* from lul.sellassie.info:
Lul is founded as a family operated business and headed by a husband and wife team. The artistic director, Anatoly Antohin enjoyed an outstanding career as a playwright in his native Russia before his defection to the United States in 1980. Here in the United States he has taught theatre for the past twenty five years. The managing director Esther Sellassie Antohin is a native of Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States in 1977. As a cultural Anthropologist, she conducts research on Ethiopia and has authored two books on this subject. (Supporting documents attached)
Our decision to establish lul in Ethiopia is a culmination of our life long personal as well as professional experiences. We both share a strong conviction that education is the antidote for much of the malaise in a developing country such as Ethiopia. Our commitment to Ethiopia speaks for itself, although it can be measured in part, by our Ethiopian focused activities which extends more than two decades. These include in 1984, we became spokespersons for the Ethiopian Famine relief, and concurrently organized Ethiop Village Arts exhibit in the New York tri-borough area, Virginia, and later in Alaska. In 1995, we traveled to Ethiopia and were able to develop a link with Addis Ababa University theatre Department and National Theater. Beginning in 1998 we developed a web presence with the intent to foster greater interest in Ethiopian History, culture and the Arts. (C.V.s attached)
It seems to us that there is no better time than now to act on our aspirations. We are ready to put to use our best skills and talents; to help create a dynamic integrated educational opportunity based on a broad performance arts program. This program will have the following multifaceted aims; to produce a broad range of dual language (English &/or Amharic) theatrical performances; to bring together Western and Ethiopian performance arts traditions, to create opportunities that makes full use of existing Ethiopian arts, cultural and historical institutions, to provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre production and management; to provide a program of educational experiences in all aspects of theatre for youth and adults.
Thank you for your interest in Lul Theatre, if you want to know more about us, subscribe to our newsletter. We welcome your comments, suggestions and questions.
Anatoly & Esther Antohin
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Letters [drafts] :
Theatre Dept. of AA U.
Mekuria Studio [The company is run by the managing director Abate Mekuria who is a prominent theatre director in the Ethiopian performing arts scene. MTSE is a pioneer to advocate and use the methodology called ‘theatre in development.' This peculiar drama technique and school of thought serves as an artistic vehicle in disseminating information and in creating awareness on identified social problems for particular communities (active spectators/ participants) in connection with the particular problem.] http://www.capitalethiopia.com/archive/2006/August/week2/Art_and_culture.htm
http://en.ethiopianreporter.com/content/view/298/1/ -- interview
Russian Cultural Center
antohin.wordpress.com and my old blogs -- anatolant.spaces.live.com [Director's notes] & filmplus.org/anatoly [film]
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