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Fabulous February Free Events Online
Conversations in America: Submissions to "2020 Vision"
LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program
Coming Together Through Creativity from The Actors Theatre Workshop
Black History Month - Online Events and Links to Explore and Learn
Conversations In America: 
“2020 Vision”—The Year We Saw Everything
(Submissions accepted February 14th - March 21st
from Valentine’s Day to the Solstice)
"It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone…” Michelle Obama

“Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.” Mahnaz Afkhami

“A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

"I just want to recognize that women are never congratulated for their hunger. We are never rewarded for taking up space musically. So, I just wanted to take a second to thank everybody for what we teach each other and that is to hunger for more, to not accept less, to make sure our voices are heard because the point of view that we have is required."
Jeanine Tesori, Composer

 No one is able to hide anymore. No one. 

We are still in a health, social, economic, political crisis which has impacted all of us. The stress of our lives multiplied over the last few years and exploded in 2020. Now time for change and renewal is at hand. How do we move forward?

How can we as artists discuss what justice for all of us looks like? What do we want for our future? How can we increase compassion and understanding to give voice to those voices that fall on deaf ears? How do we find ways for those deaf ears to hear, see and feel outside their understanding? Art can be the language of constructive action towards being heard. We want to work toward an understanding and developing movement forward through our art.

Some Topics to launch from:

Pandemic: How it has changed/impacted/escalated our lives

Discrimination: How has it changed? Not changed? What questions should we be asking?What are the answers? 

BLM: social/racial justice, behavior, protesting, outsiders looting, How we are coming together?

#MeToo: equal pay, equal treatment in the office, the world… constant harassment in life and work  

Division in the Country: We have never been so divided. How do we find common ground? How do we actually make these United States exactly that - United? Can we? Can this new administration?

Concentrate on one, or draw on more than one, it is all up to you and your imagination. Go for it! Written and performed pieces 3 to 5 minutes tops. 
We will host a virtual evening to perform, display, discuss and enlighten the many sides of these issues that impact us all. Looking for: Scenes, Short plays, Short films, Monologues, Music, Poetry, Dance, Paintings, Sculptures and Photography - again nothing to exceed 3-5 minutes.
The entire evening will run 75-90 minutes with no intermission and will be via Zoom link. We will have a cast of professional NY actors reading the chosen pieces, and all art for the evening - photography, paintings, sculptures, music - will be put on display.

As in the past, this is open to all members of our organizations and affiliate organizations (see the list here).

Send your submission to: conversations@womenartsmediacoalition.org

                   Theatre Unites the World!
A week-long celebration of 27 extraordinary international Theatre Women from 18 countries at the forefront of artistic excellence and social change.
Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program
Joan D. Firestone, Program Chair, Melody Brooks Executive Producer
Reserve your seat for the Award Ceremony, hosted by Film and Television star
Tamara Tunie, honoring Award-winner Hanane Hajj Ali from Lebanon.
Meet Finalists Iman Aoun (Palestine), Mallika Sarabhai (India), Maya Zbib (Lebanon) and Special Certificate Recipient Mihaela Drăgan (Romania) in a series of transformative conversations with U.S. counterparts.

Schedule of Events
All events are free and take place virtually at 1:00pm EST (U.S.)

February 15, 2021
24-hour Countdown
A journey around the world in 24 hours to meet GCITA Nominees & International Affiliates.

February 16, 2021
Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Ceremony
Hosted by Television and Film Star Tamara Tunie

February 17, 2021
How to Keep Creating While Everything Around You is Falling Apart
Interview with 2020 G/C Award Winner Hanane Hajj Ali with video of her work

February 18, 2021
Women On Stage and In The Streets: Three Leading Beiruti Theatre Artists
Co-hosted by the Lebanese American University New York Academic Center

February 19, 2021
Raising Social Awareness and Activating Change Through Theatre
Theatre women share strategies for using their theatre practice to make a difference

February 20, 2021
Theatre Education: Reaching Beyond the Stage
Arts educators discuss how theatre can be a powerful educational & affirmational tool at all age levels

February 22, 2021
The Dynamic Alliance of Theatre and Technology
Theatre makers share experiences in using technology to enhance their theatrical vision

Other Nominees
Jaspreet Saund (Canada), Sarah Berger (England), Faynia Williams (England), Katy Lipson (England), Lucy Kerbel (England), Beate Seidel (Germany), Avra Sidiropoulou (Greece), Andrea Tompa (Hungary), Kalpana Gagdekar (India), Deirdre Kinahan (Ireland), Edna Mazya (Israel), Burbuqe Berisha (Kosovo), Illire Vinca (Kosovo), Zana Hoxha Krasniqi (Kosovo), Sherry Lara Alingod (Philippines), Jung-Soon Shim (Republic of Korea), Hope Azeda (Rwanda), Dijana Milosevic (Serbia), Grace Gachocha Nakaka (Tanzania), Jalila Baccar (Tunisia), Lupe Gehrenbeck (Venezuela), and Jill Greenhalgh (Wales).

Coming Together Through Creativity
Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm EST - FREE
from The Actors Theatre Workshop

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone but it has also created opportunities to connect with people in our community in new ways. When we discovered in March that our creative educational programs were just as life-changing online, we developed a new class that would allow us to connect with each other while learning creative exercises to combat the stress of a more isolated life.

Join us for our free class, Coming Together Through Creativity, led by our Artistic Director and Founder Thurman E. Scott, 
on Wednesday, February 17th at 7PM ET,
as we use our voices to build new bonds
during these unprecedented times. 

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