BroadwayWorld.com is excited to share a weekly series developed by the Theatre Communications Group! This week Joanna Sherman shares pivotal moments in her theatre career and why the arts matter to her!
Joanna Sherman is Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre. As director, choreographer, musician and actor, she has participated in company performances and projects across Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and the Middle East. The company works primarily in post-war areas and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists, and working for the benefit of women, children and others through theatre-based workshops and participatory performances. Current focus areas: Afghanistan, Haiti and Burma. Joanna has directed and taught internationally, and is a frequent speaker and advocate for Theatre for Social Development. Her productions have toured to major festivals and theatres globally, including: BEYOND THE MIRROR, a collaboration with Exile Theatre of Kabul, ROMEO AND JULIET, created with Theatre Tsvete of Bulgaria, and PAYPAYJI KO CHITAY, created with a theatre group in Burma. She recently conducted a 3-year theatre project in India, and has now received a grant from the US Institute for Peace and US Embassy to continue her theatre programs in Afghanistan. The current 2-year project will bring theatre to women's prisons and shelters, and informational theatre to isolated villages. Joanna has been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, National Public Radio, and international TV and news media, and published in American Theatre magazine. Joanna has a BFA in Fine Arts from Cooper Union, and an MA in Theatre & International Studies from New York University. Ms. Sherman also plays saxophone with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.
I AM THEATRE spotlights the stories of theatre practitioners, in their own words. With 50 videos over the next 50 weeks, TCG is celebrating its 50th anniversary by sharing stories from a diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. YOU ARE THEATRE: We want to hear your stories! TCG will release a new video each week of individuals sharing pivotal moments in theatre - and hope they will inspire you to tell your stories too. Join us as we seek to raise the international awareness of the depth, diversity and impact of the theatre field. WE ARE THEATRE! Today, not-for-profit professional theatres in the U.S. employ 130,000 people annually, inspire more than 30 million attendees and contribute $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy. What if thousands of theatre artists across the world posted their own video testimonies of why they do what they do and why theatre matters? How might that transform communities' awareness of our work? Please share the stories we've recorded, and we'll share the videos you make, and together we'll testify in a voIce That everyone will hear...I AM THEATRE. YOU ARE THEATRE. WE ARE THEATRE!
For 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 13,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the US Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 11 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning AMERICAN THEATRE magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org