Creating National and International Initiatives
It’s always possible to take a broader look at what’s happening in the world at large and create a structure for a new program that is needed at a specific time or for an urgent, world-shaking event. Creating structure and gathering people together are hallmarks of the dramaturg’s art. Here are two examples that I kickstarted.
Read about the impact of SHINSAI in the financial report from the Japan Playwrights Association (PDF).. Shortly after the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan, actor James Yaegashi, whose family is from a nearby area, called friends in the New York theatre to say, “We as a theatre community have to do something to help our fellow artists on the other side of the world.”
And most recently – just out of the gate:
One program that I played a major role in creating over 30 years ago was the National Theater Translation Fund, which aimed to collect manuscripts and publications of plays translated into English from other languages, cultures and countries. The NTTF also awarded grants to new translations of plays and began creating an African play translation program. Unfortunately, after several years, the NTTF shut down because it was unable to find a home for the collection of play translations.