ZOUKAK THEATRE IN LEBANON RECEIVES
2ND ELLEN STEWART INTERNATIONAL AWARD
for Theatre Artists and Companies Doing Socially Engaged Work with Youth
The Ellen Stewart International Award Executive Committee announces the selection of Zoukak Theatre as the recipient of 2018-19 Ellen Stewart International Award. Zoukak Theatre will be in Residence at La MaMa Umbria International and present a production at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds during the Summer of 2019. In addition, they will participate in World Congress of International Theatre Institute and share their work at La MaMa ETC in New York.
“We are honoured at Zoukak to be selected as the recipient of this award by an outstanding committee of theatre makers and cultural operators. We look forward to this new collaboration with La MaMa, ITI and the Spoleto Festival, and to be inspired by Ellen Stewart, whose history and work has deeply affected us as a theatre collective,”said Maya Zbib, Zoukak Co-Founder.
The Committee considered a remarkable group of Nominees who are ambitious, effective and inspiring theatre artists from more than 20 countries whose extraordinary work promotes social change and community participation with a particular focus on the engagement of young people.
Zoukak Theatre has been working with marginalized communities across Lebanon for the last eleven years (disabled children, women victims of domestic violence, incarcerated youths, individuals affected by war, including refugees…) applying theatre on various levels. The company developed a specific approach to psychosocial interventions of drama therapy and socially engaged theatre, providing workshops and training programs to diverse groups, and devising performances in different Lebanese regions and in various contexts locally and abroad, including Calais’ migrants and refugee camp, in France and in refugee camps in Serbia.
The Ellen Stewart International Award named for La MaMa founder Ellen Stewart, celebrates her remarkable lifetime achievements in the theatre and her dedication to creating a world theatre which embraces all traditions and cultural identities. Through the theatre, countless younger people were inspired by Ellen Stewart as artists and generators of personal and social change.
According to La MaMa ETC Artistic Director, Mia Yoo, “Ellen was passionate about her work with young artists and students around the world and she gave tirelessly to share with them a sense of how live performance could give them access to a deeper connection with each other and their communities. We are thrilled that so many people visited the website and learned about the eleven Finalists’ extraordinary work with younger community members. This Award, we hope, will inspire others to follow in their footsteps. We want to build on Ellen’s determination to involve more young people in the transformative power of theatre, music, dance and the live performing arts.”
All Finalists are listed on the Ellen Stewart Award website, where supporters were able to select their favorites and comment on the work of these artists. The Ellen Stewart International Award Executive Committee took into consideration the votes and comments as it made its final determination of the winner. (To read more about the Award and the Finalists, go to: ellenstewartaward.org)
Named for La MaMa founder Ellen Stewart, The International Award celebrates her remarkable lifetime achievements in the theatre and her dedication to creating a world theatre which embraces all traditions and cultural identities. Through the theatre, countless younger people were inspired by Ellen Stewart as artists and generators of personal and social change.
With the support of the ITI (International Theatre Institute), La MaMa New York, La MaMa Umbria International, and the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, the recipient of The Ellen Stewart International will attend the ITI World Congress, receive an artistic residency at La MaMa Umbria to create a new work, and the financial and production support to present the new work at the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, and subsequently at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York.
The International Executive Committee of the Ellen Stewart Award International Executive Committee is comprised of artists and experts representing the three Sponsoring organizations: La MaMa ETC, The Spoleto Festival of 2Worlds and International Theatre Institute. They are:
Tobias Biancone (General Director ITI World Organization), Emilya Cachapero (Director Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group, USA), Frank Carucci (President La MaMa ETC, New York), Moreno Cerquetelli (Journalist, Theater Critic for RAI, Italy), David J. Diamond (La MaMa Umbria International, Italy), Giorgio Ferrara (Artistic Director Festival of 2Worlds, Spoleto), Mia Yoo (Artistic Director La MaMa ETC, New York), Andrea Paciotto (Seoul Institute of The Arts, Korea), Fabio Tolledi (President ITI Italy) and Gherardo Vitali Rosati (Journalist, Playwright, Italy).