Teya Sepinuck annoucnced as Garden of Reflection Chair of Theatrical Innovation

Posted on: 3rd June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June, 5pm

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The Garden of Reflection is hosting the third of its Chairs of Learning events on Wednesday, 11 June. 

The City Centre Garden of Reflection project is delighted that the Chair of Theatrical Innovation will be Teya Sepinuck. The theme that Teya will be addressing during the event is ‘Final Reflections on Theatre of Witness in Northern Ireland'.
The City Centre Garden of Reflection Project is a partnership between Inner City Trust (Lead Partner), Derry City Council and DiverseCity Community Partnership. In addition to the programme element, the project has two major physical elements - the installation of lights to illuminate the City Walls and the development of the Garden of Reflection to the rear of the newly developed Holywell building in Bishop Street. The project is funded by the PEACE III Programme through the European Union's Regional Development Fund managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Theatre of Witness, a model of performance that gives voice to those whose stories haven't been heard. For the past 29 years, Teya has been creating and producing Theatre of Witness projects with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse, refugees, immigrants, elders and those who have lived through war. Theatre of Witness has since taken Teya to Poland and here to Northern Ireland where she is currently completing her 5th and final year as artistic director of The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme. Through this partnered programme with Holywell Trust, Teya created a trilogy of original works with ex-combatants, members of the security forces, survivors, witnesses and those living with the intergenerational legacy of the Troubles. Her final Theatre of Witness project was with those seeking asylum and safe haven in Northern Ireland. All of these works have been made into documentary videos and continue to be featured in workshops, screenings and discussions throughout north and border counties. Live productions have toured to more than 25 venues as well as Brussels, London, and Utrecht.

The theme for the Chair of Theatrical Innovation event on 11th June is ‘Final Reflections of Theatre of Witness in Northern Ireland' and it will be Teya's last formal event in Northern Ireland.
Gerard Deane, Garden of Reflection Programme Co-ordinator, spoke on the Chair of Theatrical Innovation Event; "We are honoured that Teya has agreed to be our Chair of Theatrical Innovation. During Teya's five years here she has been both an inspiration and peacebuilding leader. Teya has introduced the Theatre of Witness here - a model which has had a significant impact on tackling challenging issues and building peace. Teya's final event in Northern Ireland is a great opportunity to hear her thoughts and reflections and to say ‘thank you' for her significant work over the last five years."
The Chair of Illumination session will take place on Wednesday 11th June from 5.00pm until 7.00pm (food will be provided at 5.00pm) in the Holywell - DiverseCity Community Partnership, 8-14 Bishop Street, (The Junction Meeting Room).

The session is free and open for to attend. Please email marjorie@gardenofreflection.org or call 028 7126 1941 to confirm your attendance.


This project is funded by the PEACE lll Programme through the European Union's European Regional Development Fund managed by the Special EU programmes Body.
The City Centre Garden of Reflection Project is a partnership between Inner City Trust (lead partner), Derry City Council and DiverseCity Community Partnership.

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