The Stranger and the City

In February, Brian English collaborated with Ana Candida Carneiro (award-winning playwright) at Harvard University to host an interdisciplinary workshop to investigate the theme of the stranger within the urban landscape. The workshop facilitated dialogue about concepts from urban studies, geography, cognitive sciences and the theory of complex systems, to help participants explore new ways of thinking about theatrical events, alternative writing processes, and ways of exploring cities. Here is what some of the participants said:

  • “What a wonderful workshop! Thank you so much for doing this. I learned a great deal and a new vision emerged for me.” – Jeffrey Mcnary, Cambridge-based published writer.

  • “I enjoyed your workshop very much, and was moved by the contributions of our fellow participants. Sincere thanks to the facilitators for creating a supportive environment in which a diverse and richly informed group of participants could come together and share their unique perspectives. The Stranger and the City workshop was thought-provoking and highly conducive to generating new performative works. I look forward to my next involvement with Babel Theater Project.” – Hortense Gerardo, playwright and anthropologist.

  • “This workshop was a wonderful creative experience! The idea of feeling the city, connecting with people and interacting with diversity, brought a true sense of performance to anyone who wishes to release imagination. I look forward to participating in other Babel Theater Project initiatives.” – Lena Macedo, published writer.

About the facilitator:

Ana Candida Carneiro is an award-winning and published playwright. She grew up in Brazil and lived fifteen years in Italy, before immigrating to the USA in 2015. Her work has been performed in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Monaco, South Africa, and in the USA. She has been supported by institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Royal Court Theater, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her works touch on themes like social justice, globalization, immigration, culture clash, gender inequity, and climate change, using multiple and invented languages, heterogeneous linguistic registers and genres, and are increasingly marked by experimentation with the dramatic form. She writes in English, Italian and Portuguese. Ana is also a scholar and teacher, and currently holds a position as postdoctoral Research Associate at Harvard University, in the department of Theatre, Dance and Media. Her research focuses on experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to playwriting and the pedagogy of playwriting from a global perspective. She is currently writing The Global Playwriting Workbook (Methuen Drama, 2019).

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