Our mission is to create an international community of artists and thinkers – to convene – to share work – to produce new works – to inspire new models for how art is created, exhibited, marketed, shared. We seek to affect the ways that the new generation of artists are trained: combining both virtuosity and excellence with content that responds to the immediate and current world.

Building on the powerful theatrical form that Anna Deavere Smith has invented and nurtured, and her commitment to using that form to address social issues, we are revisiting assumptions about where artists belong and their role in civic discourse. At the same time, we are galvanizing vulnerable communities and empowering them to author their own narratives and help solve the problems they confront daily.