The tenth Performing the World (PTW) conference will be held in New York City, Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018.
These are very uncertain days. So much is, or seems to be, falling apart – nations and government apparatus, norms of diplomacy and civil discourse, civil society, the glaciers of the Arctic, and much more. Is there anything we can count on? Hold on to?
Such uncertainty brings fear, anxiety and despair. But it also brings opportunity and possibility. When things fall apart, something new -something other – can be created. The question is not so much what can be created but how? What is needed in order for people to see possibility, to imagine the inconceivable, and to take action? Can humanity seize the day?
It is from these questions that we come to the theme of Performing the World 2018. In order to see, imagine and create new ways of living, we need to develop. We need to qualitatively transform how we relate, think, feel, live and die. Thus, our call to action is Let’s Develop!
Let’s develop our world. Let’s develop performance activism. Let’s develop PTW.
At PTW 2008, co-founder of PTW Fred Newman told the plenary audience what performance meant to him: “We have to perform the world again because – and we’re all involved in this – this one stinks.” Years earlier, Newman wrote a book entitled, Let’s Develop! in which he advocated for a developmental attitude toward life as “making what there is to make” rather than “making the best of it.” How is performance helping to develop our world? What is the role of performance in fostering a developmental attitude toward life as a key element in creating a better world?
Our theme addresses the need to develop performance activism as an essential tool in developing the world. Let’s develop, in both scale and depth, performance activism in community building, politics, institutional social change efforts, social justice and scholarship.
PTW’18 will be the tenth PTW, a fitting moment to turn attention to the PTW conference and community itself. Since the first PTW in 2001, the conference has been a gathering place to explore and celebrate performance as a catalyst for human and community development and culture change. PTW is now a global community of hundreds who creatively engage social problems, educate, heal, organize and activate individuals, organizations and communities, and bring new social-cultural-psychological and political possibilities into existence. Let’s keep developing PTW with new voices, new countries, new structures.
Regardless of your profession and location, if supporting people to create, play and perform is important to you, we want you at PTW’18.
We welcome proposal submissions from all kinds of players-performance activists and performance scholars; psychologists, counselors and social workers; physicians and nurses; educators and youth workers; theatre and other creative artists; community organizers, policy makers and humanitarian aid workers, including those active in prisons and refugee camps.
The sponsors of Performing the World 2018 are the All Stars Project, Inc. and the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy. PTW will be held at the All Stars Project’s performance and development center on 42nd Street in New York City.
Proposal submission forms are available at www.performingtheworld.org Proposals are due February 15, 2018. If you need a visa to enter the United States, your request for housing or a scholarship cannot be acted upon until your visa has been granted.
On or Before June 1: $260 (US)
After June 1: $325 (US)
There is no one-day rate for the conference.
A key part of the Performing the World experience is the person-to-person connection – the building of new relationships with people from around the globe. If your attendance at the conference is dependent on having a place to stay during the conference, our Housing Committee will make every effort to find you a bed or a couch in a home of a New Yorker.
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