DORUNTINA BASHA is a playwright and a screenwriter from Prishtina, Kosovo.  In 2011, her play, The Finger, won the first prize for engaged contemporary play in a regional contest organized by Heartefact Fund (Belgrade) and Qendra Multimedia (Prishtina), and premiered in Belgrade in 2012.  The Finger was also staged in Skopje (Macedonia), and will be published in 2014 in Wassafiri literary magazine in U.K.  Her plays have been translated into Serbian, English, French, and Italian.  Currently she is the project manager of the art-based action research, “Recollecting the past in Kosovo: Cultural memory between facts and fiction,” implemented by Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst (forumZFD), Kosovo office.  She has been working for forumZFD since 2011, in the field of Dealing with the Past.


ZDENKA BECKER was born in Czech Republic and moved with her family to the Slovak Republic when she was three years. In 1974, she married the Austrian Leo Becker and followed him to Vienna. In the same year, her son, Leonard, was born, and five years later, her daughter, Alice. In the first years in Vienna, she was teaching privately the Czech, Slovak, and Russian languages, and studying German at the University of Vienna.  In 1986, she began to write in German: short stories and poems, later plays, and novels.  So far, she has published eight books.  Twelve of her plays have been performed in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. In the U.S., she has staged readings of her plays, “Goodbye, Galina” (Iowa City, Portland ME, St. Louis, MI), 2004, “Odysseus Never Returned” (New York), 2005, and “Behind the Darkness” (New York), 2009.  Her books and theatre plays were translated into 15 languages.


SABINA BERMAN GOLDBERG was born on August 21, 1955 in Mexico City, Mexico where she currently resides.  She studied Mexican Literature and Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and trained in the theatrical arts. In 1995, Sabina was co-director of the film, Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman with Isabelle Tardan.  She also wrote and co-produced the film Backyard, which represented Mexico at the 2010 Oscars.  Among other successes are the plays Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman, Moliere, Freud Skating, and eXtras. These have been staged in Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. Her most recent novel, Me, has been published in 11 languages in over 33 countries, including Spain, France, USA, England, and Israel. The Washington Independent Review of Books said, “On the whole, Sabina Berman provides a sensible and innovative way to look at who and what we are.”:


Born in Istanbul in 1973, AYCA DAMGACI first studied economics at Istanbul University but soon turned to an education in acting, dramaturgy, and Theater Science. In 2001, she completed her education with a Faculty of Letters. From 1998-2011, she worked with the Istanbul-based company Tiyatro Oyunevi, touring extensively. Her work as a stage and film actress has received wide acclaim and she is the recipient of multiple Best Actress nominations and awards. She is also a writer, having penned the screenplay, “Gitmek: My Marlon and Brando,” about her 2003 travels during the Iraqi War. Her work is highly political and deals with issues of genocide, censorship, and gender politics as well as confronting totalitarian and militarist government structures. This has brought her much attention, both good and bad – but the sense of humor and humanity she brings to the work are inviting and infectious. In freeing the audience from preconceived notions about “the other”, in bringing a sense of love and shared existence, she encourages people to question, and seek freedom.


MARY ANN DeVLIEG has been working in the cultural sector for 30 years in the USA and Europe. Her work has been concerned with performing arts (creation, production, diffusion) in an international context, with special emphasis on policy, multicultural practices and professional training. She has been the Secretary General of IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts) since 1994. Mary Ann is a co-founder of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Mobility of Mediterranean Artists and Arts Organisers, and a founder of, a portal for professional mobility in the culture sector. She collaborates frequently on advisory boards of foundations (e.g. Japan Foundation), think–tanks, networks and associations. She teaches cultural management at the University of Bologna, in Turin and Lecce. She served on the steering committee for the conference ‘Culture and Creation as Vectors of Development in the ACP Countries’ initiated by EU Commissioner for Development, Louis Michel; on the High Level Reflection Group on Mobility of the European Commission’s DG for Education and Culture. In 2006 the EU’s DG for Employment and Social Affairs awarded her the Individual Award for her life-long services to artists’ mobility. 2008- 2010 she chaired the EU Working Group on Creativity and Creation (part of the Access to Culture Platform). She is a co-founder of the International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice.

LARA FOOT, South Africa

LARA FOOT is a multi-award-winning theatre director, writer and producer best known for her ground-breaking internationally-acclaimed productions Tshepang, Karoo Moose and  Solomon and Marion. As CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre Centres she has put most of her energy into helping other playwrights and theatre-makers realize their work, and nurtured several dozen new, South African plays to their first staging. This includes producing the international hit, Miss Julie, written and directed by Yael Farber. Since heading up the Baxter Theatre Centre, she has transformed the theatre’s development program-the Zabalaza Theatre Festival-to become recognized and respected as one of the most vital and important platforms of its kind in South Africa. As a former Rolex protégé to Sir Peter Hall, she hosted a unique cultural gathering at the Baxter with Mentors William Kentridge, Wole Soyinka, and Peter Sellars, alongside seven protégés..


ELENA GREMINA was born and lives in Moscow.  Gremina is a playwright and script writer.  She is one of the founders of the project “Documentary Theater” (Teatr.doc) as well as the Festival for the Real Film “Kinoteatr.doc.”  Since 2007, Gremina has been a member of the artistic advice board for the Festival for Young Playwrights “Lubimovka.”  She has written many plays, including Behind the Mirror, The Wife of Sakhalin, The Russian, Eclipse, Sleep at the End of the World, One Late Evening, Alpha and Beta (co-written with Vladimir Mirzovem), Demon-Lover, Diaries of a Murderer, Aide-de-camp to Love and more.  She has been published in the journals Teatr, Dramaturg, Sovremenaya Dramaturg and was the laureate of the Stalker Prize in 2005 for her work in contemporary theatre.  She is the winner of the All-Russian Competition of the Plays in Moscow, and winner of the best radio-play in 1991.


