Past Events & Screenings

October 2014:

Acting Together Screening
October 22, 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Room G3
Brandeis University

Screening to be followed by a discussion led by the film’s director Professor Cynthia Cohen, a member of the Music Department, and Judith Eissenberg. Lunch will be served.

Come engage in conversation and learn about Brandeis University’s new minor – Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST).


August 2014:

Workshop and Film Screening
August 12, 6:00 pm
Istanbul, Turkey
Kadir Has University Theatre Department
In conjunction with 25th IPRA General Conference

Free and open to all artists and activists interested in creativity, peacebuilding, social transformation and international exchange, in conjunction with the 25th IPRA General Conference. Introduction and film screening at 6:00 pm, conversation and resource sharing at 7:15 pm, and snacks and International Artists’ Exchange at 8:30 pm. Presented by ReCAST, Inc. in partnership with the Art and Peace Commission of the IPRA; Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; Kadir Has University Theatre Department; and Theatre Without BordersView the flyer.


March & April 2014:

Workshop & Film Screening:
“Acting Together on the World Stage”
Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC)
MACBelfast, Northern Ireland

March 31, 5:00 pm
Screening and Discussion of ‘Acting Together on the World Stage’ 

April 1 & 2
Workshop: Exploring the ‘Acting Together’ Toolkit

Free and open to the public, registration required. Film screening and workshop with and by Cynthia Cohen, PhD,  Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University and the Brandeis/Theatre Without Borders collaboration ‘Acting Together.’ For tickets, please contact the MAC Box Office

Screening of “Acting Together on The World Stage”
at Peace Building Residency with Polly O. Walker
April 15, 8:00pm
The Playhouse, Derry-Londonderry
Free and open to the public, tickets required. A feature documentary highlighting courageous and creative artists and peace-builders working in Conflict regions and describes exemplary peace-building performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Polly O. Walker, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Juniata College, USA.


2013 Screenings  


November 2013:

Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding
November 21, 2:45pm
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
Free and open to the public. Screening on Thursday, November 21 at 2:45pm. The Keynote Panel at 7:00pm is also free and open to the public, and explores how women leaders can use writing and theater arts to address and resolve conflict, featuring two national peacebuilding leaders – Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D., from Brandeis University and Jennifer Freeman, M.A., Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Women PeaceMakers Program at University of San Diego – who will share their insight and experience. The event continues through November 22 for registered participants with a Workshop for Community Leaders, “Transforming Violent Conflict Using the Creative Arts”  led by Cynthia Cohen. Read more about the event.

October 2013:

International Symposium/ Workshop on Political Discourse: Philosophy, Performance, Literature and Theater
workshopOctober 24
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Mexico City

Screening open to symposium participants. “Acting Together” Project contributor Roberto Gutiérrez Varea will hosting the screening of the documentary on Thursday of this week-long symposium.


September 2013:

Heller School for Social Policy and Management
September 4, 12:15-1:50pm
Room G3

Heller School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Screening open to members of the Brandeis community, including the students of the MA Program in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School at Brandeis. Conversation following the film will focus on ways that students in the MA program can get involved with the various initiatives of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. Food will be provided by the Coexistence and Conflict program.


August 2013:

“Project Social Impact” Summer Institute
August 20
Kingston, Massachusetts

Cynthia Cohen will be screening Acting Together, leading a discussion, and offering a workshop for international artists, college students and activists participating in a 2-week long institute co-sponsored by “Peace in Focus,” La Poderosa Media Project, and Teatrotaller. Read more about the “Project Social Impact” Summer Institute and visit their Facebook page.


June 2013:

Community Arts Lab – Arts Festival and Conference
June 20-21
Utrecht, Netherlands
The Community Arts Lab (CAL) is a festival and two-day symposium aimed at uniting people through art and continuing to develop community arts in the of Utrecht in the Netherlands in June 2013. It will feature a dialogue component with themes including theatre for development, theatre in prisons, theatre with refugees, youth theatre community opera and dance. Cynthia Cohen, Roberto Varea, and Dijana Milošević will be presenting at the event, numerous other ReCAST, Inc. contributors will be attending the festival, and there will be a screening of the “Acting Together” documentary. Read more about the program and festival events.


April 2013:

“Acting Together on the World Stage” Film Screening
April 3, 7:30pm 
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Room: Mulgar 200
Free and open to the public. Dr. Cynthia Cohen will give a lecture and discussion to examine the film through a gendered lens. The event is co-sponsored by Fletcher Global Women, The Tufts International Communications Club, and the Fletcher Performing Arts Club.

