The International Playwrights’ Forum – IPF
The IPF is involved in projects and networking for and with playwrights. Since 2000 it organises a biennial «International Playwriting Competition» for playwrights all over the world, supports bilateral exchange of playwrights and promotes the winners of the competition.
President:Jasen BOKO, Croatia, jasen.boko(at)gmail.com
Vice-President: Malou Leviste JACOB, Philippines, wpiphilippines(at)yahoo.com
General Secretary:Ursula WERDENBERG, Switzerland, uwerdenberg(at)gmx.net
Gad KAYNAR, Israel, gkenar(at)post.tau.ac.il
Heikki KUJANPAA, Finland, heikki(at)kujanpaa.net
Lia KARAVIA, Greece, lkaravia(at)otenet.gr
Richard CRANE, England, mistercrane(at)aol.com
Giorgos NEOPHYTOU, Cyprus, g.neophytou(at)cytanet.com.cy
Andrea ZAGORSKI, Germany, a.zagorski(at)iti-germany.de
Malgorzata SEMIL, Poland, msemil(at)tenbit.pl or malgorzatasemil(at)yahoo.com
August Melody ANDONG, Philippines, hachigatsu_aout(at)yahoo.com
Konstantina ZIROPOULOU, Greece, zirocon(at)yahoo.gr
Fray Paolo CASURAO, Philippines, pilbros55(at)hotmail.com
Tatjana AZMAN, Slovenia, tatjana.azman(at)opera.si
Claire PAMMENT, Pakistan, cpamment(at)hotmail.com
Alice HUBBALL, Belgium, hubballalice(at)yahoo.fr
Mirka POTUCKOVA, Czech Republic, mirka.potuckova(at)divadlo.cz
Emma JANSSON, Sweden, emma_t_jansson(at)hotmail.com
Natasha KOLEVSKA KURTEVA, Bulgaria, natashakurteva(at)gmail.com
Dorothy CUNNINGHAM, Jamaica, yarico8(at)yahoo.com or dorothycunningham_actress(at)yahoo.com
Ulla ALASJARVI, Italy, info(at)salaespace.it
Hrafnhildur HAGALIN, Iceland, hhagalin(at)gmail.com
Abhi SUBEDI, Nepal, abhi(at)mail.com.np
Valérie CORDY, Belgium, vcordy(at)gmail.com
Emre ERDEM, Turkey, emerdem(at)yahoo.com
Janice POON, Hong Kong, poonszewan(at)gmail.com
The goal of IPF is simple: to get plays on stage, get plays translated, and enable networking and dissemination of information for playwrights all over the world. Pursuing this goal in the future, we will continue working in this way in order to promote playwriting and playwrights internationally.
Plans for 2012
For February 2012, the IPF will hold its Board Meeting in the Philippines and also conduct workshops on Dramaturgy and Playwriting for the Community Theater in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
- The Dramaturgy Workshop is a 2-day workshop for at least 20-25 tertiary or college students in Bacolod City located in the Negros Occidental Island led by 2 IPF members.
- The Playwriting Workshop for the Community Theater is a 2-day workshop for at least 12 playwrights of the indigenous Ati Community in Iloilo located in Panay Island, led by 2 other Board members.
- Both workshops will be done simultaneously. Afterwards, the Board will convene in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, to meet, discuss and evaluate the process, experience and outcome of the workshops.
Workshop for Playwrights in three Countries of the Western Balkans: Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia
March to April 2012. Three IPF members from Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia under the umbrella of regional ITI centres will organize and mentor workshops with young playwrights from 3 Balkan countries. One young playwright from each country will start writing during the Slovenian Festival of National Drama (Kranj, Slovenia, March 2012), continue working during the Croatian Festival of National Drama (Split, Croatia, April 2012) and finish and read their plays within the frame of the Serbian Festival of National Drama (Novi Sad, Serbia, May 2012). These workshops and festivals will be used to present and promote new plays of neighbouring countries through lectures, presentations and meetings between playwrights.
Meeting and Round Table, Novi Sad, Serbia
May 2012. Within the framework of the International Festival of Serbian Drama (Sterijino pozorje) at the invitation of the organizers, IPF will attend a festival, have a meeting, interact with local playwrights and organize a round table with playwrights from the Balkan region entitled 'Drama Theatre in a Conflict Zone'.
December 2012. A meeting of IPF will be held within the framework of the annual Isradrama Festival, and meeting with Israeli and Palestinian playwrights will be organized where plans for exchange between Israeli and Palestinian playwrights in Tel Aviv and the West Bank will be presented.
Exchange between Chinese Playwrights and IPF Members' Countries
As a result of the Presentation of Chinese and Hong Kong playwrights organized by IPF during the Congress, an exchange between playwrights from Chinese and IPF members' countries is planned. Exact dates and countries to be announced.
During the year we will continue to work on exchanges between playwrights and plays among IPF members’ countries.