Global Pre-Conference: Beyond the Four Walls


The Global Theater Initiative, a partnership between The Lab and Theatre Communications Group, will host the 2017 Global Pre-Conference entitled Beyond the Four Walls. Building on the success of last year's Global Pre-Conference held in Washington, DC with 200 artists from nearly 25 countries on the theme of Finding Home: Migration, Exile, and Belonging, this year's Pre-Conference will be a meeting ground for artists and theatre leaders to embrace theatre’s function as a space of solidarity that extends beyond physical, geographic, and cultural borders. In an evolving sociopolitical environment where the ability to cross borders has been called into question, theatre makers from across the country will gather in Portland, a sanctuary city, to identify actionable steps participants can take to utilize theatre to ignite dialogue and humanize current issues of local, national, and global concern.

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Working Session, PICA ($25) - SOLD OUT

Action-oriented discussions and breakout sessions with global theater practitioners  

5:00 p.m. Dinner on your own  

7:00 p.m. Evening Session, Portland Center Stage's Ellyn Bye Studio Theatre ($50)


Remarks by Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, District 46 (Portland, Oregon)

Teatro Línea de Sombra's Amarillo

Post-show panel discussion with:

Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions (Santa Monica, CA) 

Jorge Vargas Cortez, Director, Amarillo (Mexico City, Mexico)

Antígona Alejandra González, Actress, Amarillo (Mexico City, Mexico)

Natasha Haunsperger, Police Officer, Portland Police Bureau (Portland, OR)

Chief Mike Marshman, Portland Police Bureau (Portland, OR)

Raul Mendoza Rosas, Actor, Amarillo (Mexico City, Mexico)

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, former Director of Refugee Resettlement, Catholic Charities (Portland, OR)

Moderated by Derek Goldman, Co-Founding Director, The Lab (Washington, DC)

Teatro Línea de Sombra’s celebrated production Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs for the US-Mexican border and vanishes before reaching his destination. Through stunning projected images, bilingual monologues, and a sea of displaced objects and natural elements, this renowned company from Mexico City reconstructs his journey in a timely multimedia performance that travels imagined landscapes of both geography and cultural identity. Don't miss what the LAist called, "a raw and captivating epic."

Purchase tickets for the Global Pre-Conference here.


Purchase tickets for a special Friday night encore performance of Amarillo at this link.

The Global Pre-Conference is produced by the Global Theater Initiative, a partnership between The Lab and TCG, in association with Boom Arts, the Consulate of Mexico in Portland, PICA, and Portland Center Stage at the Armory.