From TCGcircle.org, February 21:
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 50th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2012. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide in Paris to craft an international message to mark the global occasion. This year the message will be written by award-winning actor, director and producer John Malkovich. Upon its release in March, the message will be translated into more than 20 languages to reach tens of thousands in the international theatre community.
Through World Theatre Day 2012, TCG/ITI-US will celebrate the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders. There are many ways to join this celebration, including:
- Generation Without Borders, a call for early-to-mid career theatre practitioners and students to submit essays envisioning our global theatre movement 50 years from now (http://www.tcg.org/international/essay.cfm);
- SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan, a nationwide fundraising event on March 11, the first anniversary of the earthquakes, involving more than 50 theatres to raise relief funds for the Japanese theatre community affected by the disaster (http://www.tcg.org/shinsai/);
- I AM THEATRE, an online platform for theatre people across the world to share their stories and express the diversity and vitality of the international theatre community (http://www.tcg.org/international/iamtheatre.cfm);
- An interactive world map to track the growing number of World Theatre Day 2012 activities (http://www.tcg.org/international/events/wtd.cfm).
[ . . . .] On March 22, 2012, John Malkovich will deliver his international message at UNESCO in Parisat a gala event that will include readings of play excerpts with Malkovich and other theatre artists. The message will be available on the TCG website in March at http://www.tcg.org/international/events/wtd.cfm.