SEGAL TALKS: Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo (Cameroon)

MAY 15, 2020 | 12:00 PM TO 1:00 PM



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May 15, 2020: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM




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Edouard Elvis Bvouma & Hermine Yollo (Cameroon)
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Edouard Elvis Bvouma is a playwright, actor, and director, Cameroonian Edouard Elvis Bvouma is also a novelist and short story writer. He has developed his work through multiple writing residencies in Africa and in Europe, and his plays have been read and staged in Cameroon and elsewhere in Africa, as well as in France, notably at France Culture and at Avignon Theatre Festival (Avignon IN). Bvouma has received multiple awards, including best playwright of 2008 from the African competition, Grands Prix Afrique du Théâtre Francophone. A la guerre comme à la Gameboy garnered prizes from Unpublished Works from Africa and Overseas and from the Society of Dramatic Composers and Writers (SACD) in 2016. He won the Radio France Internationale Theatre Prize in 2017 with La poupée barbue. Both plays are now published in French by Lansman Editeurs. In War as in Games was translated to English by Heather Jeanne Denyer for a reading produced by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center for the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival in New York City.

Hermine Yollo is an actress, director, author, has been artistic director of Compagnie NGOTI (theater group) since 2009. She trained between 2000 and 2008 under the supervision of Werewere Liking, Edwige Nto Ngon, Keki Manyo, Evina Ngana, among others. She participated in internships at ERAC (2013, 2015) and at the Arab-African Center El Hamra in Tunis (Promotion 7). She performed in plays like Koffi Kwahule’s “Misterioso- 119” directed by Soleïma Arabi, “Traversée aux Disparus” directed by Eva Doumbia and “Sawtché Baartman” written and directed by Martin Ambara. Among others, she directed “Juste savoir…” by Joël Amah Ajavon and “Je Déteste le Théâtre” by Edouard Elvis Bvouma; and participated in festivals including RETIC (Yaounde), Mantsina Sony Sur Scène in Brazzaville and the 69th edition of the Festival d’Avignon. She was part of the 2017-2018 promotion of the Labo Élan-Récréatrâles in Ouagadougou as a trainee director. In January 2017, she was dramaturg on the creation “Antoine m’a vendu son destin / Sony chez les chiens” written by Sony Labou Tansi and Dieudonné Niangouna at the Théâtre National de la Colline. In 2018, she began her career as an author in participating in writing residencies such as Le Camaroes in Yaounde (Cameroon) and Coaching d’auteurs (author coaching residency) in Guinea, following her creation “La Femme-Iset” (written and directed by her) in Conakry in 2017 – with the support of the Institut français de Paris – during the Univers des mots festival.


SEGAL TALKS is a daily one-hour LIVE online conversation from Monday to Friday — about making art and making sense in the Time of Corona.

SEGAL TALKS was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020.

SEGAL TALKS has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†), the Hearst Foundation, and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the fourth weekly line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers and academics will talk daily for one hour with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand— the State of the World. The Segal Center is the only theatre institution in New York City and the US creating original programming every day during the week.

SEGAL TALKS will be live-streamed in English on and on the Segal Center Facebook page, and previous weeks' talks can be viewed on the Segal Center YouTube Channel.

Week 6 Participants: Andrea Tompa & Anna Lengyel (Hungary); Lola Arias (Argentina); Mihaela Dragan & Mihaela Michailov (Romania); Zuleikha Chaudhari (India); Stacy Klein & Stephanie Monseu (USA)
Week 5 Participants: Rimini Protokoll’s Daniel WetzelHelgard Haug, & Stefan Kaegi(Germany); Guy Régis Jr (Haiti); Jalila Baccar (Tunis); Peter Sellars (USA); Oskar Eustis & Tony Torn(NYC, USA)
Week 4 Participants: Milo Rau (Switzerland); Richard Schechner (NYC, US); Basil Jones (South Africa); Arthur Nauzyciel Keren Ann (France); Guillermo Calderón (Chile)
Week 3 Participants: The New BlackFest’s Keith Adkins with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, & Lisa Strum (NYC); Nature Theatre of Oklahoma’s Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska + The Big Dance Theatre’s Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar (NYC); The Foundry Theatre’s Melanie Joseph with Aaron Landsman Aurin Squire (NYC); Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan) + Abhishek Majumdar Anurupa Roy (India); TR Warszawa’s Grzegorz Jarzyna with Agata Kołacz & Roman Pawłowski (Poland)
Week 2 Participants: Laila Soliman, Dalia Basiouny (Egypt) + Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Chou Tung-Yen, Kathy Hong, Wu-Kang Chen (Taiwan); Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani, Valeria Orani (Italy); Meredith Monk (New York, US); Aristide Tarnagda & Safoura Kaboré (Burkina Faso)
Week 1 Participants: Taylor Mac & Kristin Martin (New York, US); Mok Chiu Yu (Hong Kong) + Hanchen FengShuyi Liao (China); Thomas Ostermeier (Germany); Teatro delle Albe’s Marco MartinelliErmanna Montanari (Italy); Toshiki Okada (Japan)

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About the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was renamed in March of 1999 to recognize Martin E. Segal, one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts. The Segal Center curates over thirty events throughout the Spring and Fall academic seasons, all free and open to the public. Dedicated to bridging the gap between the professional and academic theatre communities, the Segal Center presents readings, performance, lectures, and artists and academics in conversation. In addition, the Segal Center presents three annual festivals (PRELUDEPEN World Voices: International Pay Festival, and The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance) and publishes and maintains three open access online journals (Arab StagesEuropean Stages, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre). The Segal Center also publishes many volumes of plays in translation and is the leading publisher of plays from the Arab world. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a vital component of the Theatre Program’s academic culture and creating in close collaboration a research nexus, focusing on dramaturgy, new media, and global theatre. The Segal Center provides an intimate platform where both artists and theatre professionals can actively participate with audiences to advance awareness and appreciation.

The Segal Team:
Creative Producer: Sunyoung Kim
Media Supervisor: Jackie Spaventa
Next Generation Fellow: May Adra
Senior Assistant Director of Programs: Cory Tamler
Junior Assistant Director of Programs: Kyueun Kim

The Graduate Center, CUNY, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events.

HowlRound Theatre Commons is a free and open platform for theatre makers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. HowlRound envisions a theatre field where resources and power are shared equitably in all directions, contributing to a more just and sustainable world.

HowlRound was founded on an organizing principle in the “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. HowlRound is a knowledge commons that encourages freely sharing intellectual and artistic resources and expertise. It is our strong belief that the power of live theatre connects us across difference, puts us in proximity of one another, and strengthens our tether to our commonalities. HowlRound is based at Emerson College, Boston.