February 2013:

9th Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival (OLA FEST)
February 8, 2013, 6:30pm
Hope CommUnity Center
1016 N. Park Ave., Apopka, Florida
Festival dates: February 8-10, February 15-17
The opening night for the OLA FEST includes Flamenco music concert and a screening of the “Acting Together on the World Stage,” followed by Q & A with Roberto Varea. The documentary “Acting Together on the World Stage” is also receiving the “Spirit of Place” award the presented by the Awakening/Art & Culture Ola Fest. The “Spirit of Place” Award is an award that was established two years ago for excellence in social realism and activism in the arts. More information.



Learning Peace and Democracy through Film (Japanese subtitles)
February 11, 2:00 –  5:00pm
Tokyo, Japan
Sponsored by the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE)AGEnT: Global English Teaching. Lecture and film screening of “Acting Together on the World Stage” (subtitled). More information. For additional information, contact

2012 Screenings >
2011 Screenings >
2010 Screenings >


1. Sessions of The Arts of Building Peace PAX 250 open to members of the Brandeis


2. Screening Acting Together at Mount Mary; Behavioral Science Department


Theatre-based Intercultural Collaboration in Southeast Asia:

Peacebuilding Opportunities and Obstacles

Tuesday, November 5, 2:00 – 3:30

Spingold 111

Presentation by award-winning Thai theatre artist Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop)

PhD candidate at Payap University, Department of Peace Studies

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Narumol Thammapruksa is an award-winning international theatre artist whose

work focuses on theatre and creative dance as resources for social activism. Her

most recent work, ‘The Demon Hero” is a mask theatre performance work about

an unusual demon who sacrifices himself for peace. In addition to engaging in and

facilitating puppetry, theatre and dance exchange throughout the Southeast and

East Asian regions and beyond, Kop works actively with the Tibetan independence

movement and also on issues of gender equity. Her work has been recognized by,

among others, the Japan Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Rockefeller

Foundation, the Arts Development Association of Taiwan, and the Japan University

Consortium for Peace and Human Security. She is a member of the Arts and Peace

Commission of the International Peace Research Association.


Tuesday, November 12, 2 – 4:50 p.m.

Slosberg Music Building Room 215

“I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table”:

Resilience, Cultural Work and Development in the African-American


Presentation/Performance by musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane

Wilburn Sapp

Jane Sapp is an extraordinary musician and activist who engages communities

in struggles for social justice through music. She and Cindy Cohen, director of

Brandeis’ Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, are working on a book-length

documentation of her four decades of practice, primarily in communities of

color in the American South. In this performance/presentation, she will discuss

the conditions that gave rise to the need for resilience in the African-American

community, including slavery and life under the Jim Crow regime of segregation,

and the sources of resilience in the African American family, community, and

church. Songs will illustrate the power of culture to validate people’s experience

and nourish their capacity to maintain a sense of dignity in the face of forces

determined to humiliate them.



Screening: Acting Together
November 6 7pm in Caroline Hall Lounger, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI 53222

November21 2:45pm Gerhardinger Center room 109, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI 53222

Many thanks!

Lynne M. Woehrle, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Coordinator of Peacebuilding Certificate
Behavioral Science Department
Mount Mary University
2900 N Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222
414-258-4810 ext. 413

Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence


Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program

Managing  Diversity in Divided Societies

January 30-31, 2014

Call for Student Submissions

What tools and mechanisms best promote diversity?

How is diversity best approached in conflict societies?

How can the arts be used to engage diversity and enhance societal well-being?

We are calling for research papers, visual arts, creative writing, or videography that addresses these questions.

Selected students will be invited to present their work at the conference alongside leading academics, researchers, and practitioners in the field of diversity, conflict, and peacebuilding. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top  three finalists in each category.

Submissions are open to graduate students, and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates. Please send a letter of intent, and a short description of your piece, including:
medium, how it addresses the above questions, and what form of diversity
it addresses (race, gender, ethnicity, language, sexuality, socio-economic
class, nationality, etc.)

Abstracts should be 250 words or less outlining the inspiration and concept of your submission.
Cash prizes will be presented to the top three finalists in each category.
Lunch and happy hour will be provided for all student participants.
Please send abstracts, submissions, and questions to:

Abstracts due: Oct.15th

Submissions  Due: Dec. 1st

finalists notified: Dec. 15th

In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility, diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have both enriched societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict affected communities encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization of diversity. However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices that can serve as model for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge divides while recognizing differences.

