for application for performances. >>Please click here for more information and to fill up the application form. The deadline is 25 January 2018.
It is with sadness that we inform you that the devoted artist, highly involved in ITI, Carlos During, has passed away. Carlos During was an active member of the Mexican Centre of ITI, and member of the former Committee for Cultural Identity and Development (CIDC), for more than 10 years. He always worked closely with indigenous peoples and local theatre people in his area of operation.
>>To read the full obituary written by his friend Alexander Stillmark, please click here.
It is with the regrets that ITI also inform you that Humberto Orsini has passed away. He was a renowned Venezuelan playwright. Vice-President of the Venezuelan Federation of Theatre, a body attached to the Venezuelan Centre of ITI, he became President of the Venezuelan Centre of ITI. In 1965 he was appointed as a member of the Executive Council of ITI, and a few months later he rose to the position of Vice President of ITI. Orsini has further served as chairman of the Committee for Cultural Identity and Development and as a member of the Committee for Theatre Education. He also wrote the World Theatre Day Message in 1995. >>To read the World Theatre Day Message in 1995 by Humberto Orsini, please click here.
Fuad Al-Shatti – Posthumous Acknowledgement as Honorary Member of ITI
In tribute to Fuad Al-Shatti, in recognition of his years of service and commitment to ITI, the Honorary Member of ITI Certificate was given to his son, Ahmed Fuad Al-Shatti, during the inaugural Fuad Al-Shatti Theatre Forum, a conference with performances, organized by the Arab Theatre of Kuwait. The title was bestowed to him in 2013 by the Executive Council of ITI.
2018 – The Year of ITI – 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute
The team of the General Secretariat wishes you a happy festive season and all the best for this special upcoming year during which we will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of ITI. The whole 2018 will be the Year of ITI – meaning ITI and its members are able to celebrate ITI from 1 January to 31 December with celebration, ceremonies, festivals, conference and more. This was decided by the General Assembly during the 35th ITI World Congress in Segovia/Spain. The General Secretariat has created a logo in English, French and Spanish that is for use for all the Centres and Cooperating Members to join the celebration of the 70th Anniversary. Please ask for the logo in your language for your event and send us the information about your event. If you are planning an event for which you would like to have international participation, please get in touch with the General Secretariat for promoting it and for helping you with the participation of international guests from ITI. Conctact: info@iti-worldwide. Vive ITI! 2018 is the year of ITI. Let´s celebrate it, include artists and audiences, and increase the visibility of ITI.
The next International Director’s and Trainers’ Colloquium
The next International Directors’ and Trainers’ Colloquium will take place in Berlin from 3 to 7 January 2018. Dr Jurij Alschitz has suggested a Link to the Roots - The Role. How can radical innovation of training methods build on the foundations of the dramatic arts? What is still important and how to convey it? Dr Jurij Alschitz has studied with J. N. Malkowski, who was taught personally by Stanislavski, as well as with the Russian pedagogical legend Mikhail Budkewitsch. At this colloquium, we will investigate the roots of the art of acting in relation to new methods of teaching. The colloquium builds on intensive preparation and active participation. The discussion will first begin on our hybrid platform. >>For more information please click here.
Open call: watch & write African Cultural Journalists
Journalists from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania and Tunisia are invited to send applications for a two-week workshop in cultural journalism in Braunschweig, Germany (4-17 June 2018). The chosen countries are related to the theatre programme of Festival Theaterformen 2018. Journalists from other African countries are asked to contact us via email before handing in an application. To apply for the workshop, please fill in the online form on The application deadline is 1 December 2017.
>>For more information about the workshops content and the Festival Theaterformen, please click here. For any questions, please contact: welcome(at)
4th edition of dunaPart – platform of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts
We are happy to inform you that the 4th edition of dunaPart – platform of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts, will be held between 29 November and 2 December 2017, organized by Trafó House of Contemporary Arts with the participation of other venues and organizations in Budapest. >>Please click here to see the detailed schedule. You can also >>register in advance here.
International Festival of Theatre and Puppets
From 2 November to 2 December 2017, the 16th edition of the International Festival of Theatre and Puppets of Ouagadougou (FITMO) will be held successively in Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Niger, under the theme “sustainable human development”. Created in 1989 by the Burkinabé Centre of the International Theatre Institute in partnership with the Union of Dramatic Ensembles of Ouagadougou (UNEDO), this festival became, after 28 years of continuous activities, a reference in the African cultural agenda. The 2017 edition of FITMO will bring together around 40 African and European artistic companies from Ouagadougou (theatre, puppets, dance, music, storytelling, etc.), professional meetings, training workshops, and a symposium. The festival will continue after this first stage in the other four countries in a dynamic artistic collaboration.
