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Michael Walling

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichael Walling is Artistic Director of Border Crossings, which creates new intercultural, multi-media theatre in response to the contemporary globalised world. The Company’s Patron is Peter Sellars and its funding includes the EU Culture Programme, Lottery Fund, China-UK Connection, Collage Arts and the Commonwealth Foundation. He has developed the company’s Orientations Trilogy through his association with the College, which draws on artists from China, India, France and Sweden, the last part of which played at the Soho Theatre in London and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in 2010. He created and organised the inaugural Origins Festival of First Nations, which foregrounded the indigenous cultures of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, in venues across London in 2009; the second festival took place in 2011 and the third in 2013. He is the editor of several books in including Theatre and Slavery: Ghosts at the Crossroads and The Orientations Trilogy – Theatre and Gender: Asia and Europe. He continues to work at the College on the European Theatre Arts, Acting, Theatre Design, and Theatre Studies by Distance Learning Programmes, and is involved in the College’s new research initiative, Contemporary Directions with Shakespeare’s Globe Education. Border Crossings latest project is This Flesh is Mine by Brian Woolland, a co-production with the Palestinian company, Ashtar Theatre.

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