Upcoming Events

Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects:
Tuesday, November 3, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Mandel Center, Reading Room (303)
Brandeis University

Read more about the projects and grants recipients.

Events held September 28 through October 8 focused creative attention on the struggle for voting rights

We explored songs and stories surrounding the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1963, and considered actions we can take today in the face of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that, according to the distinguished civil rights leader and now Congressman John Lewis, “put a dagger into the heart” of the law.

Video: Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
September 28, 2:00-5:00pm
Slosberg Music Hall
Video of a song about racial discrimination and voting rights in the U.S. written and performed by a group of Brandeis students in the songwriting workshop with cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator Jane Wilburn Sapp. The workshop focused on adapting and composing songs and spoken word poetry advocating for voting rights today.


Recognizing that 2016 will be the first presidential election in fifty years when all or part of 16 states will not be required to seek federal approval for changes in voter regulations we asked:

  • What can we learn from the songs and the stories of those who participated in struggle for voting rights in Selma in 1965?
  • What strategies are being used to suppress Americans, particularly African Americans, from voting in 2015 and 2016?
  • What can we at Brandeis do to reclaim and strengthen voting rights today?

Read more about the Now As Then event series.


Scene from Selma ’65, by Catherine Filloux. Photo credit: Steven Schreiber


Selma ’65
October 8, 5:00pm
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Performance by Marietta Hedges of Catherine Filloux’s Selma ’65, a one-woman play retelling the complex story of Viola Liuzzo, a white voting rights activist who was killed in Selma in 1965, and the FBI informant who was with the Klan the night she was assassinated. Followed by:

  • Panel of students discussing their responses to the play and the politics of race and gender as they intersect in Viola Liuzzo’s story
  • Small group discussions over light snacks, moderated by Brandeis students

Catherine Filloux’s one-woman play Selma ’65 is in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March. The play received its world premiere from September 25th to October 12th, 2014 for a 16-performance run at La MaMa, where Filloux is a resident artist. Read more about Selma ’65 and Catherine Filloux’s recent Planet Activist Award.


AICScreening at “Art in Conflict”
May 26
Zurich University of the Arts

Screening at “Art in Conflict,” a practitioners’ forum on potential and limitations of arts initiatives in processes of social transformation and peace building, hosted by Zurich University of the Arts in cooperation with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Discussion following screening hosted by Cynthia Cohen, Co-Chair of the Faculty Committee of the CAST minor and Director of the Program of Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Learn more.



Participants at Songs of My Neighbors. Photo credit: Pavlos Vryonides

Songs of My Neighbours, Closing Symposium
April 25, 7:00pm
Old Vinegar Factory
Limassol, Cyprus
Screening open to attendees of Songs of my Neighbours. “Acting Together on the World Stage” will be screened at 7:45pm. Dr. Lee Perlman, researcher at the Tami Steinmetz Peace Center of the University of Tel Aviv, will introduce the documentary. The screening will follow the first screening of the “Songs of My Neighbours” documentary (CY, 2015) at 7:00pm.

posterSongs of my Neighbours is a collaborative initiative aiming to use the arts, and theatre in particular, to encourage dialogue and social justice between communities that share conflict.
The project of the Center of Performing Arts MITOS is co-coordinated by Elena Agathokleous and Diomedes Koufteros (MFA ’05, Acting). It is partly funded by the Culture Program of the European Union and takes place in Poland, Italy and Cyprus between Autumn 2013 and Summer 2015. Closing performance will include live music and narrations with actors, musicians, and artists from partner organizations.

10am to 2:30pm at the Cyprus Theatre Museum: Presentations of activities and conclusions of project by partners from Italy, Poland and Cyprus. Guest Dijana Milosevic of Dah Teatar, Serbia, will give insights on what the Arts can do to promote dialogue and conflict transformation.

Visit the Songs of my Neighbours Facebook page, view the Closing Symposium summary and webpage.


Acting Together on the World Stage Screening at the World Summit on Art and Culture for Peace
District Institute of the Arts
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Bogotá, Colombia
In April, the District Institute of the Arts of the mayor’s office in Bogotá convened a World Summit on Art and Culture for Peace in Colombia. Over 10,000 artists, activists and educators registered for the event, witnessing concerts and performances, participating in panel discussions, watching films, marching in demonstrations, and meeting up with old and new friends and colleagues. The Acting Together on the World Stage documentary was screed curing the Summit.


Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts
Saturday, March 21, 2:30pm-5:00pm
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street Philadelphia, PA
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Peacebuilding encompasses efforts that aim to transform conflict by nurturing compassion and creating safe spaces for people to live fulfilled lives, with dignity and joy. Please join us as we explore the relationship between traditional/folk arts and historical memory, reconciliation, anti-violence, immigration rights and other justice work through a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage, and a panel discussion featuring artists, activists and scholars.

The Folklore Project is proud to be collaborating on this program with Professor Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Initiative, and local artists and activists Germaine Ingram, Yared PortilloXimena Violante and the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, featuring Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Tokay Tomah and Zaye Tete.


International Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation on Rethinking Political Theatre in Western Culture
March 4, 2015
Tel Aviv University
Lee Perlman will chair and present, along with Acting Together contributor Dr. Aida Nasrallah at a workshop session “Performance and Peacebuilding in Israel: The Politics of Identity, Representation and Power-Relations” at an International Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation on Rethinking Political Theatre in Western Culture at Tel Aviv University. Stage Director, Sinai Peter shares his experiences directing many joint Jewish/Palestinian productions and actors Mahmoud Abu Jazi and Einat Weizman performs an excerpt from Oved Shabbat (Quieter Days) by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, directed by Sinai Peter at the Palestinian Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa. Session supported by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University.


Acting Together on the Worlds Stage Screening
February 7, 2015
4th Fanatika International Theatre Documentary Festival
Ahmedabad, India


Annual Israeli Theater Researchers’ Association Conference
February 9, 2015
Kibbutzim College of Education
Acting Together contributor Lee Perlman will present his paper “Actors as Change Agents in Joint Productions of Jews and Palestinians in Israel” at a panel entitled “Acting, Actor, Society” at the Annual Israeli Theater Researchers’ Association Conference “On Acting in Theater: Aesthetics, History and Culture” in Tel Aviv at the Kibbutzim College of Education.


Acting Together Screening & Discussion
January 2015
Asociación Libre Expresión
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Screening to be followed by a discussion. Free and open to the public. The mission of Libre Expresión or Free Expression is to promote expression and youth leadership by providing training opportunities, using photography in conjunction with othe rartistic media to educate, inform and encourage social engagement. The organizational connection was facilitated by Lisette Anzoategui, a graduate student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management who is working with Peacebuilding and the Arts to support the inauguration and launch of the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).