IOANA IERONIM is a Romanian writer whose poetry, drama, and essays are published in Romania, several European countries, USA, Israel, and Turkey.  Her plays, Athenee Palace and The Gowns were developed at the NY Lark Theater. Special Mission was published in Twenty Years After (Parlor City Press, 2010).  She has been a participant in various international literary and multimedia events and written essays on Balkan (American Theater Magazine, NY, May/June 2009) and Israeli (preface to Israeli drama anthology) Drama;as well as theater reviews in Romanian journals.  She produced extensive translations of international poetry into Romanian. Her drama translations, from Shakespeare to Tony Kushner and Goran Stefanovski, are in the current repertoire in Romania. Recently her Romanian versions of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman were printed in separate volumes too. She has conducted multi-arts workshop at Grand Prix Nova International Radio Drama Festival, Bucharest Fall 2013. She was Romania’s cultural attaché, Washington DC (1992-96), then Fullbright Program Director Romania.  A freelancer now, she lives in Bucharest.


JUDE KELLY OBE, founded Solent People’s Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, and was the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre. In 2002, Jude founded Metal, which provides a platform where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts, with bases in Liverpool and Southend-On-Sea. Jude is chair of Metal and World Book Night, a member of the London Cultural Strategy Group, and is Visiting Professor at Kingston and Leeds Universities and the Shanghai Centre for the Performing Arts. Most recently Jude has created the trail-blazing Women Of The World Festival WOW! at The South  Bank Arts Centre since 2011. This extends a home to a diversity of women theatre practitioners and artists; it also includes workshops and events for girls and women from the most disadvantaged areas, refugees, asylum seekers, rape and FGM victims. As the Director of The South Bank, and as a leader at the apex of the London arts scene, she uses her position to reach out to other women and help them network, create art and be empowered.


SUSIE MCKENNNA is currently the Associate Director at Hackney Empire Theatre London, serving one of the most diverse constituencies on the planet. She has written and directed 8 pantomimes for the venue including the critically acclaimed Aladdin, Jack And The Beanstalk and Cinderella, directed the theatre’s Opening Gala, The Best of the Empire, and previously she spent six years as director of the Empire’s Artist Development Programme. She co-produced and directed a season of new writing and cabaret in the Hackney Studio Theatre. Her other directing credits include Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand, starring Sue Kelvin, which played sold out runs at the New End and Kings Head Theatres London as well as the Edinburgh Festival 2006; The Happy Prince, Farm and I Married Wyatt Earp for Musical Futures at Greenwich Theatre, Slappers and Slapheads at Liverpool Empire and Manchester Opera House, among many others. She also writes and directs regularly for Haringay Shed.


YELENA ROMANOVA graduated from the prestigious Schukin Theatre Institute of the Vakhtangov Theatre of Moscow, and has trained and performed at treasured theatres such as the Moscow Satire Theatre, where she worked with legendary stage actor Andrei Mironov in Crazy Money by the classic Russian Playwright, A. Ostrovsky.  She has had the pleasure of performing on stage at the Mayakovsky Academic Art Theatre, and continues to serve as a leading member of the actors’ troupe. She has taken on many roles in television and Russian iconic films, but she is most proud of her films, performed in fluent English, and her international co-productions in the US, Greece, and Sweden. Romanova produced and starred in Sophia Romma’s award-nominated play, The Past Is Still Ahead, which debuted at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City and subsequently toured to Pushkin House in London and Oxford University.


For the last 15 years, ADELHEID ROOSEN‘s work has been intertwined with the search for “The Other”. She wrote and directed a trilogy about female Muslim immigrants: Five on Your Eyes, about Moroccan women facing heavy loyalty issues by growing up in a Dutch society while their family reference was Muslim. She also wrote The Veiled Monologues, 78 interviews with Muslim women, and Is.Man. focusing on honour killings, 10 interviews with honour killers from Muslim countries who were locked away in a Dutch prison. In 2005, she founded Zina, a culture platform for Arabic and Western female artists. It depicts the suburbs shown in audio and video installations throughout the country. Since 2009, she has her own organization called Female Economy. She also creates projects like Geweld Verhalen Karavaan, an installation about domestic violence, Helend Collectief, and Rijkdom van Nederland, installations with women from various cultural backgrounds.


MAŁGORZATA SEMIL is a theatre critic and translator, who for the last three years has coordinated and moderated the Forum of European Dramatists. Since 1966 she has been a member of the editorial board, and from 1989-2002 Deputy Editor of the monthly DIALOG, a journal dedicated to contemporary drama which prints 3-4 new plays per issue, introducing new Polish and foreign plays to the Polish public. Since 2005 she has also conducted a class on translating for the theatre at the English Department of the Warsaw University. As President of the Communications Committee of ITI, she was responsible for coordinating the work on the publication of four editions of World of Theatre and the International Theatre Director. In addition to essays and studies about contemporary theatre she has co-authored (with Elżbieta Wysińska) a companion to contemporary theatre (Słownik teatru współczesnego) which had two editions in Poland and was also published in Estonia and the Czech Republic; in 2009 she co-authored (with Bonnie Marranca) New Europe – Plays from the Continent . She has translated into Polish over 100 English, American, Australian and African plays.