About Us

Cultural Conversations was created in March of 2007 in order to foster and promote new works dealing with themes of local and global diversity. For playwrights, choreographers, and visual artists, this festival is an opportunity to workshop and show new works. For PSU students and faculty, this festival is an opportunity to work with national and international artists

Creative Team

susanSusan Russell (Artistic Director) is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literature and criticism, Playwriting, Women and Theatre, and Musical Theatre History.

Welcome Message

Welcome to Cultural Conversations, the only new works festival of its kind in the country. Devoted to fostering and promoting new dance, visual arts, and theatre pieces based on issues of local and global diversity, Cultural Conversations offers a forum for professional, community, and student artists where social issues can "play out" on a stage.The past six seasons of this unique festival have brought hundreds of audiences members together over five days to witness artistic debates on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, violence, and sexual orientation, and each year the theme of the festival changes to address a specific social issue. Next year, Cultural Conversations 2016 will circle one of the most important conversations of the new century: Global Health. In a festival entitled For the Health of....., Cultural Conversations will offer a new way to talk about how the health of the Body, Spirit, Culture, and Nations come together to create the health of the Planet. 

Check out the Upcoming Season tab in January of 2016 for a list of performances, dates, times, and locations.

As always, we urge everyone to Stop the Violence and Start the Conversation

We will be back at The Downtown Theatre Centre on Allen Street from February 1-6, 2016

All Performanes at 7:30

All tickets $3