The Global Voices Podcast – Behind the Plays, Beyond the Stage (S2)

The Global Voices Podcast explores wider social and political contexts, enabing stories to cross borders and bring people closer together.

The Podcast engages with the writers behind our events, who are based all over the world. Each series is curated by a host, who bring their own vision and creativity to the episodes.

Series 2 – Global Jewish Voices

Hosted by Victor Esses
Edited by Tony Olanipekun
Supported by Arts Council England

The series is available to listen on Spotify and Anchor.

Meet The Host/Writers!

Victor Esses is a Jewish-Lebanese Latinx queer theatre maker and performance artist. His practice centres nuanced intersectional auto/biographical stories of belonging, resilience and intimacy, encouraging audiences to ask questions about what makes us most human.

Past curations include We’re Here! (BAC, Vogue Fabrics) and They Shall Not Pass (Limehouse Town Hall). He is an associate artist with CASA Festival, and has performed, directed and shown work with Arcola Theatre, HOME, Whitechapel Gallery, Barbican (Fertility Fest), Forest Fringe, Summerhall, The Lowry, Arts Admin, Soho Theatre, Cambridge Junction, Latitude Festival and more. 

Philip Arditti was born and brought up in the Jewish community of Istanbul in Turkey. He moved to London as a late teen and was part of the founding of the Arcola Theatre whilst also training as an actor at RADA. He has worked as an actor on stage and on camera in English, Turkish, French and Italian as well as translating several plays into Turkish and is an ACE funded theatre maker. In 2020 he joined the newly formed MENA Arts UK and is continuing to serve in its Steering Committee.

L M Feldman is a queer feminist playwright, deviser, professor, and circus artist. She loves theater that is audacious and kinetic, honest and intimate, theatrical and slightly impossible. Based in Philadelphia, L is a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a Shakespeare’s New Contemporary at ASC.

Twitter: @sarahwaisvisz

With Afro-Caribbean, French, Dutch, and Jewish heritage, Sarah Waisvisz lives at the intersection. She is a playwright, dramaturg, and multi-disciplinary performer with training in dance and physical theatre. Playwright credits include: Monstrous (published in 13.3 and performed across Canada and the US), Heartlines (Undercurrents Festival, Great Canadian Theatre Company). Director credits include: Witness Shift by Donna-Michelle St Bernard (Osidian Theatre and CBC Arts). Sarah has been Artist-in-Residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the National Arts Centre. She is Assistant Professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University.

Twitter: @jessicashiraz

Jessica Benhamou is a multilingual writer and director of stage and screen. Having grown up in three different countries as the daughter of a French-Algerian refugee, she is drawn to global, urgent and untold stories. Her credits include: an episode of the docuseries Hacker: Hunter; the BFI Flare short Love Is A Hand Grenade; and an UKJFF-funded documentary, Sadeh.

Instagram: @vazanagrunwald

Hana Vazana-Grunwald is a director, creator, and playwright. She is the moderator of the Israeli Theatre group and founder of the “Freichot Ensemble.” Her works cross various theatrical genres and often explore the intersection of feminism and Mizrachi identity, with an artistic and political commitment to the silenced voices of Israeli society. Credits include: Papag’ina, Friecha a Beautiful Name, Pearl Paper Heart, Sof Al Hakatino, Maternity, Whistle, Tikva Quarter Cairo, Impregnate and Give Birth,and Consensual Murder. 

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