My Heart is in the East, EU

My Heart is in the East, EU

The ongoing journey of creating  My Heart in the East with theatre and interfaith communities across Europe!

Upcoming Workshops: Playwriting with Catherine Filloux and Jessica Litwak


2019 Spring Playwriting Workshop

with Catherine Filloux and Jessica Litwak

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Build your work and explore theatrical writing with the support, guidance and expertise of two award winning Theatre Without Borders playwrights. Participants will work on individual plays after doing exercises and discussing ideas. There will be group work and one-on-one interaction with the workshop leaders. In the culminating session participants will read their new work and we will consider options for  production. 

·       Five group meetings to work on a piece that we will help shepherd to completion; or to work on a variety of pieces in development.  Includes individual meetings.

·      7 Weekly Peer Support Sessions with “writing buddies”

·      Individual meetings with Both Teachers


·      April 28th

·      May 12th, May 19th

·      June 15th, June 16th

LOCATION: Upper West Side, New York City

COST: $375 Before April 1st, $400 After  April 1st

contact us ASAP to reserve your spot:

Catherine and Jessica created such a warm, lovely and supportive creative space. I felt encouraged, welcomed, and most importantly inspired. As an artist in New York City, it’s  rare to spend a day feeling creatively nourished and productive and ready to take more risks.”

Alexa Jordan


“Catherine and Jessica’s workshops I have attended continue to extensively aid my development as a playwright. Being able to meet in a supportive atmosphere with facilitators who are fully present and fellow writers who are engaged in our collective experience provides the opportunity to be immersed in the creative process.”

Susan Jennifer Polese



Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for twenty-five years. In New York City, Catherine was honored with the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre and with the 2015 Planet Activist Award. Filloux has taught playwriting and served as a speaker at places around the world including Vassar College, Wesleyan University, La MaMa Umbria, and ArtRole's International Women’s Conference in Iraq. Catherine is featured in the documentary film “Acting Together on the World Stage" co-created by Dr. Cynthia E. Cohen and filmmaker Allison Lund; and she is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders.


Jessica Litwak is a playwright, performer, educator, puppet builder and leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. She has a BFA in acting, an MFA in playwriting, a Ph.D. in Theatre as Leadership and Change. She is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, and the founder of Artists Rise Up NY. Herwork hasbeen published by Theatre Communications Group, Applause Books, Smith and Krause, No Passport Press and The New York Times. Litwak has taught theatre around the world including at San Francisco State University, the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, Columbia University, Lesley University, and Whitman College. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and a Fulbright Scholar.



Litwak will join the Creative Leadership Faculty at The University of South Carolina for The SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge in June 2019.

SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge (SAVVY) is a revolutionary professional development workshop that teaches participants to become better entrepreneurs, collaborators, change agents, community pillars and dreamers.

During season 6 of this problem-solving "game," nine interdisciplinary teams are paired with community-based non-arts entities (bank, health care, farm, military, etc.). After interviewing liaisons, groups custom design innovative, income-producing arts initiatives designed specifically to benefit their partner organization. The workshop concludes with a public competition. Finally, a concrete framework for expanding our reach!

Whether hoping to boost your reputation, earn more money, transform an institution or just get more done, SAVVY will prove pivotal.



Flex Space APE@Hawley / Northampton Community Arts Trust (map)

A close kin to the one we hear so much about, but this wall both real & metaphoric separates Jews from Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Litwak knows first-hand the perspective from both sides spinning a tale of hope and crushed dreams, faith and failure, and above all the unrelenting search for justice.  

A new one woman play, written & performed by NYC based, award winning international theatre artist Jessica Litwak

with post show discussion following each performance

When:   June 21 & 22    7:30pm

Where:  Flex Space APE@Hawley / Northampton Community Arts Trust

             33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

Reservations encouraged:

Ticket Prices:   $22 general, $20 students & seniors,

                          At the door $25 (14 yrs and up)

Additional information: or phone 413-588-7439              

As seen by Serious Play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, this play uses poetry, humor, and diverse characters through puppetry to give voice to an impossible problem that can only be survived through increased humanity, paradoxical curiosity and artful expression. As a Jewish artist with important relationships in Palestine and Israel, Litwak has a unique perspective on the Occupation. She grapples with deeply felt paradoxes of heart & heritage, east & west, men & women, justice & peace.


The H.E.A.T. will produce a series of events in collaboration with The Arlene Francis Center, and MainStage West and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

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