SESSION THREE | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
MIGRATION, THEATER, AND TRUTH
Led by Michael Ruf, Kayhan Irani
COOPER FOUNDATION BUILDING, 8TH FLOOR, PETER COOPER SUITE
Note: No advance registration required. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
In an age when border walls have become performance sites, what role does theater itself play in the current debate around migration? Can theater be both a sanctuary and a catalyst for activism? Participants in the workshop will learn the techniques of popular theater and the role of social theater in debates on migration. The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office presents a reading of “Mediterranean Monologues” by director Michael Hof, followed by a conversation with actor socially engaged artist Kayhan Irani on the impact of theater on the current migration debate.
Michael Rof is a Germany-based theater director and founder of Actors for Human Rights, a network of actors focused on “documentary theater” built on concerns for human rights. His more recent “Mediterranean Monologues” is focused on the experiences of migrants and sea rescuers.
Kayhan Irani is an Emmy-award winning writer,performer, and Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She creates art to build community, offer spaces for healing, and engage audiences in social justice issues.