On Thursday, October 24, Community Voices presents Bond Street Theatre leaders who will address the New River Valley community at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg. In their talk, Theatre in Conflict Zones, Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director and Michael McGuigan, Managing Director, will present a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of the expressive arts in areas of conflict. The lecture will show how theatre-based practices are applied in different communities, with specific focus on their work in Afghanistan. Their presentation introduces the idea of theatre as a useful tool for social improvement and bringing peace, and emphasizing why cross-cultural artistic conversations are crucial for mutual understanding.
Bond Street believes that theatre inspires, informs, entertains, and empowers.
Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts. Founded in 1976, Bond Street Theatre initiates creative programming that inspires and educates youth, addresses human rights issues, heals communities affected by poverty and conflict, and promotes the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful future.
The company responds to humanitarian crises through the uplifting powers of the arts. The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide, and reached populations in refugee camps, schools, shelters, prisons, rural villages and urban centers.
Theatre inspires, informs, entertains, and empowers!
Bond Street Theatre initiates theatre-based approaches to conflict resolution, education, and empowerment in areas of conflict and poverty, through programs for adults and youth, training for teachers, and creative collaboration with local artists and community organizations. The company works directly with disadvantaged communities to inspire and uplift them through the transformative world of theatre.
In addition, Bond Street Theatre creates innovative theatre work that addresses social and environmental issues, and performs in theatres and major festivals around the world. The company draws on the musical and gestural arts of many traditions and the performance styles from many cultures in creating its original theatre productions.
The company uses theatre as a means to communicate across cultural borders, promote peace and mutual understanding, and stimulate others toward these ends through artistic exchange and creative partnerships.
The company has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Myanmar, Indonesia, China, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Palestinian territories, and elsewhere.
For additional information concerning this event or Community Voices, please contact Andy Morikawa with the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance at 540-231-6775.
Sponsors of the Community Voices Series include the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance, School of Performing Arts, the Center for the Arts, College of Architecture, Division of Student Affairs, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA); and, ASPECT (the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought).