History and Significance
International Theatre Institute (ITI) was initiated in 1961 to celebrate World Theatre Day worldwide to value and importance of Theatre. On this day, ITI host a yearly message, spoken by a chosen famous theatre performer, to share their views about the art of Theatre and its future. In 1962, the first message was spoken by Jean Cocteau. This message was translated into over 50 languages and printed in hundreds of newspapers and this message was broadcast to all corners of the world through several institutions. Every year, a playwright or a stage actor writes the ‘message’ for that year. This year’s message is written by actor and writer Helen Mirren, who has won an Academy Award for her performance in The Queen. Theatre has always been a significant place to present ideas and ideologies before the audience. Hence, people started celebrating World Theatre Day on 27 March to generate awareness about the importance of theatre arts.
ITI has more than 85 centres worldwide; it also encourages colleges, schools, theatre professionals to celebrate this day. This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”. It acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.
The goals of World Theatre Day are:
– To highlight the importance of art forms around the world.
– To make people aware of the importance of the value of art form.
– To enable theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale. To make aware opinion leaders of the value of these forms and support them.
– To enjoy the art form for its own sake.
Theatres are more nerve-wracking than shooting for movies because, at theatres, you can see the expression of the audience and get an idea if they like your performance or not.
Human life is like a theatre stage that we are born onto, where everyone is acting but not knowing they are acting and not understanding the purpose of the play.