World of Culture
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World of Culture for Performing Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in the United States in 1994 to help facilitate international performance of art. It was founded by Mark Hall Amitin, originally under the name World of Culture, Ltd.. Dr. Amitin, who also performs other roles in entertainment and academia, such as managing, producing, casting, directing, coaching/teaching and acting, has drawn upon his international network to help facilitate the goals of World of Culture.
Mark Hall Amitin received his doctoral degree from the Universite Paris VIII in 1978. He went on to present lectures and workshops at nearly 200 universities, conferences,festivals and embassies in the United States, Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Asia. He worked as a consultant and producer for several major theatre festivals, including the American College Theatre Festival, the Rhode Island Theatre Festival, the Festival Mondial du Théâtre in Nancy, France, Festival of Fools and the New Theatre Festival in Baltimore. He has published articles on theatre and performance in academic journals and contributed articles and reviews on film and theatre to books, magazines, and newspapers. He has also acted in and directed, film, television, and theatre projects in the United States as well as in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
Amitin was the general manager of the Radical Theatre Repertory, which later became Universal Movement Theatre Repertory, a non-profit agency representing experimental theatre companies from the United States and Europe. He was also the producer of Albee Directs Albee (1978–1979) and touring manager for The Living Theatre. Amitin traveled extensively in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe and helped to establish relations between theatre groups and individual artists from various countries.
In 1983, Amitin founded the World of Culture, Ltd. (later the non-profit World of Culture for Performing Arts, Inc.) in order to represent theatrical groups and individual film, television, and theatre actors, writers, designers, and directors, and to establish a network that would facilitate touring and performing worldwide. He also worked as a writer, researcher, consultant, and director on several film and television projects including the film Signals Through The Flames(1982–1983) and the television miniseries about Agnes Smedley, The Eyes of a Friend(1985–1986). Amitin's involvement in festivals such as The New Theatre Festival in Baltimore and the Festival Mondial du Théâtre de Nancy allowed him to become familiar with many theatrical groups and collectives and to facilitate their introduction to audiences outside of their own countries. He shared the political aspirations of many of these groups and worked vigorously to secure their representation in different venues.
Amitin is keenly interested in the craft of acting and taught many workshops on the practical aspects of acting and auditioning at colleges and universities. He also lectured in universities around the world on topics such as twentieth-century theatre in China, politics and theatre in the United States, the work of The Living Theatre and other collectives, and theatre of the avant-garde. He helped to negotiate theatre, film, and television contracts, working with Broadway shows, institutions such as the Lincoln Center, and directors such as Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Penny Marshall, Roland Jaffe, and Jim Jarmusch.
Between 1983 and 2010 Amitin/World of Culture represented and promoted the careers of such actors, directors, writers as: Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Joseph Chaikin, John Lahr, Steve Buscemi, Peter Facinelli, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, George Bartenieff, David Cale, Spalding Gray, Paul Zaloom, The Kipper Kids among dozens of others. He gave a series of lectures for the American Embassy and American Consulate in Israel in 1995. Amitin worked with actors in Gaza between 1995-1997 on the creation of a play, Al Maslubeen/The Dispossessed. In 2005 he served as the chairman of the jury for the Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival, in 2007 he adapted and directed a major environmental production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt for the graduating class of the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China. Among the publications his work has appeared in are: Performing Arts Journal, Hamptons Magazine, The Village Voice.
He has taught acting at the Universite Paris VIII, The New School in New York and Drew University. His lectures and workshops have been presented at: Amherst, Cornell, Middlebury,Goddard,Lycoming, Hartwick, Oberlin, Smith, Hampshire, Swarthmore Colleges, Hofstra, Yale, Wesleyan, Columbia, Brown, Brigham Young, Drake, Carnegie Mellon, Villanova, Washington Universities, Universities of Florida, Delaware, Michigan, California, New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Oregon, Washington, Florida State, Illinois State, Michigan State, City University of New York, MIT, California Institute of the Arts, the Asia Society, National Theatre Institute and outside of the U.S. at: University of British Columbia, Moscow Arts Theatre School, Central Drama Academy (Beijing), Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lund, Aarhus and the Palestinian National Theatre among many others as well at many major conferences: ATHE, ATA, ACTF (Kennedy Center), National Theatre Conference, Assoc. of Asian Studies, Assoc. of Chinese Studies and others.
The World of Culture web site is: www.worldofculture.org.