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Divine Comedy

Kraków, Poland · December 2023

About our trip

In 2023, CITD will continue to forge a new generation of US/Poland artists-to-artist relationships by bringing a delegation of US theatre makers to the Generation After Showcase in Warsaw, Poland. The festival is an intense presentation of the newest developments and trends taking place in Polish theatre. Now in its 7th season, this year's theme, "reality check," will question reality on a regular basis to pull our consciousness into the now. It will experiment with reality by exploring truth, fiction, and everything in between. Sponsored by the NOWY Teatr, the festival is a collaboration of major Warsaw theatres including Komuna Warszawa, STUDIO teatrgaleria,  Teatr Dramatczny, Teatr Powszechny, and TR Warszawa. We will see a range of productions, including works by Justyna Sobczyk, Anna Smolar, Łukasz Twarkowski, Gosia Wdowik, and Michał Zadara, and meet with other LINKAGES participants. Our delegation will include 6 American artists in our cohort (profiled beow), Theatre MITU artists Denis Butkus and Justin Nestor, the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the The Wilson Center's Blair Ruble, Ben Pesner from The Venturous Theatre Fund in NYC, Polish coordinator Malgorzata SemilProject Director Howard Shalwitz, and Project Manager Brandice Thompson.

The Cohort


Artistic Director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.


Photo by Cheshire Isaac


helen shaw

Staff writer for The New Yorker


Aya Ogawa, Playwright

“It (the trip to Poland) was a stark reminder for me, not only of the importance of coming into contact with a different cultural context but that the process of traveling is a huge opportunity to create space for my own vulnerability….I found that the density and intensity of the work I was exposed to and the conversations I took part in unlocked holding patterns in my subconscious and imagination. As the sunny days passed in Poland, I could feel my mind loosening, along with preconceptions and assumptions….I'm still sitting with all of my experiences there, reflecting, digesting, compiling, and dreaming. This journey was profoundly nourishing and inspiring, and I'll be holding this close for many years to come.”


Our funders

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Evelyn & Scott

Jeffrey Cunard
Mariko Ikehara

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