2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (the “Οrganisers”), announce the “2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during the entire month of July 2018, in Cyprus. The 22nd edition of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” is part of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018. All proposals from theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in participating in the “2018 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” should be submitted using the form available at The deadline for submissions is 11 December 2017.
Hybrid Theatre Platform
The Hybrid Theatre Platform is currently attracting lots of interest- why not take a look yourself? You can begin the ‘VERTICAL OF THE ROLE’ COURSE online at any time. You can start with the free, no-commitment TRY OUT course and then progress to the full course, in dialogue with a teacher. You can then complete the course with a practical seminar, which will take place in Berlin between 27 November and 3 December 2017. Specialised training and individual feedback supports actors to experience the so-called ‘light of the role’. Collaborative work with colleagues will inspire you and open up new perspectives. >>For more information please click here.
>>Start the course online here.
Residency program in Performance Creation
The ITI Croatia Centre in collaboration with the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of ITI will host a residency program in Performance Creation at the ITI Croatia Centre’s annual program, the International Drama Colony in Istria, Croatia in July 2018. The residency program will be for one week and it will involve workshops in acting (Chekhov method of acting) and in playwriting. Participants will explore the theme of Conflict from diverse perspectives. The deadline for application submission is 1 November 2017, and results will be announced in December 2017. For more information contact Taiwo Afolabi taiwoafolabi4(at) and Nina Krizan nina.krizan5(at)

>>For more information please click here.
Call for applications for the categories of Storytelling, Dance, Stand-up Comedy, Music and Theater
2018 will be the 25th year of MASA. The 10th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA) will be held in Abidjan from 10 to 17 March 2018. The application materials to submit for the MASA Festival are the same as those for the official selection. Applications must be sent to MASA by November 30, 2017. For more information, please visit:
Call for Participation in Intercultural Conference with the theme “Theatre Wars: Return of the Artist”
The Intercultural Theatre Institute of Singapore is holding their triennial Asian Intercultural Conference, which will take place from 27 to 30 November 2017, in Singapore. This year’s theme is “Theatre Wars: Return of the Artist”. To find out more about the >>list of topics please click here
and please >>click here to see the lineup of speakers.
>>The link to register is here. Enquiries can be sent to aic(at)
Surveys for the 35th ITI World Congress
Having your feedback and ideas is really important to help ITI improve the next Congress and its programming. If you attended the 35th ITI World Congress – even if you attended only part of it, please find the survey links below:
If you also attended the Congress Prologue consisting of the Student Festival of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts, please find the survey links below:
Hybrid Education for Asia
The World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ ITI is looking forward to a special pilot project in co-operation with the IAPAR festival (International Association for Performing Arts & Research). At the ITI World Congress in Segovia, a test phase was developed which will give artists from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the unique opportunity to take part in an international continuing education programme. The online course will lead to a practical module during the festival in November 2017: Masterclass in India, Pune 4 - 9 November 2017. Participants from this region should start the course NOW to be ready for the practical module in time. >>Please find the course here.
Ellen Stewart International Award
The Ellen Stewart International Award is an award given to an individual theatre artist or theatre company whose work promotes social change, and community participation with a particular focus on the engagement of young people. With the support of the ITI (International Theatre Institute), La MaMa New York and Italy, and the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, the recipient of The Ellen Stewart International will attend the ITI World Congress, receive an artistic residency at La MaMa Umbria to create a new work, and the financial and production support to present the new work at the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds.
>>For more information about the criteria and nomination please click here or contact; estewartaward(at)
>>To download the application form please click here. The deadline is 27 October 2017.
African-American and African Playwrights Creative Residency at the Camargo Foundation
The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential centre offering programming in the Arts and Humanities. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of artists, scholars, and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency programme for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights. Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the cross-cultural interactions between the United States and Africa, whether historic or contemporary, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, from 28 May to 25 June 2018. The deadline to apply is 19 October 2017.

>>Please click here for more information.
International Theatre Festivals in Iran
The Dramatic Arts Center of Iran (DAC) is pleased to inform that there are some international activities which are going to take place in Iran.
