Barbara Anderliè from Slovenia was awarded the 2015 International Theatre Institute Global Playwriting Contest for her play “A Continental Divide,” during an award ceremony held at the COP-21 in Paris.
UNISDR senior staffer, Glenn Dolcemascolo, presented the prize that included $ 5,000 on behalf of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. It was given at the UnFCCC side event of a Tricontinental South South interfaith, intercultural dialogue on Decarbonization chaired by Philippine Climate Change led by commissioner Heherson Alvarez of the Climate Institute Advisory Board on December 5.
The play was adjudged the best among 31 entries from 14 countries, namely, Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Fujairah, India, Iran, Malta, Nigeria, Philippines, Slovenia, UK, USA, and Vietnam.
The competition created by the Earthsavers/UNESCO Artist for Peace, under the direction of Magsaysay Outstanding Asian Awardee, Cecile Guidote Alvarez, through the auspices of the International Theatre Institute was undertaken in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
The winning play, which dwells on the effects of floods and drought on human beings had a world premiere broadcast and global webcast on Radyo Balintataw, a program on Philippine radio station DZRH, broadcast on Sunday. Barbara Anderliè was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and grew up in Austria where she studied translation studies (English, Spanish, Slovene, German).
She has worked on numerous theater productions—be it on or off stage—as a producer, playwright, director, and actress. Her acting credits include Talk To Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen and The Vagina Monologues. She also performed in Nick Yu’s Drift at the Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival in 2010 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011.
In November 2014 she received the exil-DramatikerInnenpreis awarded by the Wiener Wortstätten for her play Von Schablonen und Romanfiguren, in which two minor characters from Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms get put center stage. She is currently based in Berlin and her latest short monologue “Kleingeld” will be performed at the beginning of November in Vienna.
The other finalists are: Songs for Sandy: Reflections on a Superstorm by Bryan Boodhoo, Canada; Angry Angels, by Ivan Dimitrov, translated by Angela Rodel, Bulgaria; Endless Summer: A Collection of Theatrical Outbursts, by EllaRose Chary, USA; Planet Hospice, by Daniel Kinch, USA; and When the Music Stops, by Chris Bush, UK.