Tuesday, August 25, 2009

James Thomas Bailey Teaches for US Embassy in Cyprus

We had a very busy summer, so I'm very behind on the updates, so I'm going to do several in a row.

I was asked to return to Cyprus in May by United States Department of State and the embassy in Cyprus to work as a Cultural Specialist. For those of you in California, this is not the city of Cypress near Orange County! This is the island nation of Cyprus, located in the Mediterranean. It is a mix of cultures with Greek Cypriots in the South and Turkish Cypriots in the North--a complicated, diverse place.

Last October, I taught improvisational theatre to 600 teachers throughout the country and was invited back this time to be a special guest for the Cypriot Games. The Cypriot Games are a nationwide high school theatre competition sponsored by THOC (Theatre of Cyprus), the state theatre. I was lucky enough to teach students and teachers this time and work with some marvelous theatre professionals. It was a tremendous experience.

Many thanks to the folks at the US Embassy and THOC, especially Marina Maleni, Theatre Development Director. I hope to return again next year for some projects that are in the works.

-- James Thomas Bailey

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