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The Global Theatre Project develops and supports opportunities for creative exchange and collaboration that will unite American theatre artists and students with their international counterparts positively affecting the communities in which they are working. The Global Theatre Project seeks to promote cross-cultural exchange and improve the perception of Americans abroad by engaging two valuable segments of our citizenry into productive action: our professional theatre artists and our youth.
The Global Theatre Project is born of the work of President and Artistic Director, Bari Hochwald who co-founded and ran Florence International Theatre Company in Florence, Italy from 2005 through 2010. Florence attracts up to 15,000 US students annually. It was here where Ms. Hochwald successfully demonstrated that putting professional American artists, expatriates and study abroad students in creative engagement with their local counterparts led to rapid growth and involvement levels (please see our 'Impact’ page). Very quickly it became clear that this sort of innovative, yet simple interaction can have a powerful and enduring effect on the participants and the community alike(please see our 'In Their Words’ page).
Based on her seminal work in Florence, Ms. Hochwald now seeks to expand the work on a larger scale and to a broader audience internationally through the establishment of The Global Theatre Project. By basing the organization in the United States and continuing to build on FITC’s work in Florence, The Global Theatre Project seeks to launch additional projects and engage additional communities around the world. The Global Theatre Project recognizes and addresses the importance of providing opportunities for American artists and students to engage internationally in a positive and collaborative way and to explore the full potential of live theatre and events to promote cross-cultural understanding.
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