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 playwrights outside of our program, and for local community members, this festival affords the opportunity of participating in and/or witnessing conversations that define specific cultures. Cultural Conversations is the only university play festival in the United States devoted to bringing students, faculty, local and global artists, and community members together to discuss issues of local and global diversity through art. Once a year, The Downtown Theatre on Allen Street becomes an art gallery and performance space devoted to alternative dialogues and difficult differences.