- 18th International Ritual and Traditional Theater Festival; 1 to 6 September 2017, deadline for submission: 6 July. 2017;
- 12thInternational Street Theater Festival - Marivan, 8 to 12 September 2017, deadline for submission: 23 August 2017;
- 24th International Children and Adolescents Theater Festival, 30 November to 5 December 2017, deadline for submission: 2 October 2017;
- 36thFadjrInternational Theater Festival (for all genres), 21 January to 1 February 2018, deadline for submission: 8 November 2017;
>>Fore more information please click here. >>To download the application form please click here.
International Dance Day 2017
The International Dance Day 2017 Summit in Shanghai has been a beautiful event, which started with powerful speeches during the conference, workshops with workshops leaders from more than 30 different countries, and three night of exceptional performances. We will soon publish the event report and pictures on the International Dance Day website:
International Symposium on Theatre studies
Shanghai Theatre Academy, together with the ITI - UNESCO - Network for the Higher education in the Performing Arts, will hold the International Symposium on Theatre studies as a Discipline from 3 to 5 November 2017. They would like to invite experts, scholars all over the world to have an extensive dialogue on the development and cooperation of theatre studies in the world. >>For more information please click here
Call for Participation in the IAPAR International Theatre Festival
The International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR) is happy to announce the Call for Participation for the second edition of “IAPAR International Theatre Festival”
IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2017 will feature performances from across the globe, master-classes, as well as formal and informal interactions between artists from India & abroad. This festival is a first step towards a sustained effort in curating a festival which brings innovative performances which put ‘Actors’ at the centre of their productions to the city. The festival will be hosted in association with the Indian Centre of ITI and take place in Pune, India, in November 2017. Send an email to iapar.festival(at) for the detailed application form or visit our website and download the application form.
Analogio Festival 2017
ANALOGIO FESTIVAL, member of EFA/EFFE (European Festivals Association/ Europe for Festivals- Festivals for Europe), comes back at the Theatre Technis, Frinichou Stage, Plaka area, Athens, Greece, from 16 to 24 September 2017. The Festival presents a wide programme with a focus on the latest writings for the Stage, a Tribute to Nikos Kazantzakis, a target on new Greek plays and international drama, and parallel events such as seminars, discussions, new media, walking and poetry performances and installations in public spaces and archaeological sites. >>For more information about the programme please click here.
57th International Theatre Festival MESS
The 57th International Theatre Festival MESS will happen in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 30 September to 8 October 2017. The final programme will be ready in early September but we are happy to share with you the >>preliminary performance schedule here.
Call for Participation in “Exercise 40/40” by AKT-ZENT
With the next step, the Exercise 40/40, the World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT / ITI proposes a ground-breaking concept for spherical education created by Dr. Jurij Alschitz. The pilot starts with online education in July 2017 followed by 40 days of contact education in September/October and will lead to 40 years of self-creation. Sign up now and reserve your place. For more information: please visit and Alschitz_Hybrid Theatre Platform 40.40
31st Annual International VASTA Conference
From 4 to 8 August 2017, the LASALLE College of Arts in Singapore is organizing the first Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference ever held in Asia, where regional and international experts will showcase techniques and uses of the human voice particular to the Asian region. Network with voice and speech trainers, scientists, performers, and public speakers from around the world to celebrate the human voice in its many qualities, dialects and languages, and develop future areas for investigation and research. VASTA Asia 2017 will be an exciting time for vocal, personal, pedagogical and cultural exchange. >>For more information please click here
New Congress Website
The Congress website is now online in >>English, >>French and >>Spanish We will regularly post and update information about the main ITI World Congress, the Congress Prologue, as well as the International Dance Symposium. Stay tuned!
This year’s International Theatre Institute (German Centre) Prize
Yael Ronen will be awarded this year’s International Theatre Institute (German Centre) Prize. The decision for the Israeli director and author will be announced by the ITI president Joachim Lux after the German ITI Berlin’s board meeting. The prize will be awarded in the context of Theater der Welt 2017 in Hamburg. They will announce the scheduling well in advance. >>For more information please click here
African Regional Council
The African Regional Council became a member of the Executive Board of the Regional Centre of Performing Arts in Africa (CERAV/Africa). This nomination shows the role of ITI in the promotion of the performing arts in Africa. This is an important partnership that puts ITI at the heart of cultural action in all African countries via the African Regional Council of ITI.
Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
From 29 April to 30 June 2017, the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival is taking place in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam. The theme is "Shining Five Basic Element Mountains" - inspired by Da Nang's famous local heritage of the Five Element Mountains. The programme will consist of five firework displays and artistic nights and six parallel programmes organized to take place over eight weeks. Participating countries are: Vietnam, Austria, UK, Italy, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and China.
Call for Participation in “The Vertical of the Role” by AKT-ZENT
The ITI Research Centre AKT-ZENT has turned into the World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT / ITI: the International Institute for Theory and Practice of Theatre Training, under the artistic direction of Dr. Jurij Alschitz. The Institute started immediately with the world’s first online platform for hybrid theatre education. This is not only a technical innovation, but, moreover, a proposal for changing the mind-set towards the process of the artists’ self-creation and an exploration of the theatre of the no sphere. The first basic course for the actor’s self-preparation - “The Vertical of the Role” - is free of charge. Every artist in the world is invited to join and share this experience with the team of teachers. >>Please click here for more information: Alschitz_Hybrid Platform Vertical and >>here to sign up
Call for Micro Performances up to 15 minutes by Young Practitioners
One of the numerous goals for the 35th ITI World Congress, set by the Executive Council, is to bring the largest ever number of Young Practitioners to the Congress in order to rejuvenate and strengthen ITI. That is the reason that the ITI Congress Task Force, together with the Young Practitioners’ Committee of ITI is launching this “Call for Micro Performances up to 15 minutes by Young Practitioners”. The call is for Young Practitioners (18 to 35 years) from all over the world for any type of performances (theatre, dance, music theatre, circus art, visual arts performance or a mix of different genres).
Please >>click here to read the call, and >>here to download the application form.
The number of accepted performances are limited. The application form should be submitted to tom.johnson(at), no later than 25 May 2017. The decision will be made until 1 June 2017 by the board of the Young Practitioners Committee and the Congress Task Force of ITI.
35th ITI World Congress in Segovia
IMPORTANT: Please register to the Congress before it’s too late. Please note that the deadlines for registration are the following: Head of Delegations, Delegates, Members of the Executive Council and Members of the General Secretariat: 1 May 2017 Participants of the Students Festival, Dance Symposium: 12 May 2017
Other participants who needs a visa: 12 May 2017
Other participants who do not need a visa: 20 June 2017
After 20 June 2017, only on-site registration is possible.
Please register now, even if you are not sure if you will finally make it to Segovia. All the details of how to register will become apparent when you fill out the Registration form that is currently available in English, French and Spanish.
>>Link for the registration form in English

>>Link for the registration form in Spanish

>>Link for the registration form in French
5th International Ritual and Traditional Seminars
The 5th International Ritual and Traditional Seminars is going to take place in Tehran from 30 and 31 August 2017. All researchers and scholars, who are interested in this international seminar, can apply to present his/her article based on the 4 below topics:
1. Based on others and neighbor’s countries, articulating feedback of Iranian Narrative and Shabih-Khani (Taziyeh);
2. Dramatically presenting different kind of storytelling (Naghly) and narrative in other cultures;
3. Introducing the various, dramatic and traditional forms in the world (except Iran);
4 .The interaction of traditional and contemporary theatres.

>>For more information please click here, or contact: dramatic.artcenter.iran(at) >>For the registration form please click here, the deadline is 21 June 2017.
13th International Festival of Making Theatre
The 13th International Festival of Making Theatre, will be held in Athens, Greece, from 3 to 8 July 2017. During five days of creative interaction, Theatre Makers from different parts of the world will have the opportunity to share and get acquainted with new working methods and ideas, regarding the following three sectors: Acting, Movement and Voice. Theatre of Changes invites, actors, directors, drama/acting school students, dancers, choreographers, singers, acting, voice and movement teachers and finally all those with a vivid interest in performing arts to attend the workshops of the 13th International Festival of Making Theatre which will be held during this festival. >>For more information please click here.
2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
Performances of ancient Greek drama will be presented in July, as every year, in the context of the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” that is co organized by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute (CCOITI) and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. From 2 to 28t July 2017, five theatre groups will present performances of ancient Greek drama at the “Skali” Amphitheatre in Aglantzia, the Curium Ancient Theatre and the Paphos Ancient Odeon. >>For more information please click here.
