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The State of The Performing Arts 5.O

Sunday, July 14th at: 

10 am Chicago /5pm South Africa, France & Spain

60 minutes

What started as a virtual conversation during the early months of the global pandemic has turned into an annual global check-in on the “state of the performing arts” with our international panelists. Join co-hosts Alice and Marc to find out how our international colleagues have been navigating the ever-changing landscape of the arts during the pandemic and what they think the future holds for the performing arts.


RUCERA SEETHAL: Artistic Sirector of the multi-disciplinary National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa.


Starting this role in January 2020, as baptism of fire the festival has just completed its 46 th iteration as an online festival. Previously programme manager at the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, responsible for the performing arts portfolio across Switzerland and the
Southern African region, and for co-adjudicating its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation regional grant programme. She was art director and production manager at Chimurenga, the award-winning arts, culture and politics magazine, between 2004 to 2011.

MIGUEL OYARZUN: actor, director, playwright and Artistic Director of FIT- Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, Spain


Miguel is co-founder and co-director of BE FESTIVAL (Birmingham European Festival) with Isla Aguilar. Recently they directed the Centro Conde Duque in Madrid, a 58.000m2 venue where they programmed and produced performing arts, visual arts and music. In 2020, Miguel and Isla have been appointed artistic directors of the 35th edition of FIT (Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro) in Cádiz. Miguel is a director, playwright and actor, and leads workshops internationally. His career as an actor includes numerous theatre, film and TV titles in Spain and England. Miguel is artistic director of the Madrid based theatre company Mirage Teatro, founded in 2009. In recent years, the company has developed mid-scale and large scale community projects. He graduated in Acting at the RESAD, Madrid. In 2006 he moved to London to finish his training at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Later he graduated in "Performing Arts Leadership".

Check out last year's panel...

...and previous years, too!

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