preview article about 2012 NOPE Conf in AZ

Arizona State University will host the sixth annual NoPassportTheatre Conference, “Dreaming the Americas,” which is an event meant to break down borders of the mind.

The title of NoPassport’s 2012 conference is “Re:Connecting –Translocalities in Performance.” The event’s focus is movements of peoples and ideas over borders. Plays, performances and discussions will be used to examine this theme.

For the past five years, the conference has taken place in New York.NoPassport will host this year’s conference at ASU to analyze Arizona’s issues with physical and metaphorical borders, said Tamara Underiner, the program director of the Theater and Performance of the Americas at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

As a member of NoPassport, Underiner said she attended the past five conferences. Although it went well on the East Coast, Underiner said she wanted to bring the event to Arizona. She said she worked closely with fellow co-planner Micah Espinoza to make that happen for her own benefit as well as that of her students.

“It’s the perfect link for our students to meet the real people we’re studying,” Underiner said. “It’s hugely good for theprogram.”

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