Since 1948, UNESCO

World Theatre Day

2018
Sabina Berman

Sabina Berman

The tribe launches small stones to bring down birds from the air, when a gigantic mammoth bursts in on the scene and ROARS –and at the same time, a tiny human ROARS like the mammoth. Then, everyone runs away...
2018
Simon McBurney

Simon McBurney

In 1963, my predecessor, the great Arthur Miller said as the threat of nuclear war lay heavy over the world: ’When asked to write In a time when diplomacy and politics have such terribly short and feeble arms, the delicate but sometimes lengthy reach of art must bear the burden of holding together the human community.’
2018
Ram Gopal Bajaj

Ram Gopal Bajaj

After all the evolutionary stories, we only know one thing in brief; that all life forms tend to survive till eternity
2018
Maya Zbib

Maya Zbib

It’s a moment of communion, an unrepeatable encounter, not found in any other secular activity. It’s the simple act of a group of people choosing to come together in the same place at the same time to take part in a shared experience
2018
Were Were Liking

Were Were Liking

In his aspirations to greatness, to beauty,
A better being, a better world
That he would build of his own thoughts
That he could have forged with his own hands
2017
Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert

Speaking here I am not myself, I am not an actress, I am just one of the many people that theatre uses as a conduit to exist, and it is my duty to be receptive to this - or, in other words, we do not make theatre exist, it is rather thanks to theatre that we exist.
2016
Anatoly Vasiliev

Anatoly Vasiliev

To hell with gadgets and computers - just go to the theatre, occupy whole rows in the stalls and in the galleries, listen to the word and look at living images! - it is theatre in front of you, do not neglect it and do not miss a chance to participate in it - perhaps the most precious chance we share in our vain and hurried lives.
2015
Krzysztof Warlikowski

Krzysztof Warlikowski

The theatre is in a unique position to make everything happen, to turn us into a civilization dissatisfied with the safe, the predictable, with that which does not alter out perceptions.
2014
Brett Bailey

Brett Bailey

Under trees in tiny villages, and on high tech stages in global metropolis; in school halls and in fields and in temples; in slums, in urban plazas, community centres and inner-city basements, people are drawn together to commune in the ephemeral theatrical worlds that we create to express our human complexity, our diversity, our vulnerability, in living flesh, and breath, and voice
2013
Dario Fo

Dario Fo

Thus the only solution to the crisis lies in the hope that a great expulsion is organized against us and especially against young people who wish to learn the art of theatre: a new diaspora of Commedianti, of theatre makers, who would, from such an imposition, doubtlessly draw unimaginable benefits for the sake of a new representation.
2012
John Malkovich

John Malkovich

May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace.
2011
Jessica A. Kaahwa

Jessica A. Kaahwa

Theatre subtly permeates the human soul gripped by fear and suspicion, by altering the image of self - and opening a world of alternatives for the individual and hence the community.
2010
Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Theatre has the ability to make us smile, to make us cry, but should also make us think and reflect.
2009
Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal

Theatre is not just an event. It is a way of life!
2008
Robert Lepage

Robert Lepage

In order to represent the world in all its complexity, the artist must bring forth new forms and ideas, and trust in the intelligence of the spectator, who is capable of distinguishing the silhouette of humanity within this perpetual play of light and shadow.
2007
Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi

Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi

Theatre is life. There has never been a time as now when it is incumbent on all of us to denounce futile wars and doctrinal differences which often raise their ugly heads undeterred by the conscience that is vibrant with responsibility.
2006
Victor Hugo Rascon Banda

Victor Hugo Rascon Banda

The theatre moves, illuminates, disquiets, disturbs, lifts the spirit, reveals, provokes and violates conventions. It is a conversation shared with society. Theatre is the first art to confront emptiness, shadows and silence to make words, movement, lights and life surge forth.
2005
Ariane Mnouchkine

Ariane Mnouchkine

Theatre, come to my rescue! I am asleep. Wake me
2004
Fathia El Assal

Fathia El Assal

Theatre is the father of all arts. This is a truth none can contend, and for this reason it is my one and only passion.
2003
Tankred Dorst

Tankred Dorst

For two thousand years the theatre has held a mirror up to the world and explained our place in it. Tragedy has portrayed life as being subject to Fate – Comedy has done this often enough as well.
2002
Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad

The Myth of the First Performance points out that in theatre, the playwright, the performers and the audience form a continuum, but one which will always be unstable and therefore potentially explosive.
2001
Iakovos Kampanellis

Iakovos Kampanellis

I think, therefore, that Theatre will never cease to exist because I believe that men and women will never stop living without the agony of self-knowledge, without the existential need to become spectators of their actions, that is to say, without those elements of the human psyche from which the Art of Theatre emerged, from which it has been re-created for thousands of years and from which it will continue to be reborn as long as human beings remain the natural fruit of love.
2000
Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay

The universality of Chekhov does not lie in his being Russian but in the genius that enabled him to describe the Russian soul with which all human beings can identify. The same applies to all geniuses and even to simply “good” playwrights.
1999
Vigdis Finnobogattir

Vigdis Finnobogattir

The theatre has a million visions of life, but they all have this in common – we sit back and engage ourselves at what we might call an “intimate distance”. Very few other art forms allow us this mixture of the subjective and the objective, the intellectual and the emotional at such a profound level.