Segal Talks with George Bartenieff & Karen Malpede

Wednesday, November 4th at 12:00 pm
for the Graduate Center 

Karen Malpede & George Bartenieff in rehearsal for Other Than We.
Photo: Beatriz Schiller

We are pleased to do a Segal Talk with Frank Hentschker. Join us for lunch and listen to us bicker in public about how we make our ecopoetic theater. Hopefully, we will all be in a celebratory mood! Vote.

George Bartenieff began his professional acting career on Broadway at age 14 in 1947, directed by Harold Clurman. He co-founded Theater for the New City. Karen Malpede produced her first of 22 plays in 1974, a protégé of Joseph Chaikin. In 1987, their mutual friend and colleague, Judith Malina directed Malpede’s Us, starring Bartenieff. Malpede and Bartenieff have worked together ever since, co-founding with the late Lee Nagrin, the Obie-winning Theater Three Collaborative in 1995. Co-directing and producing, with Bartenieff acting in, Malpede’s poetic, social justice plays on themes ranging from the US torture program (Another Life) to climate change (Extreme Whether) to utopian visions for a species Other Than We. They co-adapted I Will Bear Witness: the Holocaust Diaries of Victor Klemperer, which toured Europe and US for four years. Their work has premiered in New York (Theater for the New City, LaMama, NYTW, Classic Stage), been staged in London, Paris, Berlin, and Veroli, Italy and published in the anthology Plays in Time (Intellect, 2017), and in acting editions and forthcoming anthologies by Laertes Books, Applause and Routledge, online and in print by The Kenyon Review, Typescript and others. Malpede is a McKnight National Playwright’s and NYFA fellow; Bartenieff is winner of four Obie-awards for acting and producing. 

Performance and Justice Symposium at John Jay College

Spring 2017

Eveline Topolska

Eveline Topolska

Eveline Topolska (Doctoral Candidate, Autonomous University of Barcelona) “So ‘You dedicate yourself to justice, Mr. Whore:’ Angélica Liddell’s Protest against Europe's Indifference.” With screening of Liddell’s work. Abstract: Angélica Liddell is one of the most important contemporary Spanish theatre artists. Although aware of the limited influence theatre has, she insists on using it as a weapon against injustice, suffering, and pain. According to Liddell, producing beauty is yet another form of doing justice, although like other methods, it is probably bound to fail. Her plays been staged across Europe, United States, Asia, and South America. Her “in-yer-face” art expresses provocative opinions about human nature and society. Liddell’s work, brutal and beautiful, raises issues of child soldiers, power abuse, femicides, and illegal immigrants, etc. In this presentation, I will analyse the ordeal of the Africans trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Spaniards’, (or generally, the Westerners’) indifference towards their suffering in Liddell’s 2003 play, And the Fish Walked Out to Fight Against the Men. I will also present a brief overview of the trilogy Acts of Resistance against Death, of which the aforementioned play is part.


Tom Regan with a famous Kabuki opera performer Hikota

Tom Regan


Andreja Kopac (Slovenia) is a visiting professor at John Jay's Department for Media Studies in Summer 2012. Kopac is a dramaturge, journalist, publicist, researcher and cultural worker. She holds an M.A. in the Linguistics of Speech and Theory of Social Communication at the Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities. Currently she is a PhD student of Sociology of Culture at the Faculty of Art at University of Ljubljana. 

Andreja Kopac



Lecture by Andreja  Kopac 

February 28, 2012, 1:30 PM 


Andreja Kopac I

Dr. Chiung-wen (Julia) Hsu

Fulbright Scholar and an associate professor

at National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan

Dr. Chiung-wen (Julia) Hsu