This forum compiles contributions from a group of leading international critics and producers on the subject of theater festival culture in a globalized world. Brent Meersman discusses the politics of arts festivals in the new South Africa; Savas Patsalidis considers the elusive question of who actually is the “audience” for theater festivals; Max Glauner examines new models of tailoring festival experiences to individual spectators; Barbara Orel parses the situation of national arts festivals in an increasingly borderless Europe; and Rolf Dennemann describes the use of nontraditional venues and site-specific performances to draw unexpected audiences together.

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