SUN. FEB 21 | "The Dilemmas for African Refugees and for Us" post-show ft. Margaret McKelv
Following the 7:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion featuring Margaret McKelvey (State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) and Joan Cummins (Dramaturg Promised Land); moderated by Stephen Stern (Mosaic Board Member)
Ms. McKelvey joined the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in 1983 and has worked on humanitarian assistance in Africa, the Americas, and South and East Asia at various points. The eleven-person Office of Refugee Assistance for Africa (the whole continent) develops U.S. Government bi- and multi-lateral policy toward refugees and conflict victims, as well as other migrants, and administers an annual assistance program budget of some $700 million. Her career in international humanitarian assistance also includes six years with the Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. She holds an M.A. degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. degree from Duke University. Her African experience began with a two-year assignment to the Peace Corps in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
Joan Cummins is a dramaturg, director, and teaching artist working in new plays and interactive theater. Previous work includes dog & pony dc (Squares, TOAST, Museum Play), The Welders (Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy), Signature Theater (Gypsy), Pinky Swear Productions (The Last Burlesque), Capital Fringe (Miss Emma's, Tragedy Averted), the 2015 Source Festival, and The Kennedy Center (Side Show, Page to Stage). Joan teaches for Young Playwright’s Theater, Signature in the Schools, and Adventure Theatre-MTC. She is currently undertaking graduate work in Public History at American University.