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Review for Bond Street Theatre Coalition Ltd, New York City, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure and privilege of being part of several of Bond Street Theatre’s projects and have seen first-hand the impact this work has in communities across the globe. Bond Street Theatre is not just a theatre company but a humanitarian organization that strives to use theatre as a vehicle to cross cultural borders and further mutual understanding -- to inspire, educate and empower people to improve their lives and communities in areas affected by war, disaster or extreme poverty. The company collaborates on a peer level with local groups in each country, designing a program according to the community’s needs, and helping build each group’s capacity to continue the work. When we depart, we leave behind empowered people intent on carrying on. Bond Street Theatre has been working with several local arts groups in Afghanistan to revitalize theatre as an art form after decades of suppression and to use it to bring crucial information to isolated communities, including women in shelters and prisons. In Haiti, we have worked with a women’s rights group, eager to use theatre as a way to reach out to the community and effect change. Theatre gives voice to the voiceless, and these women can attest to its healing and empowering effect. I was there to witness it in the moment and to hear them express it to me. Central to everything for me is the human, person to person connection. As a theatre artist and as a human being, I have yearned to make a difference, and I am inspired and rejuvenated by the profound human connection and contribution possible through the work of Bond Street Theatre. The impact is immediate as well as cumulative for the individual and the community.

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