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Bios of Radio Show guests, October 28, 2013

Director, dramaturg, and teacher ROBERTA LEVITOW has directed over fifty productions in New York City, Los Angeles, and nationally, with a focus on new work for the American stage. She is currently the Senior Program Associate/International with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, working for over 12-years on the Sundance Institute East Africa (SIEA) initiative and now on the Sundance Institute Middle East North Africa initiative. She began working internationally in Africa in 2001 as leader of the “East African Theatre Workshop”, followed by the 2002 “Three Continents Workshop” at the Warsaw Theatre Academy – both sponsored by the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) and the Ford Foundation East Africa Office. Since then, she has worked to bring international theatre artists to the U.S., including artists from Romania, East Africa, Iraq and Pakistan. In 2004, she co-founded and presently co-directs Theatre Without Borders (TWB),, a volunteer virtual network of theatre artists world-wide. With Dr. Cynthia Cohen of the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at Brandeis University, she co-initiated The Acting Together Project: A Fulbright Ambassador Emeritus, she received Fulbright Specialist grants to teach at Chinese University of Hong Kong, the National University of Theatre & Cinematography in Bucharest, and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Awards and honors include being named the American Honoree at the 15th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2003 and receiving the Alan Schneider Award in 1992 for directorial excellence. Accomplishments and writings are featured in The New York Times, AMERICAN THEATRE Magazine, Theatre in Crisis?: Performance Manifestos for a New Century, The South Atlantic Quarterly, and Writing the World: On Globalization. A graduate of Stanford University, she served on the faculty at UCLA and Bennington College.

is a Playwright, Drama Therapist, Teacher, and Actor, Jessica Litwak has had an international presence as a theatre artist and teacher in Iraq, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, London, as well as throughout the United States. She has been on the full- time theatre faculty of San Francisco State University and The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, heading up the Voice Department at both schools. She has also taught, voice, at Stella Adler Academy and Marymount Manhattan College, she has taught acting and playwriting at Columbia and NYU. She taught in the graduate drama therapy program at Lesley University. Currently, she is directing The Moons Of Jupiter in Boulder, Colorado and is a professor in the Contemporary Performance MFA program at Naropa. Litwak’s work has been published by Applause Books, Smith and Krause, and The New York Times. Plays include: Emma Goldman: Love Anarchy and Other Affairs directed by Anne Bogart and produced by The Women’s Project and Productions, Bogart and she also collaborated on Between Wind, a play commissioned by The Music Theatre Group. A Pirate’s Lullaby, which won The Oregon Book Award, was produced in Portland, Oregon at Artists Rep. Theatre, Off Broadway at Rattlestick Theater and in Chicago at The Goodman Theatre. The Promised Land, commissioned by The National Federation of Jewish Culture, was produced in Budapest, Hungary. Secret Agents was produced in Hollywood at The Renberg Theatre, and Victory Dance was produced at the DR2 in New York and also in Los Angeles where it received a Garland Award and an Ovation Award. Terrible Virtue was developed by The Lark and The Culture Project, GRIM was produced at TBG (The Barrow Group). Wider Than The Sky was developed at The Lark and at UCONN and Epic Theatre. The Snake and The Falcon and Nobody Is Sleeping (the last two parts of the Emma Goldman Trilogy) were developed by the Lark, Theatre J, and ARTemis Productions. The Moons of Jupiter was produced at Naropa University. Dream Acts was produced by HERE. As an actress, Litwak has appeared extensively in theatrical productions across the United States, a company member at The Guthrie Theatre and a member of The Actor’s Studio. She received a BFA in Acting from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. The Founder and Artistic Director of award winning theatre company New Generation Theatre Ensemble, ( NGTE plays Postcards from Canterbury, The Great Journey Home, Verona High and War An American Dream written and directed by Litwak, have been produced in New York and Massachusetts Litwak is on the steering committee of Theatre Without Borders, and co-leads the Arts and Human Rights initiative for TWB, she is a trainer for Acting Together On The World Stage, a case consultant and co-leader of the Artists In Distress Services Committee for freeDimensional. She is a co-founder of The Dream Act Union (a collective of five women playwrights writing plays dealing with immigration), Artistic Director of the New Generation Theatre Ensemble (a theatre company and school for at risk youth) and The H.E.A.T. Collective ( an organization dedicated to Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre. She is received her BFA from NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, her MFA from Columbia University and she is a PhD candidate at Antioch University in Leadership and Change Through the Arts.

MARCY ARLIN is the Artistic Director of the OBIE-winning Immigrants’ Theatre Project, which has presented plays by over 90 nations and ethnicities. She is a Fulbright Scholar in Theatre to the Czech Republic and Romania, a Core member of Theatre Without Borders, a member of No Passport, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a recipient of the TCG/ITI Grant and a CEC ArtsLink project grant for East/West/East: Vietnam Immigrants Out of War, a binational theatre project in Czech, English and Vietnamese, about immigrants in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. as well as a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding (w/ Roberta Levitow) for After the Fall: Romanian Theatre and the New Reality. She has directed at the National Theatre in Cluj, Romania, ArtTheatre in Koln, Germany as well as 59E59, NYTW, Public, QTIP, La Mama Galleria, and many other venues. She recently directed and produced Eastern European Playwright: Women Write the New. Marcy taught theatre and communications for many years at CUNY and currently is an Assistant Professor at Pace University, where she teaches Theatre and Social Change. Her written work includes Czech Plays: 7 New Works (Martin E. Segal Theatre Publications) and Oldish Woman Leaves Earth: a Play (Man.In.Fest journal of Experimental Theatre).

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