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Under the Radar Global Partners

Under the Radar’s Global Partner program is an initiative that gives audiences worldwide free access to the Under the Radar Festival. Over the last 17 years, UTR has shared artists and exchanged events with many different venues and festivals around the world. This year we hope to recognize the many institutions that support independent theater by inviting them to share the UTR 2021 virtual line-up with their audiences. In these dark days during isolation, it is important to acknowledge the community of organizations that keep contemporary performance alive. The 2021 UTR Global Partners include The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE), ArtsEmerson (Boston, MA), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), Manchester International Festival (Manchester, UK), Noorderzon Festival (Groningen, Netherlands), OZ Arts Nashville (Nashville, TN), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival (Santiago, Chile), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC), and Z Space (San Francisco, CA).

Arojah Royal Theatre (Abuja, Nigeria)

Arojah Royal Theatre is a professional theatre outfit which grew out of
a deep and genuine concern to employ the fullness of the theatre as a
social force. It has a crop of 35 actors, actresses, dancers, singers
and instrumentalists categorized as Resident Artistes and Arstistes in
Resident. AROJAH ROYAL THEATRE, a member of the National Association of
Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) and the National Council
for Arts & Culture, have a rich repertory of African and contemporary
dances, plays and campaign dramas. One of the aim and objectives of the
formation of this group is to use our medium, in alliance with
organizations committed to a better society, to forge a better tomorrow
for our world.


The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Presenting music, theater, dance, film and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is a performing arts center that presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions. The Arts Center draws on the resources of NYUAD to create a dynamic space for research, investigation, and the active pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for audiences as well as visiting artists. The Arts Center is proudly supported by Swyp as lead sponsor and GAC as sustainer sponsor.


ArtsEmerson (Boston, MA)

Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre, ArtsEmerson is dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. Cultivating diversity in the arts and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them. We’re building an institution that reflects Boston’s diversity, and we believe in the power of art to ignite our vision of a thriving world.


ArtsRock (Rockland County, NY)

The mission of ArtsRock.org is to provide increased access to professional arts and multicultural programs for an underserved, diverse audience, in and around Rockland County, NY.  Now in our 12th Season, ArtsRock presents concerts, theater, conversations and family shows. During the pandemic ArtsRock moved to online content, extending our reach around the world. In addition, ArtsRock has supported over 30 other non-profits in the community, helping them raise money and awareness.


ASU Gammage (Tempe, AZ)

ASU Gammage brings the best of the performing arts to Arizona. As a leader in the arts world, we produce new works, artist residencies and education programs that cultivate the great artists of today and empower the artists of tomorrow. Through our mission of Connecting Communites™, ASU Gammage contributes to the economic, social and cultural health of the communities it serves.


Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX)

Fusebox is a global hub for the study, commissioning, and presentation of contemporary live performance. Our programs bring unique artistic projects to thousands of people in Central Texas and beyond; provide support and resources to artists; and address vital civic issues at the center of contemporary life. Through our pioneering initiative Free Range Art, the Fusebox Festival is 100% free to attend. Our aim is to make new and adventurous art accessible to all.


Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany)

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm opened in 1988 as one of the first independent production houses in Germany and is today recognized internationally as an influential and successful independent production centre.  As an “artists’ house” we place recurring exchanges with creative artists, groups and collectives working in the contemporary independent sector in German-speaking, European and extra-European territories at the heart of our programming and productions. Contemporary dance and choreography, performance and innovative forms of international theatre by directors, writers and actors who come from beyond German-speaking territories and can therefore bring us closer to other forms of aesthetic expression and more radical methods of political action form the central impulse of the Mousonturm’s programme. In addition, scope remains for contemporary music, visual arts, film-screenings, concerts and present installations. Beyond this we regard the city and its metropolitan region as a stage, a space for interventions and actions that we regularly wish to perform in and to explore together with its citizens. Matthias Pees has been Künstlerhaus Mousonturm’s Artistic and Managing Director since August 2013.


Manchester International Festival (Manchester, UK)

Manchester International Festival (MIF) was founded as the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and is an artist-led festival reflecting the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. The next Festival takes place 1-18 July 2021.

