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JCDC RECOGNIZES MAUREEN CAMPBELL FOR WORLD DRAMA DAY

On March 27, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will join other countries in marking the celebration of World Drama Day by recognizing drama stalwart, Maureen Campbell’s underlining role of theatrical creation in the development of our society.

Andrew Brodber, Speech Drama and Literary Arts Subject Specialist explained, “The JCDC’s active involvement in theatre development is a true reflection of its immense potential in mobilizing communities and the continuation of bridging divides. We are blessed because we have been doing it for so many years but we just need to get the word out that such a thing exists and Maureen Campbell’s tremendous contribution to the space is a most fitting way to lead the charge this year.”

Campbell, founder and director of the Port Antonio Theatre Group since 1987 has received the trophy for best director at the National Drama Finals 25 times. She has represented Jamaica at the Americas’ Environmental Conference in Texas and in 1999, was given the Long and Outstanding Service award in the field of Drama by the JCDC.

World Drama Day was observed all around the world on March 27 with the first such celebration held in Vienna in 1961 when the International Theatre Institute made the declaration. From 1962 onwards this day has been observed all over the world and marks when theatres around the world are invited to "promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts (drama, dance, music theatre) in order to consolidate peace and solidarity between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and increase creative co-operation between all people in the theatre arts"

According to Rebecca Coleman, administrator of theWorld Theatre Day Blog, each year organizers enlist a respected member of the global theatre community to come up with a welcome message which is then read to audiences around the world as they gather for performances on March 27th. This year's message was written by Dr. Jessica A. Kaahwa, teacher of Drama and Literature at Makerere University in Uganda and focuses on world peace, and the important role that theatre can play.

For more information contact:
Renae Mills
Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: 926-5726-9/ 371-3423

renae.mills@jcdc.gov.jm

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