pangea world theater.....the beginning of a powerful revolution
Pangea World Theater is committed to international works, styles and
traditions that illuminate the human condition, end divisiveness and
celebrate differences. We strive to bring communities across the world
together through theater productions, workshops and speakers. We view
the stage as a powerful international forum and a podium for
discussion. Throughout our work we employ a cross-ethnic vision of
tolerance and human rights through excellence in the arts....
Dipankar is a professional director originally from Calcutta, India. He
brings with him international experience and intensive training in both
classical literature and directing. He was one of the founding members
of a professional theater in India and has worked extensively there,
directing plays in English, Hindi, Bengali and other Indian languages....
He directed Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht at the Guthrie Theater, A
Raisin in the Sun with the Nevada Arts Council, Conference of the
Birds, The Winged Seed, The Inner World, Playland, Bearing Witness and
Rashomon with Pangea World Theater, Nagamandala with the New World
Theater in Massachusetts, and Don Quixote de la Minny at Teatro del
Pueblo. He is the recent recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board
Video Documentation award and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant.
Meena Natarajan is the Executive and Literary Director of Pangea World
Theater and a professional playwright. She is committed to creating an
international ensemble of actors, writers and designers in Pangea and
bringing exciting classical and contemporary literature from all over
the world to the Twin Cities. She was instrumental in founding and
leading a theater company in India.
As a playwright, her scripts have been professionally
produced in India and the United States. She has created, written and
performed in mainstage and street theater pieces in India raising
issues such as social injustice, corruption and dowry deaths. She has
guided the theater’s growth and vision since its founding in 1995. In
the U.S., she adapted Farid Ud-din Attar’s 12th century poem Conference
of the Birds into a dramatic script for Pangea World Theater’s
inaugural production in 1996. She adapted The Inner World based on
two-thousand year old Tamil poems of love and war produced in 1998. Her
most recent production was In the Mirror, a satire on the media written
with the Pangea World Theater ensemble that premiered in Spring 2005.