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7 STAGES produces theatre that focuses on the social, political, and spiritual values of contemporary culture. Their Survivor Project, for instance, utilized the power of theatre and the momentum of the 1996 Summer Olympics to bring attention to war torn countries and the issue of survival as an every-day issue. Artists and companies from the Balkan states were invited to Atlanta for a series of performances, dialogues, and interaction with American artists.

For the Survivor Project, preliminary informal dialogues gave audiences context for the two theater productions. During the Olympics, the Survivor Project called its sessions “The Free Zone,” symbolizing a location where artists from war torn countries and artists struggling for survival in the safer West could speak openly. Additional dialogues included additional artists, peace activists, educators, and representatives of refugee organizations, refugees of war, and members of the community.

Resource Link: 7stages.org

Learn more about the Survivor Project at ww3.artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy/labs/lab_046.asp.

Raye Varney



1105 Euclid Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307

In partnership with Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative (www.americansforthearts.org/animatingdemocracy/), NCDD’s Leah Lamb researched arts-based civic dialogue programs in order to help dialogue & deliberation practitioners strengthen their work by linking it to the arts. NCDD hopes these resources will inspire you, and encourages you to connect with the artists, many of whom are interested in working with D&D practitioners.

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