Call for Proposals: SPECT[ACTOR] World Theatre Day Event

Proposals Due by January 11, 2010 by email to

March 27, 2010 is World Theatre Day- designated by The International Theatre Institute (ITI), and observed as a day for the celebration and empowerment of theatre artists and audiences around the globe. This year The Exchange Artists are teaming up with the Greater Austin Creative Alliance to organize a World Theatre Day event titled SPECT[ACTOR] in Austin, TX.

Austin’s celebration of World Theatre Day, SPECT[ACTOR], will include a full day of theatrical happenings in non-traditional settings around town, turning the unsuspecting public into participants and witnesses of random acts of theatre. A team of inconspicuous videographers will capture all of the random acts of theatre that they can on camera and an evening screening of the evidence of the day will bring everyone together to enjoy discussion and a reading of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. Last year Augusto Boal wrote the message. This year’s author is yet to be confirmed. The evening will be streamed live online, directly connecting Austin, TX to other theatre communities all over the world. A potluck and party will close the day’s celebration.

All theatre artists are encouraged to submit proposals for random acts of theatre that they would like to stage around town as a part of the World Theatre Day SPECT[ACTOR] event. Why not dance on the blurry line between reality and performance and give the gift of theatre to someone who doesn’t expect it? The Exchange Artists and The Greater Austin Creative Alliance are not obtaining legal rights or protection for performances in public places, so thoughtful and respectful planning is required. Proposals are due by email to by January 11th, 2010 and an informational meeting for confirmed participants will be held on January XXX (13th -17)XXX, 2010.

Proposals should include:

– Name of organizer

– Name of theatre company or group (if relevant)

– Number of organized participants

– Location of random act of theatre

– Description of proposed random act of theatre

– Time of day requirements

– Contact information

A master schedule of all random acts of theatre will be created to allow videographers the best chance to capture all happenings. The SPECT[ACTOR] evening screening and reading of the World Theatre Day International Message will be open invitation to the entire Austin community. Questions about proposals or in need of suggestions? Email

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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