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Tiyatro Global
and the United Nations
in collaboration with the Brooklyn College Theater Department and the Performance and Interactive Media Arts program, and NYCCT Entertainment Technology
Written by Scott Adkins and Erin Courtney
Directed by Jimena Duca

November 25, 2008 at 6:30 PM
and December 1, 2008 at 1:30 at the United Nations
First Ave. and 46th St.

The United Nations has asked the New York based theatre ensemble Tiyatro Global to organize an event to help inspire world leaders to make the elimination of violence against women a priority in their countries. November 25, 2008 marks the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
    Many prominent figures will be in attendance including presidents, ambassadors, and social and cultural activists. The goal of the United Nations and tiyatroglobal is to create an event, which will illuminate the depth of this problem and emphasize the crucial role of men in preventing this violence.
    For the occasion, Tiyatro Global is organizing a theatrical piece called Mika, which is a series of scenes inspired by true stories about women and men, their struggles and efforts to overcome violence against women.  
     Mika will be directed by Jimena Duca of Argentina, and a member of tiyatroglobal.  The International Cast will consist of actors and musicians originating from Iceland, Italy, Iran, Korea, Mexico, and the United States, and will feature original music from the band Çatal HüyükPuppets by Cathy Shaw will also be featured.

    The goal is to offer up an artistic voice to this essential discussion. Ultimately, Tiyatro Global seeks to take this theatrical event into the community--to schools, churches, and community centers--in order to continue the dialogue and explore new ways for men and women to treat their mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, and women across the world, with respect and love.
    Mika will be presented at:
United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, 46th St. and 1st Ave. (Entrance: Visitor's Center)
Monday Dec. 1, 2008 at 1:15 PM

The Consulate General of Argentina Auditorium, 12 West 56th Street
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Free, limited open seating
For reservations call 347-831-3549 or email at For additional information, please visit


Playwrights Scott Adkins and Erin Courtney

Tiyatro Global is a New York based international company of theatre practitioners and researchers engaged in defining the role of theatre in the age of globalization. The company is involved with both local and global communities, seeking a deeper understanding of diverse cultures from around the world through research, dialogue, and performance.
    Jimena A. Duca, co-curator and director of MIKA, was born and raised in Argentina, where she studied acting and graduated with a masters degree as professor in performing arts from the University of Buenos Aires. She received an MFA degree in Theatre Directing from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2007, and directed The Informer, by Bertolt Brecht, and Inner Gardens, by Diana Raznovich, both at the New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College. She has also directed several new play readings, and acted as Assistant Director to Diana Kymball (Columbia University), Helen Richardson (Brooklyn College) and Sarah Benson (SoHo Repertory Theatre). She was recently directed for the Writer/ Director’s Lab 2007-2008 at Soho Rep.
    Helen E. Richardson, co-curator and dramaturg of MIKA, has worked internationally as a stage director and trained with Ariane Mnouchkine of the Théâtre du Soleil, and Sotigui Kouyaté of the Peter Brook Company. In the 1990s, she served as Artistic Director of the award winning Stalhouderij Theatre Company, Amsterdam’s resident English-language theater, an international ensemble of actors creating new works and performing a diverse repertoire of classic and modern plays.  She teaches in the Theatre and PIMA Programs at Brooklyn College.
Playwright Scott Adkins was a participant of the 2006/7 SoHo Rep Writer Director Lab where he developed a play, Running Commentary No. 4, which was published by the 53rd State as part of a Joyce Cho anthology. He’s had many short play productions and public readings as part of the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festivals. Together with his wife, Erin Courtney, he is the founder of the Brooklyn Writers Space and Room 58. In 2006, he received an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College studying with Mac Wellman. His new work will appear in the Little Theater at Dixon Place.
    Playwright Erin Courtney has had her plays produced or developed by Clubbed Thumb, The Public Theater, Birmingham Repertory, The Vineyard, The Flea, and The Actors Theater of Louisville. Her latest play, Black Cat Lost, will be presented in the Soho Rep studio series in March 2009. She is collaborating with Elizabeth Swados on a musical, Kaspar Hauser,to be produced by the Flea Theater in 2009. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell colony, a recipient of a NYSCA grant and a MAP Fund grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.  Ms. Courtney studied with Paula Vogel at Brown University and with Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College. She currently teaches at Brooklyn College, and Mount Holyoke, and has also taught at the New School. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, and a member of 13P.