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Past Directing Institutes

2019 First Peoples Pre-Conference & Mentorship Institute

Video by Mindtwist Studio

The 2019 Mentorship Institute built on and drew from previous Professional Peer Exchanges, Indigenous Artist Gatherings, Next Generation Institute, and the first Mentorship Institute, held 2012-18. It included Master Artists from around the U.S. and across the world, including First Nations Artists of Turtle Island, and their invited mentees — emerging artists of any age, from those just graduating from academic programs, to working professionals who are emerging in a new area of practice, as Directors.

2018 First Peoples Pre-Conference & Mentorship Institute

The National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation is a unique experience for theatre artists to collaborate and share with one another methodologies of directing and ensemble creation in an environment with special emphasis on global aesthetics and social justice. The majority of participants and faculty are artists of color, LGBTQ2+ and women directors.

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In July 2017, we embarked upon a month-long journey with leading artists in our field, as well as emerging artists ready to grow into leadership.  The program included an Indigenous Artists Pre-Conference for First Nations participants who will serve as faculty and advisors; a Professional Peer Exchange for our faculty and invited guests, including professional development workshops and curriculum design; and the first-ever Next Generation Artists Institute for emerging practitioners.

July 2017

July 6-9, 2017 — Indigenous Artists Pre-Conference


July 11-16, 2017 — Professional Peer Exchange


July 18-25, 2017 — Next Generation Artists Directing Institute

Art2Action & Pangea World Theater were thrilled to announce the official launch of the first NEXT GENERATION ARTISTS INSTITUTE for Emerging Artists, focusing on the craft of directing and ensemble practice in the creation of new work. The Next Generation Institute built on, and drew faculty from, three previous Professional Peer Exchange institutes, held in 2012-15.

2017 Next Generation Institute FACULTY:

Adelina Anthony

Dora Arreola

Izumi Ashizawa

Andrea Assaf

Murielle Borst Tarrant

Nobuko Miyamoto

Dipankar Mukherjee

Meena Natarajan

Linda Parris-Bailey


In 2015, we launched the second phase of the National Institute program.  In March 2015, we co-convened a 4-day Indigenous Artists Gathering, organized to address the lack and need for a national network of First Nations artists working in theatre and/or contemporary performance.  In August 2015, another week-long Professional Peer Exchange was held in Minneapolis.


View the 2012 Pilot Institute video below!

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