From January 30th-31st, Georgetown University will seek to address this puzzle by hosting a conference of leading researchers, practitioners, and graduate students who regularly engage with issues of diversity. We hope to locate and share best practices, and identity further gaps in the literature. Student participants have the opportunity to present their own research and explore creative expressions of diversity in divided societies. They will be able to learn from and network with some of the most innovative leaders in this field, from both academia and practice.


Abstract: Oct 15th Final Submission: Dec 1st Finalists Notified Dec 15th
Submission Maximum Length
Research Paper 5,000- 8,000 words
Written 700 words
Visual Art Limit of 5 submissions
Short Film 10 minutes



Screening: Acting Together at Heller School at Brandeis University

On Wednesday, September 4, the Acting Together documentary will be  screened for students of the MA Program in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School at Brandeis. Conversation following the film will focus on ways that students in the MA program can get involved with the various initiatives of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.

Location & Time TBA.


Screening: Acting Together at Project Social Impact, Kingston, Massachusetts

Cynthia Cohen will be screening Acting Together, leading a discussion, and offering a workshop for international artists, college students and activists participating in a 2-week long institute co-sponsored by “Peace in Focus,” La Poderosa Media Project, and Teatrotaller.
When: On Tuesday, August 20.
Where: Project Social Impact summer institute in Kingston, Massachusetts,
And also for more information.


Community Arts Lab
Arts Festival and Conference
June 19 – 22, 2013
Utrecht, Netherlands

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands was the site of the 1713 signing of a peace treaty that ended two centuries of religious conflicts in Europe. The organization Treaty of Utrecht commemorating the 300th year anniversary by hosting the Community Arts Lab in June 2013, a festival and two-day symposium aimed at uniting people through art and continuing to develop community arts in the city. It will feature a dialogue component with themes including theatre for development, theatre in prisons, theatre with refugees, youth theatre community opera and dance. An ongoing online dialogue about community art will prelude the festival. Cynthia Cohen and numerous other ReCAST, inc. contributors will be attending the CAL festival. Read more about the program and festival events on the CAL website.

A Note from Cindy, Director of ReCAST, Inc:


Ana Correa of Peru’s Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, shares her enthusiasm about the Acting Together multilingual disc with her brother.

Acting Together at Community Arts Lab (CAL) Theatre Research/Festival in Utrecht.

Over 150 international artists joined colleagues from The Netherlands in a midsummer’s weekend theatre festival hosted by Acting Together contributor and CAL director, Eugene van Erven.
The festival was an extraordinarily diverse gathering of artists, scholars and students, joined in a final gala parade and dinner by 1500 children and adults from the city of Utrecht, marking the culmination of a seven-year initiative honoring the 300th anniversary of the Peace Treaty of Utrecht.  Dijana Milosevic and Roberto Varea, featured Acting Together artists, joined Cynthia Cohen in leading a workshop and screening the project’s award winning documentary. We distributed multilingual copies of the film to colleagues from Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Bolivia, and, shown here, Ana Correa from Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani of Peru. Roberto Varea’s  and Cynthia Cohen’s participation in the Utrecht festival was supported, in part, by public funds from the Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York. 


Visit to the European Graduate School
June 23 – 25, 2013
Saas-Fee, Switzerland

ReCAST director Cynthia Cohen will be visiting the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, where she will be presenting and screening the Acting Together project and documentary. In her travels, she is forging ahead to strengthen and nurture our expansive network around the world.


Introduction to Art & Peacebuilding

A unique One-and-a-Half Day Workshop in Theatre and Conflict Transformation

  • LEARN about current and previous work in the field of peacebuilding and performance in conflict zones.
  • Acquire TOOLS and SKILLS for creative and ethical conflict transformation (using material from the Acting Together on the World Stage Toolkit).
  • Discover RESOURCES and JOIN a global network of thoughtful arts and human rights practitioners.

Friday evening, Feb 22 – 6-9 p.m, and Saturday, Feb 23 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
La MaMa Rehearsal Studio, 47 Great Jones St., New York City

Fee: $99;
$49 for students,
need based scholarships available

Presented by Jessica Litwak and David Diamond


Bridging Cultures – Acting Together Film Screening

Acting Together Film Screening and Panel Discussion at the Interdisciplinary Weekend “Bridging Cultures” with Dr. Cynthia Cohen at the Lowell Campus of Middlesex Community College.

Saturday, April 27th, 3 – 4.30 pm
Middlesex community College, Lowell Campus
33 Kearney Square, Lowell MA, 01852