From 4 to 10 June (NON - Residential setting) in Copenhagen, as a part of the major international Danish theatre festival: CPH STAGE, Chekhov International Theatre School is hosting the educational venue Within the Art of Acting: “DISCOVER THE METHOD”.
Participants will have an opportunity to share their artistic work at presentational showcase and symposium afternoon on Sunday June 10th, 2017 at The Theatre Chapel at The Assistens Cemetery in the City of Copenhagen. >>Please click here for more information.
If you have any questions about participation, please contact Viktor Melnikov at Feedback(at)
The Ibsen Scholarships 2017
Ibsen Awards are announcing the Ibsen Scholarships 2017. The Ibsen Scholarships were initiated by the Norwegian government and will be handed out for the 9th time in 2017. The Scholarships are applicable to individual artists, theatre companies, organizations and institutions. The application deadline is 30 April 2017. The winners will be presented at the Skien International Ibsen Conference on the 18 and 19 October at Teater Ibsen in Skien, Norway. For further information, statutes and the application form, kindly visit:
The International Sea Festival
From 10 to 13 June 2017 the International Sea Festival 2017 will take place in Nha Trang. The theme for this year is "Opening the Friendly Arms". The Opening Ceremony is scheduled on 10 June with international performances from Sweden, Spain, Brazil and Fujairah.
Operadagen Rotterdam 2017
The full programme for the Operadagen Rotterdam 2017 has been launched today, and the online ticket sales are now open. Rotterdam is set to be the epicentre of new opera and music theatre in Europe for the 12th time in a row, from 12 through 21 May 2017. Audiences of all ages can enjoy classic works in a modern form as well as international show-stoppers, up-and-coming talents, and mesmerizing multimedia projects. >>For more information on the programme please click here
World Theatre Day & International Dance Day
Please also send us your World Theatre Day and International Dance Day activities reports so again we can share them on the virtual map on the website ( and

Please send information containing the location, programme and the date of the celebration, together with a picture of your festivities to news(at)
Open Call for Performances, Lectures and Workshops
The International Dance Committee IDC is organizing the International Dance Symposium which will take place during the 35th ITI World Congress, in collaboration with the Spanish Centre of ITI, the Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation, the Municipality of Segovia and the Municipality of Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The International Dance Symposium of IDC is part of the 35th ITI World Congress, held from 17 to 22 July 2017. The activities of the Symposium will take place from 18 to 20 July 2017, in Segovia and the Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The theme of the Symposium is “The city is our stage; the stage is our nature”. The purpose of the Symposium is to highlight the relationship between the artist and his/her natural or urban environment.
The application deadline is 15 May 2017. For more information please contact: alma.llerena(at)
>>Open Call for the International Dance Symposium 2017
>>Application form for the Dance Performances
>>Application form for the Lectures
>>Application form for the Workshops
International Dance Day 2017 Message author
The message author of 2017 Trisha Brown US born dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Trisha Brown Company.
It is with great sorrow that we share the news that Trisha Brown, dancer, choreographer and dance theorist (as well as International Dance Day message author 2017), died on March 18th after a lengthy illness. As one of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha’s ground-breaking work forever changed the landscape of art. Her passing signifies a great loss to dance and the performing arts. We are sure that everyone associated with ITI will join us in expressing our grief and sadness at the news of Trisha Brown's death. She will never be forgotten by lovers of dance and the performing arts.
2017 International Dance Day Summit
We are happy to announce that this year, the International Dance Day will be held in Shanghai. This is the first time that the International Theatre Institute, together with the International Dance Committee and the Shanghai Theatre Academy will organize a 3-day event, from 27 to 29 April 2017. As part of those 3 days, educational activities will take place such as Workshops (on Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April), Work presentations, Round tables, but also keynote speeches (on Thursday 27 April at the Fosun Art Centre, 600, Zhongshan Road (E-2)). For this occasion, more than 30 specialists are invited from all over the world. The detailed programme will be uploaded soon!
Call for application
With a history of over 70 years, Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a leading comprehensive university of arts in China, which has made outstanding achievements in theatre arts education and research. STA is seeking specialists from around the world who can be part of and contribute alongside our existing fraternity of specialists who are at the vanguard of performing arts studies. >>For more information please click here. The application deadline is 30 April 2017.
