the 2005/06 Season, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) launched the pilot
year of Suspects Abroad, its cultural exchange initiative. This program
supports distinctive opportunities for NYTW's community of artists,
the Usual Suspects to travel with small groups of their colleagues to
destinations around the world, providing a total immersion experience
of some of the world's most vibrant contemporary theatre in a range
of cultural contexts. The Suspects Abroad's pilot year 2005 began with
an inaugural trip to the Theatretreffin in Berlin, Germany in May, with
a group of five NYTW associates.
In October 2005, a group of 18 took the Workshop’s second Suspects Abroad trip to the Dialog Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. In April 2006, nine NYTW associates attended the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, Russia. In October 2006, nine Suspects traveled to Budapest, Hungary, in conjunction with the Hungarian Theater Museum and Institute. Most recently, in March 2007, nine NYTW associates traveled to the Baltic region to see works in St. Petersburg, Russia, Riga, Latvia, and Vilnius, Lithuania.
NYTW’s Suspects Abroad program creates unique and much needed opportunities for American theatre artists to engage on multiple levels with international theatre artists and companies. These experiences create a wealth of opportunities and augment the enrichment of NYTW’s artistic life and the wider American theatre community. With the urgent need for American artists and companies to reach out across cultural boundaries, there is a tremendous window of opportunity for Suspects Abroad to make a real and lasting impact. NYTW looks forward to continuing to take the lead in connecting the American theatre community with a world of new opportunities.
thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding for its support of NYTW’s
Suspects Abroad program.
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