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World Theatre Day Message 2021 by Helen Mirren

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • March 27, 2021

Today, March 27, 2021 is World Theatre Day, the 60th Annual World Theatre Day. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide to craft an international message to mark the global occasion. This year the International message has been written by British actress Helen Mirren, and the U.S. World Theatre Day message has been given by Olga Garay-English, global arts leader.

Here is the annual message from actor Helen Mirren.

“This has been such a very difficult time for live performance and many artists, technicians, and craftsmen and women have struggled in a profession that is already fraught with insecurity. Maybe that always present insecurity has made them more able to survive this pandemic with wit and courage. Their imagination has already translated itself, in these new circumstances, into inventive, entertaining, and moving ways to communicate, thanks of course in large part to the Internet. Human beings have told each other stories for as long as they have been on the planet. The beautiful culture of theatre will live for as long as we stay here. The creative urge of writers, designers, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, will never be suffocated and in the very near future will flourish again with a new energy and a new understanding of the world we all share. I can’t wait!”

Here’s an excerpt from Garay-English’s message:

“As a refugee to this country, having fled the Cuban revolution in 1961, I have come to believe in the absolute power of the arts to build community between often disparate peoples. Artists can create human connection and understanding in a way that politicians cannot.” – Olga Garay-English, global arts leader

Follow this link to read Garay-English’s message: U.S. World Theatre Day Message

Both messages have been translated into multiple languages. Read all the World Theatre Day Messages here.

We at Stage Directions wish everyone a very Happy World Theatre Day! We look forward to getting back to theater safely.

Further information from the International Theatre Institute: www.world-theatre-day.org

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