Several Alumni Participate in Global Forms Theater Festival

BY Felix van Kann, June 22, 2020

A large number of Columbia Theatre alumni are involved in the upcoming Global Forms Theatre Festival, a virtual event co-produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and New York Theatre Salon happening between June 22 and June 28 2020. 


Participants are Producing alumni Eon Kim '17, Yue Liu '17, Mia Shen '16 and Lucia Xiaoran Zhu '18, Directing alumna Pálína Jónsdóttir '17, and Arts Administration alumna Lynne Fu '17  from Teacher’s College. Directing alumna Inés Braun '17 and Dramaturgy alumna Lucy Powis '18 contributed to a short video called Through my Eyes while Directing alumna Benita de Wit '16 and festival co-creator and Dramaturgy alumna Salma S. Zohdi '16 will appear on Global Gab which are daily 30-minute group discussions with over twenty various artists. Zohdi will also host most of the Global Gab sessions and serve as a performer on Revolucìon, A Conversational Performance.


The festival is a week-long theatrical celebration that’s dedicated to international theatre artists and features work by artists from 28 different countries. According to Broadwayworld, “Through a series of online performances, videos, documentaries, workshops, and panel discussions, the Global Forms Theater Festival uses multiple art forms and aesthetics as a means of exploring humanity, freedom, home, and isolationism. This Festival gives a critical opportunity to uplift the voices of International Artists during this global pandemic and to share those works with audiences around the world.” All events are free and you can sign up here


Through my Eyes asks the question: When the world shuts down, what do immigrant artists living in New York City see? In this short video, several share their perspectives through poetry, monologues, and images. It takes place on June 28 at 4pm.


Global Gab is a series of daily 30-minute group discussions with over twenty various artists while conversations span from arts & snacks, songs & childhood games, and much more.


Revolucìon is a Zoom conversation/performance exploring uprisings of the Middle East and their similarities with the current uprisings happening in the US. The original initiation of the work started a week prior to the murder of George Floyd and the uprisings which followed after. This collaboration raises questions about change, violence, justice, and pain. It is set to take place on June 27 at 3pm.


The New York Theatre Salon is a monthly social event for professional theatre artists from different nations, cultures, and communities. Through their monthly panel discussion and networking event, they aim to explore and revitalize the social function of theatre.