An interdisciplinary writing for performance workshop



held by Ana Candida Carneiro (playwright)

in collaboration with Brian English (urban planner)


In this investigative theater workshop, we explore the theme of the Stranger within the urban landscape. By opening a dialogue with concepts from urban studies, geography, cognitive sciences and the theory of complex systems, participants will discover new ways of thinking about the theatrical event and ignite alternative writing processes.



Contact us to bring this workshop to your institution. 


What participants have said?


  • “What a wonderful workshop! Thank you so much for doing this. I learned a great deal and a new vision emerged for me.” – Jeffrey Mcnary, Cambridge-based published writer.


  • “I enjoyed your workshop very much, and was moved by the contributions of our fellow participants. Sincere thanks to the facilitators for creating a supportive environment in which a diverse and richly informed group of participants could come together and share their unique perspectives. The Stranger and the City workshop was thought-provoking and highly conducive to generating new performative works. I look forward to my next involvement with Babel Theater Project.” – Hortense Gerardo, playwright and anthropologist.


  • “This workshop was a wonderful creative experience! The idea of feeling the city, connecting with people and interacting with diversity, brought a true sense of performance to anyone who wishes to release imagination. I look forward to participating in other Babel Theater Project initiatives.” – Lena Macedo, published writer.


About the facilitators:


Ana Candida Carneiro is an award-winning and published playwright. She grew up in Brazil and lived fifteen years in Italy, before immigrating to the USA in 2015. Her work has been performed in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Monaco, South Africa, and in the USA. She has been supported by institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Royal Court Theater, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her works touch on themes like social justice, globalization, immigration, culture clash, gender inequity, and climate change, using multiple and invented languages, heterogeneous linguistic registers and genres, and are increasingly marked by experimentation with the dramatic form. She writes in English, Italian and Portuguese. Ana is also a scholar and teacher, and currently holds a position as postdoctoral Research Associate at Harvard University, in the department of Theatre, Dance and Media. Her research focuses on experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to playwriting and the pedagogy of playwriting from a global perspective. She is currently writing The Global Playwriting Workbook (Methuen Drama, 2019).


Brian English is an international development consultant, author and professional urban planner. He works at the intersections of sustainability, design and economics to create inclusive development in cities. For the past 15 years, Brian has managed inter-disciplinary teams on urban development projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Brian’s work has been featured in New York Times, Scientific American, Business Week and Harvard Business Review. Brian was an Aspen Scholar at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival and presented at a TEDx on Forces of Change in June, 2012. In 2014, Brian is also a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research. Brian’s research on Market-Based Solutions to Poverty Reduction was recently published in the edited volume India as a Pioneer for Innovation (Oxford University Press, 2017). His forthcoming book is called Searching for Citizenship.



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