Roundabout Theatre Company announces Directing Fellow Sivan Battat
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:17 pm EST 02/22/21



Applications now open for Leon Levy Foundation Roundabout Directors Group

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce current Roundabout Directors Group member Sivan Battat as the 2021-2022 Directing Fellow. The Roundabout Directing Fellowship was launched in 2017 to create a long-term, meaningful relationship between Roundabout and a young director. Battat is the fifth in the program, following Whitney White (2017), Miranda Haymon (2018), KathleenCapdesuñer(2019), Cristina Angeles (2020). Battat will begin in 2021 once production has resumed and she will serve as an assistant director on multiple productions, starting with Trouble in Mind.

Applications for theLeon Levy Foundation Roundabout Directors Group - a second program built to provide career assistance to emerging directors - are now open. The Roundabout Directors Group was launched in 2019 as an extension of Roundabout's artistic career and mentorship programs, including the Roundabout Directing Fellowship, the Theatrical Workforce Development Program and Space Jam, a support initiative for playwrights. Applicants for the third cohort should apply before April 1 here: Application Link

Roundabout's Associate Artistic Director Jill Rafson and Associate Artist Cristina Angeles lead the Directors Group with the mission to create an artistic community for directors at similar stages of their careers. For more information about the Roundabout Directors Group, visit Roundabout Artists in Residence

Support for the Directors Group and all of Roundabout's Artists in Residence programming is generously provided by the Leon Levy Foundation.

Sivan Battat (she/they) is an Iraqi-Jewish theatre director, cultural worker, community organizer & educator. Recent directing credits: Who the Fuck is Ahmed, Michael Zalta (Rough Draft Fest, LPAC); She He Me, Raphael Khouri (National Queer Theatre); Coexistence My Ass, Noam Shuster (Harvard University/Tour); Baba Karam, Sanaz Toossi, McArabia, Sevan Kaloustian Greene (Atlantic Middle Eastern Mixfest, readings); Pie Shop Play, Alice Pencavel (Corkscrew Festival); East o', West o'!, Michelle J. Rodriguez (ANTFest, Ars Nova). As an assistant and associate, Sivan has worked with directors including Whitney White, Sam Gold, Rebecca Taichman (School Girls, MCC); Neil Pepe (On the Shore of the Wide World, Atlantic); GT Upchurch (The Half Life of Marie Curie, Audible) and David Muse (King Charles III, ACT, Seattle Rep, STC). As an organizer and cultural worker, Sivan has worked with NYC-based Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in numerous capacities, organizing Mizrahi & Sephardi Jews and recently artistic coordinating the first ever Mimouna, a celebration of identity & ritual led by members of the Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus in partnership with the Arab American Association of NY. Sivan has curated several iterations of Salon Al-Mahjar ????? ??????, a performance salon for queer & trans MENASA artists and leads ancestral storytelling workshops within queer and Middle Eastern communities. Sivan is an active community organizer, serves on the board and as an educator with Ammud: the Jews of Color Torah Academy, is a member of Tzedek Lab: a Jewish Justice Lab and the Roundabout Directors' Group. Sivan recently completed the Dorot Fellowship, where they studied Mizrahi Feminisms and Arabic and organized for justice in Israel-Palestine. Sivan creates performance work that leans into multiplicity and resists cultural erasure, that explores the contemporary trauma of displacement across immigrant experiences, asking questions about nostalgia and home. Sivan seeks to bridge justice work and cultural work, bringing the power of performance to our movements, and the vision of movement work to our theaters. BA Wesleyan University. sivanbattat.com

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals and new works on its five stages: Broadway's American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Off-Broadway's Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Leon Levy Foundation is a private foundation created in 2004 to continue Leon Levy's philanthropic legacy and build on his vision by supporting the preservation, understanding and expansion of knowledge in the Ancient World, Arts and Humanities, Nature and Gardens, Neuroscience, Human Rights and Jewish culture. Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $400 million.
Link http://www.roundabouttheatre.org

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