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The Power of Performance: THEATRE IN CONFLICT ZONES

February 21, 2014

Lewis & Clark Department of Theatre and Dance

in collaboration with Boom Arts

and The World Affairs Council of Oregon


The Power of Performance:
Theatre in Conflict Zones

An Artist Talk and Workshop by Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, Bond Street Theatre

Artist Talk

Friday, February 21st, 2014, 7:00pm

The Fir Acres Main Stage Theatre ,Lewis & Clark College

FREE; advance reservations may be made via


Saturday, February 22nd, 9-12pm

The Fir Acres Black Box, Lewis & Clark College

FREE; email to sign up.

Joanna Sherman, internationally recognized pioneer in peace-building and the arts and Artistic Director of the MacArthur Award-winning New York-based ensemble Bond Street Theatre, presents a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of theatre as a tool for social improvement in global areas of conflict.

For over three decades, Bond Street has used performance and theatre for healing and empowerment in some of the world’s toughest conflict zones, from the Balkans to the Middle East to Afghanistan. In her dynamic presentation, illustrated with riveting video footage, Sherman will show how Bond Street collaborates with local artists in high-need areas to apply “theatre-based” practices in working with communities such as street children, rural women, traumatized populations, and refugees.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from a true visionary in the field of theatre and social change, speaking for the first time in Portland; one night only. 

About the Presenter

Joanna Sherman is the Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre. As director, choreographer, musician and actor, she has participated in company performances and projects across Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and the Middle East. The company primarily works in post-war and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists, and working for the benefit of women, children and others through theatre. Current focus areas: Afghanistan, Haiti and Myanmar. Ms. Sherman has directed and taught internationally, and is a frequent speaker and advocate for Theatre for Social Development. She is currently conducting theatre programs in Afghanistan through the US Embassy and US Institute for Peace. The multi-year project brings informational theatre to women’s prisons, shelters and isolated villages. Under her directorship, the company received a MacArthur Award for its intercultural programming. She has been an advocate and speaker on the role of the arts in peacebuilding at the United Nations, National Council on Women, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, UN Conference on Women in China, universities, and other arts forums, and featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and published in American Theatre magazine. She has designed and implemented arts projects for UN and international relief organizations. Ms. Sherman has a BFA in Fine Arts from Cooper Union, and an MA in Theatre & International Studies from New York University. Ms. Sherman also plays saxophone with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.