Summer School 2017
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is running a Summer school from 15 June to 16 July 2017. The students will study three courses: Chinese opera, Chinese culture, and/or Chinese language. The main course is traditional Chinese opera, which is composed of the learning of Chinese opera steps and movements, water sleeve routines, spear and sword routines, and selected scene work. Supporting courses in Chinese culture and language are offered to help students better understand the essence of Chinese culture. >>For more information please click here. The application deadline is 15 April 2017.
Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase
The Croatian ITI Centre is honoured to invite you to the 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase. The Showcase will be held from 20 to 25 April 2017, in two cities: Zagreb and Rijeka. Please note the mentioned dates.
>>Please click here for the programme
MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies
The Shanghai Theatre Academy is looking for applicants for their MA Programme in Intercultural Communication Studies. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in Chinese culture and intercultural communications in any academic and/or artistic field, including but not limited to, performing arts, performance studies, literature and all forms of the media. STA’s bilingual (Chinese and English) MA programme in Intercultural Communication Studies recruits excellent students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from top international and Chinese universities. >>For more information please please click here.
Call for application for a Master in Arts of Theatre / Physical Theatre
The Master’s degree programme of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio is aimed at professionals and graduates of the performing arts. The Master’s program focusses on the process of theatrical creation and artistic reflection, and provides time for the development and realisation of an individual project for the stage. The training, structured modularly and composed of workshops, courses, and seminars, allows each student to develop their own expressive capacity in terms of composition and theatrical creation, to enable them to cultivate their own aptitude for theatrical reflection and self-criticism. The application deadline is 30 April 2017. For more information please contact: corinna.vitale(at) or silviana.vogt(at)
Call for Papers for the Conference ‘I laugh, therefore I think’: The Power of Comedy in the Twenty-first Century
Organized by the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) in the framework of the Comedy Festival of Bucharest (FestCo), on 2 and 3 June, the conference ‘I laugh, therefore I think’: The Power of Comedy in the Twenty-first Century invites critics and scholars from around the world to discuss the meaning of stage comedy in the twenty-first century, between local specificity and the global context. Please send your abstracts (no more than 250 words) to soerenson(at) and octavian_saiu(at) before 21 April 2017.
Punto Cadeneta Punto
Umbral Teatro is organizing the second version of PUNTO CADENETA PUNTO (Encuentro Iberoamericano de Dramaturgia) to be held in Bogota, Brazil, from 1 to 8 December. It will be a week in which playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and writers meet to celebrate and discuss Dramaturgy, with workshops, colloquiums, lectures, dramatic readings, etc. Attendees will consist of theatre professionals from all over America, which shows the importance of Punto Cadeneta Punto as a prestigious space for meetings and high-level training, and show it to be a key contributor to the development of dramaturgy in the region.
Twenty playwrights from six countries - Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain - will be attending.
Showcase Weekend
The German Centre of ITI (ITI Zentrum Deutschland) is happy to welcome 30 international students (theatre studies, stage design, dramaturgy, performance studies etc.) to a showcase weekend at MÜNCHNER KAMMERSPIELE from 10 to 12 March 2017, in Munich. Please find below the programme and the application, deadline is 31st of January. Apply now! Program: Application form:
International Artistic Cooperation for the Performing Arts
Applications for the International artistic cooperation for the Performing Arts run by the German Centre of ITI together with the Robert Bosch Foundation are now open. The German Centre is looking for cooperation projects that address prevailing social themes and change and manifest them in a joint artistic response. Applications can be submitted until 15 February 2017 online in German and English. Partners from North African or Eastern European countries should submit their application together with a partner from the German-speaking world. >>For more information please click here
18th International Translators’ Workshop, Mülheim
Together with Mülheim’s “Stücke” festival, the International Theatre Institute (ITI Germany) is inviting translators of German plays to a workshop during the festival in Mülheim from 12 to 21 May 2017. Please send your application (in German) via e-mail with a bibliography and information about your professional background before February 10 to a.zagorski(at) >>For more information please click here
Call for Participation
The Chinese Centre of ITI is now calling for the participation of the first meeting of The Traditional Performing Arts Forum (TPAF), which will be held on from 18 to 22 June in Yinchuan, China.
Events will include traditional theatre information exchange, discussion and networking, Chinese "Xiqu" workshops, international workshops on traditional performing arts, and free access to the plays of the 15th China Theater Festival during the stay in Yinchuan.
TPAF looks forward to the participation of the traditional theatre practitioners, scholars and leaders or delegates from ITI Centres.
