State Times NewsJAMMU: Yet another towering personality of the International Theatre arena, Derek Goldman featured in Natrang’s International Theatre Talk Show live on its Facebook Page today.Derek Goldman is Chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Director of the Theater & Performance Studies Program. He is also Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, USA with a joint appointment in the School of Foreign Service as Professor of Global Performance, Culture and Politics.Introducing Derek Goldman, Natrang’s artist Samarthya Gupta informed that in addition to the above mentioned designation, Derek is also co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, the first signature joint initiative of the School of Foreign Service and Georgetown College.In 2015 he was honored to receive the prestigious President’s Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers. He is an award-winning international stage director, producer, festival director, playwright, adapter, developer of new work, teacher, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway and at numerous major regional theaters, as well as around the world.In a very inspirational session, Derek enlightened his path breaking vision about theatre which is no doubt backed with intellect, experience, dedication and wisdom.His immense contribution to the field is a source of inspiration for thousands. His works break down stereotypes and reframe today’s problems in humanistic terms. His Lab has created a platform for like-minded artists, scholars, and activists to build a network with each other and to hear voices from around the world as it is very important for all of us to join forces in creating work that decreases polarization, division, and misunderstanding.“Theater isn’t good at everything, but it can be spectacularly good at countering polarization through the empathy it enables in a live, communal setting, and through its capacity to humanize others. Cross-Currents is in many ways the epitome and culmination of his Lab’s eight years of work, as we bring together groundbreaking artists and performances from around the world who are tackling society’s most challenging issues. These artists give us hope”, benevolent Goldman stated.With the vision to spread harmony and awareness through theatre, The Lab has partnered with more than 50 theaters, embassies, and cultural, educational, activist and social service organizations and is deeply committed to shaping and being active participants in a group of innovative core initiatives that strengthen the field and foster vital new interdisciplinary, cross-sector, and cross-cultural relationships and opportunities.Those who are coordinating this mega online event include Anil Tickoo, Neeraj Kant, Suresh Kumar, Sanjeev Gupta, Vikrant Sharma, Sumeet Sharma, Aarushi Thakur Rana, Mohd. Yaseen, Gauri Thakur and Rahul Singh.
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