May 16 to 20, 2024

The Segal Theatre Center,

The Graduate Center, City University of New York,

365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street

FREE – First Come, First Served

Some screenings are in-person, some are online only (for three weeks beginning May 16), and some are both.  For all info including screening schedules, descriptions and trailers, visit the festval’s website,

NEW YORK — The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th Street) will hold its eighth international Segal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Monday, May 20, 2024, at The Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City.  This year’s Festival program features films, short films, performance art and documentaries, including several US and world premieres. Screenings are afternoons and evenings–see the complete schedule at

FTP presents films that deal directly with the themes of theater and performance. Its mission is to invite experimental and established theater makers to present work created for the screen – not filmed archival recordings – to audiences and industry professionals from around the world.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Segal Film Festival had evolved into the premier US event for new film and video work focusing on theatre and performance. After a brief hiatus during the pandemic, the 2022 FTP Film Festival presented over 100 screenings from over 60 countries, where many theatre artists engaged in Zoom and DIY projects created from home or outside theatres.

Now, it is once again time to share an overview of some of the most compelling works created for the screen by theatre artists during the last two years – in person.


The festival is co-curated and co-produced by Frank Hentschker & Tomek Smolarski of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Some screenings are in-person, some are online only (for three weeks beginning May 16), and some are both.  For all info including screening schedules, descriptions and trailers, visit the festval’s website,

The FTP 2024 will present the following works: Juggle & Hide by Wichaya (Japan)Genocide And Movements by Andreia Beatriz (Brazil), Hamilton Borges dos Santos and Luis Carlos de AlencarSchlingensief: A Voice That Shook the Silence by Bettina Böhler (Germany)Talk to Us by Kirsten BurgenThe Making of Pinocchio by Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill (Scotland, UK)Nightshades – Veronica Viper by Ellen Callaghan (USA); Chinoiserie Redux by Ping Chong, Kristina Varshavskaya (Canada)Die Kinder der Toten by Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska / Nature Theater of Oklahome (Germany)Film mon corps virtuel et mon double by Bruno Deville Simon Senn (Switzerland)Queendom by Agniia Galdanova (USA/France)Book of Jacob by Krzysztof Garbaczewski (USA/Poland)Snow White by Dr.GoraParasit (Lithuania)Next… II (Mali/Iceland) by Janne Gregor (Island, Mali, Germany); Making of the Money Opera by Amitesh Grover (India)Dancing Pina by Florian Heinzen-Ziob (Germany)Maria Klassenerg by Magda Hueckel i Tomek Sliwinski (Poland) ; The End Is Not What I Thought It Would Be by Andrea Kleine (USA)The Utopians by Michael Klien & En Dynamei (Greece)I am not Ok by Gabrielle Lansner (USA) ; Aeschylus’ Oresteia by Carolin Mader (Germany)Roll Call: The Roots to Strange Fruit by Jonathan McCrory/National Black Theatre (USA)Elfriede Jelinek – Language Unleashed by Claudia Muller (Germany/Austria)The Hamlet Syndrome by Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski (Poland/Syndrome)Muse by Pete O’Hare USA)Swing and Sway by Fernanda Pessoa and Chica Barbosa (Brazil)Revolution 21 by Martyna Peszko (Poland) ; Conference of the Absent by Rimini Protocol (Haug/Kaegi/Wetzel) & Expander Film (Lilli Kuschel, Stefan Korsinsky) (Germany)Who is Eugenio Barba by Magdalene Remoundou (Greece)Living Hans-Thies Lehmann by Christoph Rüter (Germany)Women of Theatre, New York by Juney Smith USA)Interstate by Jennie Mary Tei Liu (USA)Red Day by Besim Ugzmajli (Kosovo)Objects in Black by Jacqueline Wade (USA)Wo by Jiemin YangNewcomer “H” Sokerissa by Aoki YuukiLove by Alexander Zeldin – Schaubühne Berlin (Germany)

For all info, trailers, times, details and RSVP for the entire festival, including the complete schedule of in-person screenings, please visit:


Thursday, May 16:

Queendom by Agniia Galdanova (6:00-7:00 PM)

Maria Klassenberg by Tomasz Sliwinski and Magda Hueckel (World Premiere) (7:50-8:50 PM)

Friday, May 17

Genocide and Movements by Andreia Beatriz, Hamilton Borges dos Santos and Luis Carlos de Alencar (6:00 – 7:00 PM)

Swing & Sway by Fernanda Pessoa and Chica Barbosa (7:00 – 8:00 PM)

Making of Pinocchio by Cade & MacAskill (8:00 -9:30 PM)

Saturday, May 18

Who is Eugenio Barba by Magdalene Remoundou (10:00 – 11:00 AM)

Love (Schausbuhne) (11:05 AM -12:05 PM)

Schlingensief: A Voice That Shook the Silence by Frieder Schlaich (12:10 – 2:15 PM)

ELFRIEDE JELINEK – LANGUAGE UNLEASHED by Claudia Muller (2:20 – 3:50 PM)

Dancing Pina by Florian Heinzen-Ziob (4:00 – 5:51 PM)

Monday, May 20

Die Kinder der Toten Kelly Copper & Pavol Liška – Nature Theater of Oklahoma (2:00 – 3:30 PM)

Viewing of selected short films from the festival lineup (3:35 – 5:15 PM)

Chinoiserie Redux by Ping Chong, Kristina Varshavskaya (5:20 – 6:40)

Revolution 21 by Martyna Peszko (6:45 – 7:45 PM)

The Hamlet Syndrome by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski (7:50 – 9:30 PM)

Some of these can be streamed online as well.  See for full info.



Thirteen other films are screening online only.  For info & links to these, see:



Tomek Smolarski is Film and Performing Arts Curator at the Polish Cultural Institute New York, with over 20 years of experience in production of international cultural events and extensive knowledge in cultural diplomacy. He has initiated and executed projects with partners all over the US such as BAM, MoMA, Film at Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image, Anthology Film Archives, NYU Skirball, Abrons Arts Center, Martin E. Segal Theater Center, La Mama Theater, Joe’s Pub, RedCat, Odyssey Theater, Berkley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Chicago Cultural Center and many others.

Dr. Frank Hentschker (Executive Director, The Segal Center) holds a PhD in theater from the now legendary Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany. He came to the Graduate Center in 2001 as program director for the Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and was appointed to the central doctoral faculty in theater in 2009.

The festival’s web presence is by Gaurav Singh.


The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), The Graduate Center, CUNY, is a non-profit Center for theater, affiliated with CUNY’s Ph.D. Program in Theater. The Center’s primary focus is to bridge the gap between the academic and professional performing arts communities by providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts.

(Via Jonathan Slaff)

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