>>For more information, please click here or write to ctawangling(at) or pangjinlai(at) before 20 February.
New ITI Website
In collaboration with Futura Communication the ITI Headquarters have worked on a new ITI Webiste, in the last three month. Explore the universe of ITI and give us a feedback.

>Letter Introducing the new ITI Website
35th ITI World Congress
The Executive Council of ITI is proud to announce that the next edition of the ITI World Congress will be held in Segovia, in Spain from 14 to 22 July 2017

From 14 to 16 July there will be a Theatre School Festival, General Assembly and Opening Ceremony is on 17 July. Closing Ceremony 22 July.

More detailed information soon.
International Directors and Trainers Colloquium
Dr. Jurij Alschitz invites for his annual artistic meeting in Berlin, from 4 to 8 January 2017, all colleagues interested to discuss a new dimension of theatre training:
A ground-breaking innovation called 40/40 - forty days for forty years - using the tools of hybrid education for theatre practice with a new approach of creating knowledge and changing mindset.
For more information please visit: or >>click here
From 27 to 29 October 2016, a series of activities were held in the campus of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, which included keynote speeches, workshops (covering almost all the field of the stage art: stage design, make-up, sound design, light design, multimedia, set design, stage technique, cultural heritage, etc.), lectures and the presentation of the iSTAN Lifetime achievement award which was given to the Swedish stage artist: Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss.
For more information please visit: or contact Chen Zhongwen, Director for Collaborations of ITI: chen.zhongwen(at)
International Fadjr Theatre Festival
We are pleased to announce that the Dramatic Arts Centre of Iran will hold the 35th International Fadjr Theatre Festival from the 20-31 January, 2017, in Tehran.
You can submit any new productions your theatre company is undertaking to be considered for inclusion at the festival. The festival’s main theme focusses on the use of technology & new methods in theatre, and adjudicators will prioritise entries relevant to this topic for admittance. However, the organisers are open to performances which touch on other themes. If you are interested, please fill in the application form below. Be aware that the application should reach the secretariat of the festival by the deadline on the 22nd November 2016. For more information please write to: dramatic.artcenter.iran(at) >>application form of Fadjr Theatre Festival
Theatre Born in Conflict Zones
The International Theatre Institute, under UNESCO, launched project called “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” all over the world to achieve peace through the performing arts.
As part of the “Theatre Yearbook” special projects, our Japan Centre has been acting in concert with this project and has carried out “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” activities since 2009. This is the 8th production of the “Theatre Born in Conflict Zones” in Japan, and we would like to contribute to the promotion of peacebuilding operations between countries. The production period is from 14 to 18 December. For more information about the programme please >>click here
2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute, and the Cyprus Tourism Organization are pleased to announce the “2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama”, which will be held during the entire month of July 2017, in Cyprus.
All proposals from theatre groups or individuals expressing interest in participating in the 2017 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama should be submitted using the form available at The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2017. For more information please visit the festivals website or write to ccoiti(at)
Call for participation
The Dramatic Art Centre of Tehran, Iran, is organizing an International Seminar On “Theatre and the capacity of independent department” from 5-7 March 2017 in Tehran.
Any person who wishes to attend this seminar (which will be delivered in Persian/English), please declare your interest to the seminar secretariat before December 21 2016 at dramatic.artcenter.iran(at)
For more information, please >>click here
Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase
The Croatian ITI Centre is honoured to invite you to the 12th edition of the Croatian Theatre and Dance Showcase. The Croatian Theatre Showcase 2017 will be held from 20 to 25 April 2017, in two cities: Zagreb and Rijeka. Please note the mentioned dates and soon we'll give you more information about the programme and production conditions.
The Croatian ITI Centre also presents to you the 25th edition of its dance magazine Movements. The topic is “What makes a performance dance and contemporary?” On the following link you can find online editions of previous Movements:
Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts
On July 15th 2016 : Opening of the Information Centre of the Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts in Moscow, Russia
The Raykin Higher Education Institution of Moscow has been appointed as the Information Centre" of the ITI / UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts.
On 15th July this was celebrated with a Press Conference in Moscow.
