We achieve greater impact through partnerships with other arts and community organizations. Past partners include Shee Theatre Company, Thick Description, Asian American Theater Company, La Pena Cultural Center and the Islamic Cultural Center.
What Do the Women Say?
Since 1999, Golden Thread has celebrated International Women’s Day by programming an evening of performance and poetry titled, What Do The Women Say? The program aims to present thought-provoking writing and innovative performances by leading female artists of our time. Past artists include: Nawal al Saadawi, Shahrnush Parsipur, Simin Behbehani, Haya Husseini, Deema Shehabi, Seema Sueko, Rosemary Toohy, Haleh Hatami, Lana Nasser and Almaz Abinader.
Visit What Do the Women Say? 2013 page
Alo? An International Mobile Video Play
Alo? is a pilot project by Golden Thread Productions to facilitate international artistic exchange between theater artists from the Middle East and the United States. Artists are paired up to engage in a performative conversation in the form of 1 minute video clips captured by cell phones.
There is a total of 5 teams. Each artist creates a total of five 1 minute videos. Once the artist creates one piece, he or she will send it to his or her partner who will then create a response. The exchange, coordinated by a Golden Thread facilitator, will result in a 10 minute video dialogue per team. The five 10 minute dialogues will be compiled and presented in part or in whole in upcoming events.
With Alo?, Golden Thread’s intent is to initiate new relationships and collaborations between theater artists located across borders. Ultimately, the goal of this project is to create a thriving global network of artists who are vocal, active and creative towards building a sustainable dynamic and responsive artistic community.
The Gaza Monologues
In 2010, the ASHTAR Theatre of Palestine launched a global project to stage the writings of youth from the Gaza Strip at theatre companies across the world. Golden Thread worked partnered with three schools, Mercy High, Moreau High and International Studies Academy to stage the Gaza Monologues in San Francisco. In December, representatives from each production from around the world gathered at the United Nations where they performed at the General Assembly on Palestine Day.
Visit the Gaza Monologues’ website
Middle East in San Francisco
Golden Thread has partnered with the San Francisco International Arts Festival to present the work of artists from the Middle East in San Francisco. In 2010, we presented the acclaimed Syrian troupe, Al-Khareef performing the award-winning performance, Solitary. In 2012, we have invited the young Iranian director Reza Servati and his Max Theatre Group to perform at the festival’s special tenth anniversary celebration.
Golden Thread Productions in Los Angeles
Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Golden Thread has brought two productions to Los Angeles: Benedictus by Motti Lerner in 2007 and Language Rooms by Yussef el Guindi in 2012.