Staged every two years in Manchester, MIF has commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists including Marina Abramović, Damon Albarn, Laurie Anderson, Björk, Boris Charmatz, Idris Elba, Philip Glass, David Lynch, Wayne McGregor, Steve McQueen, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Yoko Ono, Skepta, and Zaha Hadid Architects.

MIF’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive is John McGrath.


Noorderzon Festival (Groningen, Netherlands)

Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society is the somewhat curious combination of a cutting-edge international art festival and a large-scale summer fest for 135,000 visitors. The heart of the festival is the idyllic Noorderplantsoen in Groningen (a city park) where, for eleven summer days, a freely accessible festival village appears almost out of nowhere to provide a setting for theatre, dance, music, literature and visual art in combination with eating, drinking and social encounters. Performances take place in tents or on outdoor stages in the Noorderplantsoen, as well as at many locations in the inner city of Groningen. Noorderzon’s artistic director is Mark Yeoman.


OZ Arts Nashville (Nashville, TN)

Founded in 2013, OZ Arts Nashville has quickly established itself as one of the Southeast's most influential and respected producers and presenters focused on the creation and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by diverse cultural visionaries who are making vital contributions to the evolution of contemporary culture. Under the direction of Executive & Artistic Director Mark Murphy, OZ Arts focuses on producing and presenting the work of local and visiting artists who reflect our diverse society, utilize new artistic forms and technology in creative ways, and provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with audiences, students and cultural and civic leaders.


Portland Institute For Contemporary Art (Portland, OR)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Center (PICA) is a multidisciplinary organization advancing the development of contemporary art, supporting artists and audiences through commissions, residencies, exhibitions, performances, public programs, partnerships and the annual TBA (Time-Based Art Festival.) PICA is led by a collaborative team of three Artistic Directors - Roya Amirsoleymani, Curator of Public Engagement;  Erin Boberg Doughton, Curator of Performance; and Kristan Kennedy, Curator of Visual Art.


REDCAT | The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (Los Angeles, CA)

REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, is a multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing and media arts founded by CalArts in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.


Santarcangelo Festival (Santarcangelo di Romagna RN, Italy)

Santarcangelo Festival is the oldest festival dedicated to contemporary performing arts in Italy and one of the most significant in the European context of theatre and dance. A tight relation between the city and the commitment to the arts led to its foundation in 1971. Nowadays the activities unfold continuously throughout the year and explode for ten days in July, creatinig a temporary community of artists, citizens and spectators who gather around contemporary performing arts. Since 2020, the year of its 50th anniversary, the internationally renowed theatre company Motus is entrusted with the artistic direction of the Festival.


Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival (Santiago, Chile)

Santiago a Mil welcomes all approaches and cultures. It’s an invitation to experience something unique, share something unforgettable and establish dialogue through multiple forms of artistic expression.

Every January since 1994, Chile’s capital and different cities have transformed into the perfect stage for the performing arts, bringing different audiences together. For three weeks, the festival is an extraordinary opportunity for contemporary creations, encouraging artistic excellence and pieces that are particularly relevant, both socially and politically.

Each version is made up of outstanding productions from both Chile and abroad, permanently exploring different issues, breaking down boundaries, mixing styles and updating plays, including theater, dance, music, performance, circus acts, the visual arts and cinema from around 25 different countries.


Woolly Mammoth (Washington DC)

Woolly Mammoth is “the hottest theater company in town” (Washington Post); priding itself on developing, producing, and making theatre that disrupts conventional processes and stimulates transformative experiences. For four decades, Woolly has held a unique position at the leading edge of the American theater, earning a reputation for staying “uniquely plugged in to the mad temper of the times” (New York Times). The co-leadership of María Manuela Goyanes and Emika Abe is supported by a core company of artists that holds itself to a high standard of artistic excellence. Woolly is relentless in its desire to take risks, experiment, innovate, interrogate, and create a radically inclusive community.


Z Space (San Francisco, CA)

Z Space empowers artistic risk, collaboration, and camaraderie amongst artists, audience, and community in the service of creating, developing, and presenting new work. Operating out of an old can factory in the Mission District of San Francisco, Z Space now activates two performance spaces, an 85-seat black box and a 244-seat main stage, with a warehouse aesthetic and an adventurous edge. Eschewing traditional theater models with fixed seasons and a singular artistic vision, Z Space strives to embrace a multitude of artistic voices through a variety of programs and partnerships.