Cynthia E. Cohen

Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
Brandeis University

Cynthia E. Cohen is director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University. In that role, she leads research and action partnerships, teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and leads professional development workshops and institutes for practitioners. She is principal investigator in an on-going inquiry into creative approaches to coexistence and reconciliation and writes on the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of reconciliation. She is author of Focus on Coexistence and the Arts (2007) and contributing author to Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field (2009) and Music and Conflict Transformation: Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics (2007).

Since 2005, Cohen has worked in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders on Acting Together on the World Stage, a project that is culminating in this original anthology, a documentary film, a website, and a toolkit for practitioners. Cohen was the founding director of the Oral History Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and she has facilitated coexistence efforts involving participants from the Middle East, the US, Central America, and Sri Lanka. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of New Hampshire, a masters degree in city planning from MIT, and a bachelors degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.


Producer Cynthia E. Cohen

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Acting Together on the World Stage DVD and Toolkit
Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
This feature-length documentary film of peacebuilding performances and interviews shows contributions of theater to justice, reconciliation, and coexistence. The DVD is accompanied by a toolkit of resources for educators, practitioners, and policy makers.



Edited by Cynthia E. Cohen

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Acting Together II: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Building Just and Inclusive Communities
Daniel Banks, Eugene van Erven, Kate Gardner, Mary Ann Hunter, John O'Neal, Jo Salas
Acting Together, Volume II, continues from where the first volume ends, documenting exemplary peacebuilding performances in regions marked by social exclusion, structural violence, and dislocation.