2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre Announced
Members of the Awards Committee of the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre gathered at the Castillo Theatre on West 42nd Street on Friday evening to announce this year’s Otto Award honorees.
Honorees for the 17th annual awards celebration, which will be held on May 17 at 2:00 PM, are:
Bond Street Theatre has been creating innovative theatre works that cross cultural borders and illuminate social issues since 1976. Their goal is to promote peace and understanding by collaborating with theatre artists worldwide and initiating community-based arts projects. Bond Street explores the relevance of the arts in areas of conflict and poverty, with a special focus on refugees, women and youth, and advocates for artists as powerful spokespersons for their communities. The company has created theatre projects for conflict resolution, healing and empowerment in more than 30 counties worldwide, with current projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Kenya.
Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the award-winning national ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. He devises, directs and collaborates on cross-sector projects around the nation, is on faculty at Northwestern University, wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue, and leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.
Carlton and Maurice Turner together founded M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) in the late 1990s, a flexible ensemble focused on collaborative creation in communities. Based in Mississippi, the Turner brothers are artists, arts educators and cultural organizers who use the performing arts to help young people empower themselves and facilitate conversations about the role of art and culture in the broader struggles of our society.
About the Otto Awards
The Otto Awards (Executive Producer: Diane Stiles) were founded in 1998 to recognize, support and connect theatre companies and artists engaged in creating political, experimental and community-based theatre. They have been awarded to 92 theatres and individual theatre artists from the United States, Austria, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Pakistan, Serbia and the United Kingdom.
Click on the video below to hear Otto René Castillo's poem, "The Apolitical Intellectuals," performed by the staff and volunteers of the Castillo Theatre.
A video parade of the Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre sculptures, designed by Sheila Goloborotko.