Theatre & Human Rights

Contact The Artist Protection Fund.

The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is a three-year pilot program at the Institute of International Education. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APF will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work.




Theatre Without Borders has a new humanitarian initiative around Theatre & Human Rights. Organizations like freeDimensional, Human Rights Watch, PEN World, Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists and FreeMuse are all invaluable organizations working globally to safeguard the welfare of activists, visual artists, journalists and musicians. Theatre Without Borders believes that current realities suggest the need for similar networks of support for theatre and performing artists.

Over the past three years TWB and freeDimensional have been working together to assure that theatre makers and performing artists can access vital resources during periods of danger and duress.

Theatre Without Borders is pleased to support – the new volunteer initiative born out of a partnership with freeDimensional ( This network of volunteer practitioners provide information and support resources for performing artists at risk. Artists Safety implements a working approach for everyone who strives to support artists in difficult and dangerous situations. Artists Safety includes both case management and an arts and human rights information portal, focusing on networks and activities at the intersection of the performing arts and human rights challenges.

If you are aware of an Artist in Danger, please use one of these current Artists Safety intake forms:



*Important: Distress situations may include verbal threats, imprisonment or legal persecution, violent attack, professional or social exclusion, or harassment. Please DO NOT contact Distress Services to request funding, and/or other kind of support for travel and lodging, or for the development, presentation, or touring of creative work. is a volunteer emergency-response network to support artists on the frontlines of social change. is an international volunteer network that provides case management and information services for artists, culture workers and communicators facing risk or danger as a result of their work empowering communities and speaking truth to power. While utilizing the freeDimensional methodology, resource and knowledge bases developed over ten years of direct service and advocacy, acknowledges that no single organization can adequately respond to the high volume of cases that continually emerge. As such employs a horizontal, rhizomatic approach to harnessing the existing resources and expertise of partner networks and organizations – locally, regionally and internationally – creating a volunteer-based, professional system of peer advocacy and emergency response, thereby increasing the efficacy of support for individuals at risk and, ultimately, maximizing their impact as catalysts for social change. We are currently developing the new platform, and expect it to be ready in the next few months. It will include both case management tools and an arts and human rights information portal. Until such time when the platform is ready to fully launch, we will continue to use freeDimensional’s intake form for artists, culture workers and communicators to solicit support when facing risk or danger. We aspire to eventually have materials in a wider range of languages. Currently, the form is available in both English and Spanish. is collaborative by nature and in its origins.

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If you or your organization is interested in joining TWB’s Theatre and Human Rights community, write us at