Fore more information about the Network, please contact: Dimitry Trubotchkin, trubotchkin(at), or Chen Zhongwen, chen.zhongwen(at)
Call for Collaboration with the Theatre Department of Universidade de Estado do Amazonas
The situation in Brazil and Manaus not only hit culture, but also arts education. The teachers and students of the Theatre Department of Universidade de Estado do Amazonas were extremely disappointed that the workshop programme of the Congress did not happen. They need your support. Please write to the leader, Annie Martins, from the Universidad de Estado do Amazonas, if you see any possibility of offering a workshop. Email:
12th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Yerevan
This year from 22nd to October 28th 2016, the Armenian Centre of ITI will organize the 12th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Yerevan. The festival will be opened with an international project of the Dramatic Theatre Committee of ITI “The Tempest”. All ITI Members are invited to join the festival as participants with their Shakespeare performances. You can send the brief information about your theatre company and the synopsis of the play, along with the link to video of the play to sitfarmenia(at) till August 15th 2016. The results will be announced on August 20th 2016.
The Importance of Regional Councils
Regional Councils are important for the development of ITI. They are regional collaboration body that enables for the Centres and Cooperating Members of the region to exchange information, to coordinate activities and projects, to help each other by showing “best practices” and to scout for new Centres in the region. That is why the Executive Council, its president and vice-presidents plan to organize regional councils in the near future, preferably before the ITI World Congress.
The Arab Regional Council happenend on February 23, in Fujairah
The Regional Council for Asia / Pacific is planned for 28 March, after the World Theatre Day celebration in Guangzhou / China, by the Chinese Centre of ITI. The European Regional Council is planned to happen at the end of March or beginning of May in Lecce / Italy, on the initiative of the Italian Centre of ITI. The African Centres meet regularly and the Centres of the Americas (North, South and Central America) might meet before the Congress as well.
Relocation of ITI Headquarters to Shanghai and the ITI Office at UNESCO
Moving from Paris to Shanghai.First of all I would like to clarify that we still have an office at UNESCO. We moved from the UNESCO Office of ITI into a smaller (and cheaper) office space in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Bonvin Building, Room 9.44. The address is the same: UNESCO, 1 Rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France. This is still the official address of ITI. ITI still is registered in France. The office is used when the members of the General Secretariat are in Paris for meetings or for the International Dance Day in April this year. Account in France: All the contributions of the ITI Centres and Cooperating Members go, to keep it simple, to the same account as usual, Société Générale. The relocation of the General Secretariat to Shanghai is now completed. After sending all the material to Shanghai, handing over the archive of ITI to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France BNF where the information is easily accessible to all interested persons such as ITI Members, academics and students from all over the world, etc., emptying the old office spaces and moving the furniture and materials needed in France to the new office, ITI officially was welcomed by the Shanghai Municipality, the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Jing´an District in a provisory office at the beginning of April.
The Development of the New Team in Shanghai
As you were informed in March the Paris staff do no longer work for ITI. This meant that a new team in Shanghai had to be built up.
CHEN Zhongwen was the first staff that was employed for the General Secretariat, in April. Originally from Shanghai, she lived in France for 8 years. She did her master degree in education in France. Before she left to France she worked in Xinhua News Agency Shanghai Branch and afterwards established a private school in Shanghai. That means she is well acquainted with the procedures in China, and a very good asset for ITI. The participants of the last Congress met her there as a photographer. She has the post of Assistant of the DG / Director for Collaborations. She also is responsible for the Accounts, Budget and Collaboration with the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. She speaks Chinese, English and French. Email: chen.zhongwen(at)
TANG Yiming is a Chinese staff. He holds the post as ITI Establishing Officer. He work for different organizations connected with the performing arts, and a event management agency. For ITI he is helping to establish the organization, takes care of new international staff when they arrive in Shanghai, translates from Chinese to English and English to Chinese at events and at meetings. He started to work in autumn last year. info(at)
GUO Ping is a Chinese staff. She is well versed in accounting and purchasing and is doing all the thousand things that have to be done with dealing with finances, receipts, accounting, and all the regulations that are legally mandatory for finances and purchases. She worked for different big companies and organizations before she joined ITI mid-2015. She speaks Chinese and is currently improving her English. Email:
Malory DOMECYN es from France. She is the ITI Communications Officer and just started working for ITI, part time, after her return from Hong Kong to Shanghai. She did two master degrees one in United Kingdom and one in France. She started working in Shanghai and then in Hong Kong. She is doing translations from English to French and is currently introduced in part of the huge communication tasks that ITI has to develop for being a highly professional world organization for the performing arts. Email: malory.domecyn(at)