Alumni Profile: Joanna Sherman A’69

Alumni Profile: Joanna Sherman A’69

Photo credit: Alexis Greene

Joanna Sherman, founder and Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre, has been initiating and directing theatre projects for social improvement globally since 1984 and in Afghanistan since 2002. The company works primarily in post-war, refugee and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists, and applying the arts to the peacebuilding process. Current focus areas: Afghanistan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lebanon and Tunisia.

Ms. Sherman has directed and taught internationally, is a frequent speaker on Theatre for Social Development and a member of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. She is currently conducting theatre-based programs for community improvement in Afghanistan through the US Embassy and the US Institute for Peace, and a theatre project with refugees and migrant workers in Malaysia.

She received the 2014 Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women and the 2015 Otto Award for Political Theatre, and served as a Cultural Envoy in Myanmar in 2010. Under her directorship, the company received a MacArthur Award for its interdisciplinary and intercultural programming. She has been an advocate and speaker on the role of the arts in peacebuilding at the United Nations, National Council on Women, US Institute of Peace, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, UN Conference on Women in China, universities, and other arts fora, and featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. Publications include The Children of Afghanistan (University of Texas Press) and articles in American Theatre and Women in Theatre magazines. She is the 2018 recipient of the CUAA Peter Cooper Public Service Award and will be inducted in The Cooper Union Hall of Fame on June 1, 2018.

Ms. Sherman has a BFA in Art and Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Fine Arts, and an MA in Theatre & International Studies from New York University. She received an NYU Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award in 2004. Ms. Sherman continues to design and implement arts-based projects for international relief organizations. She also plays tenor saxophone with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.

Photos from Bond Street theater projects

Bond Street Link

Article about Joanna in AtCooper

 Pioneer Profile Joanna Sherman Page 24 of ATCooper 2008

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