EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
RAYMOND BOBGAN PRESENTS IN SOUTH KOREA
Cleveland, OH – At the invitation from Busan Theater Company, Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan travels to South Korea June 30- through July 7, 2022 to lead an acting/creation workshop, and present on symposia.
“I am so grateful to Hyeja Ju and everyone involved in making this exchange happen. Hyeja’s work advancing the rights and status of women in Korea is inspiring and her artistry is impressive! I am excited to learn from her and the other artists involved. I am also looking forward to sharing about CPT’s artistic work and philosophy and about our impact locally and beyond. Not only will this continue to build our relationships internationally, but I believe we gain new insight in our own struggles and challenges when we connect internationally. And I believe perspective is something we, I, really need at this time.” –CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan.
During this trip, Bobgan will engage with multiple arts organizations and will participate in a symposium hosted by Busan Theater Company Actors, Audiences and Space (B.K.G), conducted in connection with the Global Women Performing Arts Festival in which CPT has participated in the past.
The topic of the symposium is “Seeking Wisdom in World Theatre: After COVID-19, the Future of Women and Performing Arts,” and is a place for performing artists and planners from Korea, the United States, and Japan to meet and discuss the future possibilities for theatre.
Raymond Bobgan will attend meetings with Seo Seung-woo, head of the Art Management Division of the Busan Cinema Center, a landmark of Busan, known in South Korea as the “city of cinema;” then, visit Busanjin-gu, Geumjeong-gu, and Buk-gu to hold meetings with cultural and artistic administrators of the Busanjin Cultural Foundation, Geumjeong Foundation For Art & Culture, and Buk-gu Cultural City Support Center.
This trip is a continuation of CPT’s relationship with director, creator, and arts leader Hyeja Ju. In 2019 Cleveland Public produced Good at Heart directed and created by Hyeja Ju. This physical, non-verbal performance inspired by the story of Anne Frank was presented at the BorderLight Festival and supported by The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Program.
Raymond is joined on this trip by Kent State University Associate Professor and Lighting Designer Jakyung Seo.