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