Announcement and Call for Proposals


Presentation Descriptions







Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Sponsors: All Stars Project and East Side Institute

Conveners: Dan Friedman, Lois Holzman, Dian Marie Hosking, Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Sheila McNamee, Paul Murray


A New Location, A New Kind of Conference

Performing the World ’08 (PTW ’08) built on the momentum of 2007’s PTW 4, which brought together 300 practitioners, scholars and community activists—educators, youth workers, researchers, psychologists and therapists, health and helping professionals, business people, artists and activists from 27 countries. PTW ’08 is brought the international performance movement to the streets of New York—and introduced the performance movement to the communities of New York City.

For the first time, the All Stars Project, an organization recognized for its highly successful performance-based outside-of-school developmental programs for young people and its Castillo Theatre, joins the East Side Institute as a co-sponsor of the conference. PTW ’08 was based out of the All Stars’ performance and development center on 42nd Street near Times Square, and was hosted by young people from around the city. Workshops and performances took place there and at theatres, schools and other venues throughout Manhattan and other boroughs. New Yorkers from virtually every neighborhood opened their homes to out-of-towners, not only to save on hotel costs, but also to incorporate the diversity of family and neighborhood into the experience of the weekend and to build person-to-person ties between ordinary New Yorkers and performance activists and scholars from around the world.