Since its creation in 1994, the Towson University M.F.A. in theatre arts program has had a strong international component, mostly through its association with Philip Arnoult, director of the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD).
With Arnoult and CITD's assistance, Towson graduate students and faculty have traveled and conducted research in Europe, Central America, Africa and the Middle East. Students have recently embarked on individual research projects to Hungary, Jordan and Russia.
In addition, guest artists from countries such as Russia, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Japan have offered workshops and classes, sharing their expertise with the students through performance creation.
Some of the highlights include the following:
- toured five Hungarian cities with a repertory of challenging new American plays
- showcased a piece created with guest artist Theodora Skiptaris
at the Istropolitana Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia
- joined artists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Poland in a month-long workshop and performed in a Warsaw festival
- performed a new Russian script, “The Natasha Plays,” at the Varna International Theatre Festival in Bulgaria
- development of a LEAR with Shozo Sato and performed at the Cairo Experimental Theatre Festival in Egypt
- attended The World as a Place of Truth, the Year of Grotowski Celebration and workshopped with Teatr ZAR at Brzezinka, the forest base of the Grotowski Institute in Poland
- toured with a production of “Attars' Dream,” by Areola Pauline, (part of the Towson University New Russian Drama Season) to theatre festivals in Bulgaria and Slovakia
- became a key partner in a three year project with CITD, New Russian Drama, that translated 26 contemporary Russian plays, produced five of those translations and showcased those productions (